FORT MYERS, Fla. - Francis Marion University senior Kevin Taylor defeated Peter Grimsey of Rockhurst University 6-1, 7-5 in the quarterfinals of the NCAA Division II competition at the Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) National Small College Championships, Thursday morning (Oct. 13). The event is being hosted by Florida Gulf Coast University in Fort Myers, Fla.
Taylor, seeded second in the Division II bracket, advances to play Juan Carlos Osorio of the host school, Friday morning at 9:30 a.m. in one semifinal match. The Division II championship match is set for Saturday at 8:30 a.m.
Osorio defeated Junyoung Kim of BYU-Hawaii 6-1, 7-5 to advance. Thursday’s other two winners were top-seeded Matias Oddone of Drury University (6-1, 6-2 over Dowling College’s Gustavo Sanchez), and Casper Steenkamp of Abilene Christian University (a 6-7, 6-4, 6-4 winner over Thomas Provost of Valdosta State University).
Taylor, a native of Benoni, South Africa, native captured the Mid-Atlantic Region singles title on Oct. 3, the first FMU men's player to win an ITA regional championship. He was the top seed at the regional event, and dropped only two sets en route to winning six matches. Taylor was 19-3 last spring and ended the 2005 season ranked 12th among Division II singles players.
The tournament determines national champions for NCAA Divisions II and III, NAIA and junior/community college men's and women's singles and doubles. Those champions then compete to become the overall national small college champs (for all divisions) on Saturday afternoon and Sunday morning in the ITA "Super Bowl" of small college tennis.