Kutrovsky claims Texas Invitational singles title
Nov. 1, 2009
AUSTIN, Texas -- Texas senior Dimitar Kutrovsky registered a late service break against UT junior Ed Corrie and held serve in the ensuing game to preserve a lengthy three-set victory and claim the singles draw Sunday at the Texas Invitational.
In a match spanning two hours and 40 minutes, Corrie opened by taking the first set, 6-3. Kutrovsky stormed back to take the next set, 6-2 to force the decisive third set. Corrie broke Kutrovsky to even the final set at three games apiece and held serve for a 4-3 lead. Kutrovsky held once more to even the set at four, and Corrie held serve in the next game to assume a 5-4 lead.
Kutrovsky held serve to even the set at five before breaking Corrie's serve to take a 6-5 lead. Kutrovsky held serve to take the set, 7-5 and finish off the victory.
"What a great singles final," UT coach Michael Center said. "It was hard fought and well played. I was so impressed with both of those guys out there. I think Ed is playing like an All-American, and Dimitar is an All-American in singles, himself. It was a tremendous tennis match to watch, and I think it bodes well for this upcoming season."
Kutrovsky later teamed up with UT senior Josh Zavala to claim the doubles draw. The Texas tandem scored an 8-4 win over Rice's Michael Nusslein and Christian Saravia in the final.
"Dimitar and Josh brought great energy in that doubles final, and it's good to see them do that time after time," Center said.
In other action, Laredo Community College's Cledson Carvalho defeated UT senior Rook Schellenberg in the consolation singles final, 7-5, 3-6, 1-0.
Kutrovsky and Corrie will begin play in singles at the ITA National Indoor Intercollegiate Championships on Thursday, Nov. 5 in New Haven, Conn.