COLUMBUS, OH -- Texas A&M’s Conor Pollock upset the nation’s No. 2-ranked college tennis player in the opening round of the ITA National Intercollegiate Indoor Championships held Thursday at The Racquet Club of Columbus.
The San Antonio native used a 6-3, 6-3 straight-set victory to get past Ohio State’s Steven Moneke on his own home turf. Pollock advances to Friday’s round of 16 and will take on Dalibor Pavic of Drake who upset seventh-seeded Luke Shields of Boise State in three sets, 4-6, 6-3, 6-3. Pollock is currently ranked No. 37 nationally in the preseason ITA/FILA Collegiate Tennis Rankings.
“It was a really big win,” said Pollock, who competed as an amateur this summer and fall on the USTA Futures circuit. “I was really happy after the match. I felt like I really opened the court up and rallied with him. I hit my forehand really well and played the big points. The match was closer than the score may indicate and it feels good to get a win against a highly-ranked player. Match experience is really helping me win these matches right now. All of the hardwork from the summer and fall are paying off.”
With the first-round victory, Pollock earns his highest career singles win at A&M next to defeating No. 13-ranked Lars Poerschke of Baylor in dual match play last season. The singles draw continues tomorrow at 12:30 p.m.
“It’s just a testament on how much he has improved,” said Texas A&M head coach Steve Denton on Pollock’s win. “He’s beginning to believe in himself and the combination of playing in the summer and fall has really made a difference for him.”
ITA NATIONAL INTERCOLLEGIATE INDOOR CHAMPIONSHIPS
Nov. 1-4, 2007
The Racquet Club of Columbus
at Columbus, Ohio
Round of 32
(37) Conor Pollock (Texas A&M) def. (2) Steven Moneke (Ohio State), 6-3, 6-3.