Trying to Catch Up

OK, so I have been invisible for a week or so. Truthfully, there wasn’t a whole lot to say as the individual events went off, but that’s no excuse.

As for the Division I individual events. No Texans really did too well, save for Conor Pollock (San Antonio) and his partner Austin Krajicek from Texas A&M. The duo reached the semifinals of the doubles. En route to the semis, they defeated the top-seeded team of Somdev Devvarman and Treat Huey of Virginia. This was a historic result for an Aggie team and they were named All-American for their achievement. They also finished #9 in the final ITA Rankings.

Of course there were several Baylor players who did well. Zuzana Zemenova reached the NCAA final before falling to Amanda McDowell of Georgia Tech. Baylor’s Lenka Broosova reached the quarters before suffering her fate to McDowell as well.

Sanaz Marand (Katy) of North Carolina and Lauren Lui (Houston) of Northwestern reached the second round before falling. I know this was a disappointment for Sanaz, but both of the Texans should be proud and have nothing but bright skies ahead.

On the men’s side, Baylor’s Denes Lukacs fell to eventual champion Somdev Dewarman, 6-0, 6-7, 6-3, in the toughest match the Virginia star had all week. This just goes to prove that there is no way Lukacs was #2 behind Poerschke in any way, shape or form. I am not saying Poerschke is bad, he reached the round of 16 himself. He is just not their #1 player.

I am going to announce the TexasCollegeTennis.com All-Texas Team next week and will recap all of the final rankings so stay tuned. The TexasCollegeTennis.com All-Texas Team will be comprised of all Texas players who played their junior tennis in the state.

The Day After

After getting a chance to sleep on the happenings of yesterday, I hope I can speak with an open mind and a clear head.

I got to watch about 80%-90% of the ESPNU coverage last night and even a bit fo the women’s final. It is really hard to complain about it since we rarely get to see college tennis on tv anyways, but the coverage was lacking. I had to have my laptop on to follow the scores because they tended to lock in on one court at a time. The coverage was even worse during the women’s match, where they got stuck the same court for too long thinking things were going to end.

In the women’s match, it was great to see Stephanie Kusano fight back from match point down to take her match to a third set. Of course it was for naught, as UCLA just dominated Cal.

In the men’s match, I found it interesting that they seemed to interview each of the singles players after they won a line, except for Jamie Hunt. Don’t you think you might want to talk to the one kid who is actually from the oppsing state, Texas? Their stats were all over the place and at one point they said Hunt and Schnugg won the 2006 and 2007 U.S. Open Juniors. Nice work, considering they were both already in college and were on the team last year.

Well as for the actual match, I was proud of Jamie for playing so well. He got some good tv time and showed that he is a gamer. He worked Luigi and kept him frustrated.

My predictions for the match were pretty well on, save for the Damico collapse at #2 singles. Either he injured or just needs some time to figure out how to finish off a match. That seems to be his problem right now. He can get up and get close, but has trouble finishing off his opponents.

Kutrovsky played an inspired first set and looked to be heading towards the upset in the third, but must’ve run out of gas. Regardless, that was a great effort. Up 3-1, he lost five straight games.

Varela was amazing all tournament. He used an all-court game that is sometimes just too non-extistent at the college level to perfection.

I am convinced that Milan was going to pull that match out. He let the second set get away from him and then started slowly in the third, but had rallied back.

All in all, not the results Texas wanted, but an effort they should be extremely proud of. With the loss of Luigi and Milan, next year should be one to look forward to.

Georgia Rally Halts Texas Run

Texas started well, grabbing the doubles point and #6 singles to take a 2-0 lead, but it wasn’t enough, as the defending Georgia Bulldogs rallied to win 4-2.

Of course it was Travis Helgeson who won the clinching match at #1 singles, as he won the final four games to defeat Dmitry Kutrovsky, 4-6, 6-2, 6-3.

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No. 7 Texas Falls to No. 4 Georgia in NCAA Title Match, 4-2

Texas completes the NCAA Championship unbeaten in doubles play, and the Horns add a singles win from junior Miguel Reyes Varela, but fourth-seeded Georgia rallies for a 4-2 victory Tuesday evening in the finals of the NCAA Men’s Tennis Championship.  

TULSA, Okla. – Seventh-seeded Texas won the doubles point, and junior Miguel Reyes Varela scored a decisive straight-set victory at sixth singles, but it wasn’t enough, as fourth-seeded Georgia posted a 4-2 victory over the Longhorns Tuesday evening in the finals of the NCAA Men’s Tennis Championship.

Georgia (27-3) wins its second straight NCAA team title, as the Longhorns finish the 2007-08 season – arguably the finest in school history – as the NCAA runner-up with a 25-6 record.  Texas swept all three spots on the NCAA All-Tournament doubles teams, as the Longhorn duos of freshmen Ed Corrie and Kellen Damico, senior Luis Diaz Barriga and Reyes Varela, and sophomores Dimitar Kutrovsky and Josh Zavala took all-tournament honors.  Reyes Varela also made the NCAA All-Tournament Team at No. 6 singles.

