No. 14 Men's Tennis overpowers Nebraska, 6-1
April 19, 2009
AUSTIN, Texas -- No. 14 Texas (17-5, 4-2 Big 12) swept the doubles session and claimed five of six singles matches in a 6-1 victory over Nebraska Sunday afternoon at UT's Penick-Allison Tennis Center.
The win locks up the No. 3 seed for Texas at the Big 12 Championships in Norman, Okla. The Longhorns will take on sixth-seeded host Oklahoma on Friday, April 24 at 3 p.m. Central.
Texas opened with a sweep of the doubles session. Sophomores Ed Corrie and Kellen Damico dealt Nebraska's 89th-ranked duo of David Bendheim and Calin Paar an 8-4 defeat at first doubles. The Longhorns nailed down the doubles point at third singles, where senior Miguel Reyes Varela and junior Olivier Sajous posted an 8-6 win over the Huskers' Francois Van Impe and Hendrik Stahmer.
Corrie added to the Texas lead at second singles when he defeated Bendheim by a 7-5, 6-4 count. Kutrovsky pushed the cushion to 3-0 at first doubles, where he defeated Nebraska's 101st-ranked Aumueller, 6-3, 7-6 (8). Damico clinched the match for Texas with a 7-6 (5), 6-4 win at the third slot over NU's Paar.
Zavala hung on for a three-set win over NU's Lindheim at fifth singles, 6-4, 4-6, 6-2. Senior Jonah Kane-West rallied from an opening-set defeat to post a 6-7 (2), 6-4, 1-0 (10-5) win over Van Impe at sixth singles to push the Texas lead to 6-0. NU's Stahmer registered the lone point for the Huskers at fourth singles, where he outlasted UT's Sajous, 7-6 (9), 6-7 (2), 1-0 (11-9).
"It's nice to get a win on Senior Day, and I was really excited to see Jonah Kane-West get a win, being a senior," UT coach Michael Center said. "I felt like we did a good job of being in the match at all nine positions, which we've talked about doing. We had a chance at all nine spots, but overall, it was a really good effort against one of the best Nebraska teams I've seen.
"We've got a lot to play for now at the Big 12 Championships," Center continued. "We're the No. 3 seed and we'll try to solidify one of the top-16 spots in the ITA rankings to have a chance to host the NCAA first and second rounds."
No. 14 Texas 6, Nebraska 1