Corrie, Andersen win doubles title at ITA Texas Regional Championships
Oct. 25, 2010
COLLEGE STATION, Texas -- Texas senior Ed Corrie and junior Jean Andersen outlasted the nation's fourth-ranked doubles tandem in the semifinals before rallying for a three-set win in the finals to win the 32-team doubles draw Monday evening at the ITA Texas Regional Championships.
Corrie and Andersen earn an automatic berth into the 16-team doubles draw at the ITA National Intercollegiate Indoor Championships - one of three national championship events - to be contested next month in New York City at the USTA National Tennis Center, the site of the annual U.S. Open.
With the doubles final played in a traditional best-of-three-set format, Corrie and Andersen rallied for a 5-7, 6-3, 6-4 win over Baylor's Roberto Maytin and John Peers to take the title. Corrie and Andersen toppled Texas A&M's fourth-ranked tandem of Jeff Dadamo and Austin Krajicek by a 9-8 count in the semifinals earlier in the day to earn their finals berths. UT senior Kellen Damico and redshirt freshman David Holiner fell to Maytin and Peers by a 9-8 margin in the other semifinal match.
"Jean and Ed worked really well together," UT head coach Michael Center said. "Jean really covered the court well, and Ed played better and better as the day wore on. They made some great plays when they needed them. I'm really happy for those guys. They have not played many matches together, but they can compete with the best in the country. They deserve the opportunity to play in New York City at the USTA National Tennis Center.
Holiner and Damico each reached the finals of the singles consolation draw Monday afternoon. Holiner posted a 6-0, 4-6, 1-0 (10-8) win over Texas Tech's Ryan Ybarra, and Damico notched a 6-2, 7-6 victory over Rice's Sam Garforth-Bles. Holiner and Damico did not compete in a subsequent consolation finals match.
"I was really pleased with those two guys," Center added. "They suffered early losses in the main singles draw, but they played hard in the back (consolation) draw. Their tennis continued to improve, and their poise was excellent. They served for the match in that doubles semifinal, and though they did not win that match, it was evident they had really improved by the end of the draw."