The draws are out, can you say karma?

Yes, the draws are out and there were some interesting stories. There is so much going on right now that I will keep this simple.

I will provide my invaluable insight in the coming week… but for now…

I am as stunned as Matt Knoll and Billy Chadwick. OK, so you have to move some hosts around, but how do Baylor and Ole Miss get hosed like that? For Baylor, you win the Big 12 regular season and tournament and you get sent off to Tulsa. Yes, they should beat Tulsa and the Lukacs/Brugues matchup shoud be awesome, but that is no picnic.

Knoll was quoted in a Baylor release, “I am a little stunned to be totally honest,” Baylor head coach Matt Knoll said. “I couldn’t be more disappointed for our guys. We spend a considerable amount of time and energy all year to earn a high seed, win the conference regular season and tournament, and we kind of feel like we have earned the right to host. My first reaction is I am disappointed. I am disappointed for David Galic our senior, who doesn’t get to finish his career playing on his home courts and for all of the guys.”

We all know he is holding back. Heck, you’d have to pull me off an NCAA official if this happened to my team, but there are a couple of telling things in this statement.

1. He thinks they are going to lose in the first 2 rounds

2. He isn’t playing David Galic after the first two rounds.

3. He forgot he has three other seniors: John Arvesen, Justin Luningham and Chase McVicker. Remember those All-Big 12 All-Academic players? Don’t worry, Knoll didn’t either.

Well, the NCAA I guess had one word for the Bears

KARMA

As for Chadwick, he got hosed even worse. Ole Miss has to go to LSU? A conference rival? Really? Johnny Reb is only the hottest team in the country right now and win the toughest conference in the country and they don’t host?

Billy, Billy, Billy. Who did you piss off?

HARDER, BETTER, FASTER, STRONGER

I am still working on a few things and realized this evening that Sacramento State had been omitted from everything I had been doing over the last few weeks. I have corrected the compare sheet and RPI/SOS. I should have the actually rankings page done soon.

I am behind on the women’s side, but hope to have them updated by the time I go to sleep here.

Today’s new toy is under Tournament HQ. You can find the bracket broken down into the regionals, in order of the draw. The team names are linkable to their personal pages with data and schedule information. I only have the men’s done and hope to get the women’s done tomorrow sometime. In the meantime, here’s a direct link to the men’s bracket by regional.

http://www.texascollegetennis.com/?page_id=1072

As the week goes on, I will add the official sites, as well as the live scoring links… I hope.

Texas signs two standouts to National Letters of Intent

Longhorns sign Texas prep standout David Holiner and Bulgarian standout Vasil Mladenov to National Letters of Intent.

David Holiner

David Holiner

AUSTIN – Texas head men’s tennis coach Michael Center announced Monday the signings of prep tennis standouts David Holiner (Dallas, Texas/Bridge Builders Academy) and Vasil Mladenov (Sofia, Bulgaria) to National Letters of Intent.

Holiner has been ranked as high as No. 7 nationally in the junior class by TennisRecruiting.net. Holiner reached the round of 64 at the 2008 USTA National Championships and reached the quarterfinals of the 2008 ITF World Ranking Event in Montreal, Quebec. He also captured the 2008 USTA Texas Super Championship in Richardson.

“David has proven himself at the national level and has all the makings to become a great player at Texas,” Center said. “David has a very aggressive style with a big game and a big serve. We’re very lucky to have David join us next season, and I expect him to be an impact player for us.”

Mladenov, a native of Sofia, Bulgaria, the hometown of UT junior All-American Dimitar Kutrovsky, holds a No. 891 ATP singles ranking and a No. 580 ATP doubles ranking. Mladenov enjoyed a productive 2008 season on the international circuit, particularly in doubles competition, as he captured two ATP futures doubles titles in Brazil and one in his native Bulgaria last year.

“Vasil is a big and strong young man with a versatile game,” Center said. “He loves to work hard. Vasil will come in and compete with everyone on our team right away. I expect him to be an All-America candidate for us.”

New rankings, some very cool new data and other stuff

Just a few words before I get back to the grind.

RANKINGS

The new rankings are out and I haven’t really had a chance to look real closely at them, however, my gut instinct is that nothing has really changed. Here’s are the links and top-10 for men and women.

