Men's Tennis notebook: June 10
June 10, 2010
AUSTIN, Texas -- Texas seniors Dimitar Kutrovsky and Josh Zavala have officially been awarded ITA (Intercollegiate Tennis Association) All-America honors after clinching the awards last month by way of their seeds in the singles and doubles draws at the NCAA Championships.
Kutrovsky wraps up his Texas career as a three-time ITA singles All-American and earns doubles All-America honors for the first time with Zavala. Kutrovsky is the winningest player in school history with 230 combined singles and doubles wins. He ranks No. 3 all-time at UT with 118 singles wins and No. 4 all-time at Texas with 112 doubles wins.
Zavala, a first-time ITA All-American, finished his Longhorns career ranked No. 2 all-time at UT with 117 doubles wins, just two behind Charles Beckman's total of 119.
Longhorns finish at No. 4 in ITA team rankings
Texas has not been ranked outside of the top-10 in the ITA team rankings since April 27, 2009. It marks the fourth time in the last five seasons that Texas has reached the NCAA semifinals and/or finished in the top-five of the final ITA team rankings.
Texas captured the Big 12 regular season crown for the third time in the last five seasons with an unblemished 6-0 mark in league play. The Horns went on to defeat Texas Tech and Texas A&M to capture the Big 12 Championship in Austin, marking their first Big 12 postseason tournament title since 2006. The Longhorns finished the season with nine victories over ITA top-15 opponents, including a win over eventual NCAA champion USC.
Horns featured prominently in final ITA individual rankings
Four Longhorns - seniors Dimitar Kutrovsky and Josh Zavala and juniors Ed Corrie and Kellen Damico - were listed in the final ITA singles rankings.
Kutrovsky finished at No. 8 in the final ITA singles rankings, and Corrie finished at No. 23 with a 30-12 overall singles record. Zavala finished with a No. 101 singles ranking behind a 27-7 overall singles record, and Damico ranked 107th after compiling a 20-12 overall record.
Kutrovsky and Zavala finished with a No. 7 ITA doubles ranking and a 27-12 overall record. Corrie and Damico teamed up to finish at No. 52 behind a 23-6 overall tally. Sophomore Jean Andersen and freshman Daniel Whitehead concluded the season with a No. 79 doubles ranking after posting an 11-4 mark in dual matches.
Texas to host ITA Kick-Off Weekend for third straight year
The ITA Kick-Off Weekend consists of 15 sites each hosting four matches (Jan. 28-31) to determine the 15 at-large entrants for the ITA National Team Indoor Championships. Texas will be the top seed in the Austin region, and the Longhorns will welcome No. 2 seed Rice, No. 3 seed Alabama and No. 4 seed Hawaii.
Texas will meet Hawaii in one first-round match, while Rice will take on Alabama in the other first-round match in Austin. The first-round winners will meet the next day to determine who advances to the ITA National Team Indoor Championships to be held next February in Seattle.