Aggie Women Day 2 at Milwaukee Tennis Classic

The Texas A&M women’s team won two of three doubles matches against Alabama and three of seven singles matches against Wisconsin on Day 2 of the 33rd Annual Milwaukee Tennis Classic, hosted by Marquette University and the Western Racquet Club.

“It was mixed reviews today,” A&M coach Bobby Kleinecke said. “I was proud with our comeback in the doubles. Basically we snatched victory from defeat in doubles, but snatched defeat from victory in the singles for the most part.”

A&M opened the day taking on Alabama in doubles. Christi Liles and Elzé Potgieter defeated Paulina Bigos and Tiffany Welcher of Alabama, 8-5, at the No. 1 line. At the No. 2 line, A&M’s Morgan Frank and Sheri Olivier were down 5-0 but came back to win 8-6.

“The girls scrapped and were able to win two of three doubles matches, but we are short a player with Stephanie Davidson being out (illness),” Kleinecke said.

Alabama’s Bianca Svensson and Lindsey Taylor prevented the doubles sweep by defeating Christina Amo and Lauren Santacroce, 8-5.

The Aggies let some matches slip away against Wisconsin in singles.

“We were in control at the start, but it was like we became afraid to close out the matches,” Kleinecke said. “We were not controlling play or making adjustments on several of the courts, and it cost us.”

Frank and Olivier notched straight set wins, and Amo got a three-set victory over Erin Jobe. Meanwhile, three of A&M’s four singles losses went to three sets.

“Morgan, Sheri and Christina did well and came through with wins, but we were up a set or had set point on some of the other courts and couldn’t close it out. We let some matches slip away. It’s a young team, and we have to learn from this. The losses today haven’t hurt us if we learned the lesson. I feel like the girls will come back tomorrow and mean business.”

The Aggies conclude the three-day tournament on Sunday, taking on Alabama in singles at 11 a.m. and Wisconsin in doubles at 1 p.m.

A post system will be used to determine the champions of the four-team tournament, which concludes on Sunday afternoon. Fall season results count toward only individual records and do not count as a team competition.

A&M Day 2 Results:

Women’s Doubles — Alabama vs Texas A&M

Christi Liles/Elzé Potgieter (A&M) def. Paulina Bigos/Tiffany Welcher (BAMA), 8-5

Morgan Frank/Sheri Olivier (A&M) def. Alice Tunaru/Meritt Emery (BAMA), 8-6

Bianca Svensson/Lindsey Taylor (BAMA) Christina Amo/Lauren Santacroce (A&M), 8-5


Women’s Singles — Wisconsin vs Texas A&M

Elizabeth Carpenter (UW) def. Elzé Potgieter (A&M) 7-6, 2-6, 1-0 (10-5)

Alaina Trgovich (UW) def. Christi Liles (A&M), 7-5, 6-2

Morgan Frank (A&M) def. Emese Kardhordo (UW), 6-2, 6-1

Sheri Olivier (A&M) def. Katya Mirnova (UW), 6-4, 6-3

Aleksandra Markovic (UW) def. Ashley Turpin (A&M), 4-6, 7-5, 1-0 (10-6)

Jessica Seyferth (UW) def. Lauren Santacroce (A&M), 2-6, 7-5, 1-0 (10-8)

Christina Amo (A&M) def. Erin Jobe (UW), 6-0, 5-7, 1-0 (10-8)


A&M Day 1 Results

A&M vs. Wisconsin (doubles)

Christi Liles/Elzé Potgieter (A&M) def. Elizabeth Carpenter/Jessica Seyferth (UW), 8-3

Morgan Frank/Lauren Santacroce (A&M) def. Katya Mirnova/Aleksandra Markovic (UW), 8-6

Angela Chupa/Alaina Trgovich (UW) def. Sheri Olivier/Ashley Turpin (A&M), 8-7 (4)


A&M vs. Marquette (singles)