MEN – http://www.texascollegetennis.com/?page_id=1016

RK TEAM W L RATING
1 University of Virginia 29 0 980.16
2 Ohio State University 31 1 943.93
3 Univ. of Mississippi 23 2 914.08
4 University of Georgia 22 3 913.36
5 University of Tennessee-Knoxville 20 6 903.54
6 Baylor University 20 5 885.27
7 UCLA 17 4 884.80
8 Univ. of Southern California 18 5 884.60
9 Stanford University 18 5 883.98
10 Univ. of Texas at Austin 19 6 857.80

WOMEN – http://www.texascollegetennis.com/?page_id=1019

RK TEAM W L RATING
1 Northwestern University 25 1 972.83
2 Univ. of Georgia 23 2 958.93
3 Duke University 23 3 940.12
4 Baylor University 24 4 934.33
5 Univ. of Notre Dame 24 4 934.31
6 Univ. of Miami (Florida) 23 4 934.08
7 Univ. of Southern California 20 2 921.58
8 California 17 4 912.83
9 Stanford 17 4 912.61
10 Georgia Tech 16 7 906.63

RPI/SOS

The new RPI and SOS links have been updated too

MEN – http://www.texascollegetennis.com/?page_id=921

WOMEN – http://www.texascollegetennis.com/?page_id=924

COMPARISON DATA AND NEW PAGES (AKA THE COOLEST THING I HAVE DONE IN AWHILE)

I have been experimenting with some way to compare the team data better and am finally ready to pull this out. Today I completed testing on these pages. The initial pages show a comparison of rankings: the current TCT, current ITA, the last TCT and the initial ITA for all teams.

All of the team name are linkable.

The team pages you are redirected to give some basic data on that team, then their complete schedule (DI only), with the result, opponents W-L, TCT, ITA, last TCT and inital ITA.

At the bottom of the page is the team’s record vs. top-1o, top-25, top-64.

All team names are linkable here too.

MEN – http://www.texascollegetennis.com/?page_id=909

WOMEN – http://www.texascollegetennis.com/?page_id=918

These are also the compare pages now up top. Like I said, all team names are linkable and give you some extended information about each team and their opponents.

SELECTION TUESDAY

Of course we find out the draws tomorrow at approx. 4:20 PM Central on ESPNNEWS. The draws will be online at ESPN.com around 5PM. Most schools are having watching parties, so if you are wanting to, I know many invite fans and will be around. Check their websites.

0% BUT STILL ALL-ACADEMIC

Dru Hancock of the Big 12 was very nice to respond and explain why some certain players were selected to the conferences All-Academic Team. I had asked her last week and she didn’t know, so today she got to the bottom of it. It appears that the participation is waived for seniors. That explains how you can never play a match in your career and still be honored. OK.

I know there is more I wanted to say, but as usual, I have been up pway too long and cannot remember.

I do hope to expand these new lists even more over the coming days and I will definitely update them tomorrow when the ITA announces their updated rankings.

Baylor matches to be televised

Men’s match vs. Stanford, women’s against UCLA to air five times.

WACO – Baylor men’s and women’s tennis matches with Stanford and UCLA, respectively, will be aired on Fox College Sports Central five times in near future.

The men’s match with Stanford was part of the annual HP Cup between the two schools. Baylor, ranked No. 10 at the time, downed the fourth-ranked Cardinal, 4-3, on March 24.

The fifth-ranked women downed ninth-ranked UCLA, 4-3, on March 14.

Fox College Sports Central (all times listed as Central)

May 18
Men – 9:30 a.m.
Women – 11:30 a.m.

May 19
Men – 5:30 p.m.
Women – 7:30 p.m.

May 20
Men – 7:30 p.m.
Women – 9:30 p.m.

May 21
Men – 6 p.m.
Women – 8 p.m.

May 22
Men – 11:30 a.m.
Women – 1:30 p.m.

UT-Arlington women claim Southland title with shutout of UTSA

CORPUS CHRISTI – No. 1 UT Arlington completed a 2009 sweep of Southland Conference opponents with a 4-0 win over No. 3 UTSA, and the Mavericks won the Southland Conference Women’s Tennis Championship amid blustery conditions on Sunday at the HEB Tennis Center.

UT Arlington finishes the season with 14 wins in as many matches against the league’s 11 other teams and clinches a berth into the NCAA Tournament, which begins with the first and second rounds on May 8-10 at campus sites yet to be determined.

