The Texas Invitational was held in Austin for the men, while the HEB Baylor Invitational was this weekend in Waco. The weather was perfect and the results were at times strange.
I was able to attend the Texas Invitational Friday afternoon for a bit. It was a gorgeous day, clear but a little cool. I had been following the morning matches online via TennisLink (since they were not using any live scoring) and already knew a few upsets had occurred.
The biggest of the morning had to be Texas’ Alex Hilliard topping the fifth-seed, Baylor’s Julian Bley, 62 62. Hilliard is a player than has practiced hard with the Horns, but really hasn’t been expected to get into the lineup. Hilliard decided his morning wasn’t enough to show how well he was playing and went out and defeated Rice’s Michael Nusslein, 63 62. Nusslein had reached the quarterfinals of the ITA Texas Regional in just the last week. It was without a doubt the freshman redshirt’s greatest day as a collegian.
One of the other big afternoon upsets had to be UT Freshman Chris Camillone’s upset of Marquette’s top player, Dusan Medan, 75 64. Medan played in the All-American last month and defeated Texas A&M’s Austin Krajicek in the consolation of that tournament.
The third so-called upset was Texas freshman Daniel Whitehead’s, 57 61 61, win over teammate Josh Zavala for the second-straight tournament. Whitehead was actually in control from the start, jumping out 5-2, before losing the next six games and the set. He rallied and put away the senior from Amarillo.
Two other matches of interest Friday were UT freshman Vasil ‘Vasko’ Mladenov’s 63 76 win over Rice’s Isamu Tachibana and Baylor’s Attila Bucko’s win over UT freshman Ben Chen, 26 62 64. Bucko, the fourth seed, had his hands full with Chen, who left the court to throw up before the third set.
Cinderella did not make an appearance on Halloween and the seeds went to form the rest of the way. Ed Corrie ended Hilliard’s run, Kellen Damico ended Camillone’s journey, Bucko cruised past Whitehead and Dimitar Kutrovsky got past his countryman, Mladenov.
In Sunday’s final, Corrie and Kutrovsky matched up in what was supposed to be the semifinals of the Regional a week ago. This match was everything it was expected to be, as two of the hottest players in the state bucked heads. Kutrovsky won 36 62 75 for the title.
The doubles had its share of upsets too, as Nusslein and Christian Saravia of Rice beat Corrie and Damico, 8-4. The biggest upset though was John Wiegand and Mladenov beating Bucko and Maros Horny, 9-8, in the second round.
In the final it was Kutrovsky and Zavala prevailing over Nusslein and Saravia, 8-4.
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The women were much more predictable this weekend in Waco.
Texas A&M’s Elze’ Potgieter, the third seed, defeated sixth-seeded Abigail Guthrie of Ole Miss, 26 61 63, in one semifinal. On the other side of the bracket, second-seed Csilla Borsanyi of Baylor topped Rice’s Rebekka Hanle, the eighth seed, 61 46 64.
Borsanyi edged Potgieter, 16 63 63, for the title.
The top seed, Taylor Ormond, withdrew before her second round match with an injury.
The doubles was a little trickier. The unseeded Aggie duo of Sheri Olivier and Nazari Urbina captured the championship with an 8-5 win over the unseeded team of Gabriella Kovacs and Sona Novakova of Armstrong Atlantic.
Oliver and Urbina topped the top seeds, Borsanyi and Ormond, 8-5, in the second round. The defeated their teammates, Stephanie Davidson and Morgan Frank, 8-6, in the semifinals.
Kovacs and Novakova defeated the second-seeded Gabriela Rangel and Connor Vogel of Ole Miss in the semis,8-4.