Elzé Potgieter (A&M) def. Lauren Little (MU), 6-4, 6-0

Morgan Frank (A&M) def. Paola Calderon (MU), 6-3, 6-3

Christi Liles (A&M) def. Rachael Hush (MU), 6-2, 6-3

Sheri Olivier (A&M) def. Robin Metzler (MU), 6-4, 6-0

Ashley Turpin (A&M) def. Gillian Hush (MU), 7-5, 6-3

Lauren Santacroce (A&M) def. Elly Strother (MU), 6-1, 2-6, 1-0 (11-9)

Christina Amo (A&M) def. Maggie Wilson (MU), 6-0, 6-0

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Longhorn Men Get Day 2 Wins

A Longhorn quintet collected singles victories on the second day of action Saturday at the three-team Olympia Fields Invitational.

Junior Josh Zavala went three sets with Florida State’s Chris Cloer and emerged with a 6-4, 4-6, 6-4 win.  Senior Miguel Reyes Varela added a 6-2, 6-4 win over Illinois’ Billy Heiser, and junior Rook Schellenberg dealt Illinois’ Calon Alpar a 6-4, 6-0 defeat. 

Junior Jon Wiegand added a 7-5, 4-6, 6-4 win over Illinois’ Connor Roth, and junior transfer Olivier Sajous knocked off Illinois’ Waylon Chin, 6-3, 6-4.

Texas concludes play at the Olympia Fields Invitational on Sunday.  

Olympia Fields Invitational – Day Two Singles Results

Meedo El Tabakh (ILL) def. Jon Wiegand (UT) 7-6 (7), 7-6 (6)

Josh Zavala (UT) def. Chris Cloer (FSU) 6-4,4-6, 6-4

Miguel Reyes Varela (UT) def. Billy Heiser (ILL) 6-2, 6-4

Jordan Knue (ILL) def. Jonah Kane-West (UT) 5-7, 6-3, 6-4

Clint Bowles (FSU) def. Kellen Damico (UT) 7-5, (Ret.)

Abe Souza (ILL) def. Rook Schellenberg (UT) 7-6 (4), 6-2

Rook Schellenberg (UT) def. Calon Alpar (ILL) 6-4, 6-0

Roy Kalmanovich (ILL) def. Olivier Sajous (UT) 5-7, 6-2, 6-3

Jon Wiegand (UT) def. Connor Roth (ILL) 7-5, 4-6, 6-4

Chris Reiman (FSU) def. Jonah Kane-West (UT) 6-4, 7-5

Jordan Knue (ILL) def. Josh Zavala (UT) 6-4, 6-1

Clint Bowles (FSU) def. Miguel Reyes Varela (UT) 7-5, 6-4

Olivier Sajous (UT) def. Waylon Chin (ILL) 6-3, 6-4

Rice Men at ULL Fall Invite Day 1

Tobias Scheil and Dennis Polyakov of the Rice men’s tennis team waited through a rainy day before opening the fall season Friday with an impressive 8-4 doubles victory against Memphis’ Spencer Heflin and Jorge Vazquez under the lights at the Ramada Inn-LCVC ULL Fall Invite.

The Owls had its fall opener, the Holiday Inn Astrodome Rice Invite, cancelled due to Hurricane Ike last weekend.

The win for Scheil and Polyakov places the pair into the quarterfinals of the A Doubles Flight. A full slate of action is on-tap for Saturday. Scheil, Polyakov and Vishnu Rajam are scheduled to compete in singles.

Longhorn Men Pick Up Seven Wins on Day One of Olympia Fields Invitational

UT collects three doubles wins and four singles wins on first day of three-day event


Texas collected three doubles wins and three singles victories on the opening day of competition Friday at the Olympia Fields Invitational, a three-day event featuring UT, host Illinois and Florida State.


Sophomore Kellen Damico and junior Jon Wiegand picked up two wins to lead the Longhorns in the doubles session.  The duo knocked off Illinois’ Connor Roth and Roy Kalmanovich by an 8-3 count before dealing Florida State’s Clint Bowles and Chris Cloer an 8-4 defeat.  Juniors Josh Zavala and Rook Schellenberg tallied the final doubles win by an 8-4 count over Illinois’ Waylon Chin and Connor Roth.


