Baylor Women Move on to Big 12 Semifinals

Lady Bears post 4-2 victory over Oklahoma State

WACO – Baylor’s women’s tennis team extended its win streak to 13 matches with its 4-2 victory over Oklahoma State in the quarterfinals of the Big 12 Championships at Baylor’s Tennis Center in Waco on Friday evening.

Baylor, the tournament’s top-seeded team, claimed the victory over the ninth-seeded Cowgirls. Oklahoma State won the doubles point but the Lady Bears rallied to post victories at the top three singles spots and on court six to secure the win.

The victory raised Baylor’s season record to 23-3 while OSU falls to 8-16. With the win, Baylor advances to the tournament semifinals for the eighth straight season and 11th time overall. The Lady Bears will meet Texas A&M in one semifinal while Texas and Oklahoma meet in the other matchup. Both contests will begin at 1 p.m. on Saturday.

“Anytime you win easily, bad habits creep in. Oklahoma State definitely forced us to play some of our best tennis and that is a positive. When you’re in the post-season you want to be playing your best tennis and they definitely pushed us. They’ve had this kind of season all year where they’ve pushed really good teams but aren’t able to close it out. Thankfully, we came through tonight,” said head coach Joey Scrivano.

For the first time this season, Baylor lost the doubles point against an unranked opponent. Oklahoma State claimed doubles wins at courts one and two. The BU tandem of Diana Nakic and Sona Novakova were finished first with an 8-4 win over on court three over OSU’s CC Sardinha and Leyla Simmons. On court two, OSU’s Sasha Belova and Malika Rose picked up a win over Taylor Ormond and Jelena Stanivuk, 8-6, to even it up. After trailing 2-5, Karolina Filipiak and Nina Secerbegovic rallied on court one and got within 6-7 before eventually falling to Nataliya Shatkovskaya and Kanyapat Narattana , 8-6.

Playing at No. 3 singles, Secerbegovic downed Sardinha, 6-3, 6-0, to claim Baylor’s first point of the match. On court one, Novakova posted a 6-1, 6-3 victory over Shatkovskaya before OSU’s Narattana evened the match a 2-2 with a win over Filipiak (6-1, 6-2) on court five. Nadic earned Baylor’s third point with a win at No. 2, a 6-3, 6-3 triumph over Belova and Taylor Ormond, playing on court six, clinched the win for the Lady Bears with a 7-6 (5), 6-3 victory over Sarah Meghoufel.

“It was great that T.O. (Taylor Ormond) clinched the winning point. She hasn’t had the opportunity to close out a lot of matches so that should give her a lot of confidence. Meghoufel is a good player and to beat her is going to be good. I’m really proud of T.O,” said Scrivano.

In the only unfinished match of the contest, BU’s Stanivuk rallied from a 0-4 first-set deficit to claim a 7-6 (2) win, she was leading 4-3 in the second set when play was suspended.

[1] Baylor 4, [9] Oklahoma State 2
Friday, April 29 – Women’s Big 12 Championship Quarterfinals – 6 p.m.
Baylor Tennis Center • Waco, Texas
RECORDS: Baylor 23-3 (10-1), Oklahoma State 8-16 (3-8)
1. #11 Sona Novakova, BU def. Nataliya Shatkovskaya, OSU 6-1, 6-3
2. #46 Diana Nakic, BU def. Sasha Belova, OSU 6-3, 6-3
3. #47 Nadina Secerbegovic, BU def. CC Sardinha, OSU 6-3, 6-0
4. #116 Jelena Stanivuk, BU vs. Malika Rose, OSU DNF
5. Kanyapat Narattana, OSU def. Karolina Filipiak, BU 6-1, 6-2
6. Taylor Ormond, BU def. Sarah Meghoufel, OSU 7-6(5), 6-3

1. Shatkovskaya/Narattana, OSU def. Secerbegovic /Filipiak, BU 8-6
2. Belova/Rose, OSU def. Ormond/Stanivuk, BU 8-6
3. Nakic/Novakova, BU def. Sardinha/Simmons, OSU 8-4
FINISH ORDER: Singles: 3,1,5,2,6 Doubles: 3,2,1

TCU Drops New Mexico 4-2; Clinches Spot in Championship Match

Frogs face BYU in Saturday’s championship finals

GREELEY, Colo. – TCU’s second-seeded men’s tennis team grabbed a spot in the championship match of the Mountain West Men’s Tennis Championship for the second-straight year with a 4-2 downing of New Mexico on Friday night at Workout West Tennis and Fitness Club.

The match was moved from Colorado State’s University Tennis Complex to the indoor facility in nearby Greeley during the middle of doubles due to high winds. The No. 57 Horned Frogs improved to 13-12 overall and will face top-seeded BYU in Saturday’s championship finals at 3 p.m., CT in Colorado Springs, Colo., on the campus of the Air Force Academy.

