Men's Tennis preview: No. 11 Texas A&M
Feb. 9, 2012
WHAT: No. 14 Texas (5-1) resumes the 2012 dual-match season this week when it takes on No. 11 Texas A&M in the Texas Cup, a non-conference, neutral-site match. The match will not impact the State Farm Lone Star Showdown standings.
LAST YEAR IN THE TEXAS CUP: Texas claimed a 4-3 victory over Texas A&M in the Texas Cup on Feb. 4, 2011 in Houston.
LAST TIME OUT: Texas split a pair of road matches against a pair of Atlantic Coast Conference foes last weekend. Texas fell 7-0 to No. 2 Virginia (Feb. 3) on the Cavaliers’ home indoor courts in Charlottesville, Va. The Horns rebounded on Sunday, Feb. 5 with a 5-2 win at No. 17 North Carolina on the Tar Heels’ home indoor courts in Chapel Hill, N.C.
ITA RANKINGS UPDATE: Texas is tied for 14th in the Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) team rankings released Tuesday, Feb. 7. Junior Daniel Whitehead ranks 112th in the preseason singles rankings, while junior Chris Camillone and sophomore David Holiner rank 48th in the preseason doubles rankings.
THE 2011-12 LONGHORNS: Texas returns six letterwinners from the 2010-11 squad that reached the round of 32 at the NCAA Championships and the semifinals of the Big 12 Championships.
Sophomore Sudanwa Sitaram registered a 9-6 fall singles record. Last weekend, Sitaram took Virginia’s top-ranked Mitchell Frank to a third set match tiebreak, where he fell by a 10-3 count. He returned to defeat North Carolina’s Esben Hess-Olesen, 6-4, 0-6, 7-6 (2) in the Horns’ victory in Chapel Hill. Junior Chris Camillone notched a 6-5 fall singles record and posted a 6-4, 6-3 win last weekend over North Carolina’s Oystein Steiro. Texas also welcomes the return of junior Alex Hilliard, who won a pair of matches last month at the Key Biscayne Invitational.
Freshmen Soren Hess-Olesen posted a 10-4 fall singles record while reaching the singles finals at a pair of fall events, the Racquet Club Collegiate Invitational and the Southwest Shootout. Hess-Olesen posted a 7-6 (4), 5-7, 6-2 win over North Carolina’s 30th-ranked Jose Hernandez in Texas’ 5-2 win over the Tar Heels. Freshman Jacoby Lewis won four fall singles matches and won the consolation draw at the Southwest Shootout.
Newcomer Lloyd Glasspool posted a pair of singles victories in his collegiate debut last month at the Key Biscayne Invitational. The Englishman notched a 6-1, 3-6, 6-1 win last weekend over North Carolina’s Joey Burkhardt at fourth singles. Texas also welcomes Australian freshman Joey Swaysland, who made his collegiate debut last month at Rice.