Trinity, DePauw battle for SCAC

NORTH LITTLE ROCK, Ark. – The top two seeds in both brackets – No. 1 DePauw and No. 2 Trinity – will meet on Sunday morning for the 2009 SCAC Tennis Championships being held at Burns Park Tennis Center. Both of Sunday’s championship matches begin at 8 a.m., with the winners receiving the league’s automatic berth in the NCAA Tournament.

On the men’s side, top-seeded DePauw defeated fourth-seeded Sewanee, 8-1, and second-seeded Trinity defeated third-seeded Rhodes, 6-3, in Saturday’s semifinal round.

As for the women, top-seeded DePauw blanked fourth-seeded Rhodes, 9-0, and second-seeded Trinity defeated third-seeded Sewanee, 8-1.

Men’s Saturday Results
#5 Oglethorpe(8) vs. #9 Centre(1)
#11 Colorado(6) vs. #7 Southwestern(3)
#4 Sewanee(1) vs. #1 DePauw(8)
#3 Rhodes(3) vs. #2 Trinity(6)
#6 Millsaps(8) (9th Place) vs. #8 Hendrix(1) (10th Place)

 Friday, April 24
#8 Hendrix(4) vs. #9 Centre(5)
#6 Millsaps(4) vs. #11 Colorado(5)
#7 Southwestern(9) vs. #10 Austin(0)
#4 Sewanee(6) vs. #5 Oglethorpe(3)
#1 DePauw(9) vs. #9 Centre(0)
#3 Rhodes(8) vs. #11 Colorado(1)
#2 Trinity(9) vs. #7 Southwestern(0)
#6 Millsaps(9) vs. #10 Austin(0) (11th Place)

Women’s Saturday Results
#5 Centre(6) vs. #8 Hendrix(3)
#6 Southwestern(2) vs. #7 Colorado(7)
#4 Rhodes(0) vs. #1 DePauw(9)
#3 Sewanee(1) vs. #2 Trinity(8)
#10 Oglethorpe(3) (10th Place) vs. #9 Austin(6) (9th Place)

Friday, April 24
#8 Hendrix(7) vs. #9 Austin(2)
#6 Southwestern(9) vs. #11 Millsaps(0)
#7 Colorado(9) vs. #10 Oglethorpe(0)
#4 Rhodes(6) vs. #5 Centre(3)
#1 DePauw(7) vs. #8 Hendrix(2)
#3 Sewanee(8) vs. #6 Southwestern(1)
#2 Trinity(6) vs. #7 Colorado(3)
#11 Millsaps(0) (11th Place) vs. #10 Oglethorpe(9)

Notes, thoughts and no, the SEC doesn’t suck

Some quick notes and thoughts before I head off for some much needed sleep. I spent most of the day driving back and forth to Houston with my four-year old son to catch the Astros game vs. Milwaukee (or at least part of it). His grandmother had given us some tickets for just the two of us to get away and catch the game and he had a great time.

Before, during and after all of this, I was busy follow scores on my iPhone for what was a good day of tennis.

Baylor’s women cruised, as I expect them to do again tomorrow (or is it today already?)

Baylor’s men jumped out to an early lead and appeared to be ready to roll OSU, but then just couldn’t put them away and the Cowboys made a run at it. My sources say it wasn’t a dominating effort, but then again, OSU had something to prove after getting blanked in Waco this past weekend.

The UT men took the doubles point at 2&3, as expected, then pulled Varela out of the line-up to change their match-ups a bit with A&M. The hero of the day for Texas has to be Jonah Kane-West, or as we like to call him around here, Kanye West. As UT’s #7 or 8 player (flip-flops with Jon Wiegand), he came out and beat Colin Hoover.

The big question I ask is: who cheers for Texas when Kanye is in the lineup? His trademark, “Goooo Hooorrns!” that takes about 8 seconds to come out is classic. Good kid, congrats to him.

The women’s match was typical, well at least more typical that the essential blowout earlier this season. Neither of these teams are really all that solid (top-20), but they are top-40 and played a tight match. Things might have been different had Olivier not had the meltdown at #6. But I give Lancaster her due. She is an experienced veteran, who wouldn’t give it up.

The TCU women won, as I expected, but the men were shocked by UNM. The top of the lineup really failed them, as they lost the top 3 lines in singles.

