Hilltopper Women Battle at ITA Regionals

TOPEKA, Kan. – The Hilltopper women’s tennis team competed in day two of the ITA South Central Regional tournament Saturday. Freshmen Paige Rachel and sophomore Audrey Tompkins would lead the Hilltoppers in both singles and doubles action.

On the single’s side, Rachel was defeated in the round of 16 by the number one seed and eventual champion, Julia Arguello of East Central University, 6-3, 6-1. Tompkins was able to advance past the round of 16 by defeating Laryssa Ferreira of Newman, 7-5, 1-6, 6-4. In the round of 8, Tompkins was defeated by Zuzanna Osinska of Northeastern State, 6-1, 6-3.

Following the tough singles play faced by the Hilltopper players, Rachel and Tompkins quickly regrouped to join in doubles action. The duo of Tompkins and Rachel passed through to the final four by defeating the team of Mongin and Carver of Abilene Christian, 6-3, 6-3. The team was defeated in the proceeding round of 4 by the team of Osinska and Spintovic of Northeastern State, 2-6, 6-2, 1-0 (10-1).

Links to some weekend action

Due to a family situation, I cannot delve into the weekend tournaments with my not-so expert analysis. I am going to post links and let you make your own judgements. I hope I will have time soon to go through these and hit the high spots.

RiceHERE ARE THE DRAWS

Baylor LINK TO DRAWS

WACO – Baylor men’s tennis junior Jordan Rux made quick work of two ranked opponents Sunday to earn the HEB Baylor Intercollegiate A draw singles title at the Baylor Tennis Center. Following his singles triumph Rux partnered with sophomore Maros Horny to claim the A draw doubles title as well.

“These were great matches to start the season again,” men’s tennis coach Matt Knoll said. “Jordan clearly had a terrific weekend. He is has developed a lot in the last year and it is exciting to see that begin to bear fruit.”

The fourth-seeded Rux took down the tournament’s No.1 seed and the country’s No. 1 player in the ITA preseason rankings, Oleksandr Nedovyesov of Oklahoma State, in the semifinals Sunday morning 6-4, 7-6(4) to advance to the afternoon’s tournament final.

In the finals Rux, ranked No. 29 in the preseason rankings, was even more dominant dispatching Moritz Baumann of Wisconsin, the tournament’s No. 2 seed and the country’s 19th-ranked player, 6-2, 6-2.

“I thought the singles title was especially significant, because he beat the one and two seeds,” Knoll said. “He didn’t sneak in the back door to win the tournament, he had to beat the top two guys to win. He did a super job managing the situation and playing some good tennis.”

Rux did not lose a single set in his six tournament matches in route to earning a Baylor player’s sixth title in the Intercollegiate’s ninth year. Rux joins Benedikt Dorsh who won the event in 2002 and ’03, Matija Zgaga who triumphed in 2004, Lars Poerschke who claimed the 2005 crown and Michal Kokta who was the 2006 champ.

After the singles competition, Rux and Horny, the third-seeded duo in the tournament and the 25th-ranked pairing in the country, rolled to an 8-3 win over Gonzalo Escobar and Andre Stabile of Texas Tech.

“To bounce back and play that well in the doubles, I thought was impressive (for Rux) as well,” Knoll said. “He played a lot of tennis this weekend, six singles and five doubles, that is a ton of tennis in these conditions. I was really happy for he and Maros to win the doubles.”

It was the fourth time in nine years a Baylor tandem has captured the Baylor Intercollegiate title. The duo who had never played together in competition before this weekend joined Lars Poerschke and Jon Reckewey in 2005, Benedikt Dorsch and Ivor Lovrak in 2003 and Reiner Neurohr and Markus Hornung in 2001 as Baylor tournament champions.

Rux joins Poerschke (2005) and Dorsch (2003) as the only Bears to stand on top of the podium in both singles and doubles in the same year at the Baylor Intercollegiate.

“I was looking at the trophies today and it is incredible the quality of guys that have won this tournament over the years,” Knoll said. “For Jordan to get his name on that trophy is really neat. It is elite company and I hope it something Jordan can aspire too and get better.”

