Men's Tennis trio earns individual NCAA Championships berths
May 4, 2011
Corrie and Damico have earned bids to compete in the 64-player singles draw at the NCAA Championships, and Corrie will team up with junior Jean Andersen and compete in the 32-team doubles draw.
The 35th-ranked Corrie (Harpendon, England) earns his third career NCAA singles berth after posting an 18-16 overall singles record this season. Corrie boasts victories over Kentucky’s fifth-ranked Eric Quigley, Illinois’ 15th-ranked Dennis Nevolo, Oklahoma’s 24th-ranked Ionut Beleleu and Michigan’s 21st-ranked Evan King. Corrie fell to Quigley in the opening round of the NCAA singles draw last season and to Rice’s Bruno Rosa in the opening round of the NCAA singles draw in 2009.
The 48th-ranked Damico (Parker, Colo.) earns his second career NCAA singles berth after totaling a 22-11 overall singles record and a 15-9 mark in dual-match play. Damico counts singles victories over Texas Tech’s 26th-ranked Gonzalo Escobar, Oklahoma’s 41st-ranked Costin Paval and Michigan’s 55th-ranked Jason Jung. Damico lost to eventual NCAA runner-up J.P. Smith of Tennessee in the opening round of the 2008 NCAA singles competition.
Corrie and Andersen (Pretoria, South Africa), college tennis’ ninth-ranked doubles duo, earned their NCAA doubles berths after totaling a 25-9 overall record with a 15-6 mark in dual matches, all at No. 1 doubles. Corrie competed alongside Damico in the 2008 NCAA doubles draw, where the pair was eliminated in the opening round by eventual NCAA doubles champions Kaes Van’t Hof and Robert Farah of USC. This will mark Andersen’s first career individual appearance at the NCAA Championships.
The NCAA singles and doubles draws will be contested May 25-30 at Stanford University with first-round opponents to be announced just prior to the competition. The Longhorns open the NCAA team competition on Friday, May 13 when they meet Missouri-Kansas City in the round of 64 in Norman, Okla.