“It was just awesome, we dropped one point first day and just came out dominated the rest of the tournament,” UT Arlington head coach Diego Benitez said. The Mavericks beat No. 8 Stephen F. Austin, 4-1, before shutting out No. 4 Northwestern State in Saturday’s semifinal.

“I am very proud of the girls; the level of maturity they showed with the wind conditions was great,” he added. “They just came out and took care of business.”

Despite playing through wind gusts of more than 40 miles per hour, the Mavericks rarely seemed impacted by the inclement weather. That was evidenced from the outset of the match when Daiana Negreanu and Klara Jagosva needed no time at all to win the No. 1 doubles match at love. That paved the way for a Mavericks’ 1-0 lead after Maria Martinez-Romer and Nicola Matovivoa dropped only two games in the No. 2 matchup, leaving the third doubles match unfinished.

UTSA could not quite find the remedy for success in singles play, either. Starting off with No. 5 singles, the Mavericks won three successive matches without dropping a set. Monika Hadvigerova, Jagosova and Martinez-Romer claimed victories in the singles session.

“This is the final exclamation point for a great season, going undefeated in the regular season and playing so well in the tournament,” Benitez said.

Despite the loss, the Roadrunners left the HEB Tennis Center with their heads held high after their gutty displays of the first two days. UTSA logged nearly 10 hours of match time in its tournament wins against No. 6 Sam Houston State and No. 2 Lamar.

Women’s Championship Results
No. 1 UT Arlington 4, No. 3 UTSA 0
Apr 26, 2009, at Corpus Christi, Texas
Singles competition:

1. Monika Hadvigerova (UTA-W) def. Karen Scida (UTSA-W) 6-2, 6-4
2. Daiana Negreanu (UTA-W) vs. Nathalie Wallin (UTSA-W) 6-3, 0-6, 1-2, unfinished
3. Klara Jagosova (UTA-W) def. Holly Phillips (UTSA-W) 6-0, 6-4
4. Katarina Micochova (UTA-W) vs. Monika Drabkova (UTSA-W) 3-6, 3-4, unfinished
5. Maria Martinez-Romer (UTA-W) def. Caroline Dedering (UTSA-W) 6-2, 6-2
6. Nicola Matovivoa (UTA-W) vs. Micaela Silva (UTSA-W) 6-7 (3-7), 3-2, unfinished

Doubles competition:
1. Daiana Negreanu/Klara Jagosova (UTA-W) def. Karen Scida/Micaela Silva (UTSA-W) 8-0
2. Maria Martinez-Romer/Nicola Matovivoa (UTA-W) def. Monika Drabkova/Caroline Dedering (UTSA-W) 8-2
3. Monika Hadvigerova/Katarina Micochova (UTA-W) vs. Nathalie Wallin/Holly Phillips (UTSA-W) 7-2, unfinished

Match Notes:
Order of finish: Doubles (1,2); Singles (5,1,3)
T-2:35

Postmatch Quotes
UT Arlington Head Coach – Diego Benitez
“This is the final exclamation point for a great season, going undefeated in regular season and playing so well in the tournament.”

“It was just awesome, we dropped one point first day and just came out dominated the rest of the tournament.”

“I am very proud of the girls; the level of maturity they showed with the wind conditions was great. They just came out and took care of business.”

“We are looking forward to see where we are going. We have to get some rest and work on things that still have to be shaped up and hopefully leave the name of [Southland Conference] high on top.”

UT Arlington Player – Sophomore Monika Hadvigerova
“I think we played good, we played great and stayed strong throughout the tournament.”

“To get ready for the NCAAs we just want to stay in shape and stay focused on it. We are not going to do anything really special, but we will do what we were doing before the tournament. We feel great right now.”

TAMU-CC men blank upstart Nicholls State for Southland title

CORPUS CHRISTI — No. 6 Nicholls State saw its unlikely bid to win the 2009 Southland Conference Men’s Tennis Championship fall just short as No. 1 Texas A&M-Corpus Christi staked claim to a second consecutive league title with a 4-0 win in the tournament final Sunday at the HEB Tennis Center.

With their third conference title in six years, the Islanders, the undefeated regular season champions in 2009, earn a bid to compete in the NCAA Tournament, which begins with the First and Second Rounds on May 8-9 at campus sites yet to be determined.

“It will be a fun two weeks getting ready for the NCAAs, we’ll work as hard as we can and take our shot,” A&M-Corpus Christi head coach Steve Moore said. “I think this group has the potential to win several matches and it will always be a close battle. The seniors on this team will be pretty dangerous in the NCAAs.”