UNLV – reults for final day

2009 UNLV Women’s Tennis Fall Invitational
Fertitta Tennis Complex, Las Vegas, NV

TEAM CODES:
UNLV=UNLV
UT=TEXAS
NAU=Northern Arizona
UM=MISSOURI=UM
NMSU=New Mexico State

SINGLES
FLIGHT ONE FINAL:
#65 Vanja Corovic (UT) def. #90 Kristina Nedeltcheva (UNLV) 7-5, 4-6, 6-1

CONSOLATION:
Krista Damico (UT) def. Jaimie Mera (UM) 6-3, 6-2

ADDITIONAL MATCHES:
Orsi Golovics (NAU) def. Mallory Weber (UM) 1-6, 7-5, 6-4
Sophia Marks (NMSU) def. Nives Pavlovic (UNLV) 6-7, 6-4, 6-1

FLIGHT TWO FINAL:
Jana Albers (UNLV) def. Aeriel Ellis (UT) 6-4, 2-6, 7-5

CONSOLATION:
Kristen Bleakley (UM) def. Manon Sylvain (NMSU) 6-2, 6-1

ADDITIONAL MATCHES:
Yumi Hasegawa (NAU) def. Aleksa Costa (NMSU) 4-6, 6-4, 6-0
Caroline Larsson (UT) def. Kaitlyn Ritchie (UM) 6-2, 6-1

FLIGHT THREE FINAL:
Maggie Mello (UT) def. Adrienn Hidvegi (UNLV) 6-7, 6-2, 6-3

CONSOLATION:
Anna Maskaljun (UNLV) def. Sophia Ayala (UM) 6-3, 6-3

ADDITIONAL MATCHES:
Sara Lancaster (UT) def. Danielle Day (UM) 6-0, 6-0
Malia Wahinepio (NAU) def. Ginet Pinero (UM) 6-3, 6-4

FLIGHT FOUR FINAL:
Amanda Craddock (UT) def. Stephanie Davison (UT) 7-5, 6-7, 6-3

CONSOLATION:
Nicole Perez (NAU) def. Maureen Modesto (UM) 6-3, 6-2

ADDITIONAL MATCH:
Andrea Lewis (UM) def. Ella Bourchier (UNLV) 6-2, 6-2

FLIGHT FIVE ROUND ROBIN:
Rumyana Terzieva (UNLV) def. Ana Mendes (NAU) 6-1, 6-1

Hilltoppers Show a Strong Presence in ITA Regional

Topeka, Kan. – The St. Edward’s women’s tennis team traveled to Washburn University to compete in the ITA South Central Region Women’s Tennis Tournament for their first tournament of the fall season.

In singles action, the Hilltoppers had split results as freshmen Paige Rachel and sophomore Audrey Tompkins passed the first two rounds to contend in the Round of 16 on Saturday. Rachel won her first round match against Audrey Hernandez of Incarnate Word, 6-4, 4-6, 6-4. She continued her strong play with a victory over Monika Graff, 6-4, 1-6, 6-0. Tompkins had an easier time with her opponents defeating Alyssa Castillo of Washburn University, 6-0, 6-3. In the second round she defeated Carole Julen of Tarleton in straight sets, 6-1, 6-0. Senior Elizabeth Jacobi fell to Elizabeta Abramovic of Central Oklahoma in straight sets, 6-4, 6-2. Sophomore Heather Brien lost to Abilene Christian’s Julia Mongin, 6-3, 7-5.

On the doubles side, the Hilltoppers made an impressive run with both pairs advancing past the first round on Friday. Thompkins and Rachel formed a strong team as they defeated UCO’s Julia Shviadok and Abramovic, 6-4, 6-1. The team continued their run in the second round defeating Erica Engberg and Alex Adams of UIW, 6-4, 6-3. The Hilltopper duo of Brien and Jacobi defeated Emporia State’s Talena Larren and Kristen Ford, 6-1, 6-3 in the first round. The team was defeated in the second round by ACU’s Dina Pavlin and Jaclyn Walker, 6-3, 6-4.

The Hilltopper women’s team will continue to play in the regional at Topeka on Saturday. Tompkins and Rachel will vie in the singles draw in the Round of 16 as well as in the doubles side in the quarterfinals.

