Tournament Time, but wait

OK, DI and DIII brackets are out!!! I will do a rundown on the happenings as they pertain to our Texas teams, but for now I have just set up a main headquarters page… a link to it is below and will also remain at the bottom right of all pages in the blogroll

It has the DI and DIII brackets now.

http://www.texascollegetennis.com/?page_id=112

Big XII Championship Review

OK, I think I can go ahead and pat myself on the back for my picks, suggesting that Baylor would win in a sweep, but my reasoning on the men’s side may have been a bit off. Congrats to the Bears or Bars. (google will only translate to German)

Let’s start with the women. In the first round, I actually missed a few. I was excited that Tech beat OU in a mild upset. That is good for the Red Raiders. The other one I missed was K-State dumping Nebraska. After trashing the Wildcats and their coaching staff, they came out and actually won a match. Oh well.

In the quarterfinals, everything went in form. K-State’s run ended, as did most of the other matches, quite uneventfully. The semifinals is where things got good. Baylor destroyed Colorado as expected, but the UT-A&M match was another instant classic.

Texas A&M is playing some great doubles and again took the doubles point from the Longhorns. It was a bit harder this time, going to a tiebreaker in the final match. Texas responded winning at #1 and #2 singles, to give the Longhorns a slight 2-1 lead. The teams then swapped matches at #4 and #5, leaving the score at 3-2, Texas.

Interestingly enough, both teams have a player named Stephanie Davidson (Davison). Both were on the court and both were fighting it out in three-set matches, UT’s at #3, A&M’s at #6. The match at #3 singles was back and forth in the third set, while TAMU’s Stephanie Davidson started off hot against Sarah Lancaster at #6, jumping out 5-0 in the final set.

Lancaster is a fighter, though, and held on as long as she could before bowing out 6-3, and dead-locking the match at 3-3.

So it was down to Anna Blagodarova and UT’s Davison for the deciding point. Davison jumped out early, eventually nabbing a 4-2 lead, but Blagodarova, despite cramping, fought back. She even broke Davison and was serving for the match at 6-5, but couldn’t hang on and the Longhorn Davison prevailed, 7-4 in the tiebreaker.

The Championship was fairly anticlimactic. Texas was exhausted, but got lucky with a brief rain delay. The teams then agreed to play the singles first. Baylor won the first four matches off the court, just as Sarah Lancaster won at #6, giving the Bears a 4-1 win and the title.

The men’s side went exactly as I predicted. A&M upset Tech and Texas held off A&M. Then Baylor upset Texas even without Lars Poershke.

A&M’s win over Tech was great for the Aggies. Kayvon Karimi actually won a big match. Heck they swept Nos. 3-6 singles, as Krajicek and Matt Bain rolled and Chirico won the huge decisive match. They don’t even get to that point unless Kayvon win his match. It was his first won in a match that mattered (he won at Nebraska a few weeks back) this spring and only his second win of the spring (2-11). On the other hand, the guy he beat was a whopping 19-1 before that match.

Texas came out strong against A&M and dominated from the get-go. The Longhorns were obviously thinking about how they let the Aggies almost get them at home the weekend before.

In the Championship match, I had gone with Baylor, saying that if Damico was not 100%, the Bears would win. Well, it appears that Damico may have been fine, but the rest of the team was a bit off, especially his coach.

Center is a great guy and coach, but his personal rivalry with Matt Knoll I think effected his judgment and subsequent line-up.

As a head coach playing Baylor, you know there will be something squirrelly about the line-up. Knoll plays match-ups and tries to get every advantage he can think of. Center tries to do much of the same and really got outfoxed on this one.

Texas was the favorite heading into this. They had defeated the Bears pretty handily a little over a week ago. Add to this that Poershke was sitting out injured. First, Center should have never agreed to play the singles first. They would dominate the doubles and have the momentum. Next, it behooves me why he jacked with his line-up. Baylor was a man down already, no need to help them out. Just have confidence in your players and play the darn match.