“I couldn’t be prouder of the guys based on the circumstances,” TCU coach David Roditi said. “To be moved around, to have play stopped, to not know when they were going to eat, it took a total team effort to win this match. What a great college tennis match and without our great senior class, we wouldn’t have been able to get this win.”

With the match tied at 2, junior Slah Mbarek captured a thrilling three-set win to provide the spark TCU needed when he scored TCU’s third point with a 2-6, 6-4, 7-5 win at No. 4 singles. His win paved the way for Daniel Sanchez’s win at No. 6 singles to clinch TCU’s berth in the finals.

Mbarek fell behind 2-3 early inthe third set before rattling off wins in the next three games to take a 5-3 lead. The Tunis, Tunisia squandered the lead to let Carl Ho tie the match at five games apiece. Mbarek broke Ho’s serve to take a 6-5 lead then won a marathon 12th game for the 7-5 set win.

Sanchez continued his run of steady play to score the clinching point for the Frogs with his 6-3, 6-3 triumph over UNM’s Joe Wood. The Monterrey, Mexico, native improved to 15-6 during the spring, including a 13-1 mark at the No. 6 spot.

TCU also needed some heroics and a team effort to win the crucial doubles point to open the match.

With their backs against the wall, TCU’s No. 1 doubles tandem of Emanuel Brighiu and Christopher Price found yet more magic in the postseason, digging out of a 2-5 hole to notch a 9-7 win. The 48th-ranked Frog duo won three-straight games while down 3-6 to even the match at six games apiece.

After staying on serve at 6-7 and 7-7, Brighiu and Price broke the serve of No. 62-ranked Phil Anderson and Jadon Phillips before holding their own serve for the doubles point-clinching victory.

Sanchez and Zach Nichols provided the other win in doubles for the Purple and White. The No. 3 Frog duo jumped out to a 5-2 lead before coasting to an 8-4 triumph over Ho and Wood for their second win of the tournament.

After making quick work in doubles, Nichols was ready to get right back to business on the singles courts. The Austin, Texas, product got out to a 4-0 lead before allowing Ben Dunbar to battle back and force a tiebreak. Nichols dominated the tiebreak for a 7-2 win.

The Frog senior kept it rolling in the second set, picking up six quick wins to polish off a 7-6 (2), 6-0 win. It was Nichols’ second win of the conference tournament and put TCU in front 2-0.

#2 TCU 4, #3 New Mexico 2
Workout West Tennis and FitnessClub – Greeley, Colo.
April 29, 2011
No. 1 – Jadon Phillips (UNM) def. #72 Emanuel Brighiu (TCU), 1-6, 7-6 (5), 6-4
No. 2 – Zach Nichols (TCU) def. Ben Dunbar (UNM), 7-6 (2), 6-0
No. 3 – Phil Anderson (UNM) def. Christopher Price (TCU), 6-4, 6-3
No. 4 – Slah Mbarek (TCU) def. Carl Ho (UNM), 2-6, 6-4, 7-5
No. 5 – Soren Goritzka (TCU) vs. Conor Berg (UNM), 6-4, unfinished
No. 6 – Daniel Sanchez (TCU) def. Joe Wood (UNM), 6-3, 6-3

No. 1 – #48 Emanuel Brighiu/Christopher Price (TCU) def. #62 Phil Anderson/Jadon Phillips (UNM), 9-7
No. 2 – Conor Berg/Ben Dunbar (UNM) def. Paul Chappell/Cameron Nash (TCU), 8-5
No. 3 – Zach Nichols/Daniel Sanchez (TCU) def. Carl Ho/Joe Wood (UNM), 8-4

#2 TCU 13-12 (5-1 MWC); National Ranking #57
#3 New Mexico 15-10 (4-2 MWC)
Order of Finish: Singles (2,3,) Doubles (3,2,1)
Mountain West Men’s Tennis Championship Semifinal
Match moved to an indoor facility in Greeley, Colo., midway through doubles.

A&M Defeats Nebraska, 4-0, to Advance to Semifinals

WACO – No. 4 seed Texas A&M won the doubles point and went on to win three singles matches in straight sets to defeat No. 5 seed Nebraska, 4-0, in blustery conditions today in a Big 12 Championship quarterfinal match at the Baylor Tennis Center.

The Aggies, who have won five of their last six matches, improve to 15-7 and advance to the semifinals for the 14th time in the 15-year history of the tournament. They will face the winner between No. 1 seed Baylor and No. 9 seed Oklahoma State Saturday at 1 p.m. (Baylor and OSU were tied 2-2 at press time.)

“I felt like a big plus for us today was winning that doubles point,” A&M coach Bobby Kleinecke said. “That was the difference in putting a lot of pressure on Nebraska, by winning the doubles. That was big for us.”

A&M, which defeated the Cornhuskers, 5-2, in a regular-season match-up in Lincoln, Neb., on April 17, posted a win at No. 1 doubles as senior Christi Liles (Largo, Fla.) and freshman Christi Potgieter (Petrsuville, South Africa) won four consecutive games to close out an 8-3 victory against 81st-ranked Madeleine Geibert and Stefani Weinstein at the No. 1 line.