Order Restored For Most Part at Day 2 of Baylor Invitational

WACO – On day 2 of the ninth annual Baylor HEB Intercollegiate Invitational, three of Baylor’s four remaining singles players were knocked out of competition, leaving only junior Jordan Rux, the No. 4 seed, remaining.

For complete tournament results check http://tennislink.usta.com/Tournaments/TournamentHome/Tournament.aspx?T=82356.

For complete tournament results check http://tennislink.usta.com/Tournaments/TournamentHome/Tournament.aspx?T=82356.

Along with his strong singles showing, Rux is part of the only remaining Baylor doubles pairing with sophomore Maros Horny.

The pair will play tomorrow in the doubles A draw final against Gonzalo Escobar and Andre Stabile of Texas Tech. The Red Raider duo knocked off the No. 1 seeded doubles duo of Moritz Baumann and Marek Michalicka of Wisconsin in the semifinal round. The Baylor pairing is ranked 25th in preseason ITA rankings.

“The great thing about a tournament like this is you get to play a lot of matches and see what you need to work on,” tennis coach Matt Knoll said. “We have had some guys play some good matches and then some that weren’t so good and those are the ups and downs of sport. We have to be able to sustain some better mental energy and better intensity then we did in matches this weekend.”

The Bears’ players were 5-3 on the day with a 3-3 singles record and 2-0 doubles record.

“It is a great start to the year,” Knoll said. “It is great to get out and play so much tennis in a short amount of time. I know it is helping us a ton.”

In doubles action starting at 8:30 a.m. at the Baylor Tennis Center, Rux and Horny, the third-seeded doubles squad did just enough to get past Michael Dierberger and Patrick Pohlmann of Wisconsin 9-8 with a 10-3 win in the tiebreaker. The Bears pair followed that with an 8-6 win over Aleksey Bessonov and Oleksandr Nedovyesov of Oklahoma State in the semifinals of the doubles A draw to advance to Sunday’s final.

“Jordan and Maros understand and know how to play doubles,” Knoll said. “They know what their job is out there. There is a little bit of a rust factor, because they have not played a lot of doubles over the summer. They are really learning how to get the most out of each other. Their communication has really improved and they are starting to have a pretty good time out there.”

Between his doubles success, Rux was able to capture victories in his round of 16 singles match over Isamu Tachibana of Rice 6-2, 6-2. He followed that win with another straight sets success over Matt Brewer of Tennessee 6-2, 6-2. Baylor’s other player in the main draw of singles A, the 10th-seeded Attila Bucko, was also successful in his round of 16 match taking down Patrick Pohlmann of Wisconsin 6-1, 6-1. In Bucko’s quarterfinal match, he battled back from an opening set loss, 7-5, to take the second set 6-3, before dropping the third set and the match 6-4 to the 14th-seeded Anton Bobytskyi of Oklahoma State.

Rux will now face Oleksandr Nedovyesov of Oklahoma State at 9:30 a.m. tomorrow in the A draw singles’ semifinals. The Cowboy is the No. 1 seed in the tournament and the No. 1 ranked player in the ITA preseason rankings. Rux is the fourth seed in the tournament and the 27th-ranked player in preseason rankings.

“I know Jordan (Rux) is excited to get to play the No. 1 player in the country,” Knoll said. “Hopefully he can take advantage of the opportunity. Oleksandr (Nedovyesov) serves the ball very well and he is an unbelievable athlete. Jordan will have to return the ball well, he will have to be aggressive on offense and just execute.”

In consolation action in the singles A draw 12th-seeded Julian Bley fell in three sets to Jim Brouleau of New Mexico State University 4-6, 6-0, 1-0(9). The tiebreaker loss ousted the sophomore Bley from the tournament.

In consolation action in the singles B draw Chris Gordon fell to Eldad Campbell of Abilene Christian 6-1, 6-2 to eliminate him from the tournament.

