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Univ. of Southern Mississippi Men Team News
No. 2 Texas blanks No. 15 Texas A&M, 7-0
Monday, 02/09/2009

Longhorns claim the Texas Cup, win sixth straight contest against the Aggies.

HOUSTON – No. 2 Texas (5-0) took two of three doubles matches and swept the six singles matches to post a 7-0 win over No. 15 Texas A&M (2-1) Friday evening in the Texas Cup at The Downtown Club at the Met. The Texas Cup is a series of non-conference, neutral-site matches between the schools that does not affect the State Farm Lone Star Showdown standings.

Texas claimed the doubles matches at the second and third positions to clinch the doubles point. Juniors Dimitar Kutrovsky and Josh Zavala posted an 8-6 win at second doubles over Marcus Lunt and Will Spencer, and senior Miguel Reyes Varela and junior Jon Wiegand tallied an 8-1 win over Austin Klores and Colin Hoover.

Kutrovsky outlasted Texas A&M’s Conor Pollock at first singles, 3-6, 6-1, 1-0 (13-11), and sophomore Kellen Damico knocked off Austin Krajicek in three sets, 3-6, 6-4, 1-0 (10-4). Sophomore Ed Corrie also went three sets against Wil Spencer at third singles, where he prevailed, 7-6, 2-6, 1-0 (10-7).

Reyes Varela dispatched Lunt at fourth singles, 6-2, 6-2, and junior Olivier Sajous made short work of Kayvon Karimi at fifth singles, winning by a 6-1, 6-1 count. Zavala added a 6-4, 6-2 win over Klores at sixth singles.

“I thought we did a great job at four, five and six (singles) tonight, and then we really just competed so well at the top,” UT coach Michael Center said. “I think those guys were so good up top, and for us to come out on top at all three took a great effort. The 7-0 score is not indicative of how close and competitive this match was, but it was pretty impressive to see how well we were able to finish.”

Next up for Texas is the 16-team ITA National Team Indoor Championship set to begin Friday, Feb. 13 in Chicago. The Longhorns’ first-round opponent has yet to be determined.

“We feel like we have a chance to win the tournament,” Center said. “Tonight gave us confidence and allowed us to see where we stand. It should be a great test for us next week.”


Texas Cup

No. 2 Texas 7, No. 15 Texas A&M 0

Doubles


1 Pollock/Krajicek (TAMU) def. Corrie/Damico (UT) – 8-6

2 Kutrovsky/Zavala (UT) def. Lunt/Spencer (TAMU) – 8-6

3 Reyes Varela/Wiegand (UT) def. Klores/Hoover (TAMU) – 8-1

Singles

1 Dimitar Kutrovsky (UT) def. Conor Pollock (TAMU) – 3-6, 6-1, 1-0 (13-11)

2 Kellen Damico (UT) def. Austin Krajicek (TAMU) - 3-6,6-4, 1-0 (10-4)

3 Ed Corrie (UT) def. Wil Spencer (TAMU) - 7-6, 2-6, 1-0 (10-7)

4 Miguel Reyes Varela (UT) def. Marcus Lunt (TAMU) – 6-2, 6-2

5 Olivier Sajous (UT) def. Kayvon Karimi (TAMU) – 6-1, 6-1

6 Josh Zavala (UT) def. Austin Klores (TAMU) – 6-4, 6-2
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