Well, it gets to be 3-2 Baylor and who is on the court, but the only two Texans in the line-ups, Jordan Rux and Josh Zavala. Rux rallied to win in three, rendering the doubles moot and giving the title to Baylor.

Now we wait for Tuesday when the NCAA draws are announced.

Baylor Stuns Texas Men for Big XII Title

Horns get singles wins from freshman Kellen Damico and senior Luis Diaz Barriga in 4-2 loss to Baylor in the finals of the 2008 Big 12 Championship; Texas awaits NCAA Tournament selection announcement on Tuesday, April 29.

Top-seeded Texas (20-5) picked up singles victories from freshman Kellen Damico and senior Luis Diaz Barriga, but the Horns fell just shy of second-seeded Baylor (21-8), as the Bears scored a 4-2 victory Sunday in the finals of the 2008 Big 12 Tennis Championship.

Sunday’s match was delayed one hour and 15 minutes by rain, and the match began with the singles session due to the potential of lingering unsettled weather.  Diaz Barriga put Texas on the board first with a 6-2, 7-5 win at fourth singles over Gwen Corches.  Baylor responded at the first slot, where Denes Lukacs pushed past Texas sophomore Dimitar Kutrovsky, 7-5, 6-3.

The Bears assumed a 2-1 lead when Attila Bucko outlasted Texas junior Miguel Reyes Varela in three sets, 7-5, 1-6, 6-3 at fifth singles.  The Horns evened the tally at two when Damico rebounded from a second-set loss to finish off David Galic at second singles, 6-4, 5-7, 6-2.

Baylor’s Dominik Mueller dropped his first set to UT freshman Ed Corrie at third singles before rallying for a 6-7 (6), 6-4, 6-2 win to give the Bears the lead.  A Baylor victory at sixth singles clinched the match in favor of the Bears, eliminating the need for a doubles session, as Jordan Rux defeated UT sophomore Josh Zavala, 6-7 (7), 6-3, 6-3.

Texas likely will host first- and second-round matches in the NCAA Championship, which gets underway on Friday, May 9.  The NCAA Championships selection announcement will air on Tuesday, April 29 at 1 p.m. Central on ESPNEWS. 

Big 12 Championship – Men’s Final
No. 2 Baylor 4, No. 1 Texas 2
SINGLES
1.  (#11) Denes Lukacs, BU def. (#10) Dimitar Kutrovsky, UT, 7-5, 6-3.
2.  (#38) Kellen Damico, UT def. David Galic, BU, 6-4, 5-7, 6-2.
3.  (#110) Dominik Mueller, BU def. (#46) Ed Corrie, UT, 6-7 (6), 6-4, 6-2.
4.  (#119) Luis Diaz Barriga, UT def. Gwen Corches, BU, 6-2, 7-5.
5.  Attila Bucko, BU def. Miguel Reyes Varela, UT, 7-5, 1-6, 6-3.
6.  Jordan Rux, BU def. Josh Zavala, UT, 6-7 (7), 6-3, 6-3.     

DOUBLES
1.  (#10) Corrie/Damico, UT vs. Galic/Lukacs, BU, DNP
2.  (#57) Diaz Barriga/Reyes Varela, UT vs. Bucko/Corches, BU, DNP
3.  Kutrovsky/Zavala, UT vs. Mueller/Rux, BU, DNP
FINISH ORDER:  Singles: 4, 1, 5, 2, 3, 6*     Doubles: Not Played

POST-MATCH QUOTES
Texas Head Coach Michael Center
“I knew playing singles, and with (Lars) Poerschke out, that we were significantly favored at No. 2 and No. 4, and that we need to get something at the other spots. We had chances, but we just didn’t get them. It is disappointing because I thought we had some opportunities to put them (Baylor) away, but it just didn’t happen today.”

Baylor Women Crush Texas for Big XII Title

Longhorns get a singles win from sophomore Sarah Lancaster, but Baylor prevails by a 4-1 count Sunday in the finals of the 2008 Big 12 Championship.
No. 20 Texas picked up a singles victory from sophomore Sarah Lancaster, but it wasn’t enough Sunday, as top-seeded Baylor (28-2) scored a 4-1 win over the Horns (18-6) in the finals of the 2008 Big 12 Championship.

