Iowa, no match for Baylor, falls 7-0

With the temperature hovering in the 30s, the sixth-ranked men’s tennis team was able to sweep No. 58 Iowa 7-0 at the Baylor Tennis Center on Sunday. The win propels the Bears into tomorrow’s ITA Kick-Off Weekend championship match where they will face 38th-ranked TCU.

“You have to know what you are getting into when you walk out there on a day like today,” head coach Matt Knoll said. “It is not going to be a beauty contest. You just can’t play your best tennis. The ball doesn’t move. The strings aren’t lively. It is a different game. I thought our guys did a good job. We came out and managed it. To win 7-0 is great.”

Baylor opened the afternoon in doubles with Denes Lukacs and Maros Horny claiming an 8-5 victory over Marc Bruche and Nikita Zotov at the No. 1 spot. Attila Bucko and Sergio Ramirez then took down Tommy McGeorge and Will Vasos 8-6 to give the Bears the point.

“I feel like we only have one team that we feel pretty good about as a team and that is Horny and Lukacs,” Knoll said. “We are still looking around trying to figure out what else we are going to do, but I thought everybody did a good job and made it work.”

In singles, the coaches agreed to complete all of the matches instead of stopping at four points when the match is decided.

“I think early in the season, you just need matches and I think the dynamic of finishing a match is different than just playing a little bit and stopping,” Knoll said of the decision to play the matches out.

The Bears continued to roll in singles as Lukacs was the first Baylor player to put a singles point on the board with a 6-3, 6-4 win over former Bear Bruche.

“I think it is always a little awkward to play a guy, when you were on his team the year before,” Knoll said. “I thought Denes did a great job of managing it and keeping it from being complicated and got through it in two sets. I think if you ask Denes he wouldn’t say he felt great about the way he played, but it was a nice workman like effort and that is what you needed today.”

Baylor got its third point when Dominik Mueller clinched the 99th singles match and the 75th dual match of his career with a 6-1, 6-0 win over McGeorge. The Bears’ fourth and match clinching point came from Maros Horny at the No. 6 spot as he beat Austen Kauss 6-1, 6-4.

After the match was decided the 11th-ranked Rux took down Zotov 6-3, 6-2, Ramirez beat Vasos 6-3, 4-6, 1-0(10-8) and Bucko got past Reinoud Haal 5-7, 6-4, 1-0 (10-7).

The win moves the Bears record to 3-0 and drops the Hawkeyes to 0-1. The win also gives the Bears a 1-0 advantage in the all-time series.

Baylor will now face 38th-ranked TCU on Monday at 3 p.m. The Horned Frogs are 3-0 on the season after beating No. 66 Texas A&M-Corpus Christi on Sunday, 4-0 in their first match of the ITA Kick-Off Weekend.

Iowa and Texas A&M-Corpus Christi will have a consolation match at 10 a.m. tomorrow at the Baylor Tennis Center.
Other Match Notes: The Bears have won 18 of their last 19 matches and 10 in row at the Baylor Tennis Center. Lukacs has recorded a win in 18 of his last 21, while Horny is has won 17 of 19. It is the second 7-0 victory for the Bears this season after opening up with a sweep of Louisiana Lafayette on Jan. 22. Lukacs has 117 singles wins in his career only two wins behind Lars Poerschke and Benedickt Dorsch for second on the all-time wins list at Baylor.

#6 Baylor Bears 7, #58 Iowa Hawkeyes 0
Jan 31, 2010 at Waco, Texas
(Baylor Tennis Center)
Singles competition
1. Denes Lukacs (BU) def. Marc Bruche (IOWA) 6-3, 6-4
2. #11 Jordan Rux (BU) def. Nikita Zotov (IOWA) 6-3, 6-2
3. Attila Bucko (BU) def. Reinoud Haal (IOWA) 5-7, 6-4, 1-0 (10-7)
4. Sergio Ramirez (BU) def. Will Vasos (IOWA) 6-3, 4-6, 1-0 (10-8)
5. Dominik Mueller (BU) def. Tommy McGeorge (IOWA) 6-1, 6-0
6. Maros Horny (BU) def. Austen Kauss (IOWA) 6-1, 6-4
Doubles competition
1. Denes Lukacs/Maros Horny (BU) def. Marc Bruche/Nikita Zotov (IOWA) 8-5
2. Jordan Rux/Julian Bley (BU) vs. Reinoud Haal/Garret Dunn (IOWA) unfinished
3. Attila Bucko/Sergio Ramirez (BU) def. Tommy McGeorge/Will Vasos (IOWA) 8-6

Match Notes:
Iowa Hawkeyes 0-1; National ranking #58
Baylor Bears 3-0; National ranking #6
Order of finish: Doubles (1,3); Singles (1,5,6,2,4,3)
ITA Kick-Off Weekend First Round

Texas A&M defeats Oklahoma State, 4-1

The 12th-ranked Texas A&M men’s tennis team defeated 24th-ranked Oklahoma State, 4-1, to close out ITA Kick-Off Weekend tournament play held Sunday afternoon before a crowd of 294 fans at the George P. Mitchell Tennis Center.