With both teams battling blustery conditions, including wind gusts of nearly 40 miles per hour, Mikhail Pavlov put the finishing touches on the Colonels title when he defeated Nicholls State’s Radu Ionescu 6-0, 7-5 at the second position.

“We did great today; our goal all year was to win the conference. We worked very hard to get through to the NCAAs,” A&M-Corpus Christi senior Mikhail Pavlov said. “Today was very tough because of the windy conditions, so we had to keep concentration the whole match. I just did my job and the rest of the guys did theirs.”

A&M-Corpus Christi tallied its second and third points at Nos. 3 and 6 singles. Eric Fischer retired after falling behind 5-0 to Islanders’ No. 2 Laurent Montoisy, and James Langford defeated Sami Mouline at love to claim the sixth position.

“I think that this group deserved this, the way they stuck together,” Islanders head coach Moore said. “All year long we worked hard and played hard to get to this point.”

The Islanders swept the doubles point away from Nicholls State to set the tone for a match that the Colonels were unexpectedly competing in after pulling off a pair of upsets in the first and second rounds. The Colonels ousted No. 3 UTSA in the opening round and No. 2 Texas-Pan American in the second round, doubling their win total after going just 1-5 in the conference’s regular season.

“I think this is an indication that Nicholls is going to be near the top of the Southland Conference,” head coach Jim Hunter said. “We return three players, get an injured player back and have three great recruits coming in. I am really looking forward to the future.”

Men’s Championship Results
No. 1 Texas A&M-Corpus Christi 4, No. 6 Nicholls State 0
Apr 26, 2009, at Corpus Christi, Texas
Singles competition:

1. Dmitry Novikov (AMCC-M) vs. Abhaya Prakash (NICH-M) 6-4, 2-3, unfinished
2. Mikhail Pavlov (AMCC-M) def. Radu Ionescu (NICH-M) 6-0, 7-5
3. Laurent Montoisy (AMCC-M) def. Eric Fischer (NICH-M) 5-0, retired
4. Jose Zunino (AMCC-M) vs. Phenyo Matong (NICH-M) 6-3, 5-3, unfinished
5. Jaume Farras (AMCC-M) vs. Rohan Shetty (NICH-M) 7-6 (7-1), 5-2, unfinished
6. James Langford (AMCC-M) def. Sami Mouline (NICH-M) 6-0, 6-0

Doubles competition:
1. Mikhail Pavlov/Dmitry Novikov (AMCC-M) vs. Radu Ionescu/Abhaya Prakash (NICH-M) 4-4, unfinished
2. Laurent Montoisy/Jose Zunino (AMCC-M) def. Phenyo Matong/Eric Fischer (NICH-M) 8-2
3. James Langford/David Pace (AMCC-M) def. Rohan Shetty/Sami Mouline (NICH-M) 8-2

Match Notes:
Texas A&M-Corpus Christi 14-8
Order of finish: Doubles (2,3); Singles (3,6,2)

Texas A&M-Corpus Christi Head Coach – Steve Moore

“I think that this group deserved this, the way they stuck together. All year long we worked hard and played hard to get to this point.”

“They focus on what they can control, they out work people and stick together, and this is an extra high character group”

“It will be a fun two weeks getting ready for the NCAAs, we’ll work as hard as we can and take our shot. I think this group has the potential to win several matches and it will always be a close battle. The seniors on this team will be pretty dangerous in the NCAAs.”

Texas A&M-Corpus Christi Player – Senior Mikhail Pavlov

“We did great today, our goal all year was to win the conference. We worked very hard to get through to the NCAAs. Today was very tough because of the windy conditions, so we had to keep concentration the whole match. I just did my job and the rest of the guys did theirs.”

“We just have to bring everything we have at the NCAAs, we can’t get relaxed. We have to keep concentration and have more practices to get in between now and then because over there, anything can happen.”

“It will be difficult of course, but we are hoping to do well and looking forward to playing.”

Trinity men fall to DePauw, 6-3, in SCAC title match

NORTH LITTLE ROCK, ARK – The 13th-ranked DePauw Tigers defeated 14th-ranked Trinity, 6-3, and captured their third straight Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference title and the conference’s automatic qualification into the NCAA Division III Championship.

DePauw took a 2-1 lead with wins at second and third doubles and then won the match with singles victories at the number two through five slots.