Results

A Singles
Round of 16
(4) Jordan Rux (BU) def. Isamu Tachibana (Rice)
6-2, 6-2
(10) Attila Bucko (BU) def. Patrick Pohlmann (Wisconsin) 6-1, 6-1

Quarterfinals
(4) Jordan Rux (BU) def. Matt Brewer (Tenn) 6-2, 6-2
(14) Anton Bobytskyi (OSU) def. (10) Attila Bucko (BU) 7-5, 3-6, 6-4

Consolation
Jim Brouleau (NMSU) def. (12) Julian Bley (BU) 4-6, 6-0, 1-0(9)

B Singles
Consolation
Eldad Campbell (ACU) def. Chris Gordon (BU) 6-1, 6-2

A Doubles
Quarterfinals
(3) Horny/Rux (BU) def. Dierberger/Pohlmann (Wisconsin) 9-8(3)
Semifinals
(3) Horny/Rux (BU) def. Bessonov/Nedoyesov (OSU) 8-6

Sunday Baylor Schedule

A Singles
Semifinals – 9:00 a.m. – Baylor Tennis Center
(1) Oleksandr Nedovyesov (OSU) vs. (4) Jordan Rux (BU)

A Doubles
Finals – Following the completion of all singles matches – Baylor Tennis Center
(3) Horny/Rux (BU) vs. Escobar/Stabile (TT)

Texas sends five to singles finals at UNLV Invitational

LAS VEGAS, Nev. – Five Longhorns tallied semifinal victories to advance to the finals of their respective singles brackets Saturday at the UNLV Fall Invitational.

Senior Vanja Corovic rallied for a 5-7, 6-2, 6-2 win over UNLV’s Nives Pavlovic in the flight one semifinals. Corovic will take on UNLV’s Kristina Nedeltcheva in Sunday’s finals. Freshman Aeriel Ellis defeated Missouri’s Kaitlyn Ritchie in the flight two semifinals and will take on UNLV’s Jana Albers in the finals on Sunday.

Junior Maggie Mello was victorious in the flight three semifinals, where she blanked Missouri’s Danielle Day, 6-0, 6-0. Mello will take on UNLV’s Adrienne Hidvegi in Sunday’s finals. The flight four singles finals will pit a pair of Longhorns against each other. Junior Amanda Craddock advanced after UNLV’s Alisa Razina retired after the first set. Senior Stephanie Davison advanced with a 6-0, 6-1 win over UNLV’s Ella Bourchier.

The Longhorns went on to sweep the finals of the four doubles brackets. Damico and Craddock teamed up for an 8-6 win over UNLV’s Kristina Nedeltcheva and Jana Albers, while Corovic and Davison joined for an 8-6 win over Northern Arizona’s Orisa Golovics and Malia Wahinepio.

Mello and junior Caroline Larsson defeated UNLV’s Nives Pavlovic and Adrienne Hidvegi by an 8-3 count in flight three, and Ellis teamed up with senior Sarah Lancaster to post an 8-4 win in flight four over Northern Arizona’s Aimee Oki and Nicole Perez.

UNLV Invitational

Flight 1 Singles Semifinals
#65 Vanja Corovic (UT) def. Nives Pavlovic (UNLV) – 5-7, 6-2, 6-2

Flight 1 Singles Consolation
Krista Damico (UT) def. Mallory Weber (UM) – 6-1, 6-0

Flight 2 Singles Semifinals
Jana Albers (UNLV) def. Caroline Larsson (UT) – 7-6, 6-2
Aeriel Ellis (UT) def. Kaitlyn Ritchie (UM) – 7-6, 6-0

Flight 3 Singles Semifinals
Maggie Mello (UT) def. Danielle Day (UM) – 6-0, 6-0
Adrienne Hidvegi (UNLV) def. Sarah Lancaster (UT) – 6-3, 3-6, 6-4

Flight 4 Singles Semifinals
Amanda Craddock (UT) def. Alisa Razina (UNLV) – 6-0, ret.
Stephanie Davison (UT) def. Ella Bourchier (UNLV) – 6-0, 6-1

Flight 1 Doubles Finals
Damico/Craddock (UT) def. Kristina Nedeltcheva/Jana Albers (UNLV) – 8-6

Flight 2 Doubles Finals
Corovic/Davison (UT) def. Orisa Golovics/Malia Wahinepio (NAU) – 8-6

Flight 3 Doubles Finals
Mello/Larsson (UT) def. Nives Pavlovic/Adrienn Hidvegi (UNLV) – 8-3

Flight 4 Doubles Finals
Ellis/Lancaster (UT) def. Aimee Oki/Nicole Perez (NAU) – 8-4