Junior All-American Austin Krajicek (Brandon, Fla.) clinched the match victory for the top-seeded Aggies (3-1) with a 7-6 (2), 6-4 win over defending Big 12 Conference Player of the Year and 15th-ranked Oleksandr Nedovyesov of Oklahoma State at No. 1 singles. A&M and the second-seeded Cowboys (1-2) will meet each other again in regular-season league competition on March 28 in College Station.

“It feels good,” said Krajicek after beating the former No. 1 player in the country a year ago. “I’ve had some good practices this spring and I just went out and tried to play my best. He’s a great player and we haven’t had too much success against him in the past. I played really aggressive and I don’t think I gave him much of a rhythm, so I was pleased with how I played. It was a good day.”

The Aggies, who fell to fourth-seeded and 46th-ranked Fresno State, 4-3, on Saturday, rebounded from the loss by claiming the doubles point early behind the teamwork of 18th-ranked Krajicek and junior Jeff Dadamo (Tampa, Fla.) over 15th-ranked Nedovyesov and Alexsey Bessonov, 8-5, at the top of the lineup. Senior co-captain Marcus Lunt (San Antonio, Texas) and junior Alexey Grigorov (Moscow, Russia) edged Maximilian Kuhn and Ilija Martinoski, 9-7, at No. 3 to give A&M the 1-0 lead.

“It was really important for us to come out strong today,” Krajicek said. “Yesterday was very disappointing, but it’s early in the season and we all make mistakes. We have a pretty young team, so we’re going to build on that and I think today was really important for us to get on winning note right away (with the doubles point).”

Also contributing to the final team score was freshman Alberto Bautista (McAllen, Texas) who continued on his winning ways with a 6-3, 6-1 straight-set victory over Maximilian Kuhn at No. 6 singles to improve to an undefeated 4-0 on the young season. Jeff Dadamo, ranked No. 32 nationally in the Campbell/ITA singles rankings, picked up A&M’s third point of the match in a 6-3, 6-2 rout of Ilija Martinoski at the No. 3 line.

“It was a big win for us, just because this is a Big 12 team and we came back and won a tough doubles point,” Texas A&M head coach Steve Denton said. “It really helped us a lot, because we were behind in the doubles and it didn’t look like we were going to win it. Our No. 3 team really came through for us today and that was a huge momentum swing. The Krajicek-Nedovyesov match may be one of the best victories of any Aggie of all-time. He (Nedovyesov) has been ranked No. 1 in the country for the last couple of years and for Austin to come out and beat him in straight sets – the way he played and competed, it was a great win. I couldn’t be prouder today of his efforts and of the other guys as well.”

Fresno State blanked 34th-ranked and third-seeded Rice, 4-0, on Sunday to advance to the ITA National Team Indoor Championships to be held on Feb. 11-14 on the campus of the University of Virginia in Charlottesville, Va.

Up next, the Aggies will face their second consecutive Big 12 foe in non-conference action with rival Texas on Friday, Feb. 5 for the bragging rights to the Texas Cup at 6 p.m. (CT). The neutral site match will be played at the Downtown Club at The Met in Houston, Texas.

Jan. 31, 2010
ITA Men’s Tennis Kick-Off Weekend
George P. Mitchell Tennis Center
at College Station, Texas
Attendance: 294
No. 1 – Austin Krajicek (Texas A&M) def. (15) Oleksandr Nedovyesov (Oklahoma State), 7-6 (2), 6-4.
No. 2 – Alexis Klegou (Texas A&M) vs. (44) Anton Bobytskyi (Oklahoma State), DNF.
No. 3 – (32) Jeff Dadamo (Texas A&M) def. Ilija Martinoski (Oklahoma State), 6-3, 6-2.
No. 4 – Alexsey Bessonov (Oklahoma State) def. Alexey Grigorov (Texas A&M), 6-3, 4-6, 6-2.
No. 5 – Niall Angus (Texas A&M) vs. Eric West (Oklahoma State), DNF.
No. 6 – Alberto Bautista (Texas A&M) def. Maximilian Kuhn (Oklahoma State), 6-3, 6-1.

No. 1 – (18) Dadamo-Krajicek (Texas A&M) def. (15) Nedovyesov-Bessonov (Oklahoma State), 8-5.
No. 2 – (39) Bobytskyi-West (Oklahoma State) def. Angus-Klegou (Texas A&M), 8-3.
No. 3 – Marcus Lunt-Grigorov (Texas A&M) def. Maximilian Kuhn-Martinoski (Oklahoma State), 9-7.