TIME CHANGES

I hear there is some possibly bad weather in the Norman area expected, so they have moved the start time for the men up for Sunday to 11 AM. Like I said in the preview, if the men get moved indoors, UT really has a shot. Baylor will still win the women’s 4-0.

Talking about who is the favorite, I love the shots Baylor coach Matt Knoll continues to take at UT….

“I think Texas, by far, has the most talented team in the league,” Knoll said. “We know we are going to have our hands full. We’ll have to play our best tennis to have a chance.”

It was just like when he stated they were the underdogs a few weeks ago despite being ranked ahead of the Longhorns. Hey, whatever he has to do to get his team motivated, so be it. 

This will be the fourth-straight year these two have faced off for the title.

SEC Clarification

I keep mentioning how the SEC has this huge advantage when it comes to the rankings process because they get so many chances at quality wins. One thing I need to clarify is – THEY ARE ALL REALLY GOOD. seriously. I may bitch and moan about how the rankings will be swayed in their direction, but they have 11 legitimate teams that will make the tournament. That is so wrong to be that good, but they are.

I have a friend who pointed out that LSU, their #8 team, played Ole Miss tough and would be the 3rd or 4th best team, easily in the Big 12. I know they lost to A&M, but they are solid and it was in Aggieland. None of the Texas teams wants any part of them in their regional.

Speaking of regionals, it looks like with this today’s UT win over TAMU (and none of the 5-8 SEC teams winning, but Rocky Top did beat UGa today), Baylor, UT and A&M will all host.

St. Edward’s women capture Heartland Conference Championship, win streak reaches 10

SAN ANTONIO – The 21st-ranked St. Edward’s women’s tennis team avenged a loss in last year’s conference tournament as they defeated #30 Incarnate Word, 5-3, in the Heartland Conference Championship Match Saturday morning at the UIW Tennis Center.

St. Edward’s (16-6) got things going in the right direction in doubles play as they took two of three matches. Senior Regina DelBosque and freshman Audrey Tompkins defeated Sarah Carswell, along with Erica Engberg, 8-4, at the number one position. Freshmen Heather Brein and Alexandra Henry bested Cisse Drame and Karen Rodriguez, 9-7, at the number three position.

In single play, Tompkins, Henry and Mary Bain all had straight-set victories Saturday morning and that clinched the match and conference title for the Hilltoppers.

Last season, St. Edward’s fell to Incarnate Word in the championship match.

The Hilltoppers are currently in position to qualify for the NCAA Regionals with a #3 ranking as of today. They will have to wait and see if they move up to one of the top two spots where they could host one of the subregionals May 7-9.

St. Edward’s Men win Heartland Conference Championship

SAN ANTONIO – The 23rd-ranked St. Edward’s men’s tennis team avenged a loss in last year’s conference tournament as they blasted #30 Incarnate Word, 5-0, in the Heartland Conference Championship Match Saturday morning at the UIW Tennis Center.

St. Edward’s (13-11) got things going in the right direction in doubles play as they took all three matches. Junior Brett Powers and sophomore Mick Walter teamed up at the number one position to take down Max Moreau and Alex Wieland, 8-5. Senior Nick Arnold and junior Justin Raiti joined forces and defeated Jose Arizpe and Carlos Olvera, 8-6, at the number two position. Juniors Boris Barrios and Bernard Lancaster helped the Hilltoppers to a clean sweep of the doubles action by besting Pierce Brandon and David Ballinger, 8-4.

In single play, Powers and Walter both got out to hot starts. Powers defeated Moreau, 6-3, 6-0, at the number one position and Walter downed David Ballinger, 6-2, 6-2 to clinch the conference Crown for the Hilltoppers.

Last season, St. Edward’s fell to Incarnate Word in the championship match.

The Hilltoppers are currently in position to qualify for the NCAA Regionals with a #3 ranking as of today. They will have to wait and see if they move up to one of the top two spots where they could host one of the subregionals May 7-9.

St. Mary’s Falls to Dallas Baptist in Heartland Conference Tournament

Marcezyski finishes season with 15 singles victories

SAN ANTONIO-Marcin Marczewski and Marcos Villarreal each picked up singles and double victories, but Dallas Baptist won two of three doubles matches and defeated St. Mary’s University, 5-3, in the first round of the Heartland Conference men’s tennis tournament Friday afternoon at the University of the Incarnate Word Tennis Courts.

