May 8, 2009

Courtesy of Texas Athletics

AUSTIN, Texas -
No. 12 Texas (20-6) needed merely two hours to advance in the 2009 NCAA Championships Friday afternoon, as the Longhorns posted a 4-0 win over Sacred Heart at UT's Penick-Allison Tennis Center.

The Longhorns advance to the NCAA Championships' round of 32 where they will meet Washington on Saturday at 1 p.m. Central on the UT campus. Admission is $5 for adults and $3 for students. Live scoring will be available at

Texas wasted little time in dispatching Sacred Heart, as the Longhorns claimed the doubles session in about 30 minutes. UT sophomores Kellen Damico and Ed Corrie dealt Sacred Heart's Mike Syer and Adam Gart an 8-0 defeat at first doubles, and Texas juniors Josh Zavala and Jon Wiegand clinched the doubles point with an 8-1 win at third doubles over the Pioneers' Nick Mazzerese and Jinal Shah. The remaining match at second doubles was suspended.

Texas added decisive singles wins from seniors Jonah Kane-West and Miguel Reyes Varela and the clincher from junior Dimitar Kutrovsky to finish off Sacred Heart. Kane-West tallied a 6-0, 6-1 win over Syer at the sixth slot, and Reyes Varela registered a 6-1, 6-0 victory over Shah at fifth singles. Kutrovsky nailed down the Texas victory with a 6-0, 6-1 win over Kirill Kasyanov at first singles. The remaining matches were suspended given that Texas had clinched the team victory.

In the day's first NCAA match at the Penick-Allison Tennis Center, Washington rallied for an improbable 4-3 victory over Texas Tech to set up its round-of-32 meeting with Texas. Trailing 3-0 to Texas Tech, Washington's Tobi Obenaus saved two team match points to spark a furious Husky rally, leading to the unlikely 4-3 victory. Fittingly, Obenaus nailed down the clinching point for Washington after dispatching Tech's Milos Kustudija in the final set, 6-1.

NCAA Men's Tennis Championships (Round of 64)
Penick-Allison Tennis Center
at Austin, Texas
#12 Texas 4, Sacred Heart 0
Doubles - Order of Finish: 1, 3

1 Corrie/Damico (UT) def. Syer/Gart (SHU) - 8-0
2 Reyes Varela/Sajous (UT) vs. Ujick/Kasyanov (SHU) - 6-1, susp.
3 Zavala/Wiegand (UT) def. Mazzerese/Shah (SHU) - 8-1

Singles - Order of Finish: 6, 5, 1
1 Dimitar Kutrovsky (UT) def. Kirill Kasyanov (SHU) - 6-0, 6-1
2 Ed Corrie (UT) vs. Chris Ujick (SHU) - 6-0, 5-2, susp.
3 Kellen Damico (UT) vs. Adam Gart (SHU) - 6-1, 4-1, susp.
4 Josh Zavala (UT) vs. Nick Mazzerese (SHU) - 6-2, 6-2, susp.
5 Miguel Reyes Varela (UT) def. Jinal Shah (SHU) - 6-1, 6-0
6 Jonah Kane-West (UT) def. Mike Syer (SHU) - 6-0, 6-1

Texas head coach Michael Center

"This was a good way to get the tournament started. We were fortunate to get off of the courts quickly, and we were pretty sharp this afternoon. Congratulations to Sacred Heart for making the NCAA Championships for the first time and having a great season. Hopefully we can keep things going against a very good Washington team, who, as we saw today, has a lot of toughness. We'll need another great effort tomorrow."