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The Texas men’s tennis team played in Fort Worth at the Texas Regional Championships this past weekend and set the tone early. Seven Longhorns advanced out of the singles main draw into the second round of 32 and four doubles teams advanced to the second round of 16. It was the best start to a tournament for the Longhorns this year.

It all started when sophomore Jacoby Lewis pulled an upset over Texas Tech’s No.7 seed Vitor Manzini (6-4,6-3). Other Longhorns to advance in the first round were No. 3 Daniel Whitehead, No. 5 David Holiner, No. 6 Sudanwa Sitaram, No. 21 Ben Chen, No. 23 Lloyd Glasspool and No. 25 Nick Naumann. Top-seeded doubles tandem Chris Camillone and Holiner set the stage for Texas in the doubles draw, winning easily (8-1) and paving the way for three other Texas doubles teams (Chen/Whitehead, Alex Hilliard/Naumann, and Lewis/Sitaram) to advance.

“We had a great day to open this tournament,” head coach Michael Center said Saturday. “We played really hard and it showed on the court as the majority of our players advanced to the next round. Tomorrow will be a big test for us.”

Texas has three of the top six singles players in the tournament and the top two doubles teams in Camillone/Holiner and Chen/Whitehead. The winner of the singles and doubles draw will advance to the USTA/ITA National Intercollegiate Championships on Nov. 8-10 in New York.

Texas will continue play at the Friedman Tennis Center in Fort Worth through Oct. 23.

The Texas men’s tennis team played in Fort Worth at the Texas Regional Championships this past weekend and set the tone early. Seven Longhorns advanced out of the singles main draw into the second round of 32 and four doubles teams advanced to the second round of 16. It was the best start to a tournament for the Longhorns this year.

It all started when sophomore Jacoby Lewis pulled an upset over Texas Tech’s No.7 seed Vitor Manzini (6-4,6-3). Other Longhorns to advance in the first round were No. 3 Daniel Whitehead, No. 5 David Holiner, No. 6 Sudanwa Sitaram, No. 21 Ben Chen, No. 23 Lloyd Glasspool and No. 25 Nick Naumann. Top-seeded doubles tandem Chris Camillone and Holiner set the stage for Texas in the doubles draw, winning easily (8-1) and paving the way for three other Texas doubles teams (Chen/Whitehead, Alex Hilliard/Naumann, and Lewis/Sitaram) to advance.

“We had a great day to open this tournament,” head coach Michael Center said Saturday. “We played really hard and it showed on the court as the majority of our players advanced to the next round. Tomorrow will be a big test for us.”

Texas has three of the top six singles players in the tournament and the top two doubles teams in Camillone/Holiner and Chen/Whitehead. The winner of the singles and doubles draw will advance to the USTA/ITA National Intercollegiate Championships on Nov. 8-10 in New York.

Texas will continue play at the Friedman Tennis Center in Fort Worth through Oct. 23.

The Longhorns are off to a bad start at the Intercollegiate Tennis Association All-American Championships. Texas senior Ben Chen along with sophomores Jacoby Lewis and Joey Swaysland were all eliminated in the pre-qualifying singles round Saturday.

Chen and Lewis escaped the first round with byes, but Swaysland was not as fortunate, falling in the first round to Vukasin Teofanovic of Marquette (6-4, 6-4). Lewis followed with a loss in the second round to Russell Bader of Penn State (7-6, 7-5). Chen was also outed in the second round by Adam Lee of Wake Forest (5-0) before having to surrender due to injury.

The Longhorns will have to play better if they hope to advance to the championships, as they’ve done in previous tournaments this year. Texas should see promising play from No. 42 sophomore Soren Hess-Olesen, No. 46 senior Daniel Whitehead, No. 99 David Holiner, Chris Camillone and No. 109 Sudanwa Sitaram as they continue play in Tulsa, Okla.

Camillone, Holiner and Sitaram will continue play in the qualifying singles round, hoping to do better than their teammates in the pre-qualifying rounds. 

Chen will hopefully play with his doubles partner Daniel Whitehead, the No. 38 doubles team, in the qualifying doubles round this upcoming week.

The Championships will conclude this week with Hess-Olesen and Whitehead in the main draw singles round and No. 8 Holiner and Camillone in the main draw doubles round.

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After taking the last two victories in their matchup against Texas A&M, it was the Aggies who took the Big 12 tournament quarterfinal win against the Longhorns this weekend.

On Friday, the fifth-seeded Aggies handed fourth-seeded Texas a 4-2 loss to knock UT out of the tournament.

The Aggies got on the board first by winning the doubles point. Texas juniors Ben Chen and Daniel Whitehead won their doubles match, 8-2, to give the Longhorns a shot at winning the doubles point, after junior Chris Camillone and sophomore David Holiner dropped their match.

With the point on the line in the third doubles match, freshmen Soren Hess-Olesen and Jacoby Lewis lost to A&M’s Colin Hoover and Alexis Klegou, 8-5.

“We played four matches this year [against Texas A&M],” said head coach Michael Center. “The team that won the doubles point won all four matches. [The Aggies] did a good job, but we have to play better in some spots if we want to win another match this year.”

