Men's Tennis notebook: June 3
AUSTIN, Texas -- Three members of Texas' 2008 NCAA runner-up team have earned All-America honors from the Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA).
Sophomore Dimitar Kutrovsky (Sofia, Bulgaria) earned singles All-America honors by way of his 9-16 seeding in the NCAA Singles Championships and his No. 12 final national rank. Freshman Ed Corrie (Harpenden, England) and Kellen Damico (Parker, Colo.) earned All-America honors as a doubles team by way of their No. 8 rank in the final ITA doubles rankings.
Kutrovsky posted a 27-13 overall singles record during the 2007-08 season and played a vital role in Texas' run to the NCAA title match. Kutrovsky clinched Texas' 4-2 win over second-seeded Ohio State in the NCAA quarterfinals with a three-set win over the Buckeyes' Bryan Koniecko. The All-Big 12 standout clinched the Horns' 4-2 NCAA semifinal win over third-seeded UCLA with a three-set win over the Bruins' Harel Srugo.
Corrie and Damico posted a 17-7 overall doubles record, including a 14-5 mark at No. 1 doubles. The duo registered a 2-0 record at the NCAA Championship with wins over Florida in the round of 16 and Ohio State in the quarterfinals.
Corrie, Damico and Kutrovsky become the 26th, 27th and 28th All-Americans in the history of Texas Tennis and the seventh, eighth and ninth student-athletes to earn All-America honors under head coach Michael Center, who just completed his eighth season in Austin.
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"We're excited to have Olivier coming into our program next year," Center said. "I think he will be an All-America candidate next year, and he will really impact our lineup."
Sajous, a native of Haiti, totaled a 27-8 overall singles record during the 2007-08 season at Florida Atlantic. Among his notable victories this past season was a 6-3, 6-2 win over Denver's Adam Holmstrom, who ended the season ranked 37th by the ITA, and a straight-set win over Florida's 49th-ranked Nestor Briceno last October at the ITA All-American Championships.
Denton, who just completed his second season as the head coach at Texas A&M, played at Texas from 1976-79 and earned All-America honors in 1978. He reached the singles finals at the Australian Open in 1981 and 1982 and claimed the U.S. Open doubles title in 1982.
Denton is the 10th UT player or coach to be inducted into the ITA Men's Tennis Hall of Fame, as he joins Dr. D.A. Penick, Wilmer Allison, Bruce Barnes, Berkley Bell, Kevin Curran, Dave Snyder, Sammy Giammalva and Steve Bryan.
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