Pollock and Marand advance; DIII championship news

Conor Pollock and Sanaz Marand continue to have a great week at the NCAA Individual Championships in College Station.

Pollock rallied to defeat Dean Jackson of the University of San Diego in three sets, while Marand crushed Laura Gioia of Furman, 6-1 6-1. The win is huge for Marand, who struggled to find her form earlier in the year, but has been on a tear lately. Since March 27th, she has won 13 of 14 matches. Her only loss was to Mallory Cecil of Duke. Sanaz now faces Julia Cohen, who beat her back on March 20th.

Pollock is the player still in both draws.

Men’s Round of 16
(9-16) Conor Pollock (Texas A&M) def. Dean Jackson (San Diego), 4-6, 6-3, 6-4
Devin Britton (Mississippi) def. Bruno Rosa (Rice), 6-3, 6-4

Women’s Singles Round of 16
Sanaz Marand (North Carolina) def. Laura Gioia (Furman), 6-1, 6-1

Men’s Doubles Round of 16
(4) Jamie Hunt/Nate Schnugg (Georgia) def. Geoff Chizever/Pedro Zerbini (California), 7-6 (3), 4-6, 6-4
(5-8) Austin Krajicek/Conor Pollock (Texas A&M) def. Robert McKenzie/John Peers (Middle Tennessee State), 6-3, 6-4
Dominic Inglot/Michael Shabaz (Virginia) def. Raony Carvalho/Christian Rojmar (Texas Tech), 6-3, 6-4

Quotes
(4) Jamie Hunt (Georgia):
“California (Geoff Chizever and Pedro Zerbini) was a really good team. We didn’t play them in doubles early in the year, but we did see them play singles, so we knew they were very capable. They came out and played well and got up a break early, but we managed to fight back and get that break back. We played very well in the tiebreaker. In the second set, we had a lot of chances, but they played well when they needed to. In the third set, we went up two breaks and we played a good game to get it back. Luckily, Nate (Schnugg) has a big serve and we held to win it.”

(5-8) Austin Krajicek (Texas A&M):
“We had a tough match yesterday, but sometimes that happens where you have a tough first round. A lot of times you get a rhythm with that and start playing really well and have a good tournament. Hopefully, that’s the case for us. We tried to come out a lot more intense today, focused on our serve and tried not to make any mental errors. We are at our best when we are playing well on our serve games. We did a good job today of not only getting the break, but also holding it. We did a better job of that, than we did yesterday.”

Women’s Doubles Round of 16 Results:
Csilla Borsanya/Lenka Broosova (Baylor) def. Kristi Boxx/Karen Nijssen (Mississippi), 7-6 (6), 6-2
Lauren Lui/Georgia Rose (Northwestern) def. Carolina Escamilla/Caroline Lilley (Kentucky), 6-3, 6-1
Josipa Bek/Ina Hadziselimovic (Clemson) def. Macall Harkins/Anna Sydorska (TCU), 7-6 (5), 6-4
(5-8) Hilary Barte/Lindsay Burdette (Stanford) def. Marta Lesniak/Aleksandra Malyarschikova (SMU), 6-2, 6-0

DIII ACTION

In Division III action,  senior Dustin Phillips (Houston) of The University of Texas at Tyler men’s tennis team fell to Charlie Cutler of Washington-St. Louis, 6-2, 6-2, in the first round of singles competition at the 2009 NCAA Division III Men’s Tennis National Individual Championships on Friday at the Biszantz Family Tennis Center in Claremont.

Later in the day, Dan LaFountaine and Nate Fox of Grinnell rallied from one set down to eliminate Phillips and his partner, junior David Ashlock (Arlington), from the doubles competition, 4-6, 6-0, 6-1.

Phillips ends his season with a record of 25-5 in singles competition and, with Ashlock, a record of 20-6 in doubles action.

Phillips concludes his UT Tyler career with an outstanding singles record of 45-11 and will end his partnership with Ashlock having amassed an equally impressive 35-9 record.

Friday’s appearance marks the second straight season that Phillips has competed in the singles tournament and that Phillips and Ashlock have competed in the doubles event.

 The Trinity Tigers sophomore doubles team of Bobby Cocanougher of Southlake; and Cory Kowal of Austin (Anderson); advanced to the NCAA Division III Men’s Tennis Championships doubles quarterfinals Friday.

The Tiger duo came from behind to defeat Andrew Thompson and David Farah of Middlebury College 4-6, 7-6 (7-3), 7-5 at Biszantz Family Tennis Center. Cocanougher and Kowal, who became All-Americans last fall by winning the ITA regional doubles crown, were on the ropes in the second set as the Middlebury team was serving for the match.

Cocanougher and Kowal will take on top seeds Mike Burdakin and John Kauss of Gustavus Adolphus College Saturday in the quarters.

Earlier, Kauss, the No. 1 seed in singles, beat Trinity first-year player Max Frey of Broken Arrow, Okla. (Tulsa Holland Hall), 6-2, 6-1 in the opening round.

Frey captured Southwest Region singles title last fall in San Antonio, and earned All-America honors. He went on to the National Small College Championships at Mobile, Ala. Frey was also elected the Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference Men’s Player of the Year.

Trinity University Tigers first-year player Katy Poettcker of Colleyville (Heritage), won her first-round singles match, but lost the second Friday at the NCAA Division III Women’s Tennis Championships.

Second-seeded Kendra Higgins of the University of Chicago beat Poettcker 6-1, 6-0 in the round of 16 at Collins Hill Athletic Club. Poettcker won her opening-round match with a 7-6 (7-3), 4-6, 6-2 victory over Ariel Lewis of Oberlin College.

Poettcker earned All-America honors with her performance. Prior to the NCAAs, Poettcker was named the ITA West Region Player to Watch.

The National Individual Championship field is comprised of the top 32 singles players and top 16 doubles teams in all of Division III.

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