College Station ITA
The finals will be played Monday morning at 9. The women’s draw will have top-seeded Rosalia Alda (Round Rock) from the University of Tennessee playing Nazari Urbina of Mexico, who will be at Texas A&M in the fall.
The 20-year old Urbina beat Texas’ Abby Liu and Ohio State’s Paloma Escobedo Sunday to advance to the final. Urbina was once as high as 840 in the world back in 2006. She looks to be a great addition for the Aggies and will fit right into the lineup.
Alda crushed A&M Sheri Olivier, 60 61, then Louisiana-Monroe’s Claire Clark, 63 60.
In doubles, Urbina and Aggie teammate Stephanie Davidson face Olivier, who is paired with Alda.
On the men’s side, things look good for Texas and Rice, as the final will be a rematch of the UIL Class 5A boys championship between two Houstonians, Ben Chen and Jonathan Chang.
Back in May when they played for the top high school title, Chang, who will be at Rice this fall, suffered a freak nose bleed when he was seemingly in control of the match. There was a long delay and eventually Chen prevailed in three sets.
Chang, who will be at Rice this fall defeated fifth-seeded Brett Powers (Austin and St. Edward’s) Saturday (62 20 ret) and surprise quarterfinalist Colby Meeks (61 64) before upsetting top-seed, Colin Hoover of Texas A&M, 64 36 10-3.
Chen had a hard-fought win over Michigan State’s (Houston) Austin Brooks in the quarterfinals, winning the third set tiebreaker, 11-9. In the semifinals, he beat Jake Hendrie (New Braunfels) of St. Louis University, 62 60.
Chen and future teammate (Corpus Christi) Alex Hilliard captured the doubles with a win over Texas A&M’s (McAllen) Alberto Bautista and Brooks.
With Junior Davis Cup coming in just a week, followed by Kalamazoo, it appears that Chen is in solid form.
There were several Texas connection to the Clay Court results today.
First off, in Tunica, where they had to play a few matches indoors due to rain, TCU’s Kayla Duncan teamed with Alison Falkin to capture a gold ball and the Girls’ 18 doubles title. Duncan, who is from Winston-Salem, N.C., will be a sophomore.
Austin Brett Ellen Keeler captured the bronze ball today in doubles with her partner Sarah Lee.
Jack Sock captured both the singles and doubles titles in Delray Beach, earning a wild card into the qualies of the ATP event there next year. Sock hails from Nebraska, but has been known to play in a Texas Longhorns hat. I am not saying that means anything other than I know he likes UT.
In the Godfrey qualies, Jordan Rux had a great win over Justin Kronauge the other day, 63 63. He has since topped Jonathan Wolff and Erik Corace to reach the qualifying round tomorrow against Ruan Roelofse. (As a side note, Roelofse’s name looks like an Internet abbreviation gone bad at first glance).
Also in the qualies will be an all-Aggie matchup, as Conor Pollock, back from injury, will face incoming Aggie, Jeff Dadamo.
In Joplin, Blake Strode topped Arnau Brugues for the title. Michael Venus made it to semis, falling to Brugues in a third set tiebreaker.
Former Longhorn, Luis (Luigi) Diaz-Barriga won a couple of rounds before also falling to Brueges, 62 36 64. Dadamo also gave Brueges a run in the second round, falling 75 64.
Diaz-Barriga and Robbye Poole fell in the doubles final to Cory Parr and Todd Paul, 61 62.