With the win, DePauw improved to 21-3 for its third 20-win season in the last four seasons, while Trinity dropped to 13-8. The match marked the seventh straight year the two squads battled for the conference title.

Pairings for the 2009 NCAA Championship will be announced on Monday, May 4. DePauw will be making its 11th straight appearance in the tournament and 15th overall.

Trinity University vs DePauw University
Apr 26, 2009 at North Little Rock, Ark.
(Burns Park)
#13 DePauw University 6, #14 Trinity University 3
Singles competition

1. Max Frey (TRINITY) def. Scott Swanson (DEPAUW) 6-2, 6-4
2. Scott Sandager (DEPAUW) def. Bobby Cocanaugher (TRINITY) 6-4, 6-3
3. Hunter Schouweiler (DEPAUW) def. John Runge (TRINITY) 6-1, 7-6 (7-3)
4. Bryan Heck (DEPAUW) def. Andrew Hoing (TRINITY) 7-6 (7-2), 6-2
5. Michael Rardon (DEPAUW) def. Cory Kowal (TRINITY) 6-1, 6-3
6. Crisanto Ramirez (TRINITY) def. Will Gates (DEPAUW) 6-4, 6-4

Doubles competition
1. Bobby Cocanaugher/Cory Kowal (TRINITY) def. Bryan Heck/Scott Sandager (DEPAUW) 8-4
2. Hunter Schouweiler/Michael Rardon (DEPAUW) def. Andrew Hoing/Crisanto Ramirez (TRINITY) 8-4
3. Scott Swanson/Will Gates (DEPAUW) def. Max Frey/Dan Murray (TRINITY) 8-6

Trinity women blanked by DePauw in SCAC Championship

NORTH LITTLE ROCK, ARK. – The 12th-ranked Tigers captured their second straight Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference championship and earned a fifth straight trip to the NCAA Division III Championship with a 9-0 win over 22nd-ranked Trinity.

DePauw took all three doubles matches by 8-2 scores to gain a 3-0 lead and then won four of the six singles matches in straight sets and won the third set in the other two matches for the shutout.

The Tigers improved to 16-8 on the season, while Trinity dropped to 11-7.

Pairings for the 2009 NCAA Championship will be announced on Monday, May 4. DePauw will be making its eighth appearance overall in the tournament.

Trinity University vs DePauw University
Apr 26, 2009 at North Little Rock, Ark.
(Burns Park)
#12 DePauw University 9, #22 Trinity University 0
Singles competition

1. Janelle Arita (DEPAUW) def. Katy Poettcker (TRINITY) 6-0, 7-5
2. Greer Mackie (DEPAUW) def. Katie Griffith (TRINITY) 6-3, 3-6, 1-0 (11-9)
3. Kelly Gebert (DEPAUW) def. Erin Jamison (TRINITY) 6-2, 6-3
4. Kayla Smith (DEPAUW) def. Megan Jackson (TRINITY) 6-3, 6-1
5. Tricia Wilks (DEPAUW) def. Melissa Weinnig (TRINITY) 2-6, 6-4, 6-4
6. Betsey Flanzer (DEPAUW) def. Kelsie Lawson (TRINITY) 6-1, 6-2

Doubles competition
1. Greer Mackie/Kayla Smith (DEPAUW) def. Katy Poettcker/Erin Jamison (TRINITY) 8-2
2. Janelle Arita/Kelly Gebert (DEPAUW) def. Kelsie Lawson/Kassie Seger (TRINITY) 8-2
3. Kristine Lewry/Tricia Wilks (DEPAUW) def. Megan Jackson/Melissa Weinnig (TRINITY) 8-2

Baylor edges Texas, 4-3, for men’s Big 12 crown

Rux wins clincher over Corrie, in dramatic third set.

Longhorns get singles wins from Kellen Damico, Dimitar Kutrovsky and Jonah Kane-West, but Baylor edges Texas, 4-3 to claim Big 12 Championship

NORMAN, Okla. – Third-seeded Texas (19-5) picked up singles wins from sophomore Kellen Damico, junior Dimitar Kutrovsky and senior Jonah Kane-West, but top-seeded Baylor just managed to slip by the Longhorns, as the Bears posted a 4-3 win Sunday in the finals of the Big 12 Championship. The match marked the fourth consecutive meeting in the Big 12 finals between the two schools.

