HOUSTON – The 22nd-ranked Texas A&M men’s tennis team fell short of an upset bid with a 4-0 loss to seventh-ranked Texas Friday night at The Downtown Club at the Met.
With the victory, the Longhorns remained an undefeated 6-0 and claimed the Texas Cup for the fourth time in the neutral site rivalry series since 2001. A&M suffered its first setback of the season after winning three-straight against ranked opponents in Clemson, Boise State and Washington.
Texas captured the doubles point, but not without a fight from the Aggies. Senior Mike Beatty (Cincinnati, Ohio) and sophomore Chris Chirico (Philadelphia, Pa.) dropped an 8-4 decision to the Texas duo of Luis Diaz Barriga and Hubert Chodkiewicz at the No. 2 line, while senior Matt Bain (Georgetown, Texas) and freshman Wil Spencer (Ponce de Leon, Fla.) were edged by UT’s Dimitar Kutrovsky and Josh Zavala, 8-6, at No. 3.
In singles play, Spencer lost in straight sets to No. 24-ranked Kellen Damico, 6-3, 6-3, at the No. 2 line and No. 90-ranked Chirico fell to Zavala, 6-1, 6-4, at the No. 5 line. Junior Conor Pollock (San Antonio, Texas), ranked 23rd nationally, lost a close three-setter to No. 53-ranked Kutrovsky, 5-7, 7-5, 6-4, at the top of the lineup which clinched the match for the Longhorns.
Senior All-American Jerry Makowski (Bradenton, Fla.), freshman Austin Krajicek (Brandon, Fla.) and Bain forced their respective singles matches to three sets, but the match had already been decided. The neutral match with UT will count toward each team’s regular season record, but will not count toward Big 12 Conference standings or earn points toward the State Farm Lone Star Showdown standings.
Up next, the Aggies travel to No. 25 Tulsa (4-2) for a Sunday, Feb. 10 dual match scheduled for 2 p.m. in Tulsa, Okla.
(7) TEXAS 4, (22) TEXAS A&M 0
February 8, 2008
The Downtown Club at the Met
at Houston, Texas
No. 1 (53) Dimitar Kutrovsky (Texas) def. (23) Conor Pollock (Texas A&M), 5-7, 7-5, 6-4.
No. 2 (24) Kellen Damico (Texas) def. Wil Spencer (Texas A&M), 6-3, 6-3.
No. 3 Jerry Makowski (Texas A&M) vs. (52) Ed Corrie (Texas), 5-7, 7-5, 1-0 (DNF).
No. 4 Austin Krajicek (Texas A&M) vs. Luis Diaz Barriga (Texas), 3-6, 6-4, 1-2 (DNF).
No. 5 Josh Zavala (Texas) def. (90) Chris Chirico (Texas A&M), 6-1, 6-4.
No. 6 Matt Bain (Texas A&M) vs. Milan Mihailovic (Texas), 2-6, 6-4, 2-1 (DNF).
No. 1 Corrie-Damico (Texas) vs. Pollock-Krajicek (Texas A&M), 5-7 (DNF).
No. 2 Diaz Barriga-Chodkiewicz (Texas) def. Mike Beatty-Chirico (Texas A&M), 8-4.
No. 3 Kutrovsky-Zavala (Texas) def. Bain-Spencer (Texas A&M), 8-6.
ORDER OF FINISH
Doubles: 2, 3
Singles: 5, 2, 1*