Marzcezyski (Fr., Gwiazozista, Poland) played at number one in singles for the first time this season. Despite that he rolled to a 6-2, 6-2, victory over Brett Sticker to improve to 15-4 this season. At number three singles Marcos Villarreal (Jr., Corpus Christi) rallied from a set down to defeat Richard Vo, 4-6, 6-3, 6-4. Villarreal has the second best singles record on the squad, with a 12-6 mark. The pair also teamed up to win at number one doubles, 8-4, over Sticker and Bronson Vaughan.

At number four singles Drew Zemanek (So., La Porte) won the first set 6-4, but dropped the next two sets 6-4, 6-4.

St. Mary’s finished the 2009 season with a 7-9 record, their best mark since the 2001-2002 season. DBU improved to 6-10 with the win.

Dallas Baptist 5, St. Mary’s 3
Heartland Conference Men’s Tennis Tournament
Singles

#1 Marcin Marczewski (STMU) d. Brett Sticker (DBU), 6-2, 6-2
#2 Josh King (DBU) d. Vitas Van Dijk (STMU), 6-2, 6-3
#3 Marcos Villarreal (STMU) d. Richard Vo (DBU), 4-6, 6-3, 6-4
#4 Bronson Vaughan (DBU) d. Drew Zemanek (STMU), 4-6, 6-4, 6-4
#5 Matthew Carrion (STMU) vs. Orry Skelton (DBU), Did Not Finish
#6 Richard Abel (DBU) d. Luis Delgado (STMU), 6-2, 6-4

Doubles
#1 Marczewski/Villarreal (STMU) d. Sticker/Vaughan (DBU), 8-4
#2 Vo/Abel (DBU) d. Zemanek/Van Dijk (STMU), 8-5
#3 King/Nick French (DBU) d. Sal Lievanos/Carrion (STMU), 8-2

Records: St. Mary’s 7-9, Dallas Baptist 6-10.

Texas women outlast Texas A&M, 4-2, advances to Big 12 finals

Longhorns take the doubles point and hold off Aggies’ rally to advance to the finals of the Big 12 Championship.

NORMAN, Okla. – Second-seeded Texas (16-6) collected the doubles point and picked up singles wins from sophomore Maggie Mello, junior Sarah Lancaster and the clincher from sophomore Caroline Larsson, as the Longhorns dealt third-seeded Texas A&M a 4-2 defeat Saturday afternoon in the semifinals of the 2009 Big 12 Championship.

Texas reaches the Big 12 finals for the 12th time in the event’s 13-year history, and the Longhorns will meet a familiar foe in Baylor, whom they have met in the last four Big 12 finals. The Horns and Bears will play for the Big 12 crown on Sunday at 11 a.m. Central.

Texas opened the match by winning the doubles matches at the second and first positions to claim the doubles point. Sophomores Amanda Craddock and Krista Damico opened with an 8-3 win at the second slot over the Aggies’ Stephanie Davidson and Morgan Frank.

Leading 6-5 in its match against the Aggies’ Janelle Cuthbertson and Christi Liles, Texas senior Marija Milic and junior Vanja Corovic picked up a timely service break to assume a 7-5 lead. UT held serve in the next game to take an 8-5 win and clinch the doubles point. The remaining match at third doubles was suspended.

Texas A&M got on the board at fifth singles, where Lauren Santacroce dealt UT sophomore Amanda Craddock a 7-5, 6-0 defeat. The Aggies took the lead at second singles, where A&M’s Frank posted a 6-2, 6-3 win over Damico.

Texas rallied to even the match at fourth singles, as Mello dealt Cuthbertson a 6-2, 6-4 defeat. After dropping her first set in a tiebreaker at sixth singles, UT’s Lancaster rallied from a 4-2 deficit to take the second set, 6-4. Lancaster took command of the final set and was victorious by a 6-1 count to give Texas a 3-2 lead.

UT’s Larsson took the first set off of A&M’s Liles at third singles, 6-2, but Liles rallied to take the second, 6-3. Larsson regrouped to win a lengthy third set, 6-3 to clinch the team victory for the Longhorns. The remaining match at first singles featuring Texas’ Corovic and A&M’s Elze Potgieter was suspended. Potgieter took the first set, 6-2, before Corovic rallied to grab the second, 6-4. Corovic and Potgieter were locked in a third-set tiebreaker when the match was called.