Damico went on to post a lengthy 6-2, 4-6, 7-5 win over Illinois’ Billy Heiser, and junior transfer Olivier Sajous, playing his first singles match as a Longhorn, posted an impressive 6-2, 6-3 win over Florida State’s Maciek Sykut. 


Senior Miguel Reyes Varela dispatched Illinois’ Ruan Roelosfe in straight sets, 6-2, 7-6 (0), and Zavala tacked on a 6-4, 2-6, 7-5 win over Florida State’s Andrew Bailey.


Texas continues play in the Olympia Fields Invitational on Saturday.


Olympia Fields Invitational


Damico/Wiegand (UT) def. Roth/Kalmanovich (UI) – 8-3

Sykut/Bailey (FSU) def. Reyes Varela/Olivier Sajous (UT) – 8-3

Souza/Knue (UI) def. Zavala/Kane-West (UT) – 9-8 (3)

Damico/Wiegand (UT) def. Bowles/Cloer (FSU) – 8-4

Roelosfe/Heiser (UI)  def. Reyes Varela/Sajous (UT) – 8-6

Zavala/Schellenberg (UT) def. Chin/Roth (UI) – 8-4



Connor Roth (UI) def. Jonah Kane-West (UT) – 6-7 (7), 6-2, 6-1

Waylon Chin (UI) def. Jon Wiegand (UT) – 6-7 (3), 7-6 (9), 6-3

Olivier Sajous (UT) def. Maciek Sykut (FSU) – 6-2, 6-3

Jordan Knue (UI) def. Rook Schellenberg (UT) – 6-1, 3-6, 6-3

Josh Zavala (UT) def. Andrew Bailey (FSU) – 6-4, 2-6, 7-5

Miguel Reyes Varela (UT) def. Ruan Roelosfe (UI) – 6-2, 7-6 (0)

Kellen Damico (UT) def. Billy Heiser (UI) – 6-2, 4-6, 7-5

Aggie Women Open Season on High Note

The Texas A&M women’s tennis team opened its fall season by winning all seven singles matches and two of three doubles matches on the first day of the 33rd Annual Milwaukee Tennis Classic, hosted by Marquette University and the Western Racquet Club.

“We had a good first day,” A&M coach Bobby Kleinecke said. “It’s only the first tournament, so we were just trying to get through first-match jitters. We didn’t play our best, but we played well enough to win. We are just trying to improve each day.”

The Aggies opened with doubles matches against Wisconsin in the morning. The A&M duo of Christi Liles and Elzé Potgieter recorded an 8-3 victory over Badgers Elizabeth Carpenter and Jessica Seyferth, and A&M’s Morgan Frank and Lauren Santacroce pulled out an 8-6 victory against Katya Mirnova and Aleksandra Markovic.

A&M freshmen Sheri Olivier and Ashley Turpin fought back after being down 5-2 to Wisconsin’s Angela Chupa and Alaina Trgovich, but their comeback came up short in an 8-7 (4) loss.

“Morgan and Lauren came through with a big doubles win,” Kleinecke said. “The match was even all the way, and they did a great job. Sheri and Ashley fought back to make it close it their match. That was key because it helped take the pressure off of Morgan and Lauren.

“We are playing without Stephanie Davidson, who is under the weather, and that was a key factor. If we had her, we would not have lost any of the doubles matches.”

In the afternoon matches, the Aggies swept Marquette in singles, winning six of the seven matches in straight sets. Santacroce completed the Aggies’ perfect day in singles by eking out a 6-1, 2-6, 1-0 (11-9) victory against junior Elly Strother.

The Aggies continue the three-day tournament tomorrow, taking on Alabama in doubles at 9 a.m. and Wisconsin in singles at 3 p.m.

A post system will be used to determine the champions of the four-team tournament, which concludes on Sunday afternoon. Fall season results count toward only individual records and do not count as a team competition.

