May 15, 2010

*Courtesy of Texas Athletics

AUSTIN, Texas - No. 3 Texas (27-2) took the doubles point and notched singles wins from Dimitar Kutrovsky, Vasko Mladenov and Kellen Damico in a 4-0 win over Minnesota Saturday afternoon in the round of 32 at the NCAA Championships.

The Longhorns advance to the NCAA round of 16 for a fifth consecutive season. Texas will take on either 14th-seeded Texas Tech or Oklahoma on Friday, May 21 in Athens, Ga. First serve is set for 6 p.m. Eastern at Georgia's Dan Magill Tennis Complex.

At second doubles, UT's Ed Corrie and Damico broke for a 2-1 lead over the Gophers' Dino Bilankov and Sebastian Gallego. The Texas tandem held and broke for a 4-1 lead and went on to an 8-3 victory. Minnesota's Rok Bonin and Phillip Arndt posted an 8-3 win at third doubles over UT's Jean Andersen and Mladenov, but Texas would put away the doubles point at the first slot. Texas' Kutrovsky and Josh Zavala broke for a 3-2 lead over Tobias Wernet and Julian Dehn. The duo held and broke for a 5-2 lead before finishing off the Gophers by an 8-4 count.

At first singles, Minnesota's Gallego broke UT's Kutrovsky to even the match at four, but Kutrovsky broke for a 5-4 lead and held in the next game to take the first set 6-4. Kutrovsky relinquished nothing in the second set and won going away, 6-0 to give Texas a 2-0 lead.

At sixth singles, UT's Mladenov broke Minnesota's Brendan Ruddock for a 2-1 lead and raced out to a 6-1 opening-set win. Ruddock broke Mladenov's serve for a 2-1 lead in the second set, but Mladenov broke and held for a 3-2 lead. Mladenov held serve for a 4-3 lead before breaking Ruddock for a 5-3 lead. Ruddock saved multiple match points in the ensuing game, but Mladenov converted the point he needed in the end, as he emerged with a 6-3 second-set win to give UT a 3-0 lead.

Tied at four at third singles against Minnesota's Rok Bonin, UT's Damico held for a 5-4 lead and broke Bonin in the following game to take the first set, 6-4. A tight second set progressed into a tiebreaker, where Damico prevailed, 7-2 to clinch the victory for the Horns.