No. 3 Men's Tennis outlasts No. 10 Texas A&M, 4-3 in Big 12 title match
May 2, 2010
AUSTIN, Texas -- Texas junior Ed Corrie broke a 3-3 tie and registered the clinching point with a three-set win over Texas A&M's Jeff Dadamo, as the third-ranked and top-seeded Longhorns (25-2) edged the 10th-ranked Aggies (23-6) by a 4-3 count Sunday in the finals of the 2010 Big 12 Championship.
UT wins its fourth Big 12 postseason tournament title, its first since 2006 and the second for 10th-year head coach Michael Center. Texas completes a sweep of the league's championship hardware after securing the Big 12 regular season crown on April 25. Texas sophomore Jean Andersen was selected as the tournament's Most Outstanding Player after going 2-0 in his singles matches.
Corrie won the first set off of Dadamo at second singles before Dadamo rallied to pick up the second. Corrie and Dadamo each held serve through the first seven games of the decisive third set, but Corrie registered the one service break he needed in the eighth game, as he assumed a 5-3 lead.
At 15-all in the following service game, Dadamo smacked a forehand into the net, and on the ensuing point, Dadamo whipped a Corrie serve into the net to set up two match points for the UT junior. Corrie left nothing to chance on the next point, as he unloaded a service ace to finish off the Texas victory and commence a raucous Longhorns celebration.
Texas dealt Texas A&M a 7-0 defeat on April 21 in Austin, but the Aggies forced Texas to go the distance to collect the win on Sunday. A&M started by winning the doubles point with victories at the first and second slots. UT's Andersen and Vasko Mladenov opened with an 8-3 win at third doubles over the Aggies' Alberto Bautista and Colin Hoover. Texas A&M responded with a win at first doubles, where Dadamo and Austin Krajicek posted an 8-4 win over UT's Dimitar Kutrovsky and Josh Zavala.
The decisive match at second doubles featured a tight battle between the Texas tandem of Corrie and Kellen Damico and the Aggies' duo of Marcus Lunt and Alexey Grigorov. With the match tied at six, Lunt and Grigorov broke the serve of Corrie and Damico to assume a 7-6 lead. The Texas duo managed to save multiple match points in the next service game, but A&M prevailed and won the match, 8-6 to give the Aggies the doubles point.
UT's 10th-ranked Kutrovsky defeated the Aggies' seventh-ranked Krajicek 11 days ago in Austin and he was victorious once more on Sunday, as he dealt the All-American a 6-3, 6-2 defeat at first singles to even the match at one. Texas' Zavala followed suit at fifth singles, where he knocked off Alberto Bautista by a 6-2, 6-1 count to give UT a 2-1 lead. The Aggies' Grigorov evened the match at two after finishing off Texas' Damico at third singles, 7-6 (2), 7-5.
UT's Andersen held off A&M's Alexis Klegou at fourth singles by a 6-3, 6-4 count to give Texas a 3-2 lead, but the Aggies' Lunt prolonged the match with a 6-1, 6-4 win over UT's Mladenov at sixth singles to set the stage for Corrie's clincher at second singles.
2010 Big 12 Tennis Championships
Records: Texas 25-2; Texas A&M 23-6;
Texas junior Ed Corrie
Texas A&M head coach Steve Denton