A&M Women’s Tennis Hosts South Florida Friday

COLLEGE STATION – The Texas A&M women’s tennis team returns home Friday to play host to the University of South Florida Bulls. First serve is at 6 p.m. at the George P. Mitchell Tennis Center.

The Aggies, who dropped five spots to No. 30 in this week’s ITA national rankings, are 3-4 and looking to snap a three-match losing skid after falling to No. 23 LSU, No. 6 Duke and No. 31 Wake Forest in their most recent outings.

South Florida (1-5) moved up one spot to No. 68 after picking up its first win of the season with a 6-1 victory over No. 55 Eastern Michigan on Monday in Tampa, Fla.

“This is going to be a crucial match for us coming off three loses,” A&M coach Bobby Kleinecke said. “It is important that we come out ready to go, because South Florida is a very dangerous team. They were an NCAA team last year and they are very talented, so this by no means will be an easy match.”

A&M, 0-3 in away matches, is 2-1 at home with its only loss coming against No. 23 LSU in a 4-3 match that was moved to the indoor courts when A&M held a 3-2 lead.

“Being back home is a key thing,” Kleinecke said. “We definitely need to come out of the blocks early and really take a great attitude and confidence into this match, which is hard to do coming off three straight losses. But yesterday, we had one of our best practices that we have had in a long time, so I feel like the players are stepping up to the challenge.”

A&M is 4-0 all-time against South Florida. The teams have not met since 1995, when the 38th-ranked Aggies escaped Tampa with a 5-4 victory over the No. 32 Bulls.

The match against the Bulls is the first of two consecutive home matches for the Aggies. A&M plays host to No. 21 TCU on Thursday, March 5, before opening Big 12 Conference play on the road at No. 27 Texas on Saturday, March 7.

Live scoring of all A&M women’s tennis matches is available at AggieAthletics.com.

Knoll Nets 300th Win

I must’ve missed this in the article, but Baylor’s Matt Knoll notched his 300th and 301st wins Sunday when the Bears beat UCLA, 4-3 and St. Ed’s, 7-0. Congratulations to Coach Knoll on reaching this milestone.

BTW, here’s the lines from both matches.

#12 Baylor 4, #6 UCLA 3

Feb 22, 2009 at Waco, Texas

(Baylor Tennis Center)

Singles

1. #10 Denes Lukacs (BU) def. #74 Haythem Abid (UCLA) 7-5, 6-3

2. #38 Jordan Rux (BU) def. #52 Matt Brooklyn (UCLA) 3-6, 6-1, 6-1

3. #93 Michael Look (UCLA) def. #121 Julian Bley (BU) 6-0, 6-4

4. Nick Meister (UCLA) def. Dominik Mueller (BU) 7-6 (7-5), 6-4

5. Attila Bucko (BU) def. Amit Inbar (UCLA) 6-4, 7-6 (7-3)

6. Ahmed Ismail (UCLA) def. Maros Horny (BU) 6-4, 6-4

Doubles

1. Haythem Abid/Amit Inbar (UCLA) def. David Galic/Jordan Rux (BU) 8-5

2. Attila Bucko/Marc Bruche (BU) def. Eugen Brazdil/Matt Brooklyn (UCLA) 8-5

3. Denes Lukacs/Maros Horny (BU) def. Michael Look/Nick Meister (UCLA) 8-4

Match Notes:

UCLA 6-3; National ranking #6

Baylor 6-3; National ranking #12

Order of finish: Doubles (1,2,3); Singles (3,1,5,6,4,2)

 

 

 

#12 Baylor 7, St. Edward’s 0

Feb 22, 2009 at Waco, Texas

(Baylor Tennis Center)

 

