The ITA Division 1 Men’s & Women’s National Indoor Championships begin Thursday in New Haven, Conn. on the campus of Yale University. Several players with Texas ties are involved, so I am going to give a quick rundown of the draws.
Starting near the top of the men’s draw is Dimitar Kutrovsky of Texas, the sixth seed. Kutrovsky faces Javier Garrapiz of Georgia. Kutrovsky has been hot of late, while Garrapiz reached the finals of the ITA Southeast Regional two weeks ago. The winner will play the winner of Michigan’s Jason Jung and Patricio Alvarado of Mississippi State, who was added to the draw today after Sanam Singh withdrew. Singh is still in the main draw of the Charlottesville Challenger.
Damian Hume, the JuCo player from Collin County, qualified for the event by winning the Super Bowl of Small Colleges. Hume will have his hands full with Southern Cal’s Steve Johnson, the fifth seed. My inductive reasoning says he won’t be around long. Sorry, trying to ingest a little David Hume on the subject. (on a side note, Hume will be playing on one of Bob Bender’s 3.0 league teams out of Collin County in a matter of years — joke, maybe).
Back to the draws. The winner of the Hume-Johnson match must face the winner of Baylor’s Jordan Rux and Virginia freshman, Jarmere Jenkins. Rux has been all over the place this fall, but has the potential.
Texas’ Ed Corrie plays Moritz Baumann of Wisconsin, which sounds more like a hotel chain that the pretty good player he is.
Austin Krajicek of Texas A&M plays Robert Farah of USC. I have always liked both of their games and if Krajicek had maybe had some better results this fall, would pick the upset. Truthfully, this is a chance at redemption after what can only be described as an underachieving fall season for.
At the very bottom of the draw if Raony Carvalho of Texas Tech against Oleksandr Nedovyesov of Oklahoma State. Carvalho played well two weeks ago at the Texas Regional, but Nedovyesov finally turned the corner on his season, capturing the singles and doubles titles at the Central Regional. I expect this to be a great match.
Overall this is a great draw and will be extremely interesting to follow this weekend.
Three ladies with ties to Texas are in the women’s draw.
Sanaz Marand of Katy (and North Carolina) plays Stanford’s Hilary Barte, with the winner to face either Denise Dy of Washington or Noemie Scharle of Florida State.
Ariel Ellis, the freshman from UT who won the Texas Regional, plays Kristi Boxx of Ole Miss. The winner will face Jana Juricova of Cal or Reka Zsilinszka. Yikes. That’s a tough draw.
Lenka Broosova of Baylor faces Sona Novakova of Armstrong Atlantic, the Super Bowl champ. Novakova fell last week at the HEB Baylor Invitational to Broosova’s teammate, CsillaBorsanyi, in three tough sets, so I bet they learned a few things there.
In doubles, Texas A&M’s men’s team of Jeff Dadamo and Krajicek are in the draw with a potential second round match-up with the top seeds, J.P. Smith and Davey Sandgren of Tennessee.
The women’s doubles draw actually has quite a few Texans.
First off are the SMU pair of Pavi Francis (Lewisville) and Marta Lasniak. Also in the draw is Marand and her partner, Sophie Grabinski. A third Texan is Vanderbilt’s Heather Steinbauer (The Woodlands) and her partner Erica Robertson.