Singles: 6, 3, 4, 1*
Doubles: 2, 1, 3

TCU blanks TAMU-CC


The 38th-ranked TCU men’s tennis team opened its competition at ITA Kick-Off Weekend Sunday with an easy 4-0 win over No. 66 Texas A&M-Corpus Christi at the Baylor Tennis Center. The Frogs persevered through temperatures dipping into the mid-30’s to run their season record to 3-0.

The victory sets up a Monday afternoon showdown between the Frogs and sixth-rated Baylor for the right to become one of 15 teams to advance to play in the ITA National Indoor Championships Feb. 12-15 in Charlottesville, Va. Monday’s match against the Bears has been scheduled for 3 p.m. at the Baylor Tennis Center, weather permitting.

The Frogs, who had their full roster available for the first time this season, began the afternoon by sweeping the doubles point against the Islanders before taking the first three singles decisions to conclude the match.

TCU jumped out to a quick 1-0 lead after claiming the doubles point. Junior Zach Nichols and sophomore Paul Chappell, playing at the No. 3 position, earned a quick 8-3 victory over Andrew Maingot and Nathan Robinson before sophomore Slah Mbarek and freshman Sören Goritzka clinched the team point with an 8-6 decision against Duje Janjic and Robert Raguz.

The following singles competition flew by just as quickly, with TCU taking matches at Nos. 3, 5 and 6 singles in straight sets. Junior Christopher Price put an end to the afternoon, clinching the Frogs’ team victory with a dominating 6-0, 6-0 decision over Maingot at the No. 6 spot. Mbarek, slotted at No. 3 singles against Alex Pavlov, and Nichols, who faced Robinson at the fifth position, posted respective victories of 6-1, 6-3 and 6-1, 6-2.

Two players, junior Emanuel Brighiu and Goritzka, made their season debuts for TCU after having sat out last Sunday’s opening matches. Brighiu, slotted in the No. 2 singles position, and Gortizka, positioned at No. 4, both had their singles matches go unfinished after the team victory had already been clinched. Brighiu’s match with Price at No. 1 doubles also went unfinished, as did that of the Frogs’ top singles player, freshman Marius Cirstea.

TCU improved to 6-1 all-time against the Islanders with Sunday’s win.

“I was really happy with the way our guys competed, because it was so cold out and the ball was so heavy today,” head coach Dave Borelli said. “It was good to get (Emanuel) Brighiu and Soren (Goritzka) out there for us, with both battling through recent injuries.

“I think we are pretty solid right now, but we will be better. It’s tough to tell on a day like this because conditions were so bad. Our guys are very good competitors. We are solid 1-through-6 and mentally strong. That’s something that’s important for a team to have. I think the guys did a great job today.”

Monday’s match with Baylor can be tracked live on the Internet, as real-time results will be available on-line through BU’s official athletics web site,

No. 38 TCU 4, No. 66 Texas A&M-Corpus Christi
Jan. 31, 2010
Baylor, Texas (Baylor Tennis Center)

1. E. Brighiu/C. Price (TCU) vs. D. Novikov/J. Langford (TAMU-CC) unfinished
2. S. Goritzka/S. Mbarek (TCU) def. D. Janjic/R. Raguz (TAMU-CC) 8-6
3. Z. Nichols/P. Chappell (TCU) def. A. Maingot/N. Robinson (TAMU-CC) 8-3

1. Marius Cirstea (TCU) vs. Dmitry Novikov (TAMU-CC) unfinished
2. Emanuel Brighiu (TCU) vs. James Langford (TAMU-CC) unfinished
3. Slah Mbarek (TCU) def. Alex Pavlov (TAMU-CC) 6-1, 6-3
4. Sören Goritzka (TCU) vs. Robert Raguz (TAMU-CC) unfinished
5. Zach Nichols (TCU) def. Nathan Robinson (TAMU-CC) 6-1, 6-2
6. Christopher Price (TCU) def. Andrew Maingot (TAMU-CC) 6-0, 6-0*-clinched team win

No. 8 Texas overpowers California, 4-0

No. 8 Texas (3-0) came out aggressively in doubles play and tacked on three singles victories in a decisive 4-0 win over California Sunday afternoon at a frigid Penick-Allison Tennis Center on the UT campus.

Coupled with its win on Saturday over Middle Tennessee State, Texas’ win over California sends the Longhorns to the ITA National Team Indoor Championship for a fourth consecutive season. The Longhorns earned one of the 16 team bids up for grabs in the event scheduled for Feb. 12-15 at The University of Virginia.

At second doubles, Texas juniors Ed Corrie and Kellen Damico broke California’s Nick Andrews and Christoffer Konigsfeldt for a 3-1 lead and never looked back en route to an 8-3 victory. Texas sophomore Jean Andersen and freshman Daniel Whitehead broke California’s 49th-ranked duo of Bozhidar Katsarov and Riki McLachlan to assume a 5-3 lead, and the Texas tandem took the next three games to win the match, 8-3 and nail down the doubles point for the Longhorns.