The match was delayed by one hour and 15 minutes and began with the singles session due to the lingering threat of inclement weather, and the Bears got on the board first with a 6-0, 6-1 win from Lenka Broosova over UT sophomore Stephanie Davison at third singles.  The Bears pushed their lead to 2-0 with a 6-2, 6-3 win at first singles from Zuzana Zemenova over Texas sophomore Vanja Corovic.

Baylor took a 3-0 lead when Jelena Stanivuk tallied a 7-5, 6-1 win over UT freshman Maggie Mello at fifth singles before Jana Bielikova dealt Texas freshman Caroline Larsson a 6-2, 7-5 defeat at fourth singles to clinch the match.

Only moments later, Lancaster put Texas on the board with a 6-2, 6-3 win over Zuzana Chmelarova at the sixth slot, and the remaining match at second singles was called given the Bears’ clinch of the team victory.

Texas awaits the NCAA Tournament selection announcement set for Tuesday, April 29 at 1 p.m. Central on ESPNEWS.
              
2008 Big 12 Championship – Women’s Finals
No. 3 Baylor 4, No. 20 Texas 1
SINGLES
1.  (#24) Zuzana Zemenova, BU def. (#59) Vanja Corovic, UT, 6-2, 6-3.
2.  (#38) Taylor Ormond, BU vs. Courtney Zauft, UT, DNF
3.  (#17) Lenka Broosova, BU def. Stephanie Davison, UT, 6-0, 6-1.
4.  (#100) Jana Bielikova, BU def. Caroline Larsson, UT, 6-2, 7-5.
5.  Jelena Stanivuk, BU def. Maggie Mello, UT, 7-5, 6-1.
6.  Sarah Lancaster, UT def. Zuzana Chmelarova, BU, 6-2, 6-3.

DOUBLES
1.  (#5) Broosova/Zemenova, BU vs. (#28) Corovic/Marija Milic, UT, DNP
2.  (#59) Ormond/Stanivuk, BU vs. Davison/Larsson, UT, DNP
3.  Bielikova/Chmelarova, BU vs. Mello/Zauft, UT, DNP
FINISH ORDER:  Singles: 3, 1, 5, 4*, 6     Doubles: Not Played

POST-MATCH QUOTES
Patty Fendick-McCain, Texas Head Coach

“Baylor played a little too well for us today. They are a tough team and I thought that our players fought really well. We had a pretty late night last night, so it was good to see them come out and put out the effort that they did today. We really just wanted to get into doubles, but unfortunately that just didn’t happen today.”

Trinity Falls in Both SCAC Finals to DePauw

DePauw takes both the Men’s and Women’s SCAC titles over Trinity Sunday at home in Greencastle, Indiana.

The 19th-ranked DePauw Men edged top-ranked Trinity, 5-4, and captured their second straight Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference title. With the win, DePauw improved to 18-6 on the season and earned the conference’s automatic qualification into the NCAA Division III Championship. Trinity dropped to 19-6 with the loss.

Trinity took a 2-1 lead after winning first and third doubles, but DePauw picked up straight set wins at third through sixth singles for the win.

On the women’s side, things went more to form, as sixth-ranked DePauw improved to 21-4 and earned their first outright Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference title after defeating 18th-ranked Trinity, 8-1, in the SCAC championship match. Trinity dropped to 14-8 with the loss.

After sweeping the three doubles matches, the DePuaw took singles wins at the first, second, third, fifth and sixth flights.

With the victory, DePauw earned the SCAC’s automatic qualification into the NCAA Division III Championship.

Pairings for the NCAA Championships will be announced on Monday.

