Day Two at the Texas ITA and other News

I am not sure where to start. As expected, there were quite a few upsets and interesting results at Day 2 of the Texas ITA Regional at College Station.

The biggest surprise of the day had to be Artem Baradach of SMU, who defeated Baylor’s ninth-seeded Julien Bley, 62 64, in the morning them upset second-seeded Bruno Rosa of Rice, 64 62 in the afternoon. This is by far the biggest day of the junior from Belarus’ career. He had never before defeated a ranked player.

Baradach will now face Texas A&M’s Jeff Dadamo, who has played real well the last few weeks and defeated Texas’ Kellen Damico, 46 63 61. This was Damico’s first tournament of the Fall.

Rice’s Michael Nusslein continued his run, upsetting fifth-seed Slah Mbarek of TCU. In the afternoon, he topped Texas Tech freshman, Rafael Garcia, a ninth-seed, 64 76.

Nusslein must now face Dimitar Kutrovsky of Texas. Kutrovsky is coming off a finals appearance last weekend at the Austin 15k and the consolation finals of the All-American the week before.

The other huge upset of the day was Texas freshman Daniel Whitehead defeating his teammate, senior Josh Zavala, 6464. Whitehead is a grinder and I guess wanted to show that he deserves a look when it is time to make line-ups in the Spring.

Whitehead fell in the round of 16 to Texas Tech’s Raony Carvalho, 64 61. Carvalho now faces Austin Krajicek of Texas A&M. That should be a great match.

Krajicek won two big matches, first over Texas’ new freshman, Vasil Mladenov, 63 61, then Marius Cirstea of TCU, 76 63.

The last quarterfinalists are Jordan Rux and Ed Corrie — AGAIN. They have already played this week, as the Mansfield Future qualifying, with Rux winning 75 in the third last Sunday. Rux also won in the deciding match of the Big XII Championships last Spring, 64 in the third. He beat him 62 in the third last year in this event.

So basically, I am saying, if you want to watch a very competitive match, this is a good one. Just be prepared to stay awhile.

Rux has been playing very good tennis. The Baylor junior, who hails from the Hill Country hamlet of Kerrville, defeated good friend John Wiegand in the morning, 61 76. He later defeated Gonzalo Escobar from Tech, 64 75.

Corrie topped Dmitri Novikov of TAMU-CC, 64 62. In the afternoon, he beat TCU’s Emmanuel Brighiu, 64 62.

The doubles were their usual unpredictable craziness. The semifinals will be Marcus Lunt and Alexi Grigorov of Texas A&M vs. third-seeded Carvalho and Garcia of Texas Tech. The fourth-seeded Corrie and Damico of Texas play fifth-seeded Dadamo and Krajicek of A&M.

Now how they got there was the fun part.

Lunt and Grigorov upset the top-seaded team of Kutrovsky and Zavala in the round of 16. They also defeated Chris Camillone and Wiegand of Texas in the quarters.

The doubles upset of the day had to be Texas’ Whitehead and Alex Hilliard over Baylor’s Rux and Maros Horny. Dadamo and Krajicek put an end to that Cinderella run.

MANSFIELD FUTURE

Arnau Brugues took the singles title with a 60 63 win over Bruno Rodriguez. By all accounts Brugues was on fire. Brett Joelson and Todd Paul fell to Philip Bester and Jonathan Eysseric, 64 67 10-7,  in the doubles final.

OTHER REGIONALS

The top-seeded and defending champion duo of Sophie Grabinski and Sanaz Marand of North Carolina (and Katy, Texas) outlasted Duke’s Amanda Granson and Ellah Nze, 9-8, Sunday to advanceto the finals of the Wilson/ITA Carolinas Regional Championships at theIndoor Tennis Center on the campus of Wake Forest University. Grabinski and Marand, who are ranked No. 5 in the preseason ITA national poll,will face second-seeded Josipa Bek and Ina Hadziselimovic of Clemson on Monday. Marand, the top seed in the singles event, fell in thequarterfinals to sixth-seeded Reka Zsilinkska of Duke in three sets,7-5, 2-6, 6-4.

I would also like to update the status of Hideko Tachibana, who now plays at Harvard, who is playing in the Northeast Regional in New Haven, Conn. Unfortunately, they haven;t updated the site in awhile. All I know is she’s the third seed and has made the round of 32.

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