“We are not satisfied,” A&M coach Bobby Kleinecke said. “This was not a match that we came in to play close and lose. It came down to the wire. The difference in this match is that (Texas) stepped up at the right times. They stepped up when the match was on the line and we didn’t.”

“A big key was I really felt like we needed to win this doubles point,” Kleinecke said. “I felt like the momentum needed to start our way.”

“We were right there today,” he said. “We were close, but close isn’t good enough. No matter how you look at it, we can’t be satisfied with that. Yes, it is better than the last time we played them, but so what. We’ve got to get tougher. We’ve got to get meaner.

“The positive part is that we did lay it all out there today. We just need to take this and run and take it to the NCAA tournament.”

Texas 4, Texas A&M 2
Doubles – Order of Finish:2, 1

1 Corovic/Milic (UT) def. Cuthbertson/Liles (TAMU) – 8-5
2 Craddock/Damico (UT) def. Davidson/Frank (TAMU) – 8-3
3 Davison/Larsson (UT) vs. Olivier/Potgieter (TAMU) – 7-7, susp.

Singles – Order of Finish: 5, 2, 4, 6, 3
1 Vanja Corovic (UT) vs. Elze Potgieter (TAMU) – 2-6, 6-4, 6-6 (UT led 3-2 in tiebreaker)
2 Morgan Frank (TAMU) def. Krista Damico (UT) – 6-2, 6-3
3 Caroline Larsson (UT) def. Christi Liles TAMU) – 6-2, 3-6, 6-3
4 Maggie Mello (UT) def. Janelle Cuthbertson (TAMU) – 6-2, 6-4
5 Lauren Santacroce (TAMU) def. Amanda Craddock (UT) – 7-5, 6-0
6 Sarah Lancaster (UT) def. Sheri Olivier (TAMU) – 6-7 (5), 6-4, 6-1

New Mexico stuns TCU for 2009 MWC Title, 4-3

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M.—Top-seeded TCU suffered a 4-3 loss to No. 2 seed New Mexico Saturday in the final match of the Mountain West Conference Men’s Tennis Championship at the Jerry Cline Tennis Center. The finals appearance was the Frogs’ third in only four years as members of the MWC.

TCU fell to 12-11 overall this season and will now await word on a possible at-large selection to next month’s NCAA Championships. The Frogs won the MWC’s regular season title after finishing the conference schedule with a league-best 5-1 record that included a 5-2 win over New Mexico in the team’s only previous meeting of the season on April 9 in San Diego.

For the second consecutive season, the MWC Championship title came down to senior Kriegler Brink’s match against a Lobo at No. 3 singles. While Brink was able to clinch the Frogs’ 2008 conference crown with a three-set win, Saturday’s match went in different direction. New Mexico’s Miles Bugby shook off a first-set loss via the tiebreaker before taking the final two sets to clinch the UNM team victory with his 6-7 (1), 6-2, 7-6 (0) win.

Brink and Bugby’s final set was a nail-biter, as Brink twice was able to fight off match-clinching games to send the set into a tiebreaker. Bugby then rattled off seven straight points in the tiebreaker to give the Lobos the conference championship.

Earlier in the match, sophomore Zach Nichols had boosted TCU to a 3-2 advantage with a 6-4, 4-6, 6-4 win over Ben Dunbar at No. 4 singles, but UNM’s Johnny Parkes, ranked 79th nationally, was able to down freshman Slah Mbarek in the No. 1 slot, 5-7, 6-4, 6-0, to set up Bugby’s winner.

Sophomore Christopher Price got the Frogs started in singles at the No. 5 position with a 6-2, 6-2 victory over Phil Anderson. Price and Nichols have combined to win 11 straight singles matches for TCU, with Price owning a team-best six-match streak.

Graeme Kassautzki and Carl Ho provided New Mexico’s other two points with respective wins over sophomore Emanuel Brighiu (7-5, 6-3) at No. 2 singles and sophomore Casey Powers (6-1, 6-4) at the No. 6 position.

TCU posted an advantage in doubles to earn an early 1-0 lead. Nichols and Price defeated Dunbar and Ho, 8-5, before Brink and Mbarek clinched the doubles point with a 9-7 victory over Parkes and Bugby. Brink and Mbarek, ranked 40th nationally in doubles, faced a daunting 7-4 hole before winning the final five games of the match. Brighiu and junior Adrian Simon’s match at No. 2 doubles with Kassautzki and Wood went unfinished.