Men
Trinity (Texas) University vs DePauw University
Apr 27, 2008 at Greencastle, Indiana
#19 DePauw University 5, #1 Trinity (Texas) University 4
Singles competition
1. Oliver Gaines (TRINITY) def. Kortney Keith (DEPAUW) 6-4, 7-5
2. James Furr (TRINITY) def. Scott Swanson (DEPAUW) 3-6, 6-1, 7-5
3. Bryan Heck (DEPAUW) def. Varun Munjal (TRINITY) 6-1, 6-3
4. Scott Sandager (DEPAUW) def. Bobby Cocanougher (TRINITY) 6-3, 6-4
5. Scott Sauer (DEPAUW) def. Ryan DeSantis (TRINITY) 6-2, 6-0
6. Evan Hunter (DEPAUW) def. Crisanto Ramirez (TRINITY) 6-3, 7-6 (7-4)

Doubles competition
1. Oliver Gaines/Ryan DeSantis (TRINITY) def. Kortney Keith/Scott Swanson (DEPAUW) 8-2
2. Bryan Heck/Scott Sandager (DEPAUW) def. Bobby Cocanougher/Cory Kowal (TRINITY) 8-5
3. James Furr/Crisanto Ramirez (TRINITY) def. Cameron Nash/Hunter Schouweiler (DEPAUW) 8-3

Match Notes:
Trinity (Texas) University 19-6; National ranking #1
DePauw University 18-6; National ranking #19
2008 Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference Men’s Tennis Championship Match
Women
Trinity (Texas) University vs DePauw University
Apr 27, 2008 at Greencastle, Indiana
#6 DePauw University 8, #18 Trinity (Texas) University 1

Singles competition
1. Janelle Arita (DEPAUW) def. Alicia Hunt (TRINITY) 6-1, 6-0
2. Kelly Buckley (DEPAUW) def. Laura Steinmetz (TRINITY) 6-1, 3-6, 6-2
3. Greer Mackie (DEPAUW) def. Katy Poettcker (TRINITY) 6-3, 6-4
4. Megan Fish (TRINITY) def. Kayla Smith (DEPAUW) 6-2, 7-6 (7-5)
5. Betsey Flanzer (DEPAUW) def. Erin Jamison (TRINITY) 7-5, 6-0
6. Kristine Lewry (DEPAUW) def. Megan Jackson (TRINITY) 6-2, 6-4

Doubles competition
1. Erin Andrade/Kayla Smith (DEPAUW) def. Alicia Hunt/Laura Steinmetz (TRINITY) 8-5
2. Janelle Arita/Kelly Buckley (DEPAUW) def. Katy Poettcker/Erin Jamison (TRINITY) 8-4
3. Kristine Lewry/Greer Mackie (DEPAUW) def. Megan Fish/Megan Jackson (TRINITY) 8-5

Match Notes:
Trinity (Texas) University 14-8; National ranking #18
DePauw University 21-4; National ranking #6
2008 Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference Women’s Tennis Championship Match

PREVIOUS RESULTS

Men’s Semifinal
Rhodes College vs Trinity (Texas) University
Apr 26, 2008 at Greencastle, Indiana
(South Putnam High School)

#1 Trinity (Texas) University 7, Rhodes College 2

Singles competition
1. Jonathon Moreno (RHODES) def. Oliver Gaines (TRINITY) 5-7, 6-4, 1-0 (10-6)
2. James Furr (TRINITY) def. Tyler Snedden (RHODES) 7-6 (7-3), 6-1
3. Grayson Lucas (RHODES) def. Varun Munjal (TRINITY) 6-2, 6-3
4. Bobby Cocanougher (TRINITY) def. Rob Koehler (RHODES) 2-6, 6-4, 1-0 (10-6)
5. Crisanto Ramirez (TRINITY) def. Matt Ricke (RHODES) 6-0, 6-3
6. Ryan DeSantis (TRINITY) def. Matthew Westbrook (RHODES) 6-2, 6-3