Texas opened the match with a win at third doubles, as Kutrovsky and Zavala dealt Travis Helgeson and Christian Vitulli an 8-3 defeat.  Diaz Barriga and Reyes Varela finished off the doubles session with an 8-6 win at second doubles over Luis Flores and Javier Garrapiz, as Texas assumed a 1-0 lead by taking its sixth doubles point in as many matches at the NCAA Championship.

Reyes Varela was broken early at sixth singles by Vitulli before pulling even at three-all in the first set.  Trailing 4-3, Reyes Varela took the next three games to finish off the first set, 6-4.  Reyes Varela took a 3-0 lead on his way to a 6-3 second-set win to close out the match and give Texas a 2-0 lead.

However, Georgia rallied gradually on its way to victories in the next four matches to close out the title victory.  UGA sophomore Nate Schnugg topped UT’s Damico at second singles, 6-4, 6-2, and sophomore Jamie Hunt outlasted Texas’ Diaz Barriga, 6-1, 6-4, at the fourth slot to even the tally at two.  Texas’ Corrie rallied from one set down to take the second set over Georgia’s Flores at third singles, 6-1, but Flores returned the favor in the third set, winning 6-1 to give the Bulldogs a 3-2 lead.

Texas’ Kutrovsky took the first set off of UGA’s Helgeson at first singles, 6-4, but Helgeson took the second set, 6-2, to force the decisive third set.  Kutrovsky took a 3-2 lead in the final set, but Helgeson seized control and took the last four games to clinch the match and seal the title victory for Georgia.

NCAA Men’s Tennis Championship – Finals
Michael D. Case Tennis Center – Tulsa, Okla.
No. 4 Georgia 4, No. 7 Texas 2
Doubles – Order of Finish:  3, 2
1 Corrie/Damico (UT) vs. Hunt/Schnugg (UGA) – DNF
2 Diaz Barriga/Reyes Varela (UT) def. Flores/Garrapiz (UGA) – 8-6
3 Kutrovsky/Zavala (UT) def. Helgeson/Vitulli (UGA) – 8-3

Singles – Order of Finish:  6, 2, 4, 3, 1
1 Travis Helgeson (UGA) def. Dimitar Kutrovsky (UT) – 4-6, 6-2, 6-3
2 Nate Schnugg (UGA) def. Kellen Damico (UT) – 6-4, 6-2
3 Luis Flores (UGA) def. Ed Corrie (UT) – 6-3, 1-6, 6-1
4 Jamie Hunt (UGA) def. Luis Diaz Barriga (UT) – 6-1, 6-4
5 Milan Mihailovic (UT) vs. Javier Garrapiz (UGA) – 6-4, 2-6, 2-2, susp.
6 Miguel Reyes Varela (UT) def. Christian Vitulli (UGA) – 6-4, 6-3

POST-MATCH NOTES

·  Texas falls to 34-26 all-time at the NCAA Championship after reaching the NCAA finals for the first time in school history.

·  With its doubles win over Georgia, Texas finished the season by winning 27 of 30 doubles points contested (a doubles session was not played in Texas’ loss to Baylor at the Big 12 Championship)

·  The Longhorns fell to 24-3 in matches where they have secured the doubles point (losses at Virginia and Texas Tech, vs. Georgia in NCAA finals).

·  Senior Milan Mihailovic finished his UT career tied for eighth on UT’s all-time singles wins list with 94 victories.

·  UT senior Luis Diaz Barriga finishes his career ranked 18th on UT’s all-time wins list with 84 singles victories; he finished the 2008 season with a 31-6 record and a 21-3 mark at No. 4 singles.

Ahhh, Mr. Helgeson, We Meet Again

It seems like only yesterday you were wearing the burnt orange. I remember your freshman year at the NCAAs in College Station where you beat a favored John Isner, to make All-American.

Helgeson the Traitor

A year later you had become one of the top-2 Americans in the country and a top-10 player. You lead the Longhorns to the semifinals. But that wasn’t enough. Something just didn’t make you happy on the 40 Acres, so you bolted for Athens and the comfort of playing #2 behind Big John and the easy National Championship. I mean, when you have the reigning U.S. Open Junior Doubles Champions playing #3 doubles, how do you lose?

Back to tonight’s match. I think the team’s match up well. Obviously Georgia won 4-2 at the indoors and are the favorite, but you have to like UT chances the way they have been playing. This will be UT’s first time in the championship, despite being the NCAAs all-time winningest program. Georgia is attempting to win their sixth national championship.

