Men's Tennis preview: Big 12 Championships
April 30, 2010
WHAT: No. 3 Texas (23-2, 6-0 Big 12) begins postseason play this weekend at the 2010 Big 12 Championships. UT is hosting the event for the third time in the event’s 14-year history.
WHEN: Saturday, May 1 – Noon Central (semifinals); UT will take on the winner of Friday’s match between fourth-seeded Texas Tech and Oklahoma.
WHERE: Penick-Allison Tennis Center – Austin, Texas
BIG 12 CHAMPIONSHIP HISTORY
LAST TIME OUT: The third-ranked Longhorns visited Nebraska and knocked off the Cornhuskers by a 5-2 count on April 25.
ITA RANKINGS UPDATE
ITA DOUBLES RANKINGS
6. Dimitar Kutrovsky/Josh Zavala (Texas)
33. Ed Corrie/Kellen Damico (Texas)
KUTROVSKY, ZAVALA CLIMB UT’S ALL-TIME WINS LIST
Kutrovsky ranks fourth all-time in singles wins at Texas with 111. 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 99 wins and has totaled 26 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 364-135 (.729) and a 205-67 (.754) mark at the helm of the Longhorns’ men’s tennis program.
THE 2009-10 LONGHORNS
Under 10th-year head coach Michael Center, Texas features four singles starters who led the Longhorns to the NCAA title match in 2008 and to the NCAA semifinals in 2009. Senior Dimitar Kutrovsky is off to a fast start highlighted by an appearance at the ITA National Intercollegiate Indoor Championships last November.
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 last fall. 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 16 of his last 17 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. He added match-clinching wins against Texas A&M (April 21) and Nebraska (April 25) that earned him a selection as the Big 12 Men’s Tennis Player of the Week.