The Frogs will face a two-week break before the start of the NCAA Championships. If selected for an at-large bid, the squad will begin play in the NCAA First Round on May 8. Individual competition at the NCAA Championships will be held May 20-25 in College Station, Texas, following the conclusion of the team competition. The 64-team field will be announced live on ESPNEWS this Tuesday, April 28.

No. 2 New Mexico 4, No. 1 TCU 3
April 25, 2009
Albuquerque, N.M. (Jerry Cline Tennis Center)
Singles

1. #79 Johnny Parkes (UNM) def. #84 Slah Mbarek (TCU), 5-7, 6-4, 6-0
2. Graeme Kassautzki (UNM) def. #114 Emanuel Brighiu (TCU), 7-5, 6-3
3. Miles Bugby (UNM) def. #72 Kriegler Brink (TCU), 6-7 (1), 6-2, 7-6 (0)
4. Zach Nichols (TCU) def. Ben Dunbar (UNM), 6-4, 4-6, 6-4
5. Christopher Price (TCU) def. Phil Anderson (UNM), 6-2, 6-2
6. Carl Ho (UNM) def. Casey Powers (TCU), 6-1, 6-4
Order of Finish: 6,5,2,4,1,3

Doubles
1. #40 Brink/Mbarek (TCU) def. Parkes/Bugby (UNM), 9-7 (trailed 7-4)
2. #29 Brighiu/Simon (TCU) vs. Kassautzki/Wood (UNM), unfinished
3. Nichols/Price (TCU) def. Dunbar/Ho (UNM), 8-5

Texas men top Texas A&M, 4-2, reach Big 12 finals

Horns to make fourth consecutive trip to Big 12 finals after toppling Texas A&M in the Big 12 semifinals for a second consecutive year.

NORMAN, Okla. – Texas captured the doubles point and collected singles wins from sophomore Kellen Damico, junior Dimitar Kutrovsky and senior Jonah Kane-West, as the third-seeded Longhorns (19-5) toppled second-seeded Texas A&M by a 4-2 count Saturday in the semifinals of the 2009 Big 12 Championships.

Texas advances to the Big 12 finals for a fourth consecutive season and will meet Baylor on Sunday at 1 p.m. Central.

The Horns and Aggies engaged in a lengthy one-hour doubles session that went the way of the Longhorns. At second doubles, UT juniors Dimitar Kutrovsky and Josh Zavala exchanged service breaks early on against the Aggies’ Alexey Grigorov and Colin Hoover. Trailing 6-5, Texas held service before registering a timely service break to take a 7-6 lead. Zavala served out the final game at love to give Texas an 8-6 win at the second slot.

At third doubles, UT senior Miguel Reyes Varela and junior Olivier Sajous held a 7-4 lead over A&M’s Marcus Lunt and Wil Spencer, but the Aggies held serve and broke Texas’ service in the next game to pull within 7-6. But, Texas managed one final service break to take the match, 8-6 and claim the doubles point for the Longhorns.

The remaining match at first doubles featuring Texas sophomores Ed Corrie and Kellen Damico against Texas A&M’s Conor Pollock and Austin Krajicek became a tight battle, but the match was suspended when Texas clinched the doubles point. The Aggies held a 7-6 lead, but Texas broke Texas A&M at love in the following game to even the match at seven. Corrie served out the following game to give UT an 8-7 when the match was suspended.

Texas A&M got on the board at second singles, where Krajicek posted a 6-3, 6-3 win over UT’s Corrie. Texas regained the lead at third singles, where Damico tallied a 7-5, 6-4 win over A&M’s Spencer. Texas pushed its lead to 3-1 when Kutrovsky added a 6-4, 7-6 (3) win over Pollock at first singles. Pollock led 6-5 in the second set, but Kutrovsky evened the set to force a tiebreaker. Tied at two apiece, Kutrovsky took the next four points to assume a 6-2 lead. Pollock thwarted one match point, but Kutrovsky converted on the next to clinch his match.

Texas’ Sajous saved match points against A&M’s Grigorov at fourth singles and managed to push the second set into a tiebreaker. Trailing 6-2, Sajous pulled within 6-4, but Grigorov converted the next point to claim his match and slice the Texas lead to 3-2.