Here’s the line-up, strength vs. strength.
Doubles
#17 Jamie Hunt/Nate Schnugg (UGA) vs. #9 Ed Corrie/Kellen Damico (UT)
Luis Flores/Javier Garrapiz (UGA) vs. #53 Luis Diaz Barriga/Miguel Reyes Varela (UT)
Travis Helgeson/Christian Vitulli (UGA) vs. Dimitar Kutrovsky/Josh Zavala (UT)

Singles
#4 Travis Helgeson vs. #10 Dimitar Kutrovsky (UT)
#15 Nate Schnugg vs. #41 Kellen Damico (UT)
#59 Luis Flores vs. #47 Ed Corrie (UT)
#38 Jamie Hunt vs. Luis Diaz Barriga (UT)
#121 Javier Garrapiz vs. Milan Mihailovic (UT)
Christian Vitulli vs. Miguel Reyes Varela (UT)

Texas has to win the doubles and if you look at the rankings, they should get it. But we all know that is goofy. Hunt and Schnugg are great and as the Austin paper stated today, Hunt and Damico are best friends.

Truthfully, it is hard for me to root against Hunt. He’s a great kid from San Antonio who I have known for years. I have been lucky enough to watch him grow and saw every one of his U.S. Open matches. His grandfather played for UT and it was between Georgia, USC and Texas for college. I know he really wanted to go to UT, but thought he had a better shot at a NC at UGA.

Regardless, UT really needs the doubles point to gain momentum and I think they can get it. Georgia won the point at the Indoors, but the lineups were different.

In singles, I would love to see Helgeson choke, but he’s a gamer and the #1 line will be a battle. He beat Dmitri at the Indoors, 4 and 6. Edge Georgia.

Line two presents two guy who know each other very well. Hell, they won Junior Wimbledon together back in 2006. Damico actually has three wins over Schnugg, once in the back draw at Kalamazoo in 2006 and one at the Spring International in 2006. Damico beat Schnugg three in the third at the Indoors. Edge Texas.

Flores and Corrie at #3. Flores has been in and out of their lineup lately, but played well yesterday. Corrie has played well, but has just been meeting up with some better competition. I would give the edge to Georgia.

Hunt and Diaz Barriga. This may decide it all. Both are big-time gamers and are undefeated during the NCAAs. Kirk Bohls actually did an interesting article on Luigi a week ago in the Statesman. Center found him at the ITF in Tulsa years ago. His sister plays at Tulsa. He quit the team a little over a year ago after a match in Tulsa. His whole tennis life revolves around what happens in Tulsa. Edge Georgia, slightly.

At #5, Garrapiz vs. Mihailovic. Milan had a hiccup yesterday, but has been money all during this run. It was my fault because I jinxed him. I know he’s the underdog, but I am going to pick him to win the deciding match. Edge Texas.

I think UT has an edge here at six with Vitulli vs. Reyes Varela. Varela has played real well throughout and is a solid six. Edge Texas.

OK, so despite me saying UT should lose, I am going to be the optimist and say they win 4-3. Of course this could change if Georgia head coach Manuel Diaz, who has been known to jack with his lineup, makes some changes. Center has been playing his lineup the way you are supposed to, straight-up. If Georgia changes their lineup, I think it gives UT an even bigger advantage.

On the subject of Diaz, he’s a bit squirrelly. He kind of gives me the creeps. I have heard several stories of him trying to intimidate other coaches and steal players off other teams. I think people see him as such a good guy, but behind the scenes, there’s something a little seedy.

Oh well, that’s enough for now. Just remember to tune into ESPNU at 6 p.m. the action.

Texas Shocks UCLA, 4-2

The Texas Men have advanced to the NCAA finals, winning a 4-2 thriller over UCLA. They will face defending national champs, Georgia, a 4-3 winner over top-ranked UVA in the final.

San Antonio’s own Jamie Hunt clinched the final point for the Bulldogs, 6-0, in the third.

The final will be an interesting match-up between two teams with some history. Travis Helgeson, who left UT after two very successful seasons will have to play his former school. It will also be interesting for Hunt, whose grandfather played for UT, where most of his family also attended.

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No. 7 Texas Defeats No. 3 UCLA, Advances to NCAA Title Match

Longhorns take the doubles point and get singles wins from senior Luis Diaz Barriga, junior Miguel Reyes Varela and the second clincher in as many days from sophomore Dimitar Kutrovsky, as Texas advances to its first NCAA Championship match with a 4-2 win over third-seeded UCLA, defeating its second top-three opponent in as many days.

TULSA, Okla. – No. 7 Texas (25-5) continued its run through the NCAA Championship without surrendering the doubles point and collected singles wins from senior Luis Diaz Barriga, junior Miguel Reyes Varela and the second match-clinching victory from sophomore Dimitar Kutrovsky in as many days, as the Longhorns advanced to their first NCAA title match with a 4-2 win over third-seeded UCLA Monday in the NCAA semifinals.

Texas will take on defending NCAA Champion Georgia, a 4-3 NCAA semifinal winner over No. 1 Virginia, in Tuesday’s NCAA Championship match.  The contest will air live on ESPNU beginning at 6 p.m. Central from the University of Tulsa’s Michael D. Case Tennis Center.

Texas opened the match by taking its sixth straight doubles point dating back to its Big 12 semifinal match against Texas A&M.  Kutrovsky and sophomore Josh Zavala knocked off Jeremy Drean and Michael Look at the third slot, and Diaz Barriga and Reyes Varela held off Mathieu Dehaine and Holden Seguso at the second slot, 8-6, to clinch the doubles point.

