A&M’s Hoover upsets Quigley at US Open Pre-Qualifying; UT players having success

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.

JOPLIN $10k

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.

Borelli Named TCU Women’s Coach; Vacates Men’s Position

Dave Borelli has been named the new head coach of the TCU women’s tennis program, Director of Intercollegiate Athletics Chris Del Conte announced Wednesday. Borelli, who has spent the last four seasons as coach of the TCU men’s team, will move back to exclusively coaching the Frog women, a role he previously held for four years from 2002 through 2006.

A national search has begun for Borelli’s replacement as head coach of the TCU men’s program.

“I am excited about the opportunity for a return to coaching the women’s team,” Borelli said. “While it is hard to leave the men’s program, I feel that team is in a much better situation than when I took over in 2006. I think the program is on solid ground and has an opportunity to feature its best team in several years this upcoming season.

“I really believe we can build a national-championship contender in the TCU women’s tennis program.”

Borelli will be returning to the role that saw him already log a distinguished career by the time he took over the reigns of the Frog men’s program. He owns a 374-75 record in 18 seasons as a women’s head coach, including a 72-30 mark in four seasons with TCU from 2002 through 2006. Accomplishments in the world of women’s tennis have earned him a spot in the Intercollegiate Women’s Tennis Hall of Fame. He will become only the third male coach ever enshrined by the organization Nov. 13 in Williamsburg, Va.

“Dave is a Hall of Fame coach and a great fit at TCU,” Del Conte said. “He has been an ambassador for our tennis programs.

“We achieved tremendous success with Dave previously at the helm of our women’s team. We share his vision and high expectations for the program.”

Borelli improved the final national ranking of the TCU women’s team in each of his last three seasons and led the squad to its most successful season in program history with a No. 15 rating and NCAA Sweet 16 appearance in 2005-06, his final season as head coach. He earned three major awards in his final two seasons, including Intercollegiate Tennis Association Southwest Region Coach of the Year in 2005 and conference coach of the year in 2005 (Conference USA) and 2006 (Mountain West Conference).

A 1974 graduate of USC, Borelli began his career as women’s head coach for the Trojans, going 302-45 with seven national championships from 1974 through 1988. USC players combined to win five individual national championships in singles and one in doubles under his guidance, and he was named NCAA Coach of the Year in 1981.

Borelli, whose overall career record stands at 428-120 in 21 seasons, recently completed his fourth season with the TCU men by leading the squad to the Mountain West Conference tournament championship and the team’s 19th NCAA tournament appearance in the last 20 years. The Frog men totaled four MWC titles overall (two regular season, two tournament) under Borelli’s tutelage.

Prior to arriving at TCU, Borelli served as the men’s professional tour coach for the USTA. He was in charge of the rookie pro program for USA player development.

Baylor women add two signees

Baylor women’s tennis head coach Joey Scrivano announced the addition of transfer Diana Nakic and incoming freshman Cristina Danaila to his squad for the 2010-11 academic year. Nakic and Daniala will join transfer Sona Novakova, who was announced earlier this year.

“We are thrilled to have Diana and Cristina join the Baylor tennis family, and I know that can’t wait to wear the Green and Gold,” Scrivano said. “They both bring in the type of talent that will make an impact and help this program reach its goals. With each of them being left-handed, they will also bringing an added dimension to our team.”

Nakic, who will enter as a junior, comes to Baylor after a fantastic two-year stretch at Georgia State University. The Velenje, Slovenia, native compiled a 29-2 record during her time at GSU, including a 15-4 record as a freshman with a ranking as high as No. 65 and a 20-1 record as a sophomore. During her sophomore campaign, Nakic had a perfect 17-0 dual-match record in the No. 1 position for the Panthers and reached an ITA singles ranking as high as 22nd. Over the course of her undefeated dual-match season, Nakic did not lose a set, while defeating both ranked opponents she faced.

Nakic is a two-time Colonial Athletic Association Player of the Year, along with being named first team all-CAA in singles and second team all-CAA in doubles each year. She earned CAA Player of the Week honors four times, while also being named the CAA Freshman of the Year in 2009.

Prior to Georgia State, Nakic attended the Turistic School in her hometown, where she was a 10-time Slovenian champion. She competed internationally and was ranked as high as No. 103 by the ITF and No. 483 in the WTA with wins in two ITF events in Dubrovnik and Brcko.