Krajicek Travels With US Davis Cup Team to Spain

Texas A&M men’s tennis All-American Austin Krajicek (pronounced CRY-check) will serve as a practice player for the U.S. Davis Cup team as it prepares for this weekend’s semifinal tie with Spain. The Americans are the defending Davis Cup champions.

A 6-foot-1 sophomore lefthander from Brandon, Fla., Krajicek is gaining valuable time with the world’s best players on an international stage. The American squad is comprised of World No. 8 Andy Roddick, World No. 39 Sam Querry (who replaced World No. 10 James Blake), World No. 23 Mardy Fish (who replaced Bob Bryan) and World No. 1 doubles player Mike Bryan. The U.S. will prepare for a showdown with Spain’s lefty-dominated lineup that is headlined by World No. 1 Rafael Nadal.

The U.S. Davis Cup team will face off against Spain on Sept. 19-21 at the Plaza de Toros Las Ventas in Madrid. Argentina and Russia battle in the other semifinal in Buenos Aires, Argentina.

The invitation extended by U.S. Davis Cup captain Patrick McEnroe continues a busy summer for Krajicek that has already seen him win the USTA Boys 18’s National Championship title in Kalamazoo, Mich., and compete in the U.S. Open men’s main draw as the field’s youngest player at age 18 and lone collegian.

“It is a great honor for Austin to be chosen to participate with the Davis Cup team in Spain,” Texas A&M head coach Steve Denton said. “It speaks volumes about his accomplishments this past year, especially becoming an All-American as a freshman and his great win at Kalmazoo this summer at the Boys 18’s National Championships. His recent success is a beacon of light for college tennis as a valid pathway to the pros.”

Denton said the week of training with McEnroe and the U.S. Davis Cup squad is a great audition for Krajicek, who has a goal of competing in the Davis Cup in the future.

“I’m sure Patrick (McEnroe) wants to see (Krajicek) up close and gauge what kind of player he is,” Denton said. “To see if he’s a good enough fit down the road, and also see what his work ethic is like and how he reacts to a team setting. Those are things I love about Austin because he’s really good in those areas.”


Added Krajicek, “I hope I can make a good showing because it would be really nice if I could someday play for the Davis Cup team. My dream is to be a pro tennis player so being on the Davis Cup team is one of my goals. If I do well and have a good couple of practice days, I’d have a better shot in the future of being there.”

Krajicek is among three known Aggie men’s tennis players to ever participate with a Davis Cup Team. Former two-time A&M All-American Grant Connell (1984-85) was a 10-year veteran for his native Canada and Kimmo Alkio (1982-86) was a five-year veteran for his native Finland.

Aggies Head ITA Preseason Rankings

Texas A&M’s Conor Pollock (pronounced PAUL-luck), Austin Krajicek (pronounced CRY-check), Wil Spencer and Chris Chirico (pronounced CHUH-ree-co) were among the top collegiate tennis players in the country to headline the Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) preseason rankings released on Monday.

Pollock, a San Antonio native entering his senior season for the Aggies, came in at No. 17 after posting a 22-15 overall record a year ago including 14 dual match victories at No. 1 singles. The two-time All-Big 12 singles selection is four wins away from entering the career 50-Win Club at A&M. He and sophomore Austin Krajicek (Brandon, Fla.) earned All-America honors after reaching the NCAA Doubles Championship semifinals for the first time in school history in May. It’s no surprise that the duo returns as one of the top combinations in all of college tennis this season earning a preseason No. 4 ranking in doubles after finishing the 2007-08 campaign with a near flawless 10-1 dual record.

Krajicek and sophomore Wil Spencer (Ponce de Leon, Fla.) were ranked No. 97 and No. 102 respectively in singles after turning in one of the best freshmen seasons in program history in 2007-08. Krajicek, fresh off a wild-card berth in the U.S. Open, posted a team-best 16-7 dual-match record playing primarily at No. 2 and No. 3 singles. He earned All-Big 12 honors in singles and doubles and was named co-Big 12 Freshman and Newcomer of the Year by the league’s head coaches.

