Aggies Win National Championship Match at National Indoor Championships
FLUSHING, NY - The terrific tandem of seniors Jeff Dadamo and Austin Krajicek pulled off what is believed to be the first national championship for Texas A&M men's tennis as the duo defeated the Ole Miss doubles teams of Chris and Marcel Thiemann, 6-3, 7-6 (3) at the 2010 USTA/ITA National Indoor Intercollegiate Championships at the new indoor facilities at the USTA-Billie Jean King National Tennis Center, located in Flushing, New York.
"What a great accomplishment by a couple of special Aggies," Aggie head coach Steve Denton said. "They knew it be a tough match when you reach this stage of a national championship. Both guys stayed focused and served extremely well.
Krajicek (Brandon, FL) and Dadamo (Tampa, FL) are both All-Americans and will look to lead the Aggie tennis team this spring in its quest to improve on the 2010 final ranking of #10 in the country. The men's tennis team finished with a 25-7 mark last spring in advancing to the Sweet 16 in the NCAA Championships.
"The guys broke the Thiemann's serve in the first set and then everything stayed true to form as everyone held serve the rest of the way," Denton explained. "There was some terrific tennis played this weekend."
It is believed to be the first Aggie doubles team to play for a national title in the ITA National Tournament since Shuon Madden and Dumitru Caradima in the early 2000's.
In addition to playing outstanding in the tournament, Krajicek was awarded the prestigious ITA Sportsmanship Award.
"I am very proud of Austin," Denton said. "He handles himself with class, is a fierce competitor and does not let his emotions get the best of him. He is a great representative about what is right in collegiate tennis and an excellent representative of Texas A&M University."
In other tennis action, the majority of the Aggie squad competed in the Texas Invitational in Austin this weekend and played extremely well.
Juniors Colin Hoover (Victoria, TX) and Alexis Klegou (Dunkerque, France) advanced to the "A" semifinals. Hoover won three matches before dropping a tough 6-7 (6), 6-3, 6-1 match to the eventual champion, No. 3 seed Bob Van Overbeek. Klegou won his three matches before dropping a pair of 6-3 sets to No. 7 seed Peerakit Siributwong.
Senior Alexi Grigorov (Moscow, Russia) won his opening match, 6-2, 6-2 before dropping the second match in the A draw. Sophomore Neill Angus (London, England) won his opener before dropping a match to the No. 2 overall seed, Kellen Damico.
In the B draw of singles, freshman Daniel Brown (Montgomery, TX) won his opening match, 6-2, 6-1 before bowing out against Erik Hjertonsson, 6-3, 6-2. Junior John Lewis (Birmingham, AL) won two matches to reach the quarterfinals by beating Carlos Valdenebro, 6-3, 6-3, and Lucas Leppin, 6-3, 6-3, before falling to Santiago Nieto, 6-3, 6-1.
In doubles play, sophomore Albero Bautista (McAllen, TX) and Hoover combined to three matches to reach the semifinals. They faced the overall No. 1 seed of Kellen Damico and David Holiner and dropped an 8-4 decision.
Klegou and sophomore Austin Klores (Franklin, TX) also won three matches to reach the semifinals before losing the eventual champions Ben Chen and Daniel Whitehead, 8-4.
This past weekend's play closes out the fall portion of the Aggie men's tennis schedule. The season opener is set for Jan. 22 at the Mitchell Tennis Center on the A&M campus against Louisiana-Lafayette and the University of New Orleans.