IRVING, Texas -- The Big 12 Conference has selected Texas sophomore Dimitar Kutrovsky as its Men's Tennis Player of the Week after the all-conference standout helped the Longhorns to victories last week over No. 12 Tulsa and Nebraska.
Kutrovsky defeated Tulsa's 24th-ranked Arnau Brugues by a 7-6 (5), 6-3 count in UT's 6-1 win over the 12th-ranked Golden Hurricane on April 3 in Austin. Kutrovsky finished off the week by defeating Nebraska's David Bendheim by a 6-2, 6-2 margin in Texas' 7-0 victory at Nebraska on April 5.
Kutrovsky has won his last three singles matches, with two wins over top-35 opponents, while winning his last seven doubles matches alongside classmate Josh Zavala.
Men's Tennis preview: Baylor
WHAT: No. 4 Texas (17-3, 3-0 Big 12) visits No. 14 Baylor (15-7, 1-0)
WHERE: Baylor Tennis Center - Waco, Texas
WHEN: Wednesday, April 9 - 6 p.m. Central
LAST MEETING WITH BAYLOR: Baylor defeated Texas by a 4-1 count in the finals of the 2007 Big 12 Championship in Kansas City, Mo. Texas picked up its last victory over the Bears in the finals of the 2006 Big 12 Championship, when it dealt Baylor a 4-1 defeat in Waco. However, Texas has not won on Baylor's home courts during the regular season since 1999.
THE 2008 LONGHORNS: Under head coach Michael Center, the 2007 USPTA National College Coach of the Year, Texas returns all 10 letterwinners from the 2007 squad that registered a 20-9 record and reached the round of 16 at the NCAA Championship. Texas reached the finals of the Big 12 Championship for a second consecutive season after defeating Texas Tech and upsetting Oklahoma State in the opening rounds.
Newcomers Kellen Damico and Ed Corrie have excelled early on in their Longhorn careers. Damico won singles titles at the H-E-B Baylor Fall Invitational and the Racquet Club Collegiate Invitational in his first semester, and Corrie claimed the Texas Invitational in November. Damico has twice been named the Big 12 Conference Men's Tennis Player of the Week.
Texas coach Michael Center collected his 300th career victory against Alabama. Now in his 17th year as a head coach, Center holds a 310-123 (.716) overall record and a 151-55 (.733) mark at Texas.