In singles, sophomore Sudanwa Sitaram rushed out to a strong lead, winning his match 6-0, 6-3 to give Texas its first point. The Aggies came back and took the next point after posting a win in singles. UT responded as Whitehead tied up the score again with his 6-4, 6-4 win over Junior Ore.

The Aggies got their third point with Jackson Withrow’s 6-3, 6-3 win over freshman Lloyd Glasspool.

Chen lost to John Lewis to give A&M the final point and the match.

“In the singles, to win at Nos. 2 and 3, with those guys they way we did in straight sets and then not be able to get another point, honestly, is a little disappointing. I give [Texas A&M] credit,” Center said.

Printed on Monday, April 30, 2012 as: Texas A&M outlasts Texas, advances to Big 12 semifinal 

Men's Tennis

After finishing conference play with their third loss, the Longhorns look to bounce back with a win in the conference tournament this weekend against a familiar foe.

No. 18 Texas will take on the host team, No. 34 ranked Texas A&M, in the second match today in College Station. The Longhorns are the No. 4 seed, while the Aggies hold the No. 5 tournament seed.

Should Texas win this match, they will face the No. 1 seeded Oklahoma on Saturday. The Sooners took the match against the Longhorns by a 5-2 count at the end of March.

This will be the fourth matchup between the two in-state rivals this season. Texas took the last two matches, with the most recent being a thrilling 4-3 win in the final Lone Star Showdown two weeks ago. After jumping out to a 3-0 lead, the Longhorns had to weather an Aggie comeback before junior Ben Chen came back from 2-5 down in the final set to win his match and clinch the victory. Texas’ other victory came during the Intercollegiate Tennis Association’s National Team Indoor Championship, which Texas won by a 4-3 count in February.

The Aggies’ lone win against the Longhorns came during the Texas Cup match in Houston, which they won by another 4-3 score.

Historically, Texas has done well at the conference tournament, reaching five of the last six finals, and has claimed four titles, most recently in 2006 and 2010. In order to keep that finals appearance streak up, Texas will need the top of the singles lineup to produce wins and strong play from the doubles teams.

In doubles, the Longhorns are led by the No. 36 ranked duo of junior Chris Camillone and sophomore David Holiner. The pair has an 18-9 overall record and is 8-3 in tournament play. Earlier in the season, they posted a win over a top 10 doubles team from Tulsa.

Also ranked is the duo of junior Daniel Whitehead and Chen at No. 78. The pair has been pretty solid, with a 14-6 overall record and a 5-3 record at the number two doubles line.

In singles, Texas will need to get wins from the top spots, held down by the No. 70 ranked freshman Soren Hess-Olesen, No. 101 Whitehead and sophomore Sudanwa Sitaram, who won his first conference singles title for the number three singles line. Sitaram has been having a solid second year in the lineup, with 27-11 overall record, and an impressive 11-5 mark at the number three spot.

Hess-Olesen has had a fairly good season, considering he is holding down the No. 70 spot in his first year of collegiate competition with a 20-12 record and 9-7 record at the top spot.

Whitehead started the season off well, but has fallen down in the rankings recently with a 9-9 record at the number two line. Granted, he has faced some tough competition in terms of consistently playing against ranked singles players.

Another player that has been solid for the Longhorns is Holiner, who held a nine-match winning streak at one point this season, and has a 4-1 conference record. Holiner had an upset this season when he defeated a USC player ranked No. 41 in the team’s 6-1 loss to the No. 1 team.

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Much like how the Thanksgiving football game between Texas and Texas A&M came down to the final play, the showdown between the two rivals on Saturday came down to one match to determine who would walk away with the Lone Star Showdown trophy and final bragging rights.

After being down 2-5 in the final set of the deciding match, junior Ben Chen fought back and earned the win, giving No. 17 Texas the 4-3 win over No. 27 Texas A&M in the final conference match between the in-state rivals.

Starting the duel off were the doubles matches. Chen and junior Daniel Whitehead took on John Lewis and Niall Angus at the number two doubles line. Texas got the break on the Aggies’ second service game and then got another break up 4-2. Chen and Whitehead used solid net play to hold the rest of the match, allowing Whitehead to serve it out for the 8-4 win.

At the number one doubles line, junior Chris Camillone and sophomore David Holiner beat A&M’s tandem of Jackson Withrow and Junior Ore.

Freshmen Soren Hess-Olesen and Jacoby Lewis took on Alexis Klegou and Colin Hoover and lost at third doubles.

In singles, Hess-Olesen got the second point for Texas after he defeated Ore by a 7-6 (4), 6-2 count.

Posting the third point for the Longhorns was Holiner, with a 6-2, 6-4 win over Jeremy Efferding in singles.

The Aggies retaliated by getting a win at the number two singles line to put a point on the board. Whitehead fell to Klegou, 6-7 (4), 2-6.

