I just want to get this out there: I have NEVER tried crystal meth, nor had a hair weave.
Now that I have cleared the air, let’s get straight to the ITA Texas Regional Championship held at Texas A&M. First of all, I really appreciate the updated links and the live video streaming that A&M provides. Without a doubt, this kept me informed and able to follow much of the action despite not getting to attend in person. I had been planning on attending this week, but a second H1N1 in the house (and today a confirmed case of Strep) kept me in Austin. Like I always say, GOOD TIMES.
In the singles final, UT’s Ed Corrie continued his amazing run to the title with a 64 61 win over Texas Tech’s Raony Carvalho. Hopefully this isn’t the high point for Ed’s year, as he seemed to peak a bit early last Spring, playing his best match against Michael Shabaz before the rest of the team starting truly playing well. I didn’t get to see any of this match online, as life got in the way.
Austin Krajicek and Jeff Dadamo of Texas A&M rallied from a set down and actually saved one match point in the second set tiebreak to defeat Carvalho and Rafael Garcia of Texas Tech, 36 76 76. I was able to catch the end of the second set and all of the third online.
Tech got a quick mini-break in the second set breaker when A&M double faulted on the first point and rushed out to a quick 3-0 lead. A&M came right back and each team had set points (Tech a MP) while receiving. A&M grabbed it on their second attempt to even the match.
The Aggies then immediate broke Carvalho’s serve in the third set. But Tech immediately broke Krajicek back to even the match. Both teams held serve pretty easily to force a third set tiebreak. A&M got a quick minibreak and held it until Krajicek was serving at 6-4. With a solid return and a long point, Tech got the mini back. Unfortunately for them a great return by the Ags put an end to the match, giving the A&M their second straight regional doubles crown. Krajicek and Conor Pollock won the title a year ago.
The singles and doubles champions from the Wilson/ITA Texas Regional Championships advance to the 2009 ITA National Intercollegiate Indoor Championships to be held on Nov. 5-8 at host Yale University in New Haven, Conn.
In other news, two of the state’s biggest female recruits have decided on where they will attend school next year. Millie Nichols and Lilly Kimbell have opted to attend school in the SEC. These two have had quite a rivalry even at the high school level, meeting in the last two state championships. Kimbell, who won both of those meetings, will reportedly attend Georgia. Millie will attend Tennessee. Good luck to both of these girls. I have thoroughly enjoyed covering them over the years and wish them the best.
The Texas Invitational will be huge this weekend in Austin, as quite a few great teams will be in town. In addition to a bunch of great Texas squads (Rice, Texas, A&M and Baylor), Tennesee and Marquette will make the trip. The top seed in the top draw will be none other than JP Smith of Tennessee, who grabbed the double at the All-American a few weeks ago. The second seed will be a hot Dimitar Kutrovsky of Texas. Complete draws and info can be found here, http://tennislink.usta.com/Tournaments/TournamentHome/Tournament.aspx?T=90488.