A&M’s Krajicek To Face Calleri In U.S. Open First Round Wednesday

Texas A&M All-American men’s tennis player Austin Krajicek (pronounced CRY-check) will take on Agustin Calleri of Argentina in the first round of the U.S. Open men’s singles draw tomorrow at 10 a.m. (CT). 

Krajicek, a sophomore left-hander from Brandon, Fla., (but who know lives with his family in Bryan) earned a wild-card entry into the grand slam event after winning the USTA Boys 18’s National Championships title earlier this month in Kalamazoo, Mich. He will challenge No. 49-ranked Calleri on Court 4 at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center. The winner of the match will move on to face either fifth-seeded and fifth-ranked Nikolay Davydenko of Russia or Dudi Sela of Israel in the second round.

 

The 2008 co-Big 12 Conference Freshman of the Year and co-Big 12 Conference Newcomer of the Year is making his first appearance in the main draw of men’s singles competition which includes top-ranked Rafael Nadal of Spain and four-time defending U.S. Open champion Roger Federer of Switzerland. Krajicek is currently ranked No. 892 in the world and competed this summer on the USTA Futures Pro Circuit as an amateur. He is the only current college player in the 128-player draw.

 

Live scoring of the match can be followed at the U.S. Open website at: www.usopen.org.

Groce Dismissed at Tech?

Texas Tech women’s coach, Cari Groce, has either been dismissed or resigned within the last 48 hours, depending on what sources you hear it from.

You wouldn’t know it from the Tech website, so it seems that they are attempting to sweep something under the rug. Todd Petty is listed as interim coach on the school’s official website.

One version of the story claims Groce was looking for some ‘personal time’ after going through some personal issues. Another was that there was some inappropriate activities going on during road trips, combined with the lack of success of the team. This combined with the fact that it has been known that she had ruffled some feathers on campus, including losing an assistant coach last fall.

Regardless, something is up. You don’t just get a new coach two weeks before school starts.

A&M’s Krajicek Earns Wild Card into U.S. Open

Texas A&M’s Austin Krajicek, of Bryan, has earned a wild card into the U.S. Open Men’s Draw.

Krajicek, who recently moved to Bryan with his family and plays for Texas A&M,  earned his wild card into the main draw after winning the USTA Boys’ 18s National Championship in Kalamazoo, Mich. On the USTA Pro Circuit this summer, he reached the quarterfinals at the $10,000 Futures event in Godfrey, Ill. in July and the semifinals at the $10,000 Futures event in Mansfield in 2007.

The fifth-seeded Krajicek captured the 18 singles national championship at the USTA Boys’ 18 & 16 National Championships, beating eighth-seed Ryan Thacher (Studio City, CA), 2-6, 6-2, 6-2, 6-0, in the best-of-five-sets final at Kalamazoo College’s Stowe Stadium. In the semifinals, he bested the top-seeded Harrison, 7-5, 6-1.

Schmidt Named Rice Women’s Tennis Coach

Elizabeth Schmidt Named Women’s Tennis Coach

Schmidt returns to Rice after spending two seasons as an assistant coach at Notre Dame.

HOUSTON – Rice Director of Athletics Chris Del Conte announced the hiring of Elizabeth Schmidt as women’s tennis head coach Thursday afternoon. Schmidt replaces Roger White, who resigned on August 1st.

“It has always been my aspiration to be a head coach at an institution that provides both the resources and environment to be a top-ranked program,” Schmidt said. “I’m thrilled about the opportunity to rejoin Rice athletics. I would like to thank Chris Del Conte and Leslie Claybrook for putting their trust in me to lead the women’s tennis program.”

“Rice has an excellent academic and athletic tradition,” Schmidt continued. “My goal as head coach will be to recruit and develop players that can help Rice achieve national prominence and win Conference USA championships while also excelling in the classroom. I will work passionately and diligently to make these goals a reality at Rice.”

Success on the tennis court and in the classroom has been a trademark of Schmidt’s teams as an assistant coach during her tenures at Notre Dame and Rice.

The Fighting Irish compiled a 50-13 record over the last two seasons, including a program-best 28-4 mark en route to the NCAA quarterfinals in 2007. Notre Dame upended 13 teams ranked in the Top 25 and ended that season with a No. 7 ranking. The Irish reached the NCAA Second Round last season and TennisRecruiting.net gave Notre Dame’s incoming recruiting class a No. 3 ranking.

“We’re excited to have someone with Elizabeth’s credentials leading our women’s tennis program,” Del Conte said. “She possesses all of the necessary tools to build a program that will compete on the national stage.”

The Owls reached a pair of conference finals during Schmidt’s two seasons in 2005 and 2006. The Owls won the 2006 C-USA title en route to the program’s first NCAA Tournament appearance. Both Rice teams also achieved national rankings with the 2005 squad peaking at No. 29.

As a player at UCLA, Schmidt was a member of two teams that reached the NCAA Quarterfinals in 1997 and 2000. She also reached the NCAA individual singles and doubles Tournament twice in addition to racking up NCAA All-American Doubles accolades.

Schmidt received three Pac-10 All-Academic selections. After graduation, Schmidt joined the Women’s Tennis Association (WTA) professional tour, ultimately achieving a Top 140 international ranking.

“My playing career has greatly aided my coaching career,” Schmidt said. “Competing at UCLA and on the professional tour exposed me to the highest levels of tennis. This hands-on experience will allow me to recruit top student-athletics to Rice.”

Rice is coming off a 17-5 campaign where Julie Chao and Dominique Karas earned All-Conference USA First-Team singles selections. The Owls also notched their 10th consecutive ITA All-Academic Team award earlier this week. Kristina Kraszewski will remain at Rice as an assistant coach.