Texas quickly put away the Golden Bears in the singles session with victories at the first, fourth and second positions. Texas’ fifth-ranked Dimitar Kutrovsky broke Cal’s Pedro Zerbini early on at the first set and never lost control of the match in a 6-3, 6-3 win that gave UT a 2-0 lead.

UT senior Josh Zavala overpowered California’s Katsarov from the start at fourth singles and cruised to a 6-2, 6-3 win that staked Texas to a 3-0 lead. Soon after, UT’s Corrie finished off the Golden Bears’ 33rd-ranked Dahan by a 6-2, 6-2 count at the second slot to nail down the victory for Texas. The remaining matches were abandoned with the match’s outcome secured.

Texas will go head-to-head with Texas A&M on Friday, Feb. 5 in Houston at the Texas Cup, a non-conference, indoor series between the two schools. First serve is set for 6 p.m. at The Downtown Club at The Met.

Texas head coach Michael Center
On the team’s overall performance
“I thought our guys played really well today. The conditions were tough for both teams. This was the coldest dual match I’ve coached in at Texas. I’m not sure it got above 35 degrees today. I thought our guys did a great job and beat a very good California team. That’s a really good team we beat today.”

On the Horns’ doubles effort
“There were a couple of mistakes on key points. I thought Ed (Corrie) and Kellen (Damico) played a great match at No. 2. They were in control from the beginning. At No. 3, there were several breaks to start, but they kind of settled in and really played well. I was impressed. Daniel Whitehead and Jean Andersen are both tremendous athletes.”

On the singles winners
“We’ll go as far as those guys can take us. Dimitar Kutrovsky is a warrior and a winner. He came out and jumped on top of his guy. He finished the match and served it out really well. Ed Corrie was solid all day long. He was relentless and took it to another level. Josh Zavala is a flat-out winner. He just knows how to get it done.”

On the program earning its fourth consecutive trip to the ITA National Team Indoors
“You’ve got to earn your way to this tournament. I think we will see some fresh faces that weren’t getting the opportunity to be there at this event. We feel like we’re one of the top teams, and our goal is to be the top team. We can’t prove that if we don’t play in events like the ITA National Team Indoors. We had a lot on the line today, and we feel we belong in that top group. These guys wanted the opportunity to play in Virginia (at the ITA National Team Indoors), and the guys wouldn’t let that get away from them.”

ITA Kick-Off Weekend
Penick-Allison Tennis Center – Austin, Texas (outdoors)
Championship Match
#8 Texas 4, California 0 (Time of Match: 2:20)
Doubles – Order of Finish: 2, 3
1 #22 Kutrovsky/Zavala (UT) vs. Dahan/Zerbini (Cal) – 3-7, susp.
2 Corrie/Damico (UT) def. #49 Andrews/Konigsfeldt (Cal) – 8-3
3 Andersen/Whitehead (UT) def. Katsarov/McLachlan (Cal) – 8-3

Singles – Order of Finish: 1, 4, 2
1 #5 Dimitar Kutrovsky (UT) def. Pedro Zerbini (Cal) – 6-3, 6-3
2 #9 Ed Corrie (UT) def. #33 Jonathan Dahan (Cal) – 6-2, 6-2
3 Kellen Damico (UT) vs. Christoffer Konigsfeldt (Cal) – 6-4, 3-6, susp.
4 #38 Josh Zavala (UT) def. #98 Bozhidar Katsarov (Cal) – 6-2, 6-3
5 Jean Andersen (UT) vs. Nick Andrews (Cal) – 6-4, 3-4, susp.
6 #104 Vasko Mladenov (UT) vs. Riki McLachlan (Cal) – 6-3, 3-0, susp.

Rice men fall to Fresno State, 4-0

The 34th ranked Rice men’s tennis team could not corral the red-hot Fresno State Bulldogs, who defeated a higher-ranked opponent for the second consecutive day to advance to the ITA National Team Indoor Championships. Fresno, ranked 46th heading into the weekend, blanked the Owls 4-0 at the George P. Mitchell Tennis Center on the campus of Texas A&M University on Sunday.

The Owls (3-1) fell behind early, as the Bulldogs pair of nationally-ranked doubles teams swept to wins to give Fresno the doubles point. They kept the pressure on in singles, taking decisions at No.2, 4 and 6 to clinch the match.

Rice will be back on the court at Jake Hess Tennis Stadium next week to host a pair of ranked opponents. The Owls will welcome 29th-ranked LSU on Friday at 1:30 and then host 20th-ranked Miami on Sunday at 10 a.m.

George P. Mitchell Tennis Center
January 31, 2010 at 1:00 p.m.
Attendance: 294
(46) Fresno State 4, (34) Rice 0
1. (19) Bruno Rosa (Rice) vs. Mirko Zapleta (Fresno State) DNF.
2. Rikus de Villiers (Fresno State) def. Oscar Podlewski (Rice) 6-2, 6-2.
3. Michael Nuesslein (Rice) vs. Tejesvi Veerepalli (Fresno State) DNF.
4. Remi Boutiller (Fresno State) def. Isame Tachibana (Rice) 6-1, 6-4.
5. Sam Garforth-Bles (Rice) vs. (83) David Ayoun (Fresno State) DNF.
6. Siddharth Alapati (Fresno State) def. Jonathan Chang (Rice) 6-3, 6-2.