Seniors Stephanie Davidson (Fair Oaks Ranch, Texas) and Morgan Frank (Oldsmar, Fla.), who are both ranked in the A&M top 10 records with 97 and 89 career doubles victories, respectively, then clinched the crucial point with an 8-5 win against Patricia Veresova and Janine Weinreich at the No. 2 line

Nebraska’s Jennifer Holmberg and Maike Zeppernick held a 7-5 lead against junior Sheri Olivier (Topeka, Kan.) and sophomore Nazari Urbina (Xalapa, Veracruz, Mexico) when the match was stopped.

A&M, which entered the match 13-0 when winning the doubles point this season, began singles by winning the first set on four courts, but the Huskers were making A&M earn every point.

“This was the match I kind of expected to see in the regular season, where I knew they were good and I knew they were a fighting team and they just didn’t show up that day we played them,” Kleinecke said. “So we knew we were going to see a stronger match today. The wind was tough, but both sides have to deal with it. I’m very pleased with the fight that we showed out there.”

Potgieter gave the Aggies a 2-0 lead with a 6-1, 6-3 victory against Weinreich at the No. 4 line.

Frank, the Big 12 No. 2 singles champion after going 10-1 during the regular season, broke away from a 3-3 tie in the first set to defeat Veresova, 6-3, 6-3, and extend her season-high winning streak to eight matches. It also was Frank’s 90th career win, moving her into a tie with Elzé Potgieter for seventh in the A&M all-time career records.

Redshirt sophomore Janelle Cuthbertson then clinched the win for the Aggies with a straight-set win at the No. 5 line. The Perth, Australia native was tied at 3-3 in the first set against Holmberg before reeling off three straight games to win the first set, 6-3. Cuthbertson won the second set by the identical score to secure the Aggies’ spot in the semifinals.

Urbina and Liles had both dropped first sets at No. 1 and 3, respectively. Urbina was leading 3-1 in the second set against Geibert when play was stopped, and Liles came back from a 4-1 deficit to win the second set and force a third set against Weinstein. The match was stopped with Weinstein holding a narrow 2-1 lead in the final set.

Davidson had won her first set against Zeppernick , 7-5, at the No. 6 line, but the Husker held a 5-2 second-set lead when A&M clinched the win.

“This was the pressure match,” Kleinecke said. “This was the match (the players) felt they had to win, and tomorrow we can let it all hang out and go for it.

“I’m really happy with the competition that the Big 12 showed this year. All of the teams stepped up, and that is a big help to all of us when we are having close matches. You have to be ready to play, and that helps all of us as the season goes on and the NCAAs come up.”

Nebraska, which joins the Big Ten Conference in July, falls to 20-7 for the season and finish 0-4 all-time against the Aggies in Big 12 Championship matches. The last time the two teams met in the tournament, A&M went on to capture the 2004 championship title, the only time the Aggies have won the tournament.

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No. 30 Texas A&M 4, No. 41 Nebraska
Big 12 Championship — Quarterfinal
Baylor Tennis Center
Waco, Texas
Attendance: n/a

1. (#32) Nazari Urbina (TAMU) vs. Madeleine Geibert (NU), 6-7 (3), 3-1 (unfinished)
2. (#98) Morgan Frank (TAMU) def. Patricia Veresova (NU), 6-3, 6-3
3. Christi Liles (TAMU) vs. Stefanie Weinstein (NU), 1-6, 7-5, 1-2 (unfinished)
4. Christi Potgieter (TAMU) def. Janine Weinreich (NU), 6-1, 6-3
5. Janelle Cuthbertson (TAMU) def. Jennifer Holmberg (NU), 6-3, 6-3
6. Stephanie Davidson (TAMU) vs. Maike Zeppernick (NU) 7-5, 2-5 (unfinished)

Doubles (A&M wins the point)
1. Liles/Potgieter (TAMU) def. (#81) Geibert/Weinstein (NU), 8-3
2. Davidson/Frank/ (TAMU) def. Veresova/Weinreich (NU), 8-5
3. Holmberg/Zeppernick (NU) vs. Sheri Olivier/Urbina (TAMU), 7-5 (unfinished)

Order of finish:
Doubles: 1, 2
Singles: 4, 2, 5*
*-clinched match

No. 14 Texas defeats Nebraska, 4-1 in Big 12 quarterfinals

Third-seeded Longhorns to meet second-seeded Texas A&M in the semifinals Saturday morning.

WACO – Third-seeded Texas (18-7) took the doubles point and added singles wins from Ed Corrie, Daniel Whitehead and Sudanwa Sitaram in a 4-1 victory over sixth-seeded Nebraska (15-12) Friday afternoon in the quarterfinals of the 2011 Big 12 Championships at the Baylor Tennis Center.

