Wednesday, July 14, 2004

Thomas leaving no doubts with dominating play

Met tennis

By Alex Blumer
Enquirer contributor

The absence of former Met champs Rey Puentes and Cedric Kauffmann from this year's Met singles draw is just fine with Eric Thomas.

Coming in as the second seed, the 2003 Division I state champion at Walnut Hills overpowered Marshall Kuresman 6-1, 6-0 in Tuesday's round of 16 at the Thomas E. Price Cincinnati Metropolitan Tennis Championships at Lunken Playfield.

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"It was a surprise. I was thinking I'd get maybe a 5 or a 6 (seed) going in," Thomas said. "But before the tournament, I sort of was expecting myself to get pretty far."

Thomas, who was the Brown University freshman athlete of the year, has parlayed a college season in which he played fourth singles for the Bears into a dominating Met run thus far.

Thomas' quarterfinal opponent will be 10th-seeded Brian Compton. Compton gritted out a 7-6 (4), 6-4 decision over sixth-seed Amine Benjelloun.

McCARTHYS PREVAIL: Another former state champ looking to make his mark is Mike McCarthy. The former Indian Hill standout overcame high school rival Doug Matthews of Kings, winning 3-6, 6-3, 6-3.

Also advancing to the quarterfinals was older brother Ryan, who will be a senior at Indiana University next season. The elder McCarthy defeated Matt Thinnes 6-2, 6-2.

PELLER SURPRISES: Artie Peller reached the quarterfinals by notching his second upset in a row, ousting 14th seed Andy Bartish 7-5, 6-1.

WOLF CRUISES: Top-seeded Jeff Wolf coasted to a 6-0, 6-0 win over University of Dayton player Jonathan Khoury. He'll take on the winner of the Mike Dektas-Warren Chamakoon match in the quarterfinals.

DEKTAS UPDATE: It was another strong evening for the Dektas family. Eighth-seeded Matt dispatched Robert Horne 6-2, 6-2, and Jennifer overcame a one-set deficit to upend Arli Eiseman 2-6, 6-2, 6-2. Jennifer Dektas' reward is a date with second-seeded Tania Luzhanska, who crushed Patricia Niehaus 6-0, 6-0.

WOMEN'S ROUND OF 16: Top seed Kara Molony-Hussey and sister Lyndsey eased into the quarters.

Molony-Hussey beat Bridgette Danemayer 6-0, 6-0, while Lyndsey blanked Jarunka Kavecanska 6-0, 6-0.

Fourth-seededAngela Wilson reached the quarterfinals when her opponent, Maureen Geraci, retired with Wilson up 6-0, 3-1.

Christie Lint dumped Ashley Baker 6-1, 6-0 and Dorianna Lofgren topped Lindsay Brown 7-5, 6-0.

TODAY AT THE MET: Men's and women's doubles semifinals will begin at 6 p.m. today.

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