Kutrovsky, Zavala earn NCAA individual berths
INDIANAPOLIS -- University of Texas freshmen Dimitar Kutrovsky and Josh Zavala earned selections for individual competition Wednesday for the upcoming NCAA Tennis Championships to be contested later this month in Athens, Ga. Kutrovsky and Zavala earned a bid in the 32-team NCAA doubles championships, while Kutrovsky also collected a berth in the 64-player NCAA singles championships.
"What a great accomplishment for two freshmen to make the NCAA Championships," said UT coach Michael Center. "They're both very deserving after having terrific seasons."
Kutrovsky (Sofia, Bulgaria), ranked No. 41 in the latest Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) singles rankings, is the fourth-highest ranked freshman to reach the NCAA singles field of 64. Kutrovsky earned an All-Big 12 singles selection on Tuesday after totaling a 15-8 dual match singles record, including a 3-2 mark in league action at first singles.
Kutrovsky added a pair of key victories at the Big 12 Championship, helping the Longhorns reach the finals with victories over Texas Tech's 37th-ranked Bojan Szumanski and Oklahoma State's 23rd-ranked Oleksandr Nedovyesov.
Kutrovsky teamed up with Zavala (Amarillo, Texas) to register a 16-9 mark in dual match doubles play. The tandem was recognized as the Big 12 champion at No. 1 doubles after posting a 5-1 league record.
The NCAA singles and doubles competitions begin on May 23 at the University of Georgia's Dan Magill Tennis Complex. The tournament draws will be released on May 21.