Texas will makes its seventh consecutive appearance in the semifinals of the Big 12 Championships and will take on second-seeded Texas A&M on Saturday at 9:30 a.m. Central. The semifinals previously had been scheduled to go off at noon, but the start times were moved up due to the threat of inclement weather later Saturday afternoon. Texas and Texas A&M have split the two matches between the two schools this season.

At second doubles, UT’s Ben Chen and Kellen Damico broke Nebraska’s Calin Paar and Benedikt Lindheim and assumed a 5-3 lead. UT held serve, broke Nebraska’s serve once more and held serve to close out an 8-3 win over the Huskers. At first singles, UT’s Corrie and Vasko Mladenov broke Nebraska’s 52nd-ranked duo of Christopher Aumueller and Andre Stenger to take an 8-7 lead and held serve in the next game to close out a 9-7 victory. The remaining match at third doubles featuring UT’s Chris Camillone and Whitehead was suspended.

At second singles, UT’s 33rd-ranked Corrie took a 4-0 first-set lead over Nebraska’s Paar before Paar called for a medical timeout. Corrie went on to finish off the first-set victory, 6-3. Corrie had little trouble with Paar in the second set and cruised to a 6-1 second-set win to stake Texas to a 2-0 lead.

Nebraska’s 76th-ranked Aumueller responded with a 6-1, 6-4 win over UT’s Damico at first singles, but the Horns would put the Huskers away with victories at the fifth and sixth singles slots. At 5-all at fifth singles, UT’s Whitehead broke the serve of Nebraska’s Sebastian Florczyk and assumed a 6-5 lead before holding serve in the next game to close out the first set, 7-5. Whitehead, like Corrie, had little trouble with his opponent in the second set, and he surrendered nothing on his way to a 6-0 second-set win that extended the Texas lead to 3-1.

At sixth singles, UT’s Sitaram picked up an early service break on NU’s Eric Sock and broke once more for a 5-2 lead before closing out set one, 6-2. Sitaram broke early on again in set two and closed out Sock in the second set, 6-3 to give Texas its fourth and match-clinching point. The remaining matches at third and fourth singles were suspended.

Texas head coach Michael Center
On the win
“Nebraska beat us in the doubles last time, but we got on top today. In these (windy) conditions, nothing comes easily. I was really happy with the way we finished that off. In singles, we got on top of them and got a lot of first sets. Overall it was a great effort. We’ve got a quick turnaround and we have a tough match tomorrow.”

On Saturday’s semifinal match against Texas A&M
“Texas A&M has a very good team. They have pretty much the same team they had last year, aside from adding one guy. We know them well, they know us well. We have played about three times a year for the last several years, so there won’t be any surprises. The more aggressive team will come out on top and that is what we’re hoping to do.”

Nebraska head coach Kerry McDermott
On the match
“We’ve been playing great in doubles. We actually won the double points to close out the conference season in the past four matches we played, so we felt pretty comfortable with our doubles. They just got a couple of breaks in the matches that they won so we knew it was going to be close doubles points. In the singles, they got the first sets behind them and you could just see them gaining momentum. They did a good job and they brought their game today.”

2011 Big 12 Championships – Men’s Quarterfinals
No. 14 Texas 4, Nebraska 1
Doubles – Order of Finish: 2, 1
1 Ed Corrie/Vasko Mladenov (UT) def. #52 Christopher Aumueller/Andre Stenger (NU) – 9-7
2 Ben Chen/Kellen Damico (UT) def. #89 Calin Paar/Benedikt Lindheim (NU) – 8-3
3 Chris Camillone/Daniel Whitehead (UT) vs. Taylor Boney/Robert Schulze (NU) – 6-5, susp.

Singles – Order of Finish: 2, 1, 5, 6
1 #76 Christopher Aumueller (NU) def. #45 Kellen Damico (UT) – 6-1, 6-4
2 #33 Ed Corrie (UT) def. Calin Paar (NU) – 6-3, 6-1
3 Ben Chen (UT) vs. Benedikt Lindheim (NU) – 6-3, 2-4, susp.
4 Vasko Mladenov (UT) vs. Andre Stenger (NU) – 7-6, 4-5, susp.
5 Daniel Whitehead (UT) def. Sebastian Florczyk (NU) – 7-5, 6-0
6 Sudanwa Sitaram (UT) def. Eric Sock (NU) – 6-2, 6-3

Texas A&M men blank Oklahoma State

WACO — Aggie junior Alexis Klegou (CLAY-goo) closed out the quarterfinal match between second-seed Texas A&M and seventh-seed Oklahoma State as the Aggies posted a 4-0 victory over the Cowboys in Waco on Friday. The victory improves A&M’s record to 25-5 on the year and OSU falls to 5-14. The 25 wins matches the second-best mark in Texas A&M history tying the 2010 team that finished the year 25-7. The school record for wins in a season is held by the 2001 Aggie team that finished 27-4 and reached the Elite Eight at the NCAA Championships. A&M is currently ranked No. 9 in the latest ITA rankings.