Rice Invitational
Flight 4 Singles Consolation
Abby Liu (UT) def. Nicole Briceno (SMU) – 6-1, 7-6 (2)

Flight 6 Singles Semifinals
Maya Zein-El-Abdin (UT) def. Marcela Fonseca (Tulane) – 7-5, 4-6, 6-4

Flight 7 Singles Semifinals
Carlene Leyden (UT) def. Nikola Matovicova (UT-Arlington) – 6-1, 6-1

Flight 8 Singles Semifinals
Julia Wiegand (UT) def. Channel McGregor (SMU) – 6-1, 6-2

Flight 2 Doubles Consolation
Wiegand/Zein-El-Abdin (UT)( def. Dvorak/Hamlin (Tulane) – 8-6

Flight 3 Doubles Consolation
Gambrell/Zmak (DePaul) def. Liu/Leyden (UT) – 8-3

Texas at UNLV Invitational

Seven Longhorns advance in their respective singles brackets in Las Vegas.

Texas opened fall play Friday with 16 singles and doubles victories at the UNLV Fall Invitational in Las Vegas, Nev., and the Rice Invitational in Houston.

Seven Longhorns advanced in their respective singles brackets at UNLV. Senior Vanja Corovic blanked Missouri’s Jaimie Mera in her flight one singles opener, 6-0, 6-0, and junior Caroline Larsson added a 6-3, 6-2 flight-two quarterfinal win over New Mexico State’s Aleksa Costa. Freshman Aeriel Ellis defeated Northern Arizona’s Yumi Hasegawa by a 6-2, 6-0 count in flight two.

Junior Maggie Mello and senior Sarah Lancaster added straight-set singles wins in flight three, as did senior Stephanie Davison and junior Amanda Craddock in flight four. The Longhorns added one doubles win in each of the four doubles flights.

Sophomores Julia Wiegand, Carlene Leyden and Maya Zein-El-Abdin added singles wins in their respective flights at the Rice Invitational.

Texas continues play Saturday at UNLV and Rice.

UNLV Fall Invitational
Flight 1 Quarterfinals
#65 Vanja Corovic (UT) def. Jaimie Mera (UM) – 6-0, 6-0
Sophia Marks (NMSU) def. Krista Damico (UT) – 6-3, 6-4

Flight 2 Quarterfinals
Caroline Larsson (UT) def. Aleksa Costa (NMSU) – 6-3, 6-2
Aeriel Ellis (UT) def. Yumi Hasegawa (NAU) – 6-2, 6-0

Flight 3 Quarterfinals
Maggie Mello (UT) def. Malia Wahinepio (NAU) – 6-2, 6-3
Sarah Lancaster (UT) def. Sophia Ayala (UM) – 6-3, 6-1

Flight 4 Quarterfinals
Amanda Craddock (UT) def. Natalie Salum (NMSU) – 6-1, 6-2
Stephanie Davison (UT) def. Maureen Modesto (UM) – 6-4, 6-1

Doubles
Flight 1 Semifinals
Damico/Craddock (UT) def. Sophia Marks/Aleksa Costa (NMSU) – 8-3

Flight 2 Semifinals
Corovic/Davison (UT) def. Kaitlyn Ritchie/Kristen Bleakley (UM) – 8-3

Flight 3 Semifinals
Mello/Larsson (UT) def. Humi Hasegawa/Ana Mendes (NAU) – 8-1

Flight 4 Semifinals
Ellis/Lancaster (UT) def. Sofia Ayala/Danielle Day (UM) – 8-5

Baylor HEB Intercollegiate Invitational Day 1

Just a few notes before the Baylor release. Check the link for the draws, as there are a ton of great results in the A singles draw. There are actually too many to list individually, but it is easy to glance through the first two rounds. I will quickly mention Tyler Brown’s win over Julian Bley of Baylor and both Isamu Tachibana and Alberto Bautista’s each winning a couple of rounds. Really, I could go on, but I am extremely tired and wouldn’t do it justice… check it out for yourself.

WACO – Baylor men’s tennis opened its second fall event Friday, with five athletes competing in the ninth annual Baylor HEB Intercollegiate Invitational at the Baylor Tennis Center.

