May 9, 2009

Courtesy of Texas Athletics

AUSTIN, Texas -
No. 12 Texas (21-6) claimed a hard-fought doubles point and collected straight-set singles wins from senior Miguel Reyes Varela, junior Dimitar Kutrovsky and the clincher from sophomore Kellen Damico, as the Longhorns posted a 4-0 win over Washington (15-9) in the NCAA Championships' round of 32 Saturday at UT's Penick-Allison Tennis Center.

Texas advances to the NCAA round of 16 for a fourth consecutive season and will take on the winner of today's match between fifth-seeded Tennessee and Duke being contested this afternoon. Texas and the Tennessee-Duke winner will meet on Thursday, May 14 at 9 a.m. Central at Texas A&M's Mitchell Tennis Center in College Station.

Washington claimed the first doubles match of the afternoon, but Texas took the matches on the remaining two courts to clinch the doubles point. The Huskies opened with a win at first doubles, where Derek Drabble and Martin Kildahl tallied an 8-6 win over UT's Ed Corrie and Damico. At second doubles, Washington and Texas engaged in a tight battle before the Longhorns scored a pivotal service break on their way to victory.

UT's Kutrovsky and Josh Zavala broke Washington's Patrik Fischer and Jeevan Nedunchezhiyan to even the match at four and held serve for a 5-4 lead. Washington held serve in the next game, but Texas held serve, broke Washington once more and held again to emerge with an 8-5 win. At third doubles, Texas' Reyes Varela and Olivier Sajous picked up the one service break they needed to take a 4-3 lead over UW's Tobi Obenaus and Alex Rosinski. The two teams held serve the rest of the way, as Texas went on to an 8-6 win to seal the doubles point.

Reyes Varela continued his momentum from the doubles session and dealt the Huskies' Drabble a 6-1, 6-1 defeat at second singles to give Texas a 2-0 lead. At first singles, Kutrovsky broke Washington's Nedunchezhiyan midway through each set on his way to a 6-4, 6-3 win to push the Texas lead to 3-0.

At third singles, Texas' Damico took the first set off of Washington's Kildahl, 6-3. Trailing 5-4 and love-40 in the second set, Damico saved each set point to even the set at five games apiece. Damico broke Kildahl to take a 6-5 lead and held serve in the following game to take the set, 7-5 and nail down the victory for Texas. The matches at the remaining courts were suspended.

POST-MATCH QUOTES
Texas head coach Michael Center

"I think we're playing as well as we have all year right now. We played really well at the Big 12 Championships, and we were disappointed we didn't win the finals, but I felt we competed really well. We're excited to get over to College Station and we feel like we're ready to take on anyone. I give Washington a lot of credit for playing hard and really giving everything they had after playing such a long match yesterday against Texas Tech."

2009 NCAA Men's Tennis Championships - Round of 32
#12 Texas 4, #27 Washington 0
Penick-Allison Tennis Center
at Austin, Texas

Doubles - Order of Finish: 1, 2, 3
1. Drabble/Kildahl (UW) def. Corrie/Damico (UT) - 8-6
2. Kutrovsky/Zavala (UT) def. Fischer/Nedunchezhiyan (UW) - 8-5
3. Reyes Varela/Sajous (UT) def. Obenaus/Rosinski (UW) - 8-6

Singles - Order of Finish: 5, 1, 3
1. Dimitar Kutrovsky (UT) def. Jeevan Nedunchezhiyan (UW) - 6-4, 6-3
2. Ed Corrie (UT) vs. Patrik Fischer (UW) - 6-4, 4-1, susp.
3. Kellen Damico (UT) def. Martin Kildahl (UW) - 6-3, 7-5
4. Josh Zavala (UT) vs. David Chu (UW) - 6-2, 5-2, susp.
5. Miguel Reyes Varela (UT) def. Derek Drabble (UW) - 6-1, 6-1
6. Jonah Kane-West (UT) vs. Tobi Obenaus (UW) - 2-6, 3-2, susp.