“The conditions were very tough for everyone and I thought we handled the conditions pretty well,” Aggie head coach Steve Denton said. “Give OSU a lot of credit, they came to play in the doubles and the matches were very close. Credit our guys for taking their best shot and then responding with our best tennis at the end of the doubles. We were able to take that momentum and got on top winning five of the six first sets in singles to keep the pressure on. We know we will have another tough battle tomorrow morning against either Texas or Nebraska.”

The first doubles tandem off of the court was at No. 3 where the current Big 12 champions, A&M’s Alberto Bautista (McAllen, Texas) and Colin Hoover (Victoria, Texas), defeated Vladislav Bondarenko and Tomas Patino, 8-5. Bautista and Hoover are ranked #90 in the latest ITA rankings. Bautista and Hoover are 18-5 this spring and 15-5 at No. 3 doubles.

The doubles point was clinched at No. 1 where Austin Krajicek (Brandon, Florida) and Jeff Dadamo (Tampa, Florida) won the tiebreaker 7-3 to win their match, 9-8. The Aggie duo is ranked No. 4 in the country with a spring record of 22-3 in doubles and the OSU doubles team of Rifat Biktaykov and Aleksey Bessonov is ranked No. 28.

Dadamo took the momentum of the doubles point and raced out to a 6-2, 6-3 over Biktaykov at No. 2 to put the Aggies up, 2-0. Dadamo, ranked No. 36 in singles, won his 20th singles match of the season and improved to 20-3 overall and 19-3 at No. 2.

Senior Alexey Grigorov (Moscow, Russia) was the next match completed with a 6-3, 6-2 win at No. 3 against Vladislav Bondarenko. Grigorov improved to 16-8 on the year in singles.

The clinching point was posted by junior Alexis Klegou (Dunkerque, France) at No. 4 singles as Klegou won, 6-4, 7-6 (3) over Aleksey Bessonov. Klegou is ranked No. 89 in the singles ranking and is the Big 12 Champion this year at No. 4. Klegou improved to 10-0 overall at No. 4 and is 18-3 in all of his spring matches.

The win moves A&M into the semifinal match against Texas or Nebraska on Saturday and the first serve will be at 9:30 a.m. at the Baylor Tennis Center. The Longhorns and Cornhuskers are currently competing in Waco.

[2] Texas A&M 4, [7] Oklahoma State 0
Friday, April 29 – Men’s Big 12 Championship Quarterfinal Round – Noon
Baylor Tennis Center • Waco, Texas
RECORDS: Texas A&M (25-5, 5-1) ; Oklahoma State (5-14, 0-6)
1. #18 Austin Krajicek, TAMU vs. #113 Maniel Bains, OSU DNF
2. #36 Jeff Dadamo, TAMU def. Rifat Biktaykov, OSU 6-2,6-3
3. Alexey Grigorov, TAMU def. Vladislav Bondarenko, OSU 6-3,6-2
4. #89 Alexis Klegou, TAMU vs. Aleksey Bessonov, OSU 6-4,7-6(3)
5. Alberto Bautista, TAMU vs. Eric West, OSU DNF
6. Junior Ore, TAMU vs. IIija Martinoski, OSU DNF

1. #4 Krajicek/Dadamo, TAMU def. #28 Biktyakov/Bessonov, OSU 9-8(3)
2. #61 Junior Ore/Grigorov, TAMU vs. #84 Bains/West, OSU DNF
3. #90 Hoover/Bautista, TAMU def. Bondarenko/Tomas Patino, OSU 8-5

FINISH ORDER: Singles: 2,3,4 Doubles: 3,1,2

Steve Denton, Texas A&M Head Coach
On the match:
“These are tough conditions today for everybody. Just survive and advance is the mentality right now. We didn’t
play our best tennis, but it is very difficult to do so in these conditions. We’re definitely going to have to step it
up and play better. We’re going to have to be aggressive and play the key points if we want to do well in this

On tomorrow’s match:
“Our guys have to be ready and compete hard. We have to come out and avoid simply trying to win. We need to
go out there and take it to them and if we do that I think we’ll be successful.”

James Wadley, Oklahoma State Head Coach
On the match:
“The doubles were really contested. We lost the tie-breaker at No.1 and we were 7-all at No.2. I thought we
played pretty well against their doubles team, but they were just a little too strong. In the singles they are
awfully strong. I thought we battled pretty well, but in the end A&M is just a better team.”

Match Notes:
Second seed Texas A&M advances to the semifinals (Saturday at 9:30 a.m.) to face winner of third-seeded Texas
and sixth-seeded Nebraska.

TCU Punches Ticket to MWC Finals With 4-2 Upset of UNLV

Frogs advance to championship match for fourth-straight year

FORT COLLINS, Colo. – TCU’s women’s tennis team upended top-seeded UNLV, 4-2, Friday at the University Tennis Complex to advance to the championship match of the Mountain West Women’s Tennis Championship for the fourth-straight year.

