OK, so Colin Hoover is playing well. I could tell that when I was him in Arlington a few weeks ago. But honestly, you really never thought he was playing that well, did you?
Today at the Atlanta Tennis Championships, where the U.S.Open National Playoffs are being held, Colin Hoover, defeated University of Kentucky’s Eric Quigley, 63 63. Interesting enough, Hoover will now face for University of Texas player, Olivier Sajous of Haiti, in the quarterfinals.
Hoover dominated Quigley in one hour and eight minutes. The stat thrown around in press releases was how efficient Hoover was, winning 87% of his first serve points. That’s quality tennis.
How far can Colin go? Who knows?
Sajous is not the same player he was in Austin. He never came through with the goods, until the NCAAs… and we all know about that. If not, here’s a refresher. Of course, now playing on his own and with his native Haiti in shambles, Olivier has been playing the best tennis of his life. The winner likely gets Blake Strode, but at this point, they are all quality opponents.
Here is some from the A&M release…
“I was very excited and a little bit overwhelmed at the start of the match,” Hoover said. “We were playing on Court 2, right behind the stadium court. Andy Roddick was playing at the same time so you could hear `Game Roddick’. That’s the kind of stuff you dream about when you grow up wanting to play tennis.”
Then facing Eric who played at #1 for Kentucky was very challenging,” Hoover continued. “He is a very good player and I had, and still have, a lot of respect for him and his game. We both broke each other early in the first set and then things settled down and I was able to break him at 4-3 and finish off the first set.”
In the second set, I had to fight back in the final game to get it to deuce and then he hit a backhand into the net on a long rally to finish off the match,” Hoover explained. “I felt like I was prepared and had a good game plan. I didn’t want to get too fancy, I just wanted to play solid.”
Quigley ended the year ranked #10 in the collegiate ITA rankings and was an All-American for the University of Kentucky and a USTA Summer Collegiate Team member.
This is a career-changer for Hoover. Now he KNOWS he can compete with the big guys on the big stage–as far as collegiate tennis is concerned. He is a great kid and has worked his butt off to get where he is.
Down at the Joplin $10k, Josh Zavala and Jean Andersen have reached the final of the doubles. The duo beat a bunch of guys with hyphens in their names and will face Paul Todd and Maciek Sykut in the finals. They topped Keith-Patrick Crowley and Antonio Ruiz-Rosales, 64 76 in the semifinals.
In other news, Texas had four players reach the main draw in singles. Chris Camillone, Josh Zavala and Ben Chen all qualied into the main draw. Then Chen and Jean Andersen each won a match. Both lost in the second round.
ITA SUMMER CIRCUIT
I will post a complete update of this later. There have been some great results throughout the state and I will update them all next week. Players from Texas colleges have won events across the country.