Singles

1. #38 Jordan Rux (BU) def. Brett Powers (SEUM) 6-3, 6-1

2. #121 Julian Bley (BU) def. Bernard Lancaster (SEUM) 6-2, 6-3

3. David Galic (BU) def. Justin Raiti (SEUM) 6-7 (3-7), 6-2, 1-0 (10-3)

4. Dominik Mueller (BU) def. Mick Walter (SEUM) 6-2, 7-5

5. Attila Bucko (BU) def. Boris Barrios (SEUM) 6-1, 6-2

6. Maros Horny (BU) def. Andrew Wilson (SEUM) 6-1, 6-0

Doubles

1. Marc Bruche/Attila Bucko (BU) def. Brett Powers/Mick Walter (SEUM) 8-3

2. Denes Lukacs/Maros Horny (BU) def. Boris Barrios/Bernard Lancaster (SEUM) 8-1

3. Dominik Mueller/Julian Bley (BU) def. Justin Raiti/Andrew Wilson (SEUM) 8-3

Match Notes:

St. Edward’s 3-2

Baylor 7-3; National ranking #12

Order of finish: Doubles (3,1,2); Singles (5,1,6,4,2,3)

Northwestern, UVa Still Atop ITA Rankings

Northwestern, paced by Houstonian Lauren Lui, and Virginia continue to remain on top of the latest Campbell/ITA College Tennis Rankings released this afternoon.

On the men’s side, Texas sits at No. 6, while Baylor finishes out the top-10. Texas A&M is a surprising No.13. For the women, Baylor is at No. 7 and TCU is the only other Texas team at No. 21, after A&M dropped out of the top-25.

Campbell/ITA College Tennis Rankings

Division I Men’s Top 25:

Rank, School (1st)   W-L    LW

1. Virginia (8)     14-0  1

2. Georgia    8-1    2

3. Ohio State   11-1  3

4. USC      9-1    5

5. Stanford   8-1    7

6. Texas     9-2    8

7. UCLA   6-3    6

8. Tennessee    7-2    4

9. Mississippi   6-1    9

10. Baylor    7-3    12

11. Illinois    7-3    10

12. Florida    8-3    11

13. Texas A&M    3-2    13

14. Louisiana State  2-2    14

15. Pepperdine   7-5    15

16. Florida State   9-4    16

17. Oklahoma State    3-1    18

18. Michigan   6-4    19

19. Alabama    7-1    20

20. Tulsa    10-5  17

21. Kentucky     8-2    31

22. North Carolina   7-2    22

23. California     3-3    23

24. Miami (FL)   4-3    24

25. Notre Dame    6-6    25

 

Campbell/ITA College Tennis Rankings

Division I Women’s Top 25:

Rank, School (1st)   W-L    LW

1.   Northwestern (8)   8-0    1

2.   Georgia     8-1    2

3.   California     5-1    3

4.   Georgia Tech   5-2    4

5.   Notre Dame    9-1    5

6.   Duke   8-1    6

7.   Baylor    4-2    7

8.   UCLA    7-2    8

9.   USC    6-1    9

10.  Miami (FL)   9-2    10

11.  Stanford    6-2    11

12.  North Carolina   9-2    13

13.  Florida    6-3    12

14.  Clemson    7-3    14

15.  Fresno State    3-3    15

16.  Vanderbilt    3-1    16

17.  Arkansas   4-1    17

18.  Michigan   5-2    18

19.  Arizona State  5-1    19

20.  Kentucky     7-0    20

21.  TCU    4-3    21

22. Tennessee    6-1    22

23. Wake Forest   8-1    31

24. Florida State  6-2    26

25. Auburn     3-4    27

Campbell/ITA College Tennis rankings can be found at www.itatennis.com.

Baylor Men Blank St. Ed’s

AUSTIN, Texas – The 24th-ranked St. Edward’s men’s tennis team finished a tough three-day stretch of team matches this Sunday evening as they traveled to Waco to face the Division I Baylor Bears.  The Hilltoppers (3-2) played some close matches against the 12th-ranked Bears (7-3), but fell 7-0.

All of the St. Edward’s doubles teams lost their sets as Baylor played great shots and took the single point for winning the doubles matches.  In singles play, the Hilltoppers kept competing and showed their resolve as they challenged the Baylor team throughout the night.

Junior Justin Raiti played David Galic in a close first set that came down to a deciding tiebreak at 6-6.  Then Raiti came up with the key shots needed as he controlled the tiebreak and won the set, 7-6 (7-3).  However, Galic came back and found his form as he took the second set, 6-2.  With a set apiece, the players played one final game to see who could get the winning ten points and a point for their team.  Galic kept the momentum on his side and Raiti was unable to break through as Galic took the tiebreaker, 10-3, to win the match. 