Spencer, meanwhile, turned in a 13-11 dual mark at both the No. 2 and No. 3 lines and earned a spot in last year’s ITA singles and doubles rankings along with Pollock and Krajicek. He and junior Chris Chirico (Philadelphia, Pa.) round out A&M’s top returning players from its 2008 NCAA Tournament squad. Spencer and Chirico were also tabbed among the top 50 doubles teams in the nation at No. 45.

The Aggies open fall tournament play at the Lubbock Challenger on Sept. 20-24 in Lubbock, Texas, and the Baylor Invitational on Sept. 26-28 in Waco, Texas.

Baylor Hosting ITA Official Training

Baylor men’s tennis is offering a unique workshop for tennis officials, the first of its kind, during the annual HEB Fall Men’s Tournament, Sept. 26-28. The workshop, designed to broaden the pool and continue to upgrade the quality of ITA specific chair umpires, will be conducted the first two days of the tournament, Friday, Sept. 26 and Saturday, Sept. 27.

Selected participants must be USTA and ITA certified and have a desire to work NCAA Division I tennis matches. 

The event will afford participant to:

Work one of the largest Fall ITA events, which features over 25 nationally ranked players.

Gain valuable experience by serving as chair umpire on multiple Division I men’s matches over a two-day period.

In addition, no USTA numerical evaluations will be given and all supervisors and instructors are individuals who actually hire ITA chair umpires.

The coordinators of the event hire over 500 ITA chair umpire positions in Texas each year, including many postseason opportunities. Officials are looking at both new officials with high “fast track” potential as well as under utilized officials with more experience.

“This is a unique opportunity for current officials to gain experience serving as ITA chair umpires. This is the most exciting spot in tennis officiating and being able to gain experience with high-level competition will benefit these officials greatly,” said Matt Knoll, Baylor’s Director of Tennis Operations and men’s head coach.

For more information regarding this opportunity, please contact the Baylor men’s tennis office at 254-710-4659.

Longhorn Men’s Preseason Notebook

Texas Men’s Tennis Notebook:  Sept. 8

Horns’ 2009 dual-match schedule features home dates with five opponents who ended the 2008 season ranked among the nation’s top 25 teams; four Longhorns featured in ITA preseason singles rankings, and nine Longhorns selected for ITA All-American Championships; UT kicks off fall tournament play on Sept. 13 in Waco.

The 2009 University of Texas men’s tennis dual-match schedule features 14 home dates highlighted by matches against Ohio State and Virginia, who both ended the 2008 season in the top five of the Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) team rankings.

The 2008 NCAA runner-up Longhorns will open the 2009 dual-match season on Jan. 31 in Austin when they host four matches as part of the ITA’s Kickoff Weekend.  Texas will take on Cal-Santa Barbara before TCU meets South Florida at UT’s Penick-Allison Tennis Center.  The winners of the two matches will face off on Feb. 1 for the right to compete in the ITA National Team Indoor Championships slated for Feb. 13-16 in Chicago.

For a second consecutive year, Texas will take on Texas A&M in the Texas Cup, a series of neutral-site, non-conference matches played in Houston.  The match is set for Feb. 6 at The Downtown Club at The Met.  UT claimed a 4-0 victory over the Aggies in the 2008 Texas Cup match.

In a rematch of a classic 2008 NCAA quarterfinal match, Texas will take on Ohio State on Feb. 28 in Austin.  The Horns knocked off the Buckeyes by a 4-2 count at the 2008 NCAA Championships on their way to the NCAA title match.  Ohio State finished the season ranked third in the nation, just behind No. 2 Virginia, who will make its way to Austin on March 15.  UT will take on Big 12 Conference foe Baylor on April 2 in Austin.

Texas visits Texas A&M for the State Farm Lone Star Showdown on April 18 in College Station.

Four Horns Featured in ITA Preseason Rankings
The Intercollegiate Tennis Association preseason men’s tennis rankings revealed Texas as the only program with four student-athletes featured in the top-50 of the singles rankings.

