Saturday, May 16, 2009

UGA-TEX details

From the UGA web site....

COLLEGE STATION, Texas --- Fourth-ranked Georgia leads 12th-ranked Texas 1-0 here in the quarterfinals of the NCAA Men's Tennis Championships Saturday. Severe thunderstorms halted singles play. They will resume singles at 10 a.m. ET Sunday. There is no indoor facility here on the Texas A&M campus.

Georgia (25-3) won a hard-fought doubles point that the No. 2 team of Borja Malo and Christian Vitulli clinched 11-9 in a tiebreaker, saving five match points in the process. They got down two match points at 8-7 in regulation and then saved three more during the tiebreaker against the 60th-ranked duo of Dimitar Kutrovsky and Josh Zavala. Malo and Vitulli converted on their third chance in the tiebreaker. Malo's volleys coupled with Vitulli's strong service game keyed the win in the tiebreaker. They built a 6-3 lead in the match and then the Longhorns rallied to take a 7-6 lead. The Malo/Vitulli team is 9-7 this year.

Georgia got in position to clinch by getting a key win from the fifth-ranked All-America duo of Jamie Hunt and Nate Schnugg. They roared out to a 6-1 advantage and eventually posted an 8-5 win over the 27th-ranked tandem of Kellen Damico and Ed Corrie. The Hunt/Schnugg team is 30-11 this season including 21-6 at No. 1. With the point determined, the No. 3 match was suspended with the Longhorns leading 8-7.

Singles got underway for approximately 20 minutes when play was halted due to the bad weather. At that point, 12th-ranked Schnugg and 19th-ranked Kotrovsky were 3-3 at No. 1. Sophomore Javier Garrapiz led 3-1 over Ed Corrie in the No. 2 contest. At No. 3, Hunt had a 4-3 edge on Damico while senior Josh Varela and Olivier Sajous were 2-all in the No. 4 contest. In the No. 5 match, Vitulli trailed Zavala 3-2 while Malo was down 3-2 to Miguel Reyes Varela at No. 6.

The Georgia-Texas winner advances to the semifinals and faces the winner of the Virginia/Southern California match. The eighth-ranked Trojans (22-5) have a 1-0 lead on the top-ranked Cavaliers (32-0) after taking the doubles point.

#4 Georgia leads #12 Texas 1-0

1. #5 Jamie Hunt/Nate Schnugg def. #27 Ed Corrie/Kellen Damico (UT) 8-5
2. Borja Malo/Christian Vitulli (UGA) def. #60 Dimitar Kutrovsky/Josh Savala (UT) 9-8(9)
3. Drake Bernstein/Javier Garrapiz (UGA) vs. Miguel Reyes Varela/Olivier Sajous (UT) 7-8 susp.
Order of Finish (1,2)

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