1. (36) Boutillier-de Villiers (Fresno State) def. Rosa-Podlewski (Rice) 8-3.
2. (20) Taylor Leiby-Zapletal (Fresno State) def. Nusslein-Tachibana (Rice) 8-5.
3. Garforth-Bles-Dennis Polyakov (Rice) vs. Alapati-Veerepalli (Fresno State) DNF.

Order of Finish:
Singles: 2, 4, 6*
Doubles: 1, 2

Rice women top Sam Houston State, 6-1

The Rice women’s tennis team made their home court debut a successful one, downing Sam Houston State 6-1 at Jake Hess Tennis Stadium on Sunday.

Rice (3-1) had been forced indoors for its first two home matches of 2010, but the two teams braved the chilly temperatures in Houston to play outdoors on the Rice campus. Sam Houston was short-handed, bringing a roster of just five players, causing the teams to play just two doubles and five singles matches.

“I was happy to see our team keep its focus despite the fact that Sam Houston was playing with just five,” Rice head coach Elizabeth Schmidt said. “Sometimes that can be a dangerous thing and you can let your guard down. I was pleased that we came out and took care of business from the beginning.”

With a shortened Sam Houston lineup, Schmidt was able to rest junior Rebekka Hänle during singles play. Hänle won a marathon match singles match on Saturday against Texas State, but only played doubles on Sunday, teaming with Rebecca Lin to win at No. 2., 8-1.

The Owls took four of the five singles matches, all in straight sets, in addition to picking up a default at the No. 6 position. Junior Jessica Jackson ran her record to 4-0 on the season, picking up a 6-2, 6-0 win over Sheridan Currie at No. 2.

The Owls will hit the road next weekend for a pair of matches in Southern California against nationally-ranked opponents. Rice will travel to #12 UCLA on Friday and follow that up with a match at #40 Pepperdine on Saturday. They will be back home to host Arizona at Jake Hess Tennis Stadium on Feb. 12.

Sam Houston State vs Rice
1/31/2010 at Houston, Texas
(Jake Hess Tennis Stadium)
Rice 6, Sam Houston State 1
Singles competition
1. Giorgia Pozzan (SHSU) def. Julie Chao (RICE) 7-5, 6-4
2. Jessica Jackson (RICE) def. Sheridan Currie (SHSU) 6-2, 6-0
3. Ana Guzman (RICE) def. Tatyana Postnikova (SHSU) 6-2, 6-2
4. Rebecca Lin (RICE) def. Nadia Dubyanskaya (SHSU) 6-4, 6-2
5. Alex Rasch (RICE) def. Cally Woerner (SHSU) 6-0, 6-0
6. Daniella Trigo (RICE) def. No player (SHSU), by default

Doubles competition
1. Alex Rasch/Jessica Jackson (RICE) def. Sheridan Currie/Giorgia Pozzan (SHSU) 8-5
2. Rebecca Lin/Rebekka Hänle (RICE) def. Tatyana Postnikova/Nadia Dubyanskaya (SHSU) 8-1

Baylor women blackout Brown, 4-0

Baylor’s fifth-ranked women’s tennis team lit up the scoreboard with a 4-0 win over No. 65 Brown in the ITA Kickoff Weekend championship round at the Baylor Tennis Center.

With the win, the Lady Bears move to 2-0 on the season and qualify for the ITA National Team Indoor Championships in Madison, Wis., on Feb. 12-15.

“We vastly improved in doubles today,” head coach Joey Scrivano said. “We made really good adjustments from yesterday. I think overall, we just played a better match, cleaner match. I am glad that we advanced to the national indoor because that tournament obviously gives us a lot of opportunities. That’s a tournament we want to be in every year.”

In doubles play, all three BU duos were clicking, with position No. 2 and No. 3, winning easily with scores of 8-1 on both courts. Those two wins clinched the doubles point for Baylor. At No. 2, Carla Lindlar and Nina Secerbegovic defeated Emily Ellis and Kathrin Sorokko. At No. 3, Karolina Filipiak and Taylor Ormond made quick work of Julie Flanzer and Misia Krasowski.

The momentum carried over into singles play, as Baylor took three points to clinch the win. Filipiak had a great performance, losing zero games on her way to a 6-0, 6-0 win. No. 24 Nina Secerbegovic dropped just two games, winning 6-0, 6-2, while Lindlar dropped just three, winning 6-2, 6-1.

“Without question, (Filipiak) is our most improved player,” Scrivano said. “When she finds her form, she is pretty darn tough. When we have our full lineup in and she is playing No. 6, she can play with anybody in the country.”