For complete tournament results check http://tennislink.usta.com/Tournaments/TournamentHome/Tournament.aspx?T=82356.

On the day Baylor went 8-4 with six singles victories and two doubles wins.

“It was a good start to the tournament. We saw that the level of competition pushed us as we hoped it would,” men’s tennis coach Matt Knoll said. “I thought Jordan (Rux) and Attila (Bucko) both got the chance to fight through some tough situations. Overall, I thought our effort was good. I thought everybody competed hard. We certainly see a lot of things we need to improve on and we are going to work hard to do that.”

Tennis action started at 8 a.m. as doubles teams took to the courts. In the A draw round of 32,
Baylor’s Jordan Rux and Maros Horny, the third seed in the tournament, made quick work of Jens Vorkefeld and Yannick Weihs of Denver University with an 8-3 win. Rux and Horny are ranked as the No. 25 doubles team in the country in the preseason ITA rankings. The opening round of doubles was not as kind to the pair of Julian Bley and Attila Bucko who fell to Andre Stabile and Gonzalo Escobar of Texas Tech, 8-5.

Rux and Horny would advance out of their second round doubles match over Ben Chen and Daniel Whitehead of Texas after Whitehead withdrew from the match with injury. The duo will play tomorrow in the quarterfinals round at 8 a.m. against a opponent to be determined.

In the A draw of the singles tournament, three of Baylor’s four players were triumphant in first round action. In second round action two of those three advanced to the round of 16.

In opening round play, fourth-seeded Rux defeated Fabio Biasion of Denver University 6-4, 6-1. Then 10th-seeded Bucko had to rebound from an opening set loss to take his round of 64 match 4-6, 6-0, 6-2 over James Langford of Texas A&M Corpus Christi. Bley, the 12th-seed, was not as fortunate losing to Tyler Brown of UT-San Antonio 6-3, 6-2. Sophomore Horny took his opening round match 6-4, 6-2 over Alex Hilliard of Texas. In the singles B draw, Baylor sophomore transfer, Chris Gordon fell to TCU’s Cameron Nash 6-4, 3-6, 7-5.

Second round matches saw Rux and Bucko advance to tomorrow’s round of 16. Rux knocked out Collin Hoover of Texas A&M 6-2, 7-6, while Bucko took down Ben Chen of Texas 6-1, 6-2. Horny fell to the second-seeded Moritz Baumann of Wisconsin 6-4, 6-3. With the loss Horny is eliminated from the singles tournament.

For round of 16 schedule information in the singles A draw see schedule below.

In the consolation bracket of the singles A draw, Bley took down Jens Vorkefeld 6-2, 7-5 and will play tomorrow against Jim Brouleau of New Mexico State University.

In the consolation bracket of the singles B draw, Gordon got a bye round and will play tomorrow in the third round.

A Singles

Round of 64
(4) Jordan Rux (BU) def. Fabio Biasion (Denver) 6-4, 6-1
(10) Attila Bucko (BU) def. James Langford (TAMU-CC) 4-6, 6-0, 6-2
Tyler Brown (UTSA) def. (12) Julian Bley (BU) 6-3, 6-2
Maros Horny (BU) def. Alex Hilliard (UT) 6-4, 6-2

Round of 32
(4) Jordan Rux (BU) def. Collin Hoover (TAMU) 6-2, 7-6
(10) Attila Bucko (BU) def. Ben Chen (Texas) 6-1, 6-2
(2) Mortiz Baumann (Wisconsin) def. Maros Horny (BU) 6-4, 6-3

Consolation
(12) Julian Bley (BU) def. Jens Vorkefeld (Denver) 6-2, 7-5

B Singles
Round of 64
Cameron Nash (TCU) def. Chris Gordon (BU) 6-4, 3-6, 7-5

A Doubles
Round of 32
(3) Horny/Rux (BU) def. Vorkefeld/Weihs (Denver) 8-3
Escobar/Stabile (TT) def. Bley/Bucko (BU) 8-5

Round of 16
(3) Horny/Rux (BU) def. Chen/Whitehead (Texas) Whitehead withdrew with injury

Saturday Baylor Schedule
A Singles – Following Doubles Play – Baylor Tennis Center
Round of 16
(4) Jordan Rux (BU) vs. Isamu Tachibana (Rice)
(10) Attila Bucko (BU) vs. Patrick Pohlmann (Wisconsin)