Doubles competition
1. Oliver Gaines/Ryan DeSantis (TRINITY) def. Jonathon Moreno/Rob Koehler (RHODES) 8-2
2. Bobby Cocanougher/Cory Kowal (TRINITY) def. Tyler Snedden/Grayson Lucas (RHODES) 8-6
3. James Furr/Crisanto Ramirez (TRINITY) def. Matt Ricke/Matthew Westbrook (RHODES) 8-1

Men’s Quarterfinal
Hendrix College vs Trinity (Texas) University
Apr 25, 2008 at Greencastle, Indiana
(South Putnam High School)

#1 Trinity (Texas) University 9, Hendrix College 0

Singles competition
1. Oliver Gaines (TRINITY) def. William Matthews (HENDRIX) 6-2, 6-1
2. James Furr (TRINITY) def. Ryan Strickland (HENDRIX) 6-1, 6-1
3. Varun Munjal (TRINITY) def. Pascal Jacque (HENDRIX) 6-1, 6-0
4. Bobby Cocanougher (TRINITY) def. Craig Thomas (HENDRIX) 6-1, 6-1
5. Crisanto Ramirez (TRINITY) def. Austin Kearney (HENDRIX) 6-1, 6-0
6. Ryan DeSantis (TRINITY) def. Ken Yang (HENDRIX) 6-1, 6-0

Doubles competition
1. Oliver Gaines/Ryan DeSantis (TRINITY) def. William Matthews/Ryan Strickland (HENDRIX) 8-3
2. Bobby Cocanougher/Cory Kowal (TRINITY) def. Craig Thomas/Austin Kearney (HENDRIX) 8-1
3. James Furr/Crisanto Ramirez (TRINITY) def. Wes Hewitt/Pascal Jacque (HENDRIX) 8-1

Women’s Semifinal
University of the South-Sewanee vs Trinity (Texas) University
Apr 26, 2008 at Greencastle, Indiana
(GHS)

#18 Trinity (Texas) University 5, #19 University of the South-Sewane 4

Singles competition
1. Gab Carvalho (SEWANEE) def. Alicia Hunt (TRINITY) 6-3, 6-1
2. Mary Katherine Stone (SEWANEE) def. Laura Steinmetz (TRINITY) 6-4, 6-2
3. Katy Poettcker (TRINITY) def. Jordan Casey (SEWANEE) 6-1, 3-6, 6-4
4. Megan Fish (TRINITY) def. Lindsay Wilson (SEWANEE) 6-1, 6-1
5. Derry Roberson (SEWANEE) def. Erin Jamison (TRINITY) 7-5, 6-4
6. Megan Jackson (TRINITY) def. Abby Rudd (SEWANEE) 6-1, 6-1

Doubles competition
1. Alicia Hunt/Laura Steinmetz (TRINITY) def. Gab Carvalho/Jordan Casey (SEWANEE) 8-3
2. Katy Poettcker/Erin Jamison (TRINITY) def. Lindsay Wilburn/Lauren Robbins (SEWANEE) 8-5
3. Mary Katherine Stone/Laura Szyperski (SEWANEE) def. Megan Fish/Megan Jackson (TRINITY) 8-4

Women’s Quarterfinal
Centre College vs Trinity (Texas) University
Apr 25, 2008 at Greencastle, Indiana
(Greencastle High School)

#18 Trinity (Texas) University 9, Centre College 0

Singles competition
1. Alicia Hunt (TRINITY) def. Meredith Mayfield (CENTRE) 6-1, 6-0
2. Katy Poettcker (TRINITY) def. Lizzy Jones (CENTRE) 6-2, 6-1
3. Megan Fish (TRINITY) def. Sarah Swauger (CENTRE) 6-4, 6-0
4. Megan Jackson (TRINITY) def. Mari Prigmore (CENTRE) 6-0, 6-0
5. Heather Naeher (TRINITY) def. Sara Saneii (CENTRE) 6-1, 6-0
6. Sarah Chalos (TRINITY) def. Jillian Gairing (CENTRE) 6-0, 6-0

Doubles competition
1. Alicia Hunt/Laura Steinmetz (TRINITY) def. Meredith Mayfield/Karolyn Hays (CENTRE) 8-2
2. Katy Poettcker/Erin Jamison (TRINITY) def. Lizzy Jones/Sarah Swauger (CENTRE) 8-1
3. Megan Fish/Megan Jackson (TRINITY) def. Jillian Gairing/Katy Justiss (CENTRE) 8-2

Ranking Comparison

Ranking comparison. Note: all team names are linkable and will take you to a team page showing their schedule with opponent data.

