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Pedro Rico Shows Stunning Performance At ITA All-American Championships


Oct. 11, 2003

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. - In perhaps the biggest tournament of his career, sophomore Pedro Rico continued to dominate at the 2003 Icy Hot/ITA Men's All-American Championship by winning his fourth-straight match today after upending North Carolina's Nicholas Monroe, 6-1, 6-4.

Despite losing early on day one, Rico remained focused and cruised through the consolation bracket by defeating four players this past week to clinch an opportunity to play in the back draw finals. He will challenge California's Conor Niland at 3:00 p.m. tomorrow.

"Pedro has been doing an outstanding job at this tournament," said second-year head coach, Adam Steinberg. "Every day is a battle because the ITA Championships feature the top players in the country. I couldn't be more happy with his performances."

The Pepperdine double's team of Calle Hansen and Rico fell in the quarterfinals to UC Irvine's Jon Endrikat and Brian Morton.

The ITA Men's All-American the first of three national championship events during the 2003-04 collegiate tennis season. The tournament is being held in Chattanooga, Tenn., October 9-12 at The Champions Club.

The Icy Hot/ITA Men's All-American Championship, the largest single tournament in the country, offers the first national singles and doubles titles of the season, and are followed by the ITA National Intercollegiate Indoor Championships in November and the the season-ending NCAA Championships.



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