A Consolation – 11 a.m. – Baylor Tennis Center
(12) Julian Bley (BU) vs. Jim Brouleau (NMSU)

B Singles -10:15 a.m. – Waco Regional Tennis Center
Consolation
Chris Gordon (BU) vs. Eldad Campbell (ACU)

A Doubles – 8:30 a.m. – Baylor Tennis Center
(3) Horny/Rux (BU) vs. TBD

Rice Invitational Update after Day 1

There was quite a bit of action at Day 1 of the Rice Invitational. HERE ARE THE DRAWS

I haven’t studied them much, although it looks like Rice and SMU both had good days. The #1 and #2 singles draws have some nice match-ups again tomorrow and we will see how these two teams match-up.

Owl Women Set to Host Rice Tennis Classic

Tournament slated Friday-Sunday at Jake Hess Tennis Stadium
After opening the fall season last week on the road, the Rice women’s tennis team plays host to the 2009 Rice Tennis Classic Friday through Sunday at the Jake Hess Tennis Stadium.
The Tournament field includes Conference USA rivals SMU and Tulane along with DePaul, LSU, Oklahoma, Sam Houston State, Texas, Texas-Arlington, Texas-San Antonio and Texas State.
Tournament play is set to begin at 8:30 a.m. each day with doubles championships decided Saturday morning and seven flights of singles championships to be played Sunday morning.
Varsha Shiva Shankar and Becca Linn advanced to the semifinals of their doubles flight last week at the Midland Invitational last week. This week the tandem will be paired with different partners when doubles play kicks off the tournament Friday morning. Linn will team up with Rebekka Hanle in the Flight One Doubles draw while Shiva Shankar and Julie Chao will play in the Flight Two Doubles draw.
Hanle will play in the Flight One Singles draw and opens tournament play against Texas-Arlington’s Maria Romero Martinez.

Tournament slated Friday-Sunday at Jake Hess Tennis Stadium

Like I wrote yesterday, I am pretty much resigned to posting press releases on the Fall tournaments this weekend. Below you will find the Rice Classic draws and their press release. The first couple of singles flights looks pretty good. As for the weather, it still looks like the tournaments will get in, but the rain has lingered a little longer than expected. ugh.

CHECK OUT THE DRAWS

HOUSTON – After opening the fall season last week on the road, the Rice women’s tennis team plays host to the 2009 Rice Tennis Classic Friday through Sunday at the Jake Hess Tennis Stadium.

The Tournament field includes Conference USA rivals SMU and Tulane along with DePaul, LSU, Oklahoma, Sam Houston State, Texas, Texas-Arlington, Texas-San Antonio and Texas State.

Tournament play is set to begin at 8:30 a.m. each day with doubles championships decided Saturday morning and seven flights of singles championships to be played Sunday morning.

Varsha Shiva Shankar and Becca Linn advanced to the semifinals of their doubles flight last week at the Midland Invitational last week. This week the tandem will be paired with different partners when doubles play kicks off the tournament Friday morning. Linn will team up with Rebekka Hanle in the Flight One Doubles draw while Shiva Shankar and Julie Chao will play in the Flight Two Doubles draw.

Hanle will play in the Flight One Singles draw and opens tournament play against Texas-Arlington’s Maria Romero Martinez.