RK TEAM W L ITA RK LAST RK ITA START RK

Texas Women Outlast Texas A&M, 4-3, in Big 12 Championship Semifinals

Longhorns get the clinching victory in a third-set tiebreaker from sophomore Stephanie Davison in a 4-3 Big 12 Championship semifinal win over host Texas A&M.

Second-seeded Texas picked up singles victories from senior Courtney Zauft, sophomore Vanja Corovic and freshman Maggie Mello before getting the clinching victory from sophomore Stephanie Davison in a third-set tiebreaker, as the Horns (18-5) rallied for a thrilling 4-3 victory over third-seeded Texas A&M (16-8) Saturday evening in the semifinals of the 2008 Big 12 Tennis Championship.

Texas will meet Baylor in the finals of the Big 12 Championship for a fourth consecutive season.  The Horns and Bears will do battle on Sunday beginning at 1 p.m. Central.

The Horns and Aggies engaged in a lengthy doubles session that ended in favor of Texas A&M.  Texas sophomore Vanja Corovic and junior Marija Milic opened with an 8-3 win at first doubles over Anna Blagodarova and Tiffany Clifford before A&M’s Christi Liles and Elze Potgieter held on for an 8-6 win at the second slot over UT’s Stephanie Davison and Caroline Larsson.

Texas freshman Maggie Mello and senior Courtney Zauft held leads of 7-5 and 8-7 over A&M’s Stephanie Davidson and Morgan Frank, but the Aggies rallied to force a tiebreaker, where they prevailed, 7-3, to win the match and nail down the doubles point.

Zauft put Texas on the board in short order, defeating A&M’s Christi Liles at second singles, 6-3, 6-1.  Corovic pushed Texas ahead with a 7-5, 6-3 win over Potgieter at first singles, but the Aggies evened the tally at two as Frank defeated UT’s Larsson at fourth singles, 6-4, 6-3.

Mello pushed the Horns back into the lead, holding off Clifford’s rally at fifth singles, 6-4, 7-5, giving Texas a 3-2 cushion before Davidson put away Texas’ Sarah Lancaster at sixth singles, 6-3, 3-6, 6-3.

Davison dropped her first set to A&M’s Blagodarova before rallying to take the second, 6-3.  Trailing 6-5 in the third, Davison broke Blagodarova’s serve to force a tiebreaker.  Davison assumed a 4-1 lead before Blagodarova pulled within 4-3.  Davison extended her lead to 6-3 before Blagodarova saved a match point.  However, a Blagodarova return on the ensuing point found the net, giving the tiebreaker and the match to Davison, and the victory to Texas.

Big 12 Championship – Women’s Semifinals
(2) Texas 4, (3) Texas A&M 3
Doubles – Order of Finish: 1, 2, 3
1 Corovic/Milic (UT) def. Blagodarova/Clifford (TAMU) – 8-3
2 Liles/Potgieter (TAMU)def. Davison/Larsson (UT) – 8-6
3 Davidson/Frank (TAMU) def. Mello/Zauft (UT) – 9-8 (3)

Singles – Order of Finish: 2, 1, 4, 5, 6, 3
1 Vanja Corovic (UT) def. Elze Potgieter (TAMU) – 7-5, 6-3
2 Courtney Zauft (UT) def. Christi Liles (TAMU) – 6-3, 6-1
3 Stephanie Davison (UT) def. Anna Blagodarova (TAMU) – 2-6, 6-3, 7-6 (4)
4 Morgan Frank (TAMU) def. Caroline Larsson (UT) – 6-4, 6-3
5 Maggie Mello (UT) def. Tiffany Clifford (TAMU) – 6-4, 7-5
6 Stephanie Davidson (TAMU) def. Sarah Lancaster (UT) – 6-3, 3-6, 6-3