UCLA immediately commenced a formidable rally, taking four of the first six sets.  The Bruins got on the board at third singles when Dehaine defeated UT freshman Ed Corrie in straight sets, 6-4, 6-2.  Drean gave the Bruins the lead when he knocked off senior Milan Mihailovic by a 7-6 (3), 6-2 count at fifth singles.

Diaz Barriga, who took his first set off of UCLA’s Look at fourth singles before surrendering the second, seized control of the match in the final set, winning 6-2 to even the team score at two-all.  Reyes Varela dropped his first set to the Bruins’ Nick Meister at sixth singles but took control from there, winning 6-3 in the second set before blanking Meister in the final set, 6-0, to give the Longhorns the lead for good and set the stage for Kutrovsky.

Kutrovsky, who already has earned All-America status this season by way of his 9-16 seed in the 64-player NCAA singles draw to be contested later this week, surrendered his first set to UCLA’s 23rd-ranked Srugo, 6-2.  However, just as he did a day earlier against Ohio State’s Bryan Koniecko, Kutrovsky rallied with a vengeance in the second set, winning 6-2 to force the decisive third set.

Kutrovsky opened the final set by holding serve, and Srugo followed suit.  Kutrovsky held once more for a 2-1 lead before breaking Srugo’s serve to assume a 3-1 third-set cushion.  Kutrovsky held at 4-1 before Srugo regained his serve to cut the deficit to 4-2.  The two held service in the ensuing two games before Kutrovsky held serve again to finish off Srugo, 6-3, and send the Longhorns to the NCAA Championship match.        

NCAA Men’s Tennis Championship – Semifinals
Michael D. Case Tennis Center – Tulsa, Okla.
No. 7 Texas 4, No. 3 UCLA 2
Doubles – Order of Finish:  3, 2
1 No. 42 Meister/Srugo (UCLA) vs. No. 10 Corrie/Damico (UT) – DNF
2 No. 53 Diaz Barriga/Reyes Varela (UT) def. Dehaine/Seguso (UCLA) – 8-6
3 Kutrovsky/Zavala (UT) def. Drean/Look (UCLA) – 8-5

Singles – Order of Finish:  3, 5, 4, 6, 1
1 No. 10 Dimitar Kutrovsky (UT) def. No. 23 Harel Srugo (UCLA) – 3-6, 6-2, 63-
2 Kellen Damico (UT) vs. Holden Seguso (UCLA) – 6-4, 5-7, 2-2, susp.
3 No. 40 Mathieu Dehaine (UCLA) def. No. 47 Ed Corrie (UT) – 6-4, 6-2
4 Luis Diaz Barriga (UT) def. Michael Look (UCLA) – 6-3, 1-6, 6-2
5 Jeremy Drean (UCLA) def. Milan Mihailovic (UT) – 7-6 (3), 6-2
6 Miguel Reyes Varela (UT) def. Nick Meister (UCLA) – 3-6, 6-3, 6-0

POST-MATCH NOTES

·  Texas improves to 34-25 all-time at the NCAA Championship and reaches the NCAA finals for the first time in program history.

·  Texas scored its first win, ever, over UCLA in nine tries; the Longhorns and Bruins had not matched up since the 2000 NCAA Championship, when UCLA dealt Texas a 4-0 defeat in the round of 16 in Athens, Ga.

·  Texas has now won 26 of 29 doubles points contested this season (a doubles session was not played in Texas’ loss to Baylor at the Big 12 Championship)

·  The Longhorns are 24-2 in matches where they have secured the doubles point (losses at Virginia and Texas Tech).

·  UT senior Luis Diaz Barriga now ranks 18th and now has 84 singles wins to his credit at Texas.

·  Diaz Barriga is 31-5 on the season and holds a 21-2 mark at No. 4 singles; Diaz Barriga holds an incredible 58-9 singles mark over the last two seasons.

·  Texas and Georgia met on Feb. 16 at the ITA National Team Indoor Championship in Seattle, Wash., where the Bulldogs defeated the Longhorns by a 4-2 count in the quarterfinals.

Cal, Kusano Top Baylor Women, 4-3

Texan Stephanie Kusano helped secure the doubles point, leading the Cal Bears to a huge semifinal win over Baylor, 4-3.

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Fifth-seeded Baylor Bears finish season at 32-3, the most successful season in program history.

TULSA, Okla. – The fifth-seeded Baylor women’s tennis team lost in the NCAA Tournament’s semifinals on Sunday at the Michael D. Case Tennis Center in Tulsa, Okla. The Bears were defeated by the California Golden Bears, 4-3, snapping a 15-match win streak.

Baylor finished its most successful season in program history at 32-3 and advancing to the NCAA Tournament semifinals.