Danaila, a native of Braila, Romania, will join the Lady Bear tennis program after a successful start to her young career. Achieving a career-high WTA singles rank of 891 and a career-high doubles rank of 660, she was one of the top singles and doubles players in her country in U16 and U18. Danaila won Romanian Doubles Championships three times in 2009, while also winning the U18 doubles championship in 2009 and the U16 championship in 2007.

Danaila had career-best national rankings of No. 2 in U16 singles, No. 3 in U18 singles and No. 15 in seniors, while also earning a ranking of No. 3 in U18 doubles in 2008. She was also a finalist in the U16 singles national championship, while finishing third at the U18 and Women’s singles national championships. Danaila graduated from Liceul cu Program Sportiv in Braila in June 2010.

Danaila and Nakic joined Armstrong Atlantic State transfer Novakova, who signed with the Lady Bears during the spring of 2010. Novakova won the ITA “Super Bowl” of Small College Tennis, to earn one of 32 coveted berths to the ITA Intercollegiate Indoor Championships. In the first round, Novakova took Baylor’s then-23rd-ranked Lenka Broosova to three sets, losing in a tie-breaker. Novakova was the only non-Division I player in the field. During her career at AASU, she put together an astounding 59-5 record in singles play, and helped the Pirates to their third consecutive NCAA Division II title.

Pollock claims third pro doubles title

Former three-time Texas A&M men’s tennis All-American Conor Pollock (pronounced PAUL-luck) and his partner Cory Parr won the doubles title at the Linda Bogdan Memorial Futures Tournament held over the Fourth of July weekend at the Tennis Club of Rochester in Rochester, N.Y.

Pollock, a native of San Antonio, who starred for the Aggies from 2006-09, and Parr were the No. 2 seeds in the 16-team doubles main draw and are currently ranked No. 797 in the world. The duo defeated fourth-seeded Chase Buchanan and Bryan Koniecko, who both played for 2009 NCAA runner-up Ohio State, 6-3, 6-4, in the finals.

It marked Pollock’s third doubles title on the pro circuit this year next to career tour wins with partner Ashwin Kumar at the ITF Pro Circuit tournament held in late May in Celaya, Mexico, and with partner David Savic at the LX Copa Challenge held in February in Cartagena, Spain.

The Linda Bogdan Memorial Futures Tournament, sponsored by the NFL’s Buffalo Bills, is a men’s $10,000 clay court tournament that has become one of the favorite stops on the Futures Tour for players working their way up the rankings. Bogdan, who passed away in 2009 and was an avid tennis player, was professional football’s first female scout and daughter of Buffalo Bills owner Ralph C. Wilson, Jr.

Aggie fans can follow Conor Pollock’s journey on the professional tennis circuit at: www.conorpollock.net.

Hammond to not return as TCU women’s coach

Jefferson Hammond will not return as head coach of the TCU women’s tennis program in 2010-11, Director of Athletics Chris Del Conte announced Saturday. Hammond has elected to pursue other opportunities.

“We appreciate Jefferson Hammond’s contribution to TCU and the time and effort he put into the women’s tennis program,” Del Conte said. “We wish him the very best in the future.”

A two-time Mountain West Conference Coach of the Year, Hammond recently completed his fourth season at the helm of the Horned Frog women’s program after succeeding former head coach Dave Borelli, who moved over to the TCU men’s program in 2006-07. Hammond led the Frogs to a 64-45 overall record, two MWC regular-season championships and two conference tournament titles in his four seasons. Previously the assistant coach for the women’s squad under Borelli for two seasons, he helped lead TCU to NCAA Tournament appearances in each of his six seasons on campus.

“TCU has been an incredible place to work,” Hammond said. “I will miss the players and all the great people at TCU. I am fortunate to walk away with six years of terrific memories.”

Hammond aided the TCU women in their unprecedented string of success that has continued over the past 15 years. The program has finished ranked now lower than No. 56 nationally at the end of each season since 1996-97. Eight of the team’s nine conference championships have come during the run, in addition to every one of the school’s 13 NCAA tournament berths.

A search for Hammond’s replacement will begin immediately.