Top-Seeded Texas Men Advance to Big 12 Finals with 4-0 Win over Texas A&M

Top-seeded Longhorns take the doubles point and get singles wins from senior Luis Diaz Barriga, sophomore Josh Zavala and freshman Kellen Damico in 4-0 Big 12 semifinal win over fifth-seeded host Texas A&M; Horns to meet Baylor for a third consecutive Big 12 Championship match on Sunday at 1 p.m. Central.

Top-seeded Texas (20-4) took the doubles point and collected singles victories from senior Luis Diaz Barriga, sophomore Josh Zavala and freshman Kellen Damico, as the Horns advanced to the finals of the 2008 Big 12 Championships with a 4-0 win over fifth-seeded host Texas A&M (12-11) Saturday at the Aggies’ Mitchell Tennis Center.

Texas scores its third victory of the season over Texas A&M and has defeated the Aggies at home, road and neutral sites in 2008.  UT advances to the finals of the Big 12 Championships for a third consecutive season and will meet second-seeded Baylor in the finals, also for the third straight time.  The Longhorns and Bears will meet for the tournament title on Sunday at 1 p.m. Central.

Texas opened the match with a solid effort in the doubles session to take the doubles point and  a 1-0 lead.  Sophomore Dimitar Kutrovsky and Zavala teamed up for an 8-2 win over Matt Bain and Chris Chirico at third doubles, and the Horns nailed down the point at the second slot when Diaz Barriga and junior Miguel Reyes Varela dealt Mike Beatty and Wil Spencer an 8-5 defeat.

Diaz Barriga made short work of Chirico at fourth singles, winning by a 6-1, 6-2 count to give Texas a 2-0 lead.  Zavala staked Texas to a 3-0 lead when he finished off A&M’s Kayvon Karimi by a 6-4, 6-3 count at sixth singles, and Damico tallied his second victory of the season over the Aggies’ Wil Spencer, winning by a 6-1, 6-3 count at second singles to close out the Texas win.

 

POST-MATCH QUOTES

Texas coach Michael Center
“It was a nice win for us today. It’s tough to play a good team like Texas A&M three times in one season, let alone twice in one week. I was really pleased, particularly with our doubles today. To get off to a 4-0 start was a great effort by our guys.”

Texas A&M coach Steve Denton
“I thought the key to the match would be the doubles. We had a shot there at No. 2 doubles to get back into the match. We won that same kind of match last week in Austin. They (Texas) picked their level up, so give them credit for playing well. We were playing uphill the whole time. In the locker room, we talked about how important it was to win the first sets in a lot of these matches. It just didn’t happen today.”

Big 12 Championships – Men’s Semifinals
No. 6 Texas 4, No. 27 Texas A&M 0
Doubles – Order of Finish:  3, 2
1 Corrie/Damico (UT) vs. Krajicek/Pollock (TAMU) – 7-6, susp.
2 Diaz Barriga/Reyes Varela (UT) def. Beatty/Spencer (TAMU) – 8-5
3 Kutrovsky/Zavala (UT) def. Bain/Chirico (TAMU) – 8-2

Singles – Order of Finish: 4, 6, 2
1 Dimitar Kutrovsky (UT) vs. Conor Pollock (TAMU) – 6-4, 4-6, 0-1, susp.
2 Kellen Damico (UT) def. Wil Spencer (TAMU) – 6-1, 6-3
3 Ed Corrie (UT) vs. Austin Krajicek (TAMU) – 4-6, 3-4, susp.
4 Luis Diaz Barriga (UT) def. Chris Chirico (TAMU) – 6-1, 6-2
5 Milan Mihailovic (UT) vs. Matt Bain (TAMU) – 6-4, 0-3, susp.
6 Josh Zavala (UT) def. Kayvon  Karimi (TAMU) – 6-4, 6-3