After losing the doubles point, Baylor took Cal down to the last match in singles before the contest was decided. Cal leapt out to a 2-0 lead when No. 40 Claire Ilcinkas downed 99th-ranked Jana Bielikova on court four in straight sets. Baylor would counter with two wins at courts one and three, respectively, when Zuzana Zemenova, ranked No. 25, upset 20th-ranked Susie Babos in straight sets (7-5, 6-1) and No. 18 Lenka Broosova downed No. 35 Cristina Visico, 6-3, 6-2. Broosova’s victory marked her 19th straight singles win and raised her season record to 49-4. In addition, she finished the season undefeated at the No. 3 spot at 20-0.

After a Baylor loss at court six, Jelena Stanivuk, who had lost the first set (6-4) regrouped and took the final two sets (6-3, 6-2) on court five to even the match at 3-3. In the final match on the court, Taylor Ormond, ranked No. 43, had won the first set on court two over fourth-ranked Marina Cossou, 6-4, however Cossou countered with a 6-1 second-set victory. In the final set with the match tied at 1-1, Ormond began suffering leg cramps and eventually lost the third set 6-2.

“We had a great year; we accomplished things this program has never done before. I am so thankful that the Lord blessed us with this team. We’re going to come back and win this tournament some day; I have faith in this group. What hurt us is that I thought we were passive in some singles matches. Cal had three seniors out there and we basically were a very young team,” said head coach Joey Scrivano.
 
Zemenova, Broosova and Ormond will begin competition in the NCAA Singles Championships on Wednesday, May 21 while Zemenova and Broosova will begin doubles competition on May 22.

NCAA Championship Semifinals
Michael D. Case Tennis Center
May 19, 2008 at Tulsa, Okla.
#8 California 4, #5 Baylor 3
Singles
1. #25 Zuzana Zemenova (BU) def. #20 Susie Babos (CAL) 7-5, 6-1
2. #4 Marina Cossou (CAL) def. #43 Taylor Ormond (BU) 4-6, 6-1, 6-2
3. #18 Lenka Broosova (BU) def. #35 Cristina Visico (CAL) 6-3, 6-2
4. #40 Claire Ilcinkas (CAL) def. #99 Jana Bielikova (BU) 6-2, 6-4
5. Jelena Stanivuk (BU) def. Stephanie Kusano (CAL) 4-6, 6-3, 6-2
6. #92 Bojana Bobusic (CAL) def. Karolina Filipiak (BU) 6-3, 6-4

Doubles
1. #12 Babos/Kusano (CAL) def. #6 Broosova/Zemenova (BU) 8-4
2. Cossou/Ilcinkas (CAL) def. Ormond/Stanivuk (BU) 8-5
3. Susana Chmelarova/Filipiak (BU) vs. #54 Bobusic/Visico (CAL) DNF

Match Notes: California 21-5; National ranking #8 Baylor 32-3; National ranking #5 Order of finish: Doubles (1,2); Singles (4,1,3,6,5,2)

Laredo Junior College Men Win National Title

For the forth-straight year, Laredo Junior College has won the NJCAA Division I National Championship. Coached by Jamie Donjuan, the Palominos narrowly edged Tyler Junior College, 47 points to 41.

Winning their singles flights Moacir Santos (LJC – Flt 1), Francisco Segura (LJC – Flt 2), Maxime Moreau (LJC, Flt 4), Diego Troiano (LJC, Flt 5), Clay Cypert (TJC, Flt 6). Runners-up included Thibaud Aime  (TJC, runner up, Flt 2) and Jose Carlos Tolentino (LJC, runner up, Flt 3).

In the doubles, Laredo’s Santos and Segura topped Tyler’s Dominic McLuskey and Roman Petrunin at #1, 7-5, 6-4. Tyler’s Zack Goldsmith and John Haley beat Laredo’s Moreau and Tolentino, 6-4, ret. at line two. Tyler’s Aime and Cypert took the number three doubles bracket.

Texas Men Upset Ohio State; Baylor Falls

No. 7 Texas Upsets No. 2 Ohio State, 4-2, Advances to NCAA Semifinals

I don’t want to jinx anything, but after suggesting that Milan Mihailovic should have been in the lineup during the Big XII Final, he has played lights out. The Longhorns play a great match, come away with the doubles point, then get some great play pretty much all the way down the lineup. It was 3-0 before OSU knew what hot them.

UT-celebration

OFFICIAL UT RELEASE

Longhorns take the doubles point and get singles wins from Milan Mihailovic, Luis Diaz Barriga and Dimitar Kutrovsky in a 4-2 NCAA quarterfinal win over second-seeded Ohio State; Horns to meet UCLA or USC in the NCAA semifinals on Monday at 5 p.m. Central.

TULSA, Okla. – No. 7 Texas (24-5) took the doubles point and picked up singles victories from seniors Milan Mihailovic, Luis Diaz Barriga and the clincher from sophomore Dimitar Kutrovsky, as the Longhorns snapped second-seeded Ohio State’s 24-match winning streak and defeated the Buckeyes (35-2) by a 4-2 count Sunday in the quarterfinals of the 2008 NCAA  Men’s Tennis Championship.

