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Univ. of Texas at Arlington Women Team News
Texas Men's Tennis Preview: Vanderbilt
Monday, 03/02/2009

Longhorns return home to host Vanderbilt at the Penick-Allison Tennis Center.

WHAT:  No. 6 Texas (10-2) hosts No. 34 Vanderbilt (4-5).

WHEN:  Tuesday, March 3 – 5 p.m. Central

WHERE:  Penick-Allison Tennis Center –  Austin, Texas

LAST TEXAS-VANDERBILT MEETING:  First meeting between the two schools

LAST TIME OUT:  Texas defeated SMU by a 5-2 count on Saturday, Feb. 28 in Dallas.

THE 2009   Ninth-year head coach Michael Center and assistant coach Ricardo Rubio, the 2008 ITA National Assistant Coach of the Year, welcome four singles starters – each of whom have earned All-America honors as Longhorns - from last year’s NCAA runner-up squad.  Junior Dimitar Kutrovsky returns after holding down the No. 1 singles slot in his first two seasons.  The native Bulgarian clinched UT’s 2008 NCAA quarterfinal win over Ohio State and its NCAA semifinal win over UCLA. 

Sophomores Kellen Damico and Ed Corrie earned ITA doubles All-America honors a season ago and earned a spot on the 2008 NCAA All-Tournament Team at No. 1 doubles.  Senior Miguel Reyes Varela, who earned ITA doubles All-America honors as a freshman, was selected to the 2008 NCAA All-Tournament Team at No. 6 singles and at No. 2 doubles with former Longhorn Luis Diaz Barriga.

Junior Josh Zavala teamed up with Kutrovsky to land the No. 3 doubles slot on the 2008 NCAA All-Tournament Team.  UT welcomes junior Olivier Sajous, a top-50 standout who played the last two seasons at Florida Atlantic University. 

NEW ITA RANKINGS RELEASED: Texas features four student-athletes in the newly-released Campbell’s ITA College Tennis singles rankings, and all three starting doubles teams are ranked, as well.  Junior Dimitar Kutrovsky holds a No. 30 singles ranking, and sophomore Ed Corrie ranks 45th.  Junior Olivier Sajous ranks 76th, and sophomore Kellen Damico comes in at No. 99.

Kutrovsky and junior Josh Zavala rank 16th in the ITA doubles rankings, while Corrie and Damico rank 55th.  Sajous and senior Miguel Reyes Varela rank 60th in the ITA doubles rankings.

TEXAS-VIRGINIA START TIME CHANGED:  The start time for the match featuring No. 6 Texas and No. 1 Virginia slated for Sunday, March 15 has been moved up to noon Central.