No. 5 Men's Tennis rallies for 4-3 win over No. 8 Illinois
Feb. 20, 2011
SEATTLE – No. 5 Texas (9-1) dropped the doubles point but rallied with four singles victories to come from behind and defeat No. 8 Illinois (6-4) by a 4-3 count Sunday evening in the consolation round at the ITA National Team Indoor Championship.
Sophomore Vasko Mladenov, senior Ed Corrie, sophomore Daniel Whitehead all picked up singles wins, and redshirt freshman David Holiner picked up the clinching victory in a three-setter at fifth singles. Texas will leave Seattle with wins over the eighth-ranked Illini and No. 12 Kentucky.
Illinois became the first team to take the doubles point from the Horns this season when they posted victories at the first and third positions. UT’s Ed Corrie and Jean Andersen engaged in a tight match against Illinois’ Abe Souza and Johnny Hamui at first singles but fell by an 8-6 count. The Illini closed out the doubles session at the third slot, as UT’s Vasko Mladenov and Daniel Whitehead fell to Illinois’ Roy Kalmanovich and Dennis Nevolo by an 8-2 margin.
The Illini tacked on to their lead at sixth singles, where Stephen Hoh knocked off UT freshman Sudanwa Sitaram, 6-1, 6-2. UT’s Mladenov cut into the Illinois lead at third singles, where he notched a 6-4, 6-3 win over Illinois’ K.U. Singh. Texas’ Corrie registered his second victory over a top-10 opponent in three days when he upset Illinois’ eighth-ranked Nevolo at first singles, 6-3, 6-3 to even the match at two.
The Illini assumed a 3-2 lead when their 31st-ranked Hamui finished off a 6-2, 6-4 win over UT’s 61st-ranked Kellen Damico, but UT’s Whitehead evened the tally once more when he held on for a 6-4, 7-6 (6) win over Illinois’ Kalmanovich at fourth singles to tie the match at three.
UT’s Holiner dropped the first set off of Illinois’ 65th-ranked Souza in a tiebreaker at fifth singles and fell behind 3-0 in set two before winning six straight games to force the extra set. Holiner broke Souza’s serve midway through the final set and held on for a 6-4 third-set win to clinch the match for the Longhorns.
Texas resumes play on Saturday, Feb. 26 when it hosts SMU at 1 p.m. Central.
On Ed Corrie’s two top-10 wins over the weekend
On David Holiner’s clinching win
#5 Texas 4, #8 Illinois 3