Baylor Men Set to Host HEB Collegiate Invitational

WACO – Baylor men’s tennis will play in its second fall event when it hosts the ninth annual Baylor HEB Intercollegiate Invitational, Friday, Saturday and Sunday, September 25-27 at the Baylor Tennis Center.
This year’s tournament consists of 23 schools with over 110 student-athletes participating. The field includes 14 players currently ranked among the Intercollegiate Tennis Association’s (ITA) national pre-season rankings including six of the top 50.  In addition to an impressive singles draw, two of the competing doubles teams are ranked in the ITA’s national pre-season poll.
The tournament will consist of two 64-player singles draws, flight A and B, as well as 32-team doubles draws in both flights A and B. There will be consolation for flight A and B singles.
Oklahoma State’s Oleksandr Nedovyesov is the tournament’s highest ranked player in the ITA rankings at No. 1 followed by Wisconsin’s Moritz Baumann at No. 19 and Rice’s Bruno Rosa at No. 22. Top-ranked doubles tandems include No. 25 Maros Horny and Jordan Rux (Baylor) and No. 39 Andrei Daescu and Ionut Beleleu (Oklahoma).
Teams participating include: Air Force, Arkansas, Abilene Christian, Baylor, Denver, New Mexico State, Oklahoma Christian, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, Rice, TCU, Tennessee, Texas A&M, Texas A&M-CC, Texas Tech, Tulsa, UL-Lafayette, UNLV, Texas, UT-Arlington, UT-San Antonio, Wichita State and Wisconsin.
“This is a wonderful kick-off to the season,” men’s tennis coach Matt Knoll said. “To be able to get great competition here at our place is a great way for our guys to develop. They get a great taste of what it is all about, playing great teams and great coaches. We are lucky to have this event here. I think it is going to showcase some of the best players in the country and it is a wonderful opportunity for our guys.”
Five Baylor players will participate in the tournament including senior Attila Bucko (No. 85), junior Jordan Rux (No. 27) and sophomores Julian Bley (No. 113), Chris Gordon and Maros Horny.
Horny and Rux, who are ranked as the 25th best doubles duo in the pre-season rankings, will partner together to play along with teammates Bucko and Bley in the Doubles A Draw.

The Fall season continues this weekend and the biggest event appears to be the Ninth Annual Baylor HEB Intercollegiate Invitational. There should be some awesome tennis with several top-ranked teams and players coming to play. Of course this weekend also marks the second wild card tournament for the 10sPortal.com $15k that will take place in Austin in a few weeks.

I am guessing both tournaments will get played despite the fact it has been raining almost continuously since Monday along the Central Texas corridor. We welcome the rain considering the last time we actually saw some was during the NCAAs in May… we kid not. Well this front will likely move through in the next day or so and present wonderful conditions for the weekend.

I will try to keep up with the various action wherever it may be (the Rice Invitational will host the ladies this weekend too), but may be limited to press releases due to a family situation that requires my attention.

WACO – Baylor men’s tennis will play in its second fall event when it hosts the ninth annual Baylor HEB Intercollegiate Invitational, Friday, Saturday and Sunday, September 25-27 at the Baylor Tennis Center.

This year’s tournament consists of 23 schools with over 110 student-athletes participating. The field includes 14 players currently ranked among the Intercollegiate Tennis Association’s (ITA) national pre-season rankings including six of the top 50.  In addition to an impressive singles draw, two of the competing doubles teams are ranked in the ITA’s national pre-season poll.

The tournament will consist of two 64-player singles draws, flight A and B, as well as 32-team doubles draws in both flights A and B. There will be consolation for flight A and B singles.

Oklahoma State’s Oleksandr Nedovyesov is the tournament’s highest ranked player in the ITA rankings at No. 1 followed by Wisconsin’s Moritz Baumann at No. 19 and Rice’s Bruno Rosa at No. 22. Top-ranked doubles tandems include No. 25 Maros Horny and Jordan Rux (Baylor) and No. 39 Andrei Daescu and Ionut Beleleu (Oklahoma).

Teams participating include: Air Force, Arkansas, Abilene Christian, Baylor, Denver, New Mexico State, Oklahoma Christian, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, Rice, TCU, Tennessee, Texas A&M, Texas A&M-CC, Texas Tech, Tulsa, UL-Lafayette, UNLV, Texas, UT-Arlington, UT-San Antonio, Wichita State and Wisconsin.

“This is a wonderful kick-off to the season,” men’s tennis coach Matt Knoll said. “To be able to get great competition here at our place is a great way for our guys to develop. They get a great taste of what it is all about, playing great teams and great coaches. We are lucky to have this event here. I think it is going to showcase some of the best players in the country and it is a wonderful opportunity for our guys.”

Five Baylor players will participate in the tournament including senior Attila Bucko (No. 85), junior Jordan Rux (No. 27) and sophomores Julian Bley (No. 113), Chris Gordon and Maros Horny.

Horny and Rux, who are ranked as the 25th best doubles duo in the pre-season rankings, will partner together to play along with teammates Bucko and Bley in the Doubles A Draw.