With winds gusting up to 25 mphand temperatures dipping into the 50s, the Horned Frogs improved to 13-10 on the year and handed the 38th-ranked Rebels their first loss against an MWC opponent this season. TCU will square off with No. 2 seed Utah at 11 a.m., CT on Saturday.

“The conditions were so bad that it isn’t about how well you play, it’s how you handle the circumstances,” TCU coach Dave Borelli said. “I think my kids did a really good job. It just comes down to trying to deal with the conditions. If you can find a way to win a match ugly, that says a lot about you. When you’re playing well, winning is easy.”

Sophomore Federica Denti scoredthe fourth and final point for the Frogs with her three-set victory at No. 4 singles over Adrienn Hidvegi. After dropping the first set 6-2, Denti bounced back for a 6-2 triumph of her own in the second set.

The Bellano, Italy, native continued her hot play at the start of the third set, jumping out to a 4-1 lead. However, Hidvegi battled back to square the match at four games apiece. After holding serve to take a 5-4 lead, Denti hammered home a forehand smash to place the Frogs in the championshipmatch.

“The last set was really tough,” Denti said. “I started out so well, then the wind started blowing and I was going against it. It got to 4-3 and I started to panic a little bit because I was one of the last matches on the court. At 4-all, I started playing to beproud of myself and I’m glad I did.”

In a match that spanned more than 90 minutes, TCU’s No. 3 doubles duo of Idunn Hertzberg and Gaby Mastromarino scored a thrilling 9-8 (5) win over Jana Albers and Adrienn Hidvegi to clinch the crucial doubles point to open the match for TCU.

The Frog tandem led 7-5 in the match and was serving to put it away before the UNLV squad stormed back to take an 8-7 lead. Hertzberg and Mastromarino were able to force a tiebreaker, only to find themselves in a 4-2 hole early in the breaker.

Three of the next four points belonged to the Purple and White as Hertzberg’s volley winner sparked a TCU celebration prior to play being halted due to high winds.

The heroics at No. 3, though, weren’t enough to clinch the doubles point on their own. Senior Maria Babanova and Katariina Tuohimaa won an 8-6 match over Aleksandra Josifoska and NivesPavlovic that had its share of drama as well.

In the blustery conditions, theFrog duo jumped out to a 4-3 lead, only to drop the next two games and fallbehind 5-4. In the end, Tuohimaa’s play at the baseline and Babanova’s play at the net were enough for the Frogs to grab an 8-6 win.

After play was restarted after nearly a 70 minute delay between doubles and singles, TCU’s Olivia Smith got right to work putting the Frogs up 2-0. She made quick work of Josifoska, scoring a 6-0, 6-2 win.

It was the Bath, England, native’s ninth singles win in a row and improves her season mark to 16-6. She has eight wins in nine chances this spring against MWC foes.

UNLV got on the board for the first time with a win at No. 3 singles, only to see the Frogs quickly extend their lead to 3-1 with Hertzberg’s win at No. 5 singles. The Oslo, Norway, product’s 6-2, 6-2 triumph was her second of the tournament.

The Rebels (20-5) scored their second point with a win at No. 6 singles before Denti was able to put it away for the Frogs. Tuohimaa’s match at No. 1 was stopped in the third set after the match was clinched for TCU.

TCU looks to earn a berth in the NCAA Championships for the eighth-straight year Saturday and capture its third-straight MWC tournament title.

No. 4 TCU 4, No. 1 UNLV 1
University Tennis Complex – Fort Collins, Colo.
April 29, 2011
No. 1 – Katariina Tuohimaa (TCU) vs. Lucia Batta (UNLV), 5-7, 7-5, unfinished
No. 2 – Olivia Smith (TCU) def. Aleksandra Josifoska (UNLV), 6-0, 6-2
No. 3 – Nives Pavlovic (UNLV) def. Gaby Mastromarino (TCU), 6-2, 6-2
No. 4 – Federica Denti (TCU) def. Adrienn Hidvegi (UNLV), 2-6, 6-2, 6-4
No. 5 – Idunn Hertzbeg (TCU) def. Anna Maskaljun (UNLV), 6-2, 6-2
No. 6 – Jana Albers (UNLV) def. Shalini Sahoo (TCU), 6-3, 6-1

No. 1 – Maria Babanova/Katariina Tuoihmaa (TCU) def. Aleksandra Josifoska/Nives Pavlovic (UNLV), 8-6
No. 2 – Lucia Batta/Anna Maskaljun (UNLV) def. Federica Denti/Olivia Smith (TCU), 8-5
No. 3 – Idunn Hertzberg/Gaby Mastromarino (UNLV) def. Jana Albers/Adrienn Hidvegi (UNLV), 9-8 (5)

#1 UNLV Rebels 20-5 (8-0 MWC); National ranking #38
#4 TCU Horned Frogs 13-10 (5-3 MWC); National ranking #71
Order of Finish: Singles (2,3,5,6,4,) Doubles (2,1,3)
Due to high winds, singles action was delayed approximately 70 minutes
Mountain West Women’s Tennis Championship Semifinals

No. 25 Texas blanks Kansas State, 4-0 in Big 12 quarterfinals

Second-seeded Longhorns advance to take on third-seeded Oklahoma in Saturday’s semifinals.

