Texas ITA Regional Day One – Early Notes

I am not able to be in College Station, but the Aggies are to be commended for their updating of the site and live streaming of matches. TOURNAMENT SITELINK TO VIDEO

As I write this, the singles are in the books for today and doubles in on the courts.

There was only one seed upset today at the tournament, Baylor’s Maros Horny (who is mistakenly being called Marcos in the tournament draw). Horny lost to Rice’s Michael Nusslein, a sophomore transfer from South Florida, 75 76.

There were plenty of good matches. The match of the day, however, may have been A&M’s Alberto Bautista over Texas ‘ Ben Chen, 76 57 76. Bautista was up 4-2 in the second set, only to drop it. Then Chen served for the match at both 5-4 and 6-5.

Texas’ Josh Zavala must be playing well, as he defeated Isamu Tachibana, 75 61.

One almost upset was Calon Alpar and Kellen Damico. Alpar had several set points in the first set before Damico finally won the set, 13-11, in a tiebreak. He eventually won, 76 63, in his first match of the Fall season.

With so many actual Texans playing, it sometimes must’ve felt like the later rounds of the USTA’s Summer Grand Slam, held on the same courts in June.

Some interesting match-ups tomorrow in the round of 32 include: TCU’s Slah Mbarek (5) v. Nusslein, TCU’s Marius Cirstea (17) v. Attila Bucko (9), Texas’ Vasil Mladenov (17) v. A&M’s Austin Krajicek, a UT dual match of Daniel Whitehead v. Josh Zavala, a Tech dual match of Raphael Pfister v. Raony Carvalho (3), Tech’s Andre Stabile (17) v. Damico (17) and Zach Nichols v. Bruno Rosa (2).

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