Baylor opened the match by claiming a tight doubles session to take a 1-0 lead. Baylor’s Denes Lukacs and Maros Horny opened with an 8-3 win over Texas juniors Dimitar Kutrovsky and Josh Zavala at the second slot. Texas senior Miguel Reyes Varela and junior Olivier Sajous held a 7-2 lead at the third slot over BU’s Dominik Mueller and Julian Bley before the Bears took the next four games to pull within 7-6. But, Texas’ Reyes Varela and Sajous finished off the match, 8-6, leaving the outcome of the doubles session to be decided at the first slot.

Trailing 7-4 to Baylor’s David Galic and Jordan Rux, Texas sophomores Ed Corrie and Kellen Damico broke the Bears’ service and held serve in the following game to pull within 7-6. Baylor’s Rux held serve in the next game to give the Bears an 8-6 win and the doubles point.

Damico put Texas on the board in short order with a 6-2, 6-1 defeat of Baylor’s Mueller at third singles. The Bears regained the lead at fourth singles, where Julian Bley dealt UT’s Sajous a 6-4, 6-3 defeat. Baylor pushed its lead to 3-1 at fifth singles, where Attila Bucko knocked off UT’s Zavala, 7-6, 6-1.

At first singles, Texas’ Kutrovsky took the first set off of Baylor’s Lukacs, 6-4 and served at 6-5 in the second set. Lukacs broke Kutrovsky’s serve to force a tiebreaker, but Kutrovsky seized control from there, winning the tiebreaker by a 7-1 count to cut the Baylor lead to 3-2.

At sixth singles, UT’s Kane-West dropped his first set to Horny, 6-4, but forced a third set by taking the second, 6-3. Kane-West raced out to a 4-1 lead before Horny broke and held to draw within 4-3. Kane-West held serve for a 5-3 lead, and Horny followed suit to pull within 5-4. Kane-West held serve once more to win the match, 6-3 and even the match at three points.

Trailing 4-2 in the first set against Baylor’s Rux, UT’s Corrie rallied to win five of the next six games to take the set, 7-5. Rux would rally to take the second set, 6-4 to force the deciding third set.

Leading 3-2, Corrie broke Rux to take a 4-2 lead, but Rux broke back to pull within 4-3. Rux held serve to even the set at four and broke Corrie again to take a 5-4 lead. Corrie saved one match point, but at 40-30, a Rux return clipped the net and fell far from Corrie’s reach, as Baylor finished off the set, 6-4 to win the match, 4-3.

“It was a great match,” Baylor head coach Matt Knoll said. “We are excited to win this event. Certainly it kicks off the postseason in a very positive way.” 

It was the third straight tournament title for Baylor and the seventh time in the last eight years the Baylor men’s tennis team has captured the trophy. The seventh-ranked Bears used the doubles point and three singles victories to defeat the 15th-ranked and third-seeded Texas Longhorns, at the Headington Tennis Center Sunday afternoon to earn the title.

“The Big 12 Tournament is a big deal,” Knoll said. “We have a trophy case back home and we don’t put trophies from all tournaments in there, we put these kind of trophies in there.”

Battling extremely windy conditions with gusts above 30 mph that played havoc with the ball all day, the Bears got up early by taking the doubles point with wins in two of the three matches.

“We knew today would be a rough day with the conditions,” Knoll said. “I thought our guys managed it as well as possible.”

“I am really proud of Jordan (Rux) for coming through with all of the pressure on him,” Knoll said. “It’s a special place to be as a tennis player: to be on the last match in a big situation. I am proud that he was able to come through and hold it together.”

Rux delivered the same result at last year’s Big 12 Championships in College Station when he beat Texas’ Milan Mihailovic in three sets to claim the title for Baylor at the No. 6 position.

“To be in that position is what you train for, it is what I think every player wants to be in, so to come out on top both times is really special,” Rux said. “It was extremely tough mentally. Obviously the wind out here is a huge factor. Ed (Corrie) is a good player. I was a little frustrated at the start, but I think I kept my composure really well at the end.”

The Bears raised their record to 23-5 and extended their win streak to 12-matches, while the Longhorns fell to 19-6. Baylor has now won 18 of its last 20 matches and improved to 28-6 all-time in Big 12 championship play.

ESPNEWS will air a NCAA Championships selection show on Tuesday, April 28 at approximately 4:20 p.m. Central. Texas is likely to be selected as a host of NCAA first- and second-round matches.