UT’s Kane-West took the first set off of A&M’s Hoover at sixth singles, 6-3, but found himself in a 4-0 hole in set two. Kane-West and Hoover each held serve from there, as the set progressed into a tiebreaker. Tied at two apiece, Kane-West took the next four points to take a commanding 6-2 lead. Kane-West sent a Hoover serve beyond the baseline on the next point, but an errant Hoover return on the ensuing point gave Kane-West the victory and lifted Texas to a 4-2 win over Texas A&M.

“It was just another close match with Texas,” said third-year Texas A&M head coach Steve Denton whose Aggies went 2-1 versus their archrivals this season including a 4-3 win on April 16 in the regular-season finale in College Station. “They are a very good team. We knew the doubles point would be crucial today. We had our shot to win the doubles, but they stepped up and we didn’t. We were in a couple of the matches in singles. We were up 4-0 in Colin Hoover’s match (at No. 6) and couldn’t quite close the door in the second set. That’s the way these close matches go – a few points here and there. They handled it better than we did today and won the game points.”

A&M awaits its postseason fate as the field of 64 for the upcoming 2009 NCAA Division I Men’s Tennis Championship will be televised at approximately 4:20 p.m. (CT) on Tuesday, April 28 on ESPNEWS. ESPNEWS is located on DirecTV Channel 207 and Dish Network Channel 142. In addition, the ESPNEWS audio signal is available on the ESPNEWS channel on XM Radio and SIRIUS Radio. The Aggies have made an unprecedented 15-straight NCAA Tournament appearances since 1994 and 16 overall in program history.

“We will now get ourselves physically ready to play with 10 days to prepare back home,” said Denton on gearing up for NCAA postseason competition with the potential of hosting a regional at the George P. Mitchell Tennis Center, site of the 2009 NCAA Division I Men’s and Women’s Tennis Championships on May 14-25. “We are playing well at the right time (having won 10 of our last 13 matches of the season). We just didn’t do it today against Texas.”

Texas 4, Texas A&M 2
Doubles – Order of Finish: 2, 3

1 Corrie/Damico (UT) vs. Krajicek/Pollock (TAMU) – 8-7, susp.
2 Kutrovsky/Zavala (UT) def. Grigorov/Hoover (TAMU) – 8-6
3 Reyes Varela/Sajous (UT) def. Lunt/Spencer (TAMU) – 8-6

Singles – Order of Finish: 2, 3, 1, 4, 6
1 Dimitar Kutrovsky (UT) def. Conor Pollock (TAMU) – 6-4, 7-6 (3)
2 Austin Krajicek (TAMU) def. Ed Corrie (UT) – 6-3, 6-3
3 Kellen Damico (UT) def. Wil Spencer (TAMU) – 7-5, 6-4
4 Alexey Grigorov (TAMU) def. Olivier Sajous (UT) – 6-2, 7-6 (4)
5 Josh Zavala (UT) vs. Marcus Lunt (TAMU) – 7-5, 4-6, susp.
6 Jonah Kane-West (UT) def. Colin Hoover (TAMU) – 6-3, 7-6 (3)

TCU Women Claim 2009 Mountain West Championship Title

The Horned Frogs garnered their sixth conference title; second since joining the MWC in 2006

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. – The 29th-ranked TCU women’s tennis team claimed the 2009 Mountain West Conference Championship by defeating 42nd-ranked UNLV by a score of 4-1 Saturday afternoon at the Jerry Cline Tennis Center. The Frogs’ captured their second tournament championship in four years since joining the league in 2006, going 10-1 against the conference in 2009.

The 24th-ranked TCU tandem of Macall Harkins and Anna Sydorska picked up the first win for the Frogs with an 8-3 triumph at the Rebels’ Kristina Nedeltcheva and Katy Williams. The TCU duo finished the season with a 4-1 record against the MWC and 11-8 overall.

With the win, Sydorska picked up her 103rd career doubles win, just two victories shy of matching Lori Nelson for the program record. The Lviv, Ukraine poduct also surpassed former All-American Ana Cetnik in career combined wins, notching her 176th victory as a Horned Frog to tie Angela Bartzen and Teresa Dobson for the fifth-most career victories in TCU history.

“I’m so happy for Anna for nailing down her 103rd doubles victory,” TCU head coach Jefferson Hammond said. “She has been a big part of this program and I’m happy for her success.”