Baylor’s next match will be in the first round at the ITA National Team Indoor Championships. Action on Sunday around the nation will determine Baylor’s Feb. 12 opponent.

Brown vs Baylor
Jan 31, 2010 at Waco, Texas
(Baylor Tennis Center)
#5 Baylor 4, #65 Brown 0
Singles competition
1. #17 Lenka Broosova (BU) vs. #89 Cassandra Herzberg (BRO) unfinished
2. #70 Csilla Borsanyi (BU) vs. Bianca Aboubakare (BRO) unfinished
3. #24 Nina Secerbegovic (BU) def. Misia Krasowski (BRO) 6-0, 6-2
4. Taylor Ormond (BU) vs. Marisa Schonfeld (BRO) unfinished
5. Karolina Filipiak (BU) def. Julie Flanzer (BRO) 6-0, 6-0
6. Carla Lindlar (BU) def. Catherine Stewart (BRO) 6-2, 6-1

Doubles competition
1. #13 Lenka Broosova/Csilla Borsanyi (BU) vs. Cassandra Herzberg/Bianca Aboubakare (BRO) unfinished
2. Carla Lindlar/Nina Secerbegovic (BU) def. Emily Ellis/Kathrin Sorokko (BRO) 8-1
3. Karolina Filipiak/Taylor Ormond (BU) def. Julie Flanzer/Misia Krasowski (BRO) 8-1

Match Notes:
Brown 1-1; National ranking #65
Baylor 2-0; National ranking #5
Order of finish: Doubles (2,3); Singles (6,5,3)
Baylor advances to ITA Team Indoor Championships in Madison, Wis., on Feb. 11-14

Texas Tech blanks Middle Tennessee, 4-0

After losing in the first round of the ITA National Team Indoor Championship on Saturday, the No. 40 Texas Tech men’s tennis team rebounded with a 4-0 win over No. 56 Middle Tennessee State on Sunday at the Penick-Allison Tennis Center in Austin, Texas.

“It was a hard fought win,” head coach Tim Siegel said. “It was the type of match we will see the entire year. We will win some close ones and we will lose some close ones, but I was proud of how we bounced back after our tough loss yesterday.”

The Red Raiders (3-1) got wins at No. 2 and 3 doubles to claim the doubles point and go up 1-0 to start the match against the Blue Raiders (0-2). Tech’s No. 3 doubles team got the first win of the day as Vitor Manzini and David Pace beat Shaun Waters and Kyle Wishing, 8-3. The 35th-ranked pair of Gonzalo Escobar and Andre Stabile defeated Richard Cowden and Matthew Langley, 8-3, at the No. 2 spot.

In singles action, Tech started off by winning five first sets. Manzini and Stabile then went on to win their second set at No. 4 and No. 5, respectively, to claim their matches in straight sets. Manzini won over Alex McCann, 6-0, 6-3, while Stabile dropped Langley, 6-0, 6-4.

With the Red Raiders up 3-0, they needed just one more victory to win the match. The remaining three matches all went to a third set but Tech’s No. 1 player and 25th-ranked Raony Carvalho captured his third set first to get that fourth win for the Red Raiders. Carvalho beat No. 105 John Peers, 6-3, 4-6, 7-5.

Tech returns to action on Feb. 13, as it hosts a doubleheader with McMurry at 9 a.m. and Abilene Christian at 2 p.m. at the McLeod Tennis Center.

#40 Texas Tech 4, #56 Middle Tennessee State 0
Penick-Allison Tennis Center, Austin, Texas
ITA Kick-Off Weekend
Doubles – Order of Finish: 3, 2
1. #23 Peers/Melo (MTSU) vs. #19 Carvalho/Garcia (TTU), 7-3, susp.
2. #35 Escobar/Stabile (TTU) def. Cowden/Langley (MTSU), 8-3
3. Manzini/David Pace (TTU) def. Waters/Kyle Wishing (MTSU), 8-3

Singles – Order of Finish: 5, 4, 1
1. #25 Raony Carvalho (TTU) def. #105 John Peers (MTSU), 6-3, 4-6, 7-5
2. #40 Gonzalo Escobar (TTU) vs. Victor Melo (MTSU), 7-6, 2-6, 2-0, susp.
3. Rafael Garcia (TTU) vs. Richard Cowden (MTSU), 6-7, 6-1, 2-1, susp.
4. Andre Stabile (TTU) def. Matthew Langley (MTSU), 6-0, 6-4
5. Vitor Manzini (TTU) def. Alex McCann (MTSU), 6-0, 6-3
6. Raphael Pfister (TTU) vs. Shaun Waters (MTSU), 7-5, 6-7, 3-2, susp.

Aggie women fall to Illinois, 4-2

After a long, grueling battle last night, the Texas A&M women’s tennis team had a tough time getting in sync this morning and fell to No. 32 Illinois, 4-2, in a consolation match of the ITA Kick-Off Weekend at the Clemson Indoor Tennis Center.