Junior Dimitar Kutrovsky ranks seventh nationally after leading the Horns to the 2008 NCAA title match against Georgia.  Kutrovsky defeated Ohio State’s Bryan Koniecko in UT’s 4-2 NCAA quarterfinal win over the Buckeyes and clinched UT’s NCAA semifinal win over UCLA with a 3-6, 6-2, 6-3 win over the Bruins’ Harel Srugo.

Sophomore Kellen Damico ranks 27th in the singles rankings after defeating three top-50 opponents last season, and sophomore Ed Corrie follows closely behind at No. 30.  Newcomer Olivier Sajous, a transfer from Florida Atlantic who defeated former Wake Forest standout Todd Paul at an ATP futures event earlier this summer, landed at No. 46 in the preseason rankings, and senior Miguel Reyes Varela ranks 114th after posting five victories during the 2008 NCAA Championships.

Corrie and Damico open at No. 3 in the ITA doubles rankings after earning All-Big 12 honors a season ago.  Reyes Varela and Sajous hold the No. 37 doubles ranking.

Nine Horns Set for ITA All-American Championships
Nine Longhorns are set to participate in the ITA All-American Championships slated for Oct. 3-10 in Tulsa, Okla., site of the 2008 NCAA Championships.  Junior Dimitar Kutrovsky and sophomores Ed Corrie and Kellen Damico will compete in the main singles draw, and Corrie and Damico will compete in the main doubles draw.

Senior Miguel Reyes Varela and junior Olivier Sajous will take part in the qualifying singles and doubles draws, and junior Josh Zavala will join Kutrovsky in the qualifying doubles draw.   Zavala and juniors Rook Schellenberg and Jon Wiegand will compete in the pre-qualifying singles draw.

Texas Opens Fall at Waco Challenger
A trio of Longhorns will compete later this weekend at the ATP Challenger event at the Baylor Tennis Center in Waco.  Olivier Sajous, Ed Corrie and Dimitar Kutrovsky are scheduled to play in the season-opening event beginning Saturday, Sept. 13 in Waco before the team travels to Illinois next week for the UI Olympia Fields Invitational.

Krajicek Falls at Open

In his U.S. Open debut, Texas A&M sophomore All-American Austin Krajicek (pronounced CRY-check) fell to No. 49-ranked Agustin Calleri of Argentina, 6-2, 6-2, 6-1, in the first round of the men’s singles main draw held Wednesday at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center.

“Austin played well for the first set and a half, but Calleri served two to three aces a game which put pressure on Austin’s serve,” Texas A&M head coach Steve Denton said. “In the middle of the second set, Austin had a chance to hold serve to stay fairly close to his opponent, but not winning that game kind of took him out of his comfort zone. Obviously, there was about a 14-year difference between the two players and Calleri played at a very high level today as you would expect from a player who has been on the professional circuit for a long time.”

The lefty now from Bryan, who completed his freshman season for the Aggies with co-Big 12 Conference Freshman of the Year and co-Big 12 Conference Newcomer of the Year honors in 2007-08, earned a wild-card into the grand slam tournament after winning the USTA Boys 18’s National Championships title earlier this month in Kalamazoo, Mich.

After participating in the U.S. Open the last two years in the juniors portion of the tournament, the 18-year-old was one of the feel good stories of the event, holding the distinction of being the only current college player in the 128-player draw which included top-ranked Rafael Nadal of Spain and four-time defending U.S. Open champion Roger Federer of Switzerland. Krajicek is one of only two known Aggies to ever compete in the main draw of men’s singles next to former A&M All-American Grant Connell of Canada (1984-85) who advanced as far as the third round of singles.

“Just to have the experience of playing on this kind of stage is incredible for a young player like Austin,” said Denton who won the U.S. Open doubles title in 1982. “I did not get the opportunity to play in the U.S. Open until I was 22 or 23 years old. Austin is about four or five years ahead of schedule. This opportunity has given him a lot of confidence and makes him hungry to get better and come back to taste it again in the future. Coach (Bob) McKinley and I were pleased with how well he played today. He brought his best tennis and was not a deer in the headlights. He hung in there and played very well against one of the top players in the world.”