Fellow junior Brett Powers faced Jordan Rux, ranked 38th in Division I singles, and played an even first set that came down Rux winning by a single break.  After taking the set 6-3, Rux took control and won the match with a 6-1 second set victory.  Sophomore Mick Walter lost his opening set to Dominik Mueller, 6-2, but regained his focus in the second.  Neither player could pull away and the set came down to a late break as Mueller squeaked out the match with a 7-5 second set win.  Juniors Bernie Lancaster and Boris Barrios and freshman Andrew Wilson all lost their singles matches in straight sets to the Baylor Bears.

After a hard 7-0 loss, the Hilltoppers finished the weekend 2-1 as they won their first Heartland Conference match against Dallas Baptist and beat Division I Lamar, but just didn’t have enough power to overcome Baylor.  The Hilltopper men will return to Waco this Friday as they face Tyler College before coming back to St. Edward’s for their Homecoming match against Laredo College.  The first serve on Friday is set for 2:00 p.m.

Let’s Talk Ladies

I haven’t really mentioned the Women’s teams much here lately. I think mostly has to do with the fact that really only Baylor seems to be counting on a trip to College Station when it all comes down to it at the end. Most of the teams from Texas are pretty young too.

The Bears beat Miami, 4-2 this past weekend and are 4-2 on the season. They now only have one Zuzana playing and only one player non-European (Taylor Ormond of Canada). After wins over Princeton, Va. Tech and UNC, they lost consecutive matches at the Indoors to Notre Dame and Duke. This team has four juniors and three sophomores and a freshman, so they are pretty young and their record shows that.

After the Bears, TCU is the next hightest ranked team from Texas. They have four Americans, including Nina Munch-Soegaard from Amarillo, but who plays for Norway. But trust me, she’s a Texan. The Frogs are 4-3 with wins over Auburn, Florida State, William and Mary and NC State. They have lost to UVa, Georgia Tech and Miami (yesterday). They do have two seniors, but only one junior, three sophomores and two freshmen. They should have an outside shot at a trip to CS in June.

Next would be Texas A&M and Texas. The Aggies are ranked ahead of the Horns right now, so I will review them first.

The Aggie roster has seven of the nine players from the US and they are also very young. They sport two juniors, three sophomores and four freshman, so Coach Bobby Kleinecke will be working hard this spring. They are showing their youth, going 3-4 so far on the season with wins over Denver, St. Mary’s College (CA) and Auburn. Their losses include USC, LSU, Duke and Wake Forest (the last two this past weekend). They will have a tough time trying to get home for the Sweet 16, but I can bet you they are focused on improving and trying to beat Texas in a couple of weeks in Austin. 

The Texas women may be a tad more experienced, but still have a lot of youth. They have one senior, three juniors, four sophomores and four freshmen on their line-up, with nine of the 12 roster players being American. The most improtant freshman is Krista Damico, but sophomore Amanda Craddock, who transferred from Georgia Tech will probably play a role as a newcomer too. The Horns have struggled and their 2-4 records shows it. Their only wins are over Rice and a squeaker a week ago at DePaul. They have lost to some good teams, though, including William & Mary, Michigan, #1 Northwestern and Arizona State. This weekend’s loss to Arizona State may have show what the future may soon hold, though, as #1 Vanja Corovic had to sit out with an injury and the rest of the team picked it up and almost won the match.

In reality these are the only teams with a chance at a birth to the Sweet 16, as Rice is the next ranked team in the state at #75. There’s a lot of growing up to do for these squads, but with the the right circumstances they can get there. Otherwise, expect to just see the Baylor Bears come crunchtime.

No. 31 Wake Forest Tops No. 25 A&M Women

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. – No 31 Wake Forest picked up its second consecutive victory over a Top 25 team, defeating No. 25 Texas A&M, 5-1, today at the Wake Forest Indoor Tennis Center.

The 31st-ranked Demon Deacons, who were coming off a 5-2 victory over No. 24 William and Mary on Saturday, dropped the doubles point but held on to win five singles matches — four in three sets — to earn the win and improve to 8-1.