The Longhorns advance to the NCAA semifinals for the second time in three seasons and the third time in the program’s history.  Texas joins Georgia, Baylor and Virginia as schools who have reached the NCAA semifinals at least twice in the last three seasons.  Texas will take on third-seeded UCLA, a 4-2 NCAA quarterfinal winner over sixth-seeded USC, in Monday’s semifinals at 5 p.m. Central.

As has been the case throughout the NCAA Championship, the Longhorns captured the doubles point.  Texas struck first at third doubles, where Kutrovsky and sophomore Josh Zavala dealt Matt Allare and Shuhei Uzawa an 8-4 defeat.  Freshmen Ed Corrie and Kellen Damico sealed the doubles point for Texas by knocking off the Buckeyes’ 10th-ranked duo of Bryan Koniecko and Steven Moneke to stake the Longhorns to a 1-0 lead.

Diaz Barriga split his first two sets with Ohio State’s Uzawa before pulling away to a 6-1 win in the final set to give Texas a 2-0 lead.  Mihailovic outlasted the Buckeyes’ Allare in a first-set tiebreaker, 7-4, at fifth singles and registered his lone service break of Allare at the most opportunistic time, as led 5-4 in the second set and broke Allare’s serve to take the second set, 6-4 and give Texas a 3-0 lead.

Ohio State trimmed the Texas lead to 3-1 when Balazs Novak dealt Miguel Reyes Varela a 6-2, 6-2 defeat at sixth singles, and the Buckeyes pulled within 3-2 when Moneke outlasted Damico at the second slot, 6-4, 1-6, 6-2.

Ohio State’s Koniecko handily dispatched Kutrovsky in the first set, but Texas’ sophomore All-American rebounded with a solid 6-2 second-set win to prolong the match.  Koniecko broke Kutrovsky early in the final set, but Kutrovsky immediately broke back and took a 3-2 lead.  Serving 5-3 and ad-in, Kutrovsky converted his first serve and watched as Koniecko’s return sailed long, as Kutrovsky nailed down the 6-3 third-set victory to secure the fourth and clinching point for Texas.
 
NCAA Men’s Tennis Championship – Quarterfinals
(7) Texas 4, (2) Ohio State 2
Doubles – Order of Finish:  3, 1
1 No. 9 Corrie/Damico (UT) def. No. 10 Koniecko/Moneke (OSU) – 8-5
2 Diaz Barriga/Reyes Varela (UT) vs. No. 14 Eberly/Kronauge (OSU) – 7-6, susp.
3 Kutrovsky/Zavala (UT) def. Allare/Uzawa (OSU) – 8-4

Singles – Order of Finish:  4, 5, 6, 2, 1
1 Dimitar Kutrovsky (UT) def. Bryan Koniecko (OSU) – 1-6, 6-2, 6-3
2 Steven Moneke (OSU) def. Kellen Damico (UT) – 6-4, 1-6, 6-2
3 Ed Corrie (UT) vs. Justin Kronauge (OSU) – 6-7 (8), 5-3, susp.
4 Luis Diaz Barriga (UT) def. Shuhei Uzawa (OSU) – 6-1, 2-6, 6-1
5 Milan Mihailovic (UT) def. Matt Allare (OSU) – 7-6 (4), 6-4
6 Balazs Novak (OSU) def. Miguel Reyes Varela (UT) – 6-2, 6-2

 

UVA 4, Baylor 2

This match came down to line 3 in the singles. Baylor had to have it and you would’ve thought the way Galic could’ve had this one. You knew they were not going to win the doubles point. Poerschke is not playing well enough to beat Somdev and nobody is beating Mueller and Lukacs. I mean seriously, Lukacs is my picks for the individual title this week. The guy can flat-out play. Bucko was going to have to catch Shabaz on a bad day. That meant wins by Rux and Mueller. So close.

OFFICIAL BAYLOR RELEASE

Ninth-seeded Bears finish season at 25-9.

Denes Lukacs won his 14th straight match with his win vs. Virginia.
 
TULSA, Okla. – The ninth-seeded Baylor men’s tennis team lost in the NCAA Tournament’s quarterfinals on Sunday at the Michael D. Case Tennis Center in Tulsa, Okla. The Bears were defeated by the top-seeded and undefeated Virginia Cavaliers, 4-2.

Baylor finished its season with a 25-9 record while Virginia moves to 32-0.

After Virginia claimed the doubles point with wins at courts three and one, respectively, singles proved to be a much tighter competition.

The Cavaliers earned their second point when Michael Shabaz downed Attila Bucko 6-2, 6-4 on court five. Baylor countered when Dominik Mueller followed suit, defeating Sanam Singh on court four 6-3, 6-4. The Cavs gained their third point when top-ranked Somdev Devvarman triumphed over No. 8 Lars Poerschke 6-3, 6-2. Baylor inched closer when Denes Lukacs, ranked No. 9, beat 28th-ranked Treat Huey on court two 6-4, 7-5.