WACO – Second-seeded Texas (15-6) took the doubles points and added singles wins from junior Krista Damico, freshman Cierra Gaytan-Leach and sophomore Aeriel Ellis in a 4-0 win over Kansas State (16-7) Friday afternoon in the quarterfinals of the Big 12 Championships at the Baylor Tennis Center.

Texas advances to Saturday’s semifinals where it will meet third-seeded Oklahoma, who was a 4-1 winner over sixth-seeded Texas Tech earlier on Friday. Texas has advanced to the semifinals at all 15 Big 12 Championships contested. Texas and Oklahoma are slated for a 1 p.m. start on Saturday in Waco.

The Horns opened the match with victories at first and third doubles to clinch the doubles point. Texas’ Amanda Craddock and Gaytan-Leach broke Kansas State’s Petra Niedermayerova and Nina Sertic at first doubles to assume a 4-2 lead and remained in control the rest of the way on their way to an 8-5 win over the Wildcats’ duo. The match at third doubles pitted Texas’ Juliana Gajic and Maggie Mello against Ana Gomez and Carmen Borau. Both sides found it difficult to hold serve, but, with a 6-4 lead, UT’s Gajic and Mello held for a 7-4 lead and broke Kansas State once more to win their match, 8-4 and nail down the doubles point. The remaining match at second doubles featuring UT’s Ellis and Damico was suspended.

At second singles, UT’s Damico broke K-State’s Gomez to assume a 4-2 lead in the first set and went on to take the set, 6-3. Damico surrendered nothing further in set two and cruised to a 6-0 win to stake Texas to a 6-0 lead.

UT’s Gaytan-Leach broke Kansas State’s Borau early on at sixth singles and cruised to a 6-2 opening set win. Gaytan-Leach was broken in her first service game in set two but broke back and took a 3-1 lead. Gaytan-Leach took the set, 6-3 to give Texas a 3-0 lead. Likewise, Texas’ Ellis broke Kansas State’s 49th-ranked Niedermayerova early in the opening set at first singles and took a 6-2 win.

Niedermayerova broke Ellis in the first game of the second set, but Ellis powered past Niedermayerova from there to win the set, 6-3 and clinch the victory for the Longhorns. The remaining matches were suspended.

Texas 4, Kansas State 0
Big 12 Championship – Quarterfinals
Doubles – Order of Finish: 1, 3
1 #54 Craddock/Gaytan-Leach (UT) def. Petra Niedermayerova/Nina Sertic (KSU) – 8-5
2 Damico/Ellis (UT) vs. K. Bonacic/P. Chuda (KSU) – 6-5, susp.
3 Gajic/Mello (UT) def. A. Gomez/C. Borau (KSU) – 8-4

Singles – Order of Finish: 2, 6, 1
1 #26 Aeriel Ellis (UT) def. #49 Petra Niedermayerova (KSU) – 6-2, 6-3
2 Krista Damico (UT) def. Ana Gomez (KSU) – 6-3, 6-0
3 Maggie Mello (UT) vs. Karla Bonacic (KSU) – 6-3, 1-6, 0-2, susp.
4 Amanda Craddock (UT) vs. Nina Sertic (KSU) – 7-5, 1-0, susp.
5 Juliana Gajic (UT) vs. Petra Chuda (KSU) – 6-3, 5-2, susp.
6 Cierra Gaytan-Leach (UT) def. Carmen Borau (KSU) – 6-2, 6-3

Texas head coach Patty Fendick-McCain
“These were really tough conditions. I think the winds were up to 30 or 35 mph and changing directions. It was definitely a factor, but I am really proud of the girls. We just take it one day at a time. We’ve got OU tomorrow. They’re tough and have been playing great all year. I know Oklahoma will give us a tough one. We’re just going to get back, get rested, get hydrated and get ready to go tomorrow.”

Kansas State head coach Steve Bietau
“The doubles were not a thing of beauty for either team. I can’t speak for Patty but we didn’t do very well there. We gave some good fights and strong efforts in singles but in the end, Texas is just too good. We had some really serious tests here. The conditions are pretty tough with the wind and we had a strong opponent. It is a great opportunity for our players to figure out and that is how we treated this match, trying to find out how to cope with each situation.”

Sixth-ranked Hilltopper Men’s Tennis set to host NCAA Regional

AUSTIN – The St. Edward’s men’s tennis team has been selected to host the 2011 NCAA South Central Regional this Sunday at the Penick-Allison Tennis Center.

