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.
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
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
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)