Men's Tennis preview: ITA National Team Indoor Championship
Feb. 15, 2012
WHAT: No. 14 Texas (6-2) will make its sixth consecutive appearance at the annual ITA National Team Indoor Championship. The 14th-seeded Longhorns will take on third-seeded Ohio State in the opening round of the 16-team event.
All 16 teams are assured of playing at least three matches at the ITA National Team Indoors. The first round losers will move to a consolation bracket. Regardless of Friday's result, Texas will meet either sixth-seeded Kentucky or 11th-seeded Texas A&M on Saturday at a time to be announced.
WHERE: Boar's Head Sports Club - Charlottesville, Va.
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LAST YEAR AT THE ITA NATIONAL TEAM INDOORS: Fifth-seeded Texas opened the 2011 ITA National Team Indoors at The University of Washington with a 4-2 win over 12th-seeded Kentucky. Fourth-seeded Ohio State eliminated Texas from the quarterfinals with a 4-1 victory over the Horns. Texas rebounded to defeat eighth-seeded Illinois, 4-3 in the consolation bracket.
LAST TIME OUT: Texas posted a 6-1 win at Texas A&M-Corpus Christi on Sunday, Feb. 12.
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. Junior Daniel Whitehead totaled a 12-2 fall singles record and capped the fall by winning the Southwest Shootout, where he defeated teammate Soren Hess-Olesen in the finals.
Whitehead posted a key victory at No. 2 singles against North Carolina (Feb. 5), as he helped spark Texas' 5-2 road victory over the 17th-ranked Tar Heels. Junior Ben Chen returns after posting a 6-5 fall singles record, and sophomore David Holiner tallied an 8-3 fall singles record.
Sophomore Sudanwa Sitaram registered a 9-6 fall singles record. At Virginia (Feb. 3), Sitaram took the Cavaliers' 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 over North Carolina's Oystein Steiro in UT's win over the Tar Heels. 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 over North Carolina's Joey Burkhardt at fourth singles before adding a victory against Texas A&M (Feb. 10). Texas also welcomes Australian freshman Joey Swaysland, who made his collegiate debut last month at Rice and picked up his first win last weekend at Texas A&M-Corpus Christi.