St. Edward’s (12-8) will host Northwest Missouri State (19-4) on the campus of the University of Texas. The Hilltoppers and Bearcats know each other very well as they have squared off in each of the last two regionals. St. Edward’s defeated the Bearcats in 2009 with a 5-0 victory in Lawton, Okla. The two teams also squared off in Austin in 2010, with the Hilltoppers winning, 5-4.

St. Edward’s will come into the meeting ranked sixth in the nation, while NW Missouri State is ranked 22nd in the nation.

First serve is set for 2 p.m. and Live Stats will be available on the St. Edward’s Athletic Website. Admission will be FREE.

TCU Marches on to MWC Semis With 4-0 Win

Frogs made quick work in doubles, picked up three singles wins

FORT COLLINS, Colo. – The second-seeded TCU men’s tennis team rolled into the semifinal round of the Mountain West Men’s Tennis Championship on Wednesday with a 4-0 triumph over Air Force at the University Tennis Complex.

Battling blustery conditions, the No. 57-ranked Horned Frogs improved to 12-12 on the season and will face No. 3-seeded New Mexico in their semifinal match. The Lobos were 4-0 winners over Utah on Wednesday.

“I loved the way the guys came out of the gates playing the doubles,” TCU coach David Roditi said. “As a coach, my No. 1 job is that the guys are ready to play. That was probably the fastestdoubles point we’ve won all year. It was a great sign the guys were ready to make a statement here.

TCU jumped on the Falcons early in the match, scoring two quick doubles wins to clinch the doubles point. PaulChappell and Cameron Nash struck first for the Purple and White, knocking off Air Force’s Alex Grubbs and Taylor Soster, 8-1, at No. 2 doubles.

Zach Nichols and Daniel Sanchez followed suit for the Frogs, picking up an 8-4 win over Alex Beasussart andSteven Young at the third doubles spot. No. 48 Emanuel Brighiu and Christopher Price’s match at No. 1 doubles was unfinished after TCU clinched the match.

Price made it 2-0 in favor of the Frogs when Taylor Soster retired while trailing 5-0 at No. 3 singles. The Houston, Texas native has yet to drop a match to an MWC opponent this spring.

The third point for TCU came from the services of Nichols at No. 2 singles. He was a 6-3, 6-1 winner over Andy Jackson. Nichols improved his season mark to 13-10.

Slah Mbarek put it away for TCU at No. 4 singles with his 6-3, 6-1 triumph over Grubbs. The win was Mbarek’s second in a row.

The Frogs led in the remaining three matches in action that were called to a halt after Mbarek’s win scored the fourth point for TCU.

TCU’s will return to action Friday at the MWC Men’s Tennis Championship in its semifinal match with New Mexico. First serve is set for 3 p.m., CT. In their regular-season matchup, TCU took down the Lobos, 5-2.

No. 2 TCU 4, No. 7 Air Force 0
University Tennis Complex – Fort Collins, Colo.
April 27, 2011
No. 1 – #72 Emanuel Brighiu (TCU) led Lance Wilhelm (AFA), 6-4, 4-1
No. 2 – Zach Nichols (TCU) def. Andy Jackson (AFA), 6-3, 6-1
No. 3 – Christopher Price (TCU) def. Taylor Soster (AFA), 5-0, ret.
No. 4 – Slah Mbarek (TCU) def. Alex Grubbs (AFA), 6-3, 6-1
No. 5 – Soren Goritzka (TCU) led Steven Young (AFA), 6-4
No. 6 – Daniel Sanchez (TCU) led Alex Beasussart (AFA), 6-4

No. 1 – #48 Emanuel Brighiu/Christopher Price (TCU) led Andy Jackson/Lance Wilheim (AFA), 5-2
No. 2 – Paul Chappell/Cameron Nash (TCU) def. Alex Grubbs/Taylor Soster (AFA), 8-1
No. 3 – Zach Nichols/Daniel Sanchez (TCU) def. Alex Beasussart/Steven Young (AFA), 8-4

#2 TCU 12-12 (5-1 MWC); National ranking #57
#7 Air Force 10-14 (0-6 MWC)
Order of Finish: Singles (3,2,4) Doubles (2,3)
Mountain West Men’s Tennis Championship Quarterfinals

Big 12 Brackets… corrected

It took the Big 12 two attempts, but they finally got their brackets correct. The initial problem came when Texas, Oklahoma and Texas Tech tied for third in the conference men’s race. The initial draws posted OU at 3, UT at 4 and TT at 5. I am not sure how they arrived at this. The real tiebreaker is the head-to-head total. OU beat Texas 4-3, Texas beat Tech 5-2 and Tech beat OU 4-3… that gives Texas the third seed with 8 lines won. Tech then takes the head-to-head over OU…. It really only swaps Texas and OU in places in the draw. Tech was going to be in the same match at the same time regardless.

Baylor is obviously the top-seed with Texas A&M at number two…

Both men’s and Women’s brackets,