After UNLV picked up an 8-5 win over junior Nina Munch-Soegaard and sophomore Maria Babanova from the No. 3 position to even the doubles tally at 1-1, the Frogs’ All-MWC doubles pairing of sophomore Katariina Tuohimaa and freshman Kayla Duncan clinched the doubles point for the Purple and White with a 9-7 decision at No. 2 over the Rebels’ Alisa Razina and Anna Maskaljun.

“Maria and Nina fought hard, but UNLV played well from the three spot,” Hammond said. “It is so great to have Nina back in the lineup. We haven’t had her on a road trip in a long time.”

“We really have played well in the tournament,” Hammond said. “We really love Albuquerque as we are now 15-0 in four years here. Two doubles really came through when it was one all. They played sound tennis when it got close. I’m really proud of them.”

Harkins captured a 6-3, 6-2 victory over Nikol Dimitrova at No. 2 to give TCU a 2-0 advantage in the match. Hailing from Palos Verdes, Calif., Harkins posted a record of 7-1 in Mountain West Conference action to garner All-MWC singles considerations.

“Macall really stepped it up and got a quick point for us which calmed everybody down,” Hammond said.

The Rebels cut the Frogs’ lead in half as Maskaljun topped TCU sophomore Idunn Hertzberg from the No. 5 position in straight-sets by a score of 6-2, 6-4.

“Idunn fought really hard in the second set and it looked like she might take it to three,” Hammond said.

Freshman Gaby Mastromarino gave the Frogs’ a 3-1 lead with a 7-6, 6-2 triumph over Terzierva from the No. 6 slot. The Tequesta, Fla., native battled back to take the first set in a tiebreaker before jumping to an early 3-0 advantage and running away in the second stanza. Mastromarino finished MWC play with a 6-4 singles record and 12-10 clip overall.

“Gaby played great tennis this week, but more importantly, she stayed mentally strong in all three matches and really showed a new level of maturity,” Hammond said.

Minutes later, Tuohimaa clinched the championship for TCU in dominating fashion, routing Williams at the No. 3 position by a score of 6-3, 6-2. The All-MWC singles selection leads the Frogs with a 16-8 overall record and earned a 9-1 clip against the league.

“Katariina competed extremely well and played a very nice match to clinched it for us,” Hammond said. “It was neat to see the kids be able to celebrate together after a lot of work this year.”

“Kayla lost the first set of her match, but fought hard and was controlling the second set when we finished,” Hammond said. “She has just been a warrior and a fighter all year.”

TCU has now lifted six conference trophies into the air, garnering a title from the Southwest Conference (1991), WAC (2000, 2001), Conference-USA (2002) and MWC (2006, 2009).

“It feels awesome right now. I didn’t even know that I clinched at first, because I actually thought Gaby was still playing,” Tuohimaa said. “We are all playing pretty well right now, and if we stay sharp and focused, we will be confident heading into the NCAA Tournament.”

With the win, the Frogs improved to 16-10. The Horned Frogs earn the league’s automatic bid to the 2009 NCAA Women’s Tennis Championship. The rest of the 64-team field will be announced live on ESPNEWS Tuesday, April 28, at approximately 6:20 p.m. CT.

No. 2 TCU (16-10) def. No. 1 UNLV (20-7), 4-1
SINGLES

1. Nina Munch-Soegaard (TCU) vs. Kristina Nedeltcheva (UNLV), 7-5, 2-6, 2-1, unfinished
2. Macall Harkins (TCU) def. Nikol Dimitrov (UNLV), 6-3, 6-2
3. Katariina Tuohimaa (TCU) def. Katy Williams (UNLV), 6-3, 6-2
4. Kayla Duncan (TCU) vs. 3-6, 5-4, unfinished
5. Anna Maskaljun (UNLV) def. Idunn Hertzberg (TCU), 6-2, 6-4
6. Gaby Mastromarino (TCU) vs. Rumyana Terzierva (UNLV), 7-6, 6-2
Order of Finish: 2, 5, 6, 3*

DOUBLES
1. Harkins/Sydorska (TCU) def. Nedeltcheva/Williams (UNLV), 8-3
2. Duncan/Tuohimaa (TCU) def. Razina/Maskaljun (UNLV), 9-7
3. Dimitrova/Terzierva (UNLV) def. Babanova/Munch-Soegaard (TCU), 8-5
Order of Finish: 1, 3, 2*

Baylor men maul Oklahoma State, 4-1

Bears take down Oklahoma State, 4-1; face Longhorns tomorrow at 11 a.m.

