Longhorns to open fall tournament play this weekend at tournaments in Chicago and Midland, Texas.
WHAT: Texas kicks off 2011 fall tournament play at the Racquet Club Collegiate Invitational and the Olympia Fields Invitational.
WHEN: Friday, Sept. 16 through Sunday, Sept. 18 (all day, each day)
Racquet Club Collegiate Invitational - The Racquet Club, Midland, Texas
Olympia Fields Invitational – Olympia Fields, Ill.
WHO: Freshmen Jacoby Lewis and Soren Hess-Olesen and juniors Daniel Whitehead and Alex Hilliard will compete at the Racquet Club Collegiate Invitational. Juniors Ben Chen and Chris Camillone and sophomores David Holiner and Sudanwa Sitaram will compete at the Olympia Fields Invitational.
Texas head coach Michael Center
Thoughts on the team’s preseason workouts
“This team does not have the proven All-Americans returning that we’ve had last the several years. Everybody here feels like they have a shot. Everyone is working extremely hard and showing what they can do. They’ve been working hard in their individual lessons, playing a lot of tennis, and they have been working hard in the weight room. The work ethic and attitude have been as good as we had hoped for.”
On the two tournaments this weekend
“At Midland (Racquet Club Collegiate Invitational), there will be players from teams like Texas Tech, Tulsa, Texas A&M and ourselves, though I have not seen the entire draws. It’s always a strong field in Midland. In Chicago, we’ll have Kentucky, Notre Dame, Illinois and Alabama. We will get tested, and these will be great tournaments to get the fall season kicked off.”
Preseason ITA Singles Rankings
59. Daniel Whitehead
113. Ben Chen
Preseason ITA Doubles Rankings
55. David Holiner/Soren Hess-Olesen
THE 2011-12 LONGHORNS: Texas returns six letterwinners from the 2010-11 squad that reached the round of 32 at the NCAA Championships and the semifinals of the Big 12 Championships.
Junior Daniel Whitehead ranks 59th in the ITA preseason rankings after posting a 27-9 overall singles record last season. Junior Ben Chen opens the season ranked No. 113 in the ITA singles rankings after totaling a 16-11 singles mark a season ago.
Sophomore David Holiner posted a 4-3 dual-match singles record last season, and classmate Sudanwa Sitaram registered a 16-9 overall record to go along with an 8-6 dual-match singles record. UT also returns a pair of juniors in Chris Camillone and Alex Hilliard.