Men's Tennis preview: No. 9 Baylor
April 9, 2010
WHAT: No. 5 Texas (20-2, 3-0 Big 12) resumes Big 12 Conference play this weekend when it visits No. 9 Baylor (16-4, 0-1 Big 12)
WHEN: Saturday, April 10 – 6 p.m. Central
WHERE: Baylor Tennis Center - Waco, Texas
LAST TIME OUT: Texas defeated Tulsa by a 6-1 count on April 6 in Austin.
LAST MEETING vs. BAYLOR: Texas fell to Baylor by a 4-3 count in the finals of the 2009 Big 12 Championship in Norman, Okla.
Baylor and Texas have won 12 of 13 Big 12 Conference regular-season titles since the league’s first season of tennis in 1997.
ITA RANKINGS UPDATE
THE 2009-10 LONGHORNS
Kutrovsky was selected Tuesday, March 10 as the Big 12 Men’s Tennis Player of the Week and earned the honor once more on Tuesday, April 6 after defeating Texas Tech’s sixth-ranked Raony Carvalho on April 3 in Lubbock.
Junior Ed Corrie joined Kutrovsky in the singles draw at the ITA National Intercollegiate Indoors. Corrie knocked off USC’s top-ranked Steve Johnson to clinch the Longhorns’ 4-2 win over the top-ranked Trojans on Feb. 13 at the ITA National Team Indoor Championships.
Senior Josh Zavala has won his last 14 singles decisions dating back to his victory over Tennessee’s Matt Brewer on Feb. 14 at the ITA National Team Indoor Championships. Zavala clinched UT’s victory at Texas Tech on April 3 and the Horns’ win over Tulsa on April 6.
Texas picked up its ninth win over an ITA top-25 opponent at Texas Tech. UT has also defeated then-No. 1 USC, No. 12 Texas A&M, No. 17 California, No. 7 Stanford, No. 22 Florida State, No. 25 Michigan, No. 23 Pepperdine and No. 19 Oklahoma.
KUTROVSKY, ZAVALA CLIMB UT’S ALL-TIME WINS LIST
Kutrovsky is tied with Charles Beckman for fourth all-time in singles wins at Texas with 109. He is within striking distance of Jack Brasington’s record of 121 singles wins as a Longhorn. His classmate, Josh Zavala, ranks ninth all-time at UT with 97 wins and has totaled 24 wins thus far in his senior season.
CENTER COLLECTS 200TH WIN AT TEXAS
Center, now in his 19th season as a head tennis coach, holds a career record of 361-135 (.728) and a 202-67 (.751) mark at the helm of the Longhorns’ men’s tennis program.