Norman, Okla.- The seventh-ranked men’s tennis team beat the 21st-ranked Oklahoma State Cowboys for the second time in six days, 4-1, to earn a spot in tomorrow’s Big 12 Championship Final at 11 a.m. against No. 15 Texas at the Headington Tennis Center in Norman, Okla.

“I thought Oklahoma State did a great job,” Baylor head coach Matt Knoll said. “They made it tough for us. We had to fight on every court. I think it’s a real credit to (OSU) Coach (James) Wadley that those guys came out and played us so tough.”

The Bears raised their record to 22-5 and extended their win streak to 11-matches, while the Cowboys fell to 14-7. Baylor has now won 17 of its last 19 matches and improved to 27-6 all-time in Big 12 championship play. The Bears have never lost the opening match of a Big 12 Tournament, improving to 13-0.

In doubles play, Baylor made quick work of the Cowboys earning the point by winning at the No. 2 and 3 courts. The No. 2 duo of Denes Lukacs and Maros Horny were first off, after winning eight of nine points to close out the OSU pair of Mikhail Trukshanin and Igor Sobolta, 8-2. The No. 3 team of Mueller and Bley followed suit, also winning eight of the last nine points to claim the match, 8-3.

“Our doubles have improved,” Knoll said. “I am pleased with some of the plays we are making. We are doing some good things out there. Generally speaking doubles was a great performance today.”

The Bears rolled off of their doubles win by winning five of the six first sets in singles play. However, the Cowboys would not go away quietly. After, Dominik Mueller and Maros Horny won at positions three and six to give the Bears a 3-0 lead, the Cowboys grabbed a victory as Olesandr Nedovyesov beat Denes Lukacs 6-1, 6-3. The loss ended Lukacs’ 13-match win streak. Rux would clinch the match for the Bears with a 6-4, 7-6(7) over Nathan Brynes.

“We definitely lost our mojo a little bit once we won so many first sets,” Knoll said. “It is something we are going to have to do better tomorrow if we are going to have a chance.”

The Bears improved to 17-8 all-time versus Oklahoma State and during Matt Knoll’s tenure Baylor is 17-3 against the Cowboys.

In tomorrow’s match the Bears will square off against the second seeded Texas Longhorns. Every year since a 2001 semifinal loss to Texas, the Bears have made it to the finals match of the Championships, winning the final match six of those seven years. It will be the fourth straight year that the Longhorns and the Bears have met in the final of the championships, with the Bears winning three of four of those meetings.

“I think Texas, by far, has the most talented team in the league,” Knoll said. “We know we are going to have our hands full. We’ll have to play our best tennis to have a chance.”

Baylor defeated the Longhorns 6-1 on April 2 in Austin in conference play earlier this year.

Live stats for tomorrow’s championship final match will be available on Baylorbears.com courtesy of Soonersports.com.

***Please Note Time Change of Championship Match***

#7 Baylor 4, #21 Oklahoma State 1
Apr 25, 2009 at Norman, Okla.
(Headington Family Tennis Center)

Singles
1. #2 Oleksandr Nedovyesov (OKST) def. #4 Denes Lukacs (BU) 6-3, 6-4
2. #43 Jordan Rux (BU) def. Nathan Byrnes (OKST) 6-4, 7-6
3. Dominik Mueller (BU) def. Aleksey Bessonov (OKST) 6-1, 6-3
4. Julian Bley (BU) vs. Anton Bobytskyi (OKST) unfinished
5. #117 Attila Bucko (BU) vs. Mikhail Trukshanin (OKST) unfinished
6. Maros Horny (BU) def. Igor Sobolta (OKST) 6-2, 6-3

Doubles
1. David Galic/Jordan Rux (BU) vs. #13 Oleksandr Nedovyesov/Nathan Byrnes (OKST) unfinished
2. Denes Lukacs/Maros Horny (BU) def. Mikhail Trukshanin/Igor Sobolta (OKST) 8-2
3. Dominik Mueller/Julian Bley (BU) def. Anton Bobytskyi/Oleksandr Nikitenko (OKST) 8-3

Match Notes:
Oklahoma State 14-7; National ranking #21
Baylor 22-5; National ranking #7
Order of finish: Doubles (2,3); Singles (3,6,1,2)