MINNEAPOLOIS, Minn.- Sophomore Alvaro Gutierrez and senior Matheus Pereira played their way into the quarterfinals of the doubles competition on Saturday in the USTA/ITA Central Region Championships at the Baseline Tennis Center.
Gutierrez and Pereirra defeated Badr Cherradi and Jonny Rigby of Southern Illinois, 9-8 in the round of 16. The pair will look to continue their impressive fall season on Sunday in the semifinals against another Missouri Valley Conference opponent, Anis Ghorbel and James Mckie of Drake.
Erick Reyes and Tin Ostojic failed to reach the semifinals of the doubles competition, falling to Abdul Alawadhi and Tomas Patino of Missouri, 8-4.
In singles play, Reyes made it out of the round of 32 by defeating Brandon Florez of Southern Illinois, 6-3, 6-1, but fell to the top-seeded Costin Paval of Oklahoma, 6-2, 6-4, in the next round. Pereira had the same fate, taking down Billy Paluch of Creighton, 4-6, 6-4, 7-5, before being defeated by Axel Alverez of Oklahoma, 6-3, 6-2.
Guillermo Nicol fell in his round of 32 match to Alen Salibasic of Drake, 1-6, 7-5, 6-2.
Sophomore Tomislav Gregurovic defeated Matt Hagen of Iowa in the consolation singles bracket, 6-0, 5-7, 1-0, and will continue play on Sunday.
Play begins on Sunday at 9 a.m. Results will be posted on GoShockers.com following the day's competition.