With Baylor players Jordan Rux and David Galic still on the court, the Bears needed to take both matches to secure the victory. After losing the first set 7-6 (2) on court six, Rux countered with a 6-3 second-set win while Galic, on court three, had won his first set 7-6 (3) and lost the second one 6-3. Virginia’s Dominic Ingot, ranked No. 17, triumphed in the final set 7-5 over Galic to clinch the victory for Virginia.

“Congratulations to Virginia. They played great and deserved to win. I thought they knocked us out in a couple of spots in singles and put themselves in a real good position where they had to win just one of the two matches out there late. It came down to a couple of shots. I’m proud of our guys, we have nothing to be ashamed of. That team beat us 7-0 a couple of months ago. We finished on a good note, we fought hard down to the end and that’s all you can do, you’ve got to give Virginia credit,” said head coach Matt Knoll.
 
NCAA Tournament Quarterfinals
Michael D. Case Tennis Center
May 18, 2008 at Tulsa, Okla.
#1 Virginia 4, #9 Baylor 2
Singles
1. #1 Somdev Devvarman (UVA) def. #8 Lars Poerschke (BU) 6-3, 6-2
2. #9 Denes Lukacs (BU) def. #28 Treat Huey (UVA) 6-4, 7-6 (7-5)
3. #17 Dominic Inglot (UVA) def. David Galic (BU) 6-7 (3-7), 6-3, 7-5
4. #79 Dominik Mueller (BU) def. Sanam Singh (UVA) 6-3, 6-4
5. Michael Shabaz (UVA) def. Attila Bucko (BU) 6-2, 6-4
6. Ted Angelinos (UVA) vs. Jordan Rux (BU) DNF

Doubles
1. #1 Devvarman/Huey (UVA) def. Galic/Lukacs (BU) 8-1
2. Inglot/Shabaz (UVA) vs. Poerschke/Bucko (BU) DNF
3. Houston Barrick/Singh (UVA) def. Jordan Rux/Dominik Mueller (BU) 8-3
Order of finish: Doubles (3,1); Singles (5,4,1,2,3)

Baylor Women Upset Stanford, 4-1

Fifth-seeded Bears down fourth-seeded Stanford, 4-1.
  
TULSA, Okla. – The fifth-seeded Baylor women’s tennis team advanced to the NCAA Championship semifinals for the first time in program history by downing fourth-seeded Stanford, 4-1, on Saturday at the Michael D. Case Tennis Center in Tulsa, Okla.

Baylor improved its record on the year to 32-2, extending its win streak to 15 matches. The loss snapped Stanford’s 10-match win streak and marked just its second loss in its last 28 NCAA Tournament matches. The Cardinal finished the season with a 23-5 record.

En route to the victory the Bears earned the doubles point and won singles matches at courts one, three and five.

Doubles proved to be a thrilling event. Sixth-ranked Zuzana Zemenova and Lenka Broosova downed Stanford’s ninth-ranked Hilary Barte and Lindsay Burdette, 8-2 to walk off the court first. Stanford’s Celia Durkin and Carolyn McVeigh posted an 8-6 win over Zuzana Chmelarova and Karolina Filipiak on court three.

At that point, Baylor’s Taylor Ormond and Jelena Stanivuk trailed the 49th-ranked Whitney Deason and Jessica Nguyen 6-4. Deason held her serve and the Baylor duo trailed 7-4. From that point on, the Ormond and Stanivuk tandem didn’t allow the Stanford duo a game, winning five straight to pull out the doubles point for the Bears, 9-7. In the final game, with Baylor leading 40-30, Ormond double faulted to squander a match point. At deuce, Ormond hit long, then with Stanford holding the advantage, Stanivuk produced the first of three overhead smash winners. Deason hit a cross-court winner to go get back to deuce then Stanivuk smashed a service return to give the Bears another match point. Deason countered with another cross-court winner and then Stanivuk smashed another service return for a winner. Baylor’s match point came when Nguyen returned Ormond’s serve into the net.
   
As usual, Broosova was the first Baylor player off the court when she breezed past Durkin, 6-1, 6-2 but Stanford gained a point when No. 66 Burdette downed 99th-ranked Jana Bielikova, 6-2, 6-2 on court four. Jelena Stanivuk chalked up the Bears’ third point with a 6-3, 6-2 win on court five. The victory by Broosova extended her win streak to 18-matches while Stanivuk has now won 11 in a row.

In clinching the match for the Bears, 25th-ranked Zemenova upset third-ranked Barte on court one in straight sets, 6-4, 6-4. The win was Zemenova’s 13th consecutive victory of the year while it was Barte’s first loss at the No. 1 position where she is now 19-1.

The Bears will now face eighth-seeded California a 4-2 winner over top-seeded Northwestern. That semifinal match will begin at 12 p.m. on Monday, May 19.

“This is something we have been planning for the whole year, actually the last six years. It’s just great that we were able to beat such a good opponent like Stanford. I am really proud of the way my team played today, but we still have a lot of work to do. We’re not here to make the final four, we’re here to win the championship,” said head coach Joey Scrivano.

