Filip Dzanko, Matija Palinic and George Chanturia will all play in the prequalifying brackets this weekend
Sept. 29, 2011
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CHICAGO - George Chanturia, Filip Dzanko, and Matija Palinic will all represent DePaul at the ITA All-American hosted by the University of Tulsa, Oct. 1-9 at the Case Tennis Center. More than 300 student-athletes are expected to compete for the first national title of the 2011-12 college tennis season.
The Blue Demon trio will play in the prequalifying singles bracket Oct. 1-2. The bracket is comprised of 186 student-athletes while top 16 will move into 128-person qualifying bracket which runs Oct. 3-5. The main draw is scheduled to begin on Oct. 6.
Chanturia heads into the prequalifying rounds with a heightened confidence after claiming the flight A singles title at the Purdue Fall Invitational Sept. 18. The senior transfer has tallied 28 singles wins since he joined the Blue Demon roster last season. Chanturia is scheduled to tangle with Virginia's Philippe Oudshoorn at 9:30 a.m. (CST) on Saturday.
Dzanko enters the ITA All-American, with just one loss this season. The sophomore fell to Chanturia in the finals of the Purdue Fall Invitational. Three of Dzanko's four wins have come in two sets, while the sophomore in 20-8 in his career at DePaul. The Croatian native is set to dual with Austin Powell from North Carolina State at 8 a.m. on Oct. 1.
Palinic went 2-2 at the Purdue Fall Invitational and reached the semifinals on the consolation side of the A Flight bracket. Palinic, a senior, enters the All-American with a career 46-43 singles mark and will face Hawaii's Danilo Casanova at 10:30 a.m.
Chanturia, Dzanko and Palinic are the first DePaul men's players to represent the school at the ITA All-American since 2007. Austin Doerner and Jose Moncada each played in the prequalifying singles bracket and also teamed-up in the qualifying doubles bracket that season.
Following the All-American, the Blue Demon trio rejoins the rest of the team at the ITA Midwest Regional hosted by Ohio State, Oct. 13-17.