Oct. 2, 2006
Cheney, Wash. - University of Portland sophomore Joel Kincaid and junior transfer Charlie Yemm barely made it out of the opening round in doubles play at the 2006 Red Lion Invitational, advancing via a tiebreaker Friday afternoon. The tandem would build momentum off of that win and go all the the way to the championship, defeating fellow Pilots Scott Kennel and Carlos Machado in the semifinals (8-6) on Saturday before taking the tournament crown with an 8-3 win over Idaho's John Hieb and Anthony Karlovic in the doubles championship Sunday afternoon.
Kincaid, a native of Portland and Lincoln High School, posted an 11-9 singles record as a freshman last year. He also was 11-7 overall in doubles, including a six-match winning streak late in the season with graduated senior Matthew Loucks. Yemm, a native of Fort Collins, Colo. and Fort Collins High School, transferred to the Pilots after playing two seasons at Colorado.
Portland dominated the doubles draw with three of the four Pilot teams advancing to the semifinals. Top-seeded Alex Strom and Filip Zivkovic lost to Hieb and Karlovic, the fifth-seeded duo, 8-5.
In singles action, both Strom and Zivkovic reached the semifinals before falling in straight sets. Strom, one of three seniors on the Portland roster and the No. 1 overall seed in the draw, fell to fifth-seeded Stuart Wing of Montana, 6-2, 6-3. Strom advanced with a quarterfinals victory over seventh-seeded Kyle Schrader of Eastern Washington in straight sets.
Zivkovic, seeded No. 4, defeated freshman teammate Evan Schleining 6-3, 6-3 in the Round of 16 and Rob Chalkley of Idaho 6-3, 6-4 in the quarterfinals, before falling to No. 2 seed Pannhara Mam of EWU, 7-5, 6-2. Mam would go on to win the singles title over Wing.
For the tournament, the Pilots posted a combine singles record of 11-7 for the tournament and dominated the doubles matches with a 12-3 record, with one of those losses coming in a head-to-head matchup in the semifinals.
The Red Lion Invitational was the first competitive action for the Pilots and head coach Aaron Gross. The team will next be in action at the Santa Clara Bronco Classic in Santa Clara, Calif. on Oct. 6-8.