“From the start, even from the warm-up, I felt like we were just not there,” A&M coach Bobby Kleinecke said. “I know it was tough coming back from last night’s match and being ready to play today. I just felt like we have to lay it out there a lot more. I told the team that last night I felt like they played like a top-20 team. Today they played like a No. 37 team.”

In the first-ever meeting between the two programs, Illinois won two of the three doubles matches to take a 1-0 lead going into singles. Leigh Finnegan and Rachael White gave the Fighting Illini the early edge with an 8-5 victory over Christi Liles and Elzé Potgieter at the No. 1 line.

A&M’s Stephanie Davidson and Morgan Frank evened the doubles score with a win at No. 2. The Aggie duo broke serve to take a 7-6 lead and then held for an 8-6 victory against Chelcie Abajian and Marisa Lambropoulos.

The doubles point came down to the No. 3 line, where Illinois’ Megan Fudge and Breanne Smutko broke serve to take a 4-3 lead over A&M’s Stephanie Davidson and Nazari Urbina. Illinois would break again to build a 7-4 lead and then held serve to finish off the 8-4 win and clinch the point.

Potgieter tied the score with a straight-set victory at No. 1 singles. The senior, who is ranked No. 88 in the nation and posted a career-best straight-set victory over No. 9 Josipa Bek of Clemson in Saturday’s season opener, knocked off her second consecutive higher ranked opponent, defeating No. 33 Rachael White, 6-2, 6-3. It was Potgieter’s 79th career win to move her within three wins of moving into A&M’s top 10 for career singles victories.

“Mentally Elzé is prepared to give her best shot this year,” Kleinecke said. “She has grown as a player. She has grown mature-wise, and she knows what to expect. She was ready for this. She was a little tired after last night, laying it all out, and she just talked about in our meeting that she had to fake it and let her opponent know that she wasn’t tired. She was prepared and ready go.“

Frank defeated Fudge, 6-2, 6-2 at No. 2 singles to give A&M a 2-1 lead before Smutko finished off a 7-6 (5), 6-4 win against Santacroce at the No. 4 line to knot the score at 2-2.

Abajian regained the lead for the Fighting Illini, holding off 117th-ranked Urbina, 6-3, 7-5 at the No. 3 line, and Lambropoulos clinched the win with a 6-2, 6-2 victory over Davidson at No. 5.

It was the first win of the season for the Fighting Illini, who improve to 1-3.

“As far as Illinois goes, this was a match they needed,” Kleinecke said. “They had lost three close matches, and they needed a win for themselves. They wanted it more than we did today, and I give them kudos for that of being 0-3 and finding a way to still find a way to get themselves up and want it more. That is something we have to learn a little bit more of.”

The Aggies (0-2) will attempt to get into the win column when they return to action on Sunday, Feb. 7 to take on No. 28 LSU. Match time has been changed to 11 a.m. at Dub Robinson Stadium in Baton Rouge, La.

Live scoring of the match will be available at

(32) Illinois 4, (37) Texas A&M 2
January 31, 2010
Clemson Indoor Tennis Center
Clemson, S.C.
Attendance: n/a
1. (#88) Elzé Potgieter (TAMU) def. (#33) Rachael White (ILL), 6-2, 6-3
2. Morgan Frank (TAMU) def. Megan Fudge (ILL), 6-2, 6-2
3. Chelcie Abajian (ILL) def. (#117) Nazari Urbina (TAMU), 6-3, 7-5
4. Breanne Smutko (ILL) def. (#118) Lauren Santacroce (TAMU), 7-6 (5), 6-4
5. Marisa Lambropoulos (ILL) def. Sheri Olivier (TAMU), 6-2, 6-2
6. Stephanie Davidson (TAMU) vs. Amy Allin (ILL), 4-5 DNF

Doubles (Illinois wins the point)
1. Leigh Finnegan/White (ILL) def. Christi Liles/Potgieter (TAMU), 8-5
2. Stephanie Davidson/Frank (TAMU) def. Abajian/Lambropoulos (ILL), 8-6
3. Fudge/Smutko (ILL) def. Olivier/Urbina (TAMU), 8-4

Order of finish
Doubles: 1, 2, 3
Singles: 1, 2, 4, 3, 5*
*Clinched match

Team records
Texas A&M: 0-2
Illinois: 1-3

A&M falls to No. 14 Clemson in 4-3 heartbreaker

The Texas A&M women’s tennis team took No. 14 Clemson in to the wire but fell in a tiebreaker in the last match standing in a 4-3 season-opening loss at the Clemson Indoor Tennis Center.

A&M won the doubles point and was at match point at 3-1 when Clemson rallied for the come-from-behind victory to improve to 4-0 and advance to the second round of the ITA Kick-Off tournament.