A&M suffers its third consecutive loss and falls to 3-4.

A&M earned its only point by winning two doubles matches. The Aggie duo of Sheri Olivier and Elzé Potgieter improved to 4-1 with an 8-3 victory over Katarina Reveche and Christian Tara at the No. 3 line. Janelle Cuthbertson and Stephanie Davidson, paired together for the first time, then clinched the point for A&M with an 8-6 victory over 45th-ranked Sasha Kulikova and Sierra Poske at the No. 1 position.

A&M’s Morgan Frank and Christi Liles held a 7-6 edge over Aileen Davis and Emilee Malvehy at the No. 2 line, but because of travel constraints, the match was not completed.

Wake Forest gained the momentum early in singles play, winning the first set on five courts.  Tara completed a straight-set 6-4, 6-0 victory over Olivier at the No. 4 line to knot the score at 1-1.

The remaining five courts all went to three sets as A&M began to make a comeback. The Aggies won second sets on four courts — Potgieter was the only A&M player to win a first set, but 49th-ranked Kulikova took the second set. The Aggies’ comeback came up short, however, as the Demon Deacons won the third set on four courts.

Malvehy gave the Demon Deacons a 2-1 lead with a 7-6 (5), 0-6, 6-0 victory over Liles at the No. 3 line. Ryann Cutillo defeated Lauren Santacroce, 6-3, 4-6, 6-2 at No. 5 to put Wake Forest ahead, 3-1, and 89th-ranked Poske downed Frank, 6-2, 2-6, 6-3, to clinch the winning point for the Demon Deacons.

Reveche quickly followed, finishing off a 6-3, 3-6, 6-0 win over Davidson at the No. 6 line to put the Demon Deacons up 5-1.

Kulikova, ranked No. 49, had dropped her first set against 102nd-ranked Potgieter, 7-5, but won nine straight games to win the second set and take a 3-0 lead in the third set. Due to A&M’s travel schedule, the match was halted.

(Note: Audio of A&M coach Bobby Kleinecke is available at AggieAthletics.com)

The Aggies return home Friday to play host to 69th-ranked University of South Florida. First serve is at 6 p.m. at the George P. Mitchell Tennis Center.

(31) Wake Forest
(25) Texas A&M
February 22, 2009
Wake Forest Indoor Tennis Center
Winston-Salem, N.C.
Attendance: n/a

Singles
1.       (102) Elzé Potgieter (A&M) vs. (49) Sasha Kulikova (WFU), DNF
2.      (89) Sierra Poske (WFU) def. Morgan Frank (A&M), 6-2, 2-6, 6-3
3.      Emilee Malvehy (WFU) def. Christi Liles (A&M), 7-6 (5), 0-6, 6-0
4.      Christian Tara (WFU) def. Sheri Olivier (A&M), 6-4, 6-0
5.      Ryann Cutillo (WFU) def. Lauren Santacroce (A&M), 6-3, 4-6, 6-2
6.      Katarina Reveche (WFU) def. Stephanie Davidson, 6-3, 3-6, 6-0

Doubles (A&M wins the point)
1.      Cuthbertson/ Davidson (A&M) def. (45) Kulikova/Poske (WFU), 8-6
2.      Frank/Liles (A&M) vs. Aileen Davis/Malvehy (WFU), DNF
3.      Olivier/Potgieter (A&M) def. Reveche/Tara (WFU), 8-3

Order of finish
Doubles:  3,1
Singles:  4, 3, 5, 2, 6
*Clinched match

Team records
Texas A&M: 3-4
Wake Forest: 8-1

No. 8 Texas Men top Arkansas, 5-2

Longhorns finish the weekend at 3-0 by winning the doubles point and claiming four singles wins over the Razorbacks.

AUSTIN, Texas – No. 8 Texas (9-2) swept the doubles session and took four of six singles matches in a 5-2 win over Arkansas (6-3) Sunday afternoon at UT’s Penick-Allison Tennis Center. 

