Six of the top eight seeds, including No.1 seed Richey Reneberg
ATHENS, Ga. (AP) _ Six of the top eight seeds, including No.1 seed Richey Reneberg of Southern Methodist, were eliminated on the first day of singles competition in the 103rd NCAA tennis championships.
Third-seed Philip Johnson of Georgia was the last of the seeded players to fall Wednesday. He joined Reneberg, No. 2 Andrew Sznaidjer of Pepperdine, No. 4 Steve DeVries of Cal-Berkeley, No. 5 Luke Jensen of Southern Cal and No. 8 Stefan Kruger of SMU.
Sznaidjer, DeVries, Jensen and Kruger fell in the first round while Reneberg and Johnson lost in the second.
Shelby Cannon of Tennessee defeated Reneberg 6-3, 6-3; Paul Mancini of West Virginia defeated Sznaidjer 6-2, 6-4; Brett Greenwood of UCLA defeated Johnson 6-1, 3-6, 6-4; Tom Mercer of TCU defeated DeVries 1-6, 6-2, 6-4; Den Bishop of SMU defeated Jensen 3-6, 6-4, 6-4; and Phil Williamson of Columbia defeated Kruger 3-6, 6-1, 7-5.
Greenwood had lost to Johnson in 1985 when the Bulldogs clinched their first team title. UCLA again lost to Georgia in the team final on Tuesday.
Only three of the top 16 seeds remain in the singles competition: No. 6 Rick Leach of Southern Cal, No. 7 Andrew Burrow of Miami and Mark Kaplan of Cal-Irvine.