Men's Tennis notebook: Sept. 8

Horns' 2009 dual-match schedule features home dates with five opponents who ended the 2008 season ranked among the nation's top 25 teams; four Longhorns featured in ITA preseason singles rankings, and nine Longhorns selected for ITA All-American Championships; UT kicks off fall tournament play on Sept. 13 in Waco.

Sept. 8, 2008

AUSTIN, Texas -- The 2009 University of Texas men's tennis dual-match schedule features 14 home dates highlighted by matches against Ohio State and Virginia, who both ended the 2008 season in the top five of the Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) team rankings.      

The 2008 NCAA runner-up Longhorns will open the 2009 dual-match season on Jan. 31 in Austin when they host four matches as part of the ITA's Kickoff Weekend. Texas will take on Cal-Santa Barbara before TCU meets South Florida at UT's Penick-Allison Tennis Center. The winners of the two matches will face off on Feb. 1 for the right to compete in the ITA National Team Indoor Championships slated for Feb. 13-16 in Chicago.

For a second consecutive year, Texas will take on Texas A&M in the Texas Cup, a series of neutral-site, non-conference matches played in Houston. The match is set for Feb. 6 at The Downtown Club at The Met. UT claimed a 4-0 victory over the Aggies in the 2008 Texas Cup match.

In a rematch of a classic 2008 NCAA quarterfinal match, Texas will take on Ohio State on Feb. 28 in Austin. The Horns knocked off the Buckeyes by a 4-2 count at the 2008 NCAA Championships on their way to the NCAA title match. Ohio State finished the season ranked third in the nation, just behind No. 2 Virginia, who will make its way to Austin on March 15. UT will take on Big 12 Conference foe Baylor on April 2 in Austin.

Texas visits Texas A&M for the State Farm Lone Star Showdown on April 18 in College Station.

Four Horns Featured in ITA Preseason Rankings
The Intercollegiate Tennis Association preseason men's tennis rankings revealed Texas as the only program with four student-athletes featured in the top-50 of the singles rankings.

Junior Dimitar Kutrovsky ranks seventh nationally after leading the Horns to the 2008 NCAA title match against Georgia. Kutrovsky defeated Ohio State's Bryan Koniecko in UT's 4-2 NCAA quarterfinal win over the Buckeyes and clinched UT's NCAA semifinal win over UCLA with a 3-6, 6-2, 6-3 win over the Bruins' Harel Srugo.

Sophomore Kellen Damico ranks 27th in the singles rankings after defeating three top-50 opponents last season, and sophomore Ed Corrie follows closely behind at No. 30. Newcomer Olivier Sajous, a transfer from Florida Atlantic who defeated former Wake Forest standout Todd Paul at an ATP futures event earlier this summer, landed at No. 46 in the preseason rankings, and senior Miguel Reyes Varela ranks 114th after posting five victories during the 2008 NCAA Championships.

Corrie and Damico open at No. 3 in the ITA doubles rankings after earning All-Big 12 honors a season ago. Reyes Varela and Sajous hold the No. 37 doubles ranking.

Nine Horns Set for ITA All-American Championships
Nine Longhorns are set to participate in the ITA All-American Championships slated for Oct. 3-10 in Tulsa, Okla., site of the 2008 NCAA Championships. Junior Dimitar Kutrovsky and sophomores Ed Corrie and Kellen Damico will compete in the main singles draw, and Corrie and Damico will compete in the main doubles draw.

Senior Miguel Reyes Varela and junior Olivier Sajous will take part in the qualifying singles and doubles draws, and junior Josh Zavala will join Kutrovsky in the qualifying doubles draw. Zavala and juniors Rook Schellenberg and Jon Wiegand will compete in the pre-qualifying singles draw.

Texas Opens Fall at Waco Challenger     
A trio of Longhorns will compete later this weekend at the ATP Challenger event at the Baylor Tennis Center in Waco. Olivier Sajous, Ed Corrie and Dimitar Kutrovsky are scheduled to play in the season-opening event beginning Saturday, Sept. 13 in Waco before the team travels to Illinois next week for the UI Olympia Fields Invitational.

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