 

                Texas opened the match with a stellar doubles session en route to a 1-0 lead.  Juniors Dimitar Kutrovsky and Josh Zavala tallied the first win when they dealt Tyler Tarnasky and Bradwin Williams an 8-2 defeat at second doubles.  Senior Jonah Kane-West and junior Olivier Sajous clinched the doubles point for Texas with an 8-3 win over Dmitry Lebedev and Nicholas Spinazze at third doubles.  Less than a minute later, sophomores Ed Corrie and Kellen Damico completed the doubles sweep at the first slot with an 8-4 win over Arkansas’ 40th-ranked duo of Matt Hogan and Blake Strode. 

                Kutrovsky pushed the Texas lead to 2-0 with a 6-1, 6-3 win over the Razorbacks’ 16th-ranked Strode at first singles, and Lebedev drew Arkansas within 2-1 after defeating UT’s Damico by a 6-4, 6-2 count at third singles.  However, Texas would soon put the match away with victories at the fifth and sixth singles positions.  Zavala posted a 6-3, 6-3 win over Spinazze at fifth singles, and junior Jon Wiegand tallied a 7-5, 6-2 win over Nikolas Zogaj at sixth singles to seal the victory for the Longhorns. 

                Arkansas’ Tarnasky outlasted Texas’ Sajous in a third-set super-tiebreaker at fourth singles, 3-6, 6-4, 1-0 (10-6), and Corrie rallied for a 4-6, 6-2, 6-4 win at the second slot over Hogan to finish the match at 5-2 in favor of Texas.

“This was a nice win for us today over an excellent Arkansas team,” UT coach Michael Center said.  “We were particularly good in doubles today, and that was exciting to see.  We had some great individual performances, but we’re still having lapses.  We’ve got to clean those up if we want to be a great team.  We are making too many mental mistakes.  We had opportunities to put them away earlier, but I give Arkansas credit for hanging in there.  We’ve got to do a better job.”

                Texas resumes play on Saturday, Feb. 28 at SMU.

 

# 8 Texas 5, Arkansas 2

Doubles – Order of Finish:  2, 3, 1

1 #55 Corrie/Damico (UT) def. #40 Hogan/Strode (UA) – 8-4

2 #16 Kutrovsky/Zavala (UT) def. Tarnasky/Williams (UA) – 8-2

3 Kane-West/Sajous (UT) def. Lebedev/Spinazze (UA) – 8-3

Singles – Order of Finish: 1, 3, 5, 6, 4

1 #30 Dimitar Kutrovsky (UT) def. #16 Blake Strode (UA) – 6-1, 6-3

2 #45 Ed Corrie (UT) def. #70 Matt Hogan (UA) – 4-6, 6-2, 6-4

3 Dmitry Lebedev (UA) def. #99 Kellen Damico (UT) – 6-4, 6-2

4 Tyler Tarnasky (UA) def. #76 Olivier Sajous (UT) – 3-6, 6-4, 1-0 (10-6) 

5 Josh Zavala (UT) def. Nicholas Spinazze (UA) – 6-3, 6-3

6 Jon Wiegand (UT) def. Nikolas Zogaj (UA) – 7-5, 6-2

Trinity Men Fall, Win in Indoor Consolation

In the consolation round of the Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) Division III National Men’s Team Indoor Championships., No. 4 UC-Santa Cruz beat No. 8 Trinity, 8-1, while No. 6 Gustavus Adolphus beat No. 7 Mary Washington, 6-3. The fifth place and seventh place matches were held later in the day where Gustavus Adolphus and Trinity swept the doubles points en route to victories over UC-Santa Cruz and Mary Washington, respectively.

Aggie Women Fall to No. 6 Duke

DURHAM, N.C. – No 6 Duke swept the doubles matches and won five of six singles matches in straight sets to defeat No. 25 Texas A&M, 6-1, today at the Sheffield Indoor Tennis Center.

“I didn’t feel like we had the same fight today against Duke that we had against USC,” A&M coach Bobby Kleinecke said. “That is not taking away from Duke. They are a very good team and they are a team that is going to beat a lot of people this year. They are very talented all up and down the lineup, but I just felt like there were opportunities, in the doubles especially.”