NCAA Championship Quarterfinals
Michael D. Case Tennis Center
May 16, 2008 at Tulsa, Okla.
#5 Baylor 4, #4 Stanford 1
Singles
1. #25 Zuzana Zemenova (BU) def. #3 Hilary Barte (STAN) 6-4, 6-2
2. #13 Jessica Nguyen (STAN) vs. #43 Taylor Ormond (BU) DNF
3. #18 Lenka Broosova (BU) def. #65 Celia Durkin (STAN) 6-1, 6-2
4. #66 Lindsay Burdette (STAN) def. #99 Jana Bielikova (BU) 6-2, 6-2
5. Jelena Stanivuk (BU) def. #68 Whitney Deason (STAN) 6-3, 6-2
6. #95 Carolyn McVeigh (STAN) vs. Karolina Filipiak (BU) DNF

Doubles
1. #6 Zuzana Zemenova/Lenka Broosova (BU) def. #9 Lindsay Burdette/Hilary Barte (STAN) 8-2
2. Taylor Ormond/Jelena Stanivuk (BU) def. #49 Whitney Deason/Jessica Nguyen (STAN) 9-7
3. Celia Durkin/Carolyn McVeigh (STAN) def. Zuzana Chmelarova/Karolina Filipiak (BU) 8-6
Order of finish: Doubles (1,3,2); Singles (3,4,5,1)

Baylor Women Top Miami; Face Stanford in Quarters

The fifth-seeded Baylor women’s tennis team advanced to the NCAA Championship quarterfinals by downing 12th-seeded Miami, 4-1, on Thursday morning at the Michael D. Case Tennis Center in Tulsa, Okla. Baylor will now take on fourth-seeded Stanford, a 4-0 winner over Clemson, at 11 a.m. on Saturday, May 17.

Baylor, ranked No. 5, moves to 31-2 on the season while Miami ends its year at 17-6. The Bears, who extended their win streak to 14 matches, will be making their second quarterfinal appearance in program history. In 2006, the Bears advanced to the quarterfinals but lost to Florida, 4-0.

As they did when they posted a 4-1 road win over Miami on Feb. 17, the Bears won the doubles point. The start of doubles was delayed 30 minutes due to wet courts and, after 25 minutes of action, play was halted when a light sprinkle made the courts slippery. After a 50-minute delay, play was resumed and no further interruptions occurred.

Baylor’s Zuzana Chmelarova and Karolina Filipiak held a 5-0 lead when play was halted and once action resumed, went on to post an 8-4 triumph. The sixth-ranked tandem of Zuzana Zemenova and Lenka Broosova held a 2-1 edge over Miami’s 20th-ranked Romy Farah and Laura Vallverdu when the weather break came, but the Baylor tandem after falling behind 4-2 once play resumed, reeled off six straight wins to post an 8-4 victory and clinch the doubles point for the Bears.

Broosova, the first off the court for Baylor in singles, notched her 17th straight singles victory and remained undefeated at the No. 3 spot at 18-0. The sophomore raised her team-best season singles record to 47-4 and she is now 31-1 in dual match action. The 18th-ranked Broosova breezed past No. 64 Michaela Kissell, 6-1, 6-3. At No. 5, Jelena Stanivuk gave the Bears their third point with a straight-sets win over Caren Seenauth, 6-3, 6-2.

Baylor’s most dramatic match of the day came from No. 99 Jana Bielikova on court four. After losing the first set 6-0 to Bianca Eichkorn, the junior mounted a tremendous comeback to claim the next two sets by identical 6-2 scores, and clinch the match for the Bears.

Miami’s lone point of the day came when Farah downed Ormond on court two, 7-6(7), 6-1.

“I thought we played well today, I was proud of how our players came out in doubles and took the point. In singles we had some tough match-ups today, going into this match I really thought Miami had some favorable match-ups in a bunch of courts. We knew it was going to be a real battle and I’m really proud that our team found a way to win,” said head coach Joey Scrivano.

Baylor 4, Miami 1
Doubles
1. #6 Lenka Broosova/Zuzana Zemenova (BU) def. #20 Romy Farah/Laura Vallverdu (M) 8-4
2. Taylor Ormond/Jelena Stanivuk (BU) vs. Bianca Eichkorn/Caren Seenauth (M) DNF
3. Zuzana Chmelarova/Karolina Filipiak (BU) vs. Jenna Osborne/Michaela Kissell (M) 8-4

Singles

1. #25 Zuzana Zemenova (BU) vs. #19 Laura Vallverdu (M) DNF
2. #100 Romy Farah (BU) def. #43 Taylor Ormond (BU) 7-6(7), 6-1
3. #19 Lenka Broosova (BU) def. #64 Michaela Kissell 6-1, 6-3
4. #99 Jana Bielikova (BU) def. Bianca Eichkorn (M) 0-6, 6-2, 6-2
5. Jelena Stanivuk (BU) def. Caren Seenauth (M) 6-3, 6-2
6. Karolina Filipiak (BU) vs. Claudia Wasilewski (M) DNF

Order of Finish: Doubles – 3, 1; Singles – 3, 5, 2, 4