“We knew Clemson was a good team, that they were not going to give us anything and that we were going to have to take everything,” A&M coach Bobby Kleinecke said. “For 95 percent of the match that’s what we did.”

Clemson took an early advantage in the doubles as Ian Hadziselimovic and Keri Wong defeated A&M’s Christi Liles and Elzé Potgieter, 8-3 at the No. 1 line. It would be the only doubles win for the Tigers as A&M was in command on the other two courts after winning the first 11 games combined.

A&M’s Stephanie Davidson and Morgan Frank jumped out to a 6-0 lead against Nelly Ciolkowski and Laurianne Henry at the No. 2 line and went on to win, 8-3.

Sheri Olivier and Nazari Urbina then clinched the doubles point for the Aggies. The A&M duo, which had jumped out to a 5-0 lead against Stefi Balda and Josipa Bek, went on to an 8-3 victory to put the Aggies up 1-0.

Clemson knotted the match at 1-1 as Nelly Ciolkowski, ranked No. 61, began singles by downing No. 118 Lauren Santacroce, 6-3, 6-1 at No. 4.

Urbina, ranked No. 117 in singles and making her Aggie debut in a dual match, put the Aggies up, 2-1, with a 6-3, 6-2 win against 113th-ranked Hadziselimovic at the No. 3 line.

Potgieter then pulled off the highest ranked win of her career to put A&M up 3-1. The senior, ranked No. 88 in singles, won the first set against ninth-ranked Bek, 7-5 at the No. 1 line but trailed 3-1 in the second set. Potgieter, whose previous highest ranked win was against 11th-ranked Melanie Gloria of Fresno State on Feb. 24, 2008, then won five of the next six games to win 6-4.

The turning point was at the No. 2 line where Wong had won the first set against Frank, 6-3, but Frank blazed to a 6-0 second-set win to force a third set. Frank trailed 2-0 in the final set before reeling off five straight games to go up 5-2. She was at match point, 40-30, when Wong scored the next three points to win the game and keep the Tigers alive. Wong went on to win the next two games to tie the set at 5-5, but Frank broke serve to go up 6-5. Wong broke back to force a tiebreaker, and after falling behind 2-0, went on to win 7-3 and move Clemson within 3-2.

Clemson tied the score at 3-3 as Balda defeated Davidson 7-5, 6-3 at No. 6, to force the match to come down to the No. 5 line, where Henry had won the first set, 7-5, but Olivier won the second set 6-3 to force a third set. Olivier went on to build a 5-2 lead when Henry rallied to win the next four games. Olivier broke serve to tie the score at 6-6 and force a tiebreaker. She built a 4-1 lead, but Balda won the next six points to win the match and send the Tigers to the second round.

“When Clemson got down in the two matches in the third, they were more aggressive, and they just took the match from us,” Kleinecke said. “I told the girls that if they laid everything out on the line that we are going to walk away from this and be able to learn from it no matter which way it went, whether we won or loss.

“I’m extremely proud of them. They gave everything they had tonight. We came up just a little bit short. If they (play like) that every match, we are going to be fine throughout the season.”

A&M has a short turnaround as the Aggies face No. 31 Illinois (0-3) in a consolation match Sunday at 8 a.m. (CT). The Fighting Illini fell to No. 20 Mississippi, 4-2, in the other first-round match at Clemson.

Clemson and Mississippi will meet at 1 p.m., with the winner earning a berth into the 16-team ITA National Women’s Team Indoor Championships, Feb. 12-15 in Madison, Wis.

(14) Clemson 4, (37) Texas A&M 3
January 30, 2010
Clemson Indoor Tennis Center
Clemson, S.C.
Attendance: n/a
1. (#88) Elzé Potgieter (TAMU) def. (#9) Josipa Bek (CLEM), 7-5, 6-4
2. Keri Wong (CLEM) def. Morgan Frank (TAMU), 6-3, 0-6, 7-6 (3)
3. (#117) Nazari Urbina (TAMU) def. (#113) Ina Hadziselimovic (CLEM), 6-3, 6-2
4. (#61) Nelly Ciolkowski (CLEM) def. (#118) Lauren Santacroce (TAMU), 6-3, 6-1
5. Laurianne Henry (CLEM) def. Sheri Olivier (TAMU), 7-5, 3-6, 7-6 (4)
6. Stefi Balda (CLEM) def. Stephanie Davidson (TAMU), 7-5, 6-3

Doubles (TAMU wins the point)
1. Hadziselimovic/Wong (CLEM) def. Christi Liles/Potgieter (TAMU), 8-3
2. Stephanie Davidson/Frank (TAMU) def. Ciolkowski/Henry (CLEM), 8-3
3. Olivier/Urbina (TAMU) def. Balda/Bek (CLEM), 8-3

Order of finish
Doubles: 1, 2, 3
Singles: 4, 3, 1, 2, 6, 5*
*Clinched match

Team records
Texas A&M: 0-1
Clemson: 4-0