No. 5 Men's Tennis tops No. 10 Texas A&M, 4-3
Feb. 4, 2011
HOUSTON – No. 5 Texas (6-0) collected the doubles point and added three-set singles wins from sophomores Ben Chen, Vasko Mladenov and Daniel Whitehead in a 4-3 win over No. 10 Texas A&M (3-1) Friday evening in the Texas Cup, an annual non-conference indoor match played at The Downtown Club at The Met. The match does not count toward the State Farm Lone Star Showdown standings.
“This was an unbelievable college tennis match,” UT head coach Michael Center said. “It was just a great team effort. Texas A&M has a very good, seasoned team. All of those guys played for them last year. Our new guys just stepped up and contributed. Our depth showed tonight at the bottom of our lineup.”
The doubles session featured three extremely tight matches, and the Longhorns ultimately took two of three to assume a 1-0 lead in the match. Chen and Mladenov struck first with an 8-6 win at the third slot over the Aggies’ Alberto Bautista and Colin Hoover. The match at first doubles pitted A&M’s top-ranked duo of Jeff Dadamo and Austin Krajicek and UT’s fifth-ranked tandem of senior Ed Corrie and junior Jean Andersen. The match progressed to a tiebreaker, where the Aggies prevailed, 7-3.
The outcome of the doubles point fell to the second slot, where Texas’ Kellen Damico and David Holiner met Texas A&M’s Junior Ore and Alexey Grigorov. Damico and Holiner broke the Aggies’ serve in the final game, as UT took a 9-7 victory to seal the doubles point for the Horns.
The Aggies answered with a pair of straight-set wins at the second and first slots, respectively, and took a 2-1 lead. Texas’ Chen split his opening two sets with A&M’s Grigorov at fourth singles before prevailing in the third, 6-2 to even the match at two apiece. UT’s 78th-ranked Mladenov followed suit against A&M’s 95th-ranked Hoover at fifth singles, where he broke Hoover’s serve in the final game to win his match, 2-6, 6-2, 6-4 and give Texas a 3-2 lead.
At sixth singles, Whitehead lost his first set in a tiebreaker to Bautista and took the second set, 6-4. Whitehead followed Mladenov’s lead and broke Bautista in his final service game of the set and claimed a 6-4 third-set win to clinch the match for the Longhorns. Texas A&M’s Alexis Klegou outlasted UT’s Andersen in a third-set tiebreaker at third singles to tally the final point for the Aggies.
Texas returns to action on Wednesday, Feb. 9 when it hosts SMU at UT’s Penick-Allison Tennis Center. First serve is set for 3:30 p.m. Central.
On the singles session
No. 5 Texas 4, No. 3 Texas A&M 3