 

Baylor 4, Texas 3
Doubles – Order of Finish: 2, 3, 1

1 Galic/Rux (BU) def. Corrie/Damico (UT) – 8-6
2 Lukacs/Horny (BU) def. Kutrovsky/Zavala (UT) – 8-3
3 Reyes Varela/Sajous (UT) def. Mueller/Bley (BU) – 8-6

Singles – Order of Finish: 3, 4, 5, 1, 6, 2
1 Dimitar Kutrovsky (UT) def. Denes Lukacs (BU) – 6-4, 7-6 (1)
2 Jordan Rux (BU) def. Ed Corrie (UT) – 5-7, 6-4, 6-4
3 Kellen Damico (UT) def. Dominik Mueller (BU) -6-2, 6-1
4 Julian Bley (BU) def. Olivier Sajous (UT) – 6-4, 6-3
5 Attila Bucko (BU) def. Josh Zavala (UT) – 7-6, 6-1
6 Jonah Kane-West (UT) def. Maros Horny (BU) – 4-6, 6-3, 6-4

Baylor women cruise to 4-1 win over Texas and Big 12 crown

Bears win fourth straight Big 12 Championship title with 4-1 win over Texas.

NORMAN, Okla. – Baylor’s fifth-ranked women’s tennis team cruised to its fourth-straight Big 12 Conference championship by downing the Texas Longhorns 4-1 on a windy Sunday at the Headington Family Tennis Center on the University of Oklahoma campus.

All four of Baylor’s Big 12 Championship titles have come over Texas and the victory was Baylor’s 41st consecutive over league opponents and extended its win streak 18 matches. With the win, the Bears raised their season record to 24-4 while Texas falls to 16-7.

After posting three straight-sets singles wins and a doubles triumph throughout the three days of competition, junior Csilla Borsanyi was named the tournament’s Most Outstanding Player.

“I am proud of the way we played today. Texas played tough today, they competed very, very hard and they handled the wind well today. Both teams played a good match and thankfully we came out of top,” said head coach Joey Scrivano. When asked about the dominance of the program of late, Scrivano replied, “It’s been a lot of hard work and it all starts with our athletes, coaching staff and our staff in general. We are very committed to excellence and I couldn’t be more proud of what we’ve done over the last seven years and today was another example of a lot of hard work we’ve put in.”

For the second day in a row, freshman Nina Secerbegovic was the first Baylor player off the court. She downed UT’s Amanda Craddock, 6-0, 6-2 at No. 5 singles. The victory extended her win streak to 18 matches. The Longhorns gained their only point when 116th-ranked Vanja Corovic downed 39th-ranked Taylor Ormond at the top spot, 6-3, 6-2. Juniors Lenka Broosova and Borsanyi gained the Bears their final points when Broosova downed Krista Damico, 6-0, 6-1 and Borsanyi defeated Caroline Larsson, 6-3, 6-1. Borsanyi netter her 16th straight victory while Broosova extended her win streak to 15 matches.

The Bears dominated doubles play as well, winning the point with victories at No.2 and 3 doubles respectively. Freshmen Kasia Siwosz and Secerbegovic were the first tandem were the first tandem off the court with an 8-5 win over Stephanie Davison and Larsson. Ormond and Jelena Stanivuk secured the doubles point with an 8-6 win over Damico and Craddock.

Baylor 4, Texas 1
Big 12 Championship Match
Singles
Order of finish: 5, 1, 2, 3

1. #116 Vanja Corovic (UT) def. #39 Taylor Ormond (BU) 6-3, 6-2
2. #32 Lenka Broosova (BU) def. Krista Damico (UT) 6-0, 6-1
3. #72 Csilla Borsanyi (BU) def. Caroline Larsson (UT) 6-3, 6-1
4. #41 Jelena Stanivuk (BU) vs. Maggie Mello (UT) DNF
5. Nina Secerbegovic (BU) def. Amanda Craddock 6-0, 6-2
6. Kasia Siwosz (BU) vs. Sarah Lancaster (UT) DNF

Doubles
Order of finish: 3, 2

1. #11 Broosova/Borsanyi (BU) vs. #116 Corovic/Marija Milic (UT) DNF
2. #63 Ormond/Stanivuk (BU) def. Damico/Craddock (UT) 8-6
3. Secerbegovic/Siwosz (BU) def. Stephanie Davison/Larsson 8-5