The Aggies lost all three doubles matches for the first time this season despite having early leads on two of the courts. Duke jumped out to an early edge as 16th-ranked Amanda Granson and Melissa Mang defeated Janelle Cuthbertson and Christi Liles, 8-3, at the No. 1 position. Ellah Nze and Reka Zsilinszka then clinched the doubles point for the Blue Devils, riding back-to-back service breaks against Sheri Oliver and Elzé Potgieter to pull away for an 8-6 victory at the No. 3 line.

At the No. 2 line, Stephanie Davidson and Morgan Frank built a 7-4 lead but were unable to close out the victory as Mallory Cecil and Jessi Robinson rallied to win four consecutive games to take an 8-7 lead. A&M came back to win the next game to even the match, but Duke raced to a 7-0 win in the tiebreaker to win 9-8 and complete the sweep.

“We were right there able to win, and we just kind of not just lost but just kind of collapsed,” Kleinecke said. “I think that a big key was that doubles point. For us to win this match or have a shot at winning, we had to come away with that doubles point.”

Olivier provided A&M’s only point and prevented the shutout, reeling off nine straight games to cap a convincing 6-1, 6-0 victory over Robinson at No. 6 singles to even the team score at 1-1.

“Sheri has been playing very well and just stepped up and started dictating play from the first point and just kind of took (Robinson) out of her game,” Kleinecke said about the freshman. “That is the way Sheri has been playing in the matches. In the matches, she is really stepping up.”

Duke managed straight-set wins on each of the five other courts. Granson, ranked No. 76, put the Blue Devils ahead, 2-1, with a 6-1, 6-0 victory over Cuthbertson at No. 4, and Mang followed with a 6-2, 6-1 win over Lauren Santacroce at the No. 5 position to put Duke ahead, 3-1.

In a battle of Floridians, 24th-ranked Nze upended Frank, 6-4, 6-3 at the No. 2 line to clinch the win for Duke. No. 31 Zsilinszka followed with a 6-3, 6-0 victory over Liles at the No. 3 line to put Duke up, 5-1.

In the final match, 50th-ranked Cecil won the first three games en rout to a 6-3 first-set win against No. 102 Potgieter at the No. 1 line and was ahead, 5-3, in the second set before Potgieter made things interesting by winning two straight games to get within 5-4. The comeback came up short as Cecil ended the rally by winning the next set to close out the match.

“I thought Elzé did a great job with battling through,” Kleinecke said. “She’s been sick and a lot of us have been sick, and I think that played a factor in this match. But Elzé really made a change in her game in the middle of that match when she was down 3-0 in the first set. It is something we have been trying to get her to see all along, and I think it finally clicked and she finally understands, and I think she made a match of it.”

A&M, which remains winless against Duke in four meetings, drops to 3-3 overall. The Blue Devils improve to 8-1.

“You can’t be satisfied, but this is a young group, and it’s a matter of us learning lessons from this,” Kleinecke said. “Our schedule in the beginning half of the year is going to be like this. It is going to be tough, and every day they have to come out and play great teams. It is going to make us tougher as the year goes on.”

The Aggies conclude a two-match road swing tomorrow as they face No. 31 Wake Forest at 11 a.m. (CST) in Winston-Salem, N.C. The Demon Deacons improved to 7-1 with a victory against No. 24 William and Mary earlier today.

“Wake Forest is a very good team,” Kleinecke said. “We beat them 6-1 at our place last year, so they are going to come out with a vengeance to make up for that. It is important that we bounce back. We weren’t looking ahead to the matches but we talked about having two days in a row. Whether you win or you lose this first one, that second one is going to be a tough day to come back on. It is going to be very important that we bounce back tomorrow.”

