MAKOWSKI AND CHIRICO REACH QUARTERFINALS AT RACQUET CLUB COLLEGIATE INVITATIONAL

MIDLAND, Texas – Texas A&M senior All-American Jerry Makowski (Bradenton, Fla.) and sophomore transfer Chris Chirico (Philadelphia, Pa.) reached the singles quarterfinals Friday at the Midland Racquet Club Collegiate Invitational.

Both Aggies won their opening-round matches winning third-set supertiebreakers. Makowski, ranked No. 34 nationally in the preseason ITA/FILA Collegiate Tennis Rankings, defeated St. Edward’s Brett Powers, 3-6, 7-6 (4), 1-0 (10-6) and Chirico knocked off Texas’ Hubert Chodkiewicz, 2-6, 7-6 (5), 1-0 (10-8). Meanwhile, sophomore Brad Williams (Cape Town, South Africa) lost to top-seeded and No. 20-ranked Blake Strode of Arkansas, 6-3, 6-2.

Makowski won his second match of the day with a 7-6 (3), 6-2 victory over Rice’s Dennis Polyakov. Chirico followed suit with a 6-4, 4-6, 1-0 (10-6) defeat of Baylor’s Attila Bucko in the round of 16. Both A&M players will face each other in the quarterfinals tomorrow with one advancing to the semifinals of the three-day tournament.

In doubles play, Williams combined with Arkansas’ Tyler Tarnasky and advanced to the second round after UCLA’s Ahmed Ismail and Nick Meister retired due to illness, 3-1.

MIDLAND RACQUET CLUB COLLEGIATE INVITATIONAL

Oct. 12-14, 2007

Midland Racquet Club

at Midland, Texas

SINGLES DRAW

Round of 32

(34) Jerry Makowski (Texas A&M) def. Brett Powers (St. Edward’s), 3-6, 7-6 (4), 1-0 (10-6).

Chris Chirico (Texas A&M) def. Hubert Chodkiewicz (Texas), 2-6, 7-6 (5), 1-0 (10-8).

(20) Blake Strode (Arkansas) def. Brad Williams (Texas A&M), 6-3, 6-2.

Round of 16

(34) Jerry Makowski (Texas A&M) def. Dennis Polyakov (Rice), 7-6 (3), 6-2.

Chris Chirico (Texas A&M) def. Attila Bucko (Baylor), 6-4, 4-6, 1-0 (10-6).

Consolation

Josh Zavala (Texas) def. Brad Williams (Texas A&M), 7-6, 4-6, 1-0 (10-8).

DOUBLES DRAW

Round of 16

Walsh-St. Eve (SMU) def. Makowski-Chirico (Texas A&M), 8-4.

Williams-Tarnasky (Texas A&M-Arkansas) def. Meister-Ismail (UCLA), 3-1 (retired).