Men's Tennis preview: Duke
WHAT: No. 13 Texas (6-4) returns to its home courts this weekend when it takes on No. 16 Duke (5-4).
WHERE: Penick-Allison Tennis Center - Austin, Texas; admission is free
WHEN: Saturday, March 10 - 1 p.m. CT
LAST MEETING AGAINST DUKE: The Longhorns suffered a 5-2 loss to Duke on Feb. 10, 2006 in Durham, N.C.
ABOUT TEXAS: UT opened the 2007 season on Sunday, Jan. 21 with a 5-2 win at SMU. The Longhorns returned to action on Saturday, Jan. 27 when they suffered a 5-2 loss at Michigan. Texas scored a 4-3 victory over host Tulsa on Friday, Feb. 9 before defeating No. 25 California by the same margin on Feb. 10 in Tulsa.
Texas made its first appearance in three years at the ITA National Team Indoor Championships last weekend, posting one win and two losses. UT opened the event with a 4-0 loss to Virginia before defeating Boise State by a 4-1 count on Saturday, Feb. 17. Notre Dame handed Texas a 4-1 defeat on Sunday, Feb. 18.
UT opened the home portion of its schedule on Saturday, Feb. 24 when it handed Georgia Tech a 6-1 defeat at the Penick-Allison Tennis Center. Rice defeated Texas by a 4-3 count the next day. The Longhorns returned to the courts earlier this week when they dealt Arkansas a 6-1 defeat at the Penick-Allison Tennis Center.
Junior Milan Mihailovic (Nis, Serbia) now holds a No. 85 ITA singles ranking. Freshmen Dimitar Kutrovsky (Sofia, Bulgaria) and Josh Zavala (Amarillo, Texas) own a No. 48 ITA doubles ranking.
Texas returns three letterwinners from the 2006 squad that advanced to the NCAA Final Four in Palo Alto, Calif. Sophomore doubles All-American Miguel Reyes Varela (Cocoyoc, Mexico) totaled a 45-12 overall record a season ago, good for a team-best .789 winning percentage. Mihailovic totaled a 28-10 singles mark last season and will move higher in the singles lineup after playing mostly at the No. 4 spot in 2006.
Junior Bernhard Deussner (Vienna, Austria) has played sparingly during his first two seasons in Austin but likely will see more time on the courts in 2007. Senior Hubert Chodkiewicz (Corpus Christi, Texas) will red-shirt during the 2007 season.
Kutrovsky will make his way toward the top of the singles lineup after turning in a solid fall season, which included his first collegiate singles title at the Texas Invitational.