(6) Duke 6, (25) Texas A&M 1
February 21, 2009
Sheffield Indoor Tennis Center
Durham, N.C.
Attendance: n/a

Singles
1.      (50) Mallory Cecil (Duke) def. Elzé Potgieter (A&M), 6-3, 6-4
2.      (24) Ellah Nze (Duke) def. Morgan Frank (A&M), 6-4, 6-3
3.      (31) Reka Zsilinszka (Duke) def. Christi Liles (A&M), 6-3, 6-0
4.       (76) Amanda Granson (Duke) def. Janelle Cuthbertson (A&M), 6-1, 6-0
5.      Melissa Mang (Duke) def. Lauren Santacroce (A&M), 6-2, 6-1
6.      Sheri Olivier (A&M) def. Jessi Robinson (Duke), 6-1, 6-0

Doubles (Duke wins the point)
1.      (16) Granson/Mang (Duke) def. Cuthbertson/Liles (A&M), 8-3
2.      Cecil/Robinson (Duke) def. Stephanie Davidson/Frank (A&M), 9-8 (0)
3.      Nze/Zsilinszka (Duke) def. Olivier/Potgieter (A&M), 8-6

Order of finish
Doubles:  1, 3, 2
Singles:  6, 4, 5, 2*, 3, 1
*Clinched match

Team records
Texas A&M: 3-3
Duke: 8-1

2009 NCAA Tennis Championships: Texas A&M will host the 2009 NCAA Division I Men’s and Women’s Tennis Championships, May 14-25, at the George P. Mitchell Tennis Center in College Station, Texas. Tickets can be purchased online at 12ManFoundation.com or by calling 1-888-99-AGGIE.

Texas Men’s Tennis Preview: Arkansas

Longhorns wrap up the weekend with a battle against former Southwest Conference rival Arkansas. 

WHAT:  No. 8 Texas (8-2) wraps up a busy weekend when it hosts Arkansas (6-2) – members of the Texas men’s tennis team will be available for an autograph session following the match.

WHEN:  Sunday, Feb. 22 – 12:30 p.m. Central

WHERE:  Penick-Allison Tennis Center – Austin, Texas

LIVE SCORING:  http://www.texassports.com/sports/m-tennis/spec-rel/012309aaa.html

 

LAST TIME OUT:  Texas defeated Texas-San Antonio by a 7-0 count and Lamar by a 6-1 margin on Friday, Feb. 20 in Austin.

LAST MEETING WITH ARKANSAS:  Texas dealt Arkansas a 7-0 defeat on Feb. 1, 2008 in Fayetteville, Ark.

THE 2009 LONGHORNS:   Ninth-year head coach Michael Center and assistant coach Ricardo Rubio, the 2008 ITA National Assistant Coach of the Year, welcome four singles starters – each of whom have earned All-America honors as Longhorns – from last year’s NCAA runner-up squad.  Junior Dimitar Kutrovsky returns after holding down the No. 1 singles slot in his first two seasons.  The native Bulgarian clinched UT’s 2008 NCAA quarterfinal win over Ohio State and its NCAA semifinal win over UCLA.   

Sophomores Kellen Damico and Ed Corrie earned ITA doubles All-America honors a season ago and earned a spot on the 2008 NCAA All-Tournament Team at No. 1 doubles.  Senior Miguel Reyes Varela, who earned ITA doubles All-America honors as a freshman, was selected to the 2008 NCAA All-Tournament Team at No. 6 singles and at No. 2 doubles with former Longhorn Luis Diaz Barriga. 

Junior Josh Zavala teamed up with Kutrovsky to land the No. 3 doubles slot on the 2008 NCAA All-Tournament Team.  UT welcomes junior Olivier Sajous, a top-50 standout who played the last two seasons at Florida Atlantic University. 

NEW ITA RANKINGS RELEASED: Texas features four student-athletes in the newly-released Campbell’s ITA College Tennis singles rankings, and all three starting doubles teams are ranked, as well.  Junior Dimitar Kutrovsky holds a No. 30 singles ranking, and sophomore Ed Corrie ranks 45th.  Junior Olivier Sajous ranks 76th, and sophomore Kellen Damico comes in at No. 99. 

Kutrovsky and junior Josh Zavala rank 16th in the ITA doubles rankings, while Corrie and Damico rank 55th.  Sajous and senior Miguel Reyes Varela rank 60th in the ITA doubles rankings.

TEXAS-VIRGINIA START TIME MOVED UP

The match featuring No. 1 Virginia and No. 8 Texas slated for Sunday, March 15 at UT’s Penick-Allison Tennis Center has been moved from a 6 p.m. start to a 1 p.m. start.  On Monday, Virginia defeated defending NCAA champion Georgia to capture the ITA National Team Indoor Championship.