Tue, Sep. 11, 2012
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Michiel Van Den Bogaert, a sophomore from Haarlem, Netherlands, and Shane Huggins, a senior from Calliaqua, St. Vincent, started out the Bradley Invitational with a second place finish at no. two doubles including a win over a top 20 potential Division 2 doubles team from Southwest Baptist University.
The solid play continued in singles for both players as Van Den Bogaert defeated the no. 1 player from D1 Bradley University in a tight three-set battle and followed it up with a win over the no. 1 player from University of Illinois-Springfield.
Huggins won the no. 6 flight losing only seven total games in dominating his four singles matches going 4-0 on the day.
Marcelo Alecio, a senior from Curitiba, Brazil, finished second in no. 2 singles, including a win over the no. 2 player from last year's 34th ranked D2 team Southern Indiana.
James Bragg, a senior from Sun City, Calif., also took second at the no. 5 singles flight.
Alex Sandri, a senior from Curitiba, Brazil, won his last two matches to place third in the third flight.
"It was an awesome experience and we turned a few heads along the way," says Head Tennis Coach Vic Batemen. "We consider it an honor for our program to be invited for the first time and as the only NAIA. Bradley is a solid D1 program and Southern Indiana and SBU look poised to crack the top 20 in D2 this year and have very impressive teams. The spirit of the tournament was great and all about getting great competition against quality teams and helping each other get better for the fall with tough matches in every flight."
For complete tournament results click here.