The Aggies continued building on their point total with another win from Lewis over freshman Lloyd Glasspool at the number five singles line. Glasspool fought back from 0-3 down in the first set, to take it 6-4, but dropped the next two sets to give Lewis the 4-6, 6-1, 6-2 win.

In the match that could potentially tie up the score, sophomore Sudanwa Sitaram got off to a fast start, winning the first three games of the opening set against Hoover before taking the set 6-2. In the second set, Sitaram got down early and had to fight his way back to force a tiebreaker, which he lost. In the third set, Sitaram couldn’t hang on and dropped the set 2-6 to give the Aggies their third point, tying Texas.

In the deciding match at the number six singles line, Chen got the break, the match and the team victory for the Longhorns, 6-2, 3-6, 7-5.

“I got off to a slow start at the beginning of the third set,” Chen said. “But with the support of my teammates and coaches I was able to get it done. Tonight was just a team effort all the way through.”

Freshman Joey Swaysland and the No. 17 Longhorns had no trouble defeating St. EdwardÂ’s Wednesday evening at the Pennick-Allison Tennis Center.

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In a tune-up match before they take on their biggest conference rival, the Longhorns posted eight wins on their way to a 6-1 victory over St. Edward’s.

Texas will return to the court Saturday to take on Texas A&M at home in the last matchup of the Lone Star Showdown.

Playing the Hilltoppers, who are ranked No. 15 in the Division II rankings, gave the Longhorns a chance to mix up some doubles pairings. Playing in the No. 1 spot was the No. 50 ranked duo of juniors Daniel Whitehead and Ben Chen. The two had a tight match against the team of Ned Boone and Eduardo Bencke. After Texas got the break at four all, St. Edward’s came back, down 6-5. Both teams would hold serve and force the match into a tiebreak, in which Texas jumped out to a 4-1 lead. The Hilltoppers came back to four all, and closed out the tie break, and the set 8-7, (7-5).

In the No. 2 doubles line, freshman Soren Hess-Olesen teamed up with fellow freshman Jacoby Lewis to blast through the Hilltopper team of Pedro Bronstrup and James Rogers, 8-2.

Clinching the doubles point for Texas at the No. 3 line was the pairing of freshman Joey Swaysland and junior Alex Hilliard who knocked out their opponent 8-4.

In singles, Texas got on the board early with a 6-0, 6-1 win from Hilliard. Following that point up was Chen, who handed his opponent a 6-0, 6-0 defeat. Putting up the clinching point for Texas was freshman Lloyd Glasspool, who returned to the courts after being sidelined by an injury, with a 6-1, 6-1 victory at the No. 3 singles line.

Swaysland added a 6-0, 6-3 win at the number five singles spot to the overall total to put Texas up 5-0.

The longest matches of the evening came from the top two singles players, who were both pushed to third sets. Whitehead won his first set 6-4 before dropping the second by the same score, forcing a tie break, which he prevailed in, 10-8, to give his team its sixth and final point of the evening.

Sophomore David Holiner closed out the evening in the No. 1 singles spot and was also forced into a third set tie break, but was unable to keep momentum going and lost 10-6, to give St. Edward’s its only point on the night.

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The Longhorns’ doubles team opened Thursday with a win before falling in the quarterfinal round of the ITA Indoor Intercollegiate Championships in New York.

The duo of junior Chris Camillone and sophomore David Holiner won their first round match by an 8-6 score over Mikelis Libietis and Hunter Reese of Tennessee, before losing 4-8 to Valdosta State’s Christian Hansen and Luis Loeffler.

The loss moves the tandem into the consolation bracket, which will start play today.

Camillone and Holiner earned a spot in the 20-team doubles draw of the tournament by defeating fellow teammates Ben Chen and Daniel Whitehead in the finals of the ITA Texas Regional Championships in College Station last month.

This tournament is the second of three national championship events on the collegiate tennis calendar. The ITA National Championships were held in Tulsa at the beginning of October and the NCAA Championships will wrap up the spring season next May.

The Longhorns will send the rest of the their team to Fort Worth to compete in the Southwest Shootout hosted by TCU this weekend.

Published on November 4, 2011 as: Pair still alive after defeat

Men's Tennis Weekend Recap

For the second year in a row, Texas has won the doubles title at the ITA Texas Regional Championships and will make a trip to New York next month to compete for the indoor championship title.

Junior Chris Camillone and sophomore David Holiner beat out fellow teammates Ben Chen and Daniel Whitehead 6-3, 6-2 in the final at College Station to earn a spot at the ITA National Indoor Intercollegiate Championships starting on Nov. 4.

“It was exciting to get two teams in the finals,” said head coach Michael Center. “Both of those doubles teams played well to get to that point, and they had some tight wins against very good teams to get to the finals. It was a great event for both of our doubles teams.”

Camillone and Holiner defeated the Texas A&M tandem of Alexis Klegou and Junior Ore, while Chen and Whitehead beat Alberto Bautista and Jackson Withrow, also from Texas A&M, to set up the all-Longhorn final.

Center is looking forward to the next tournaments for the team.

“The guys are playing really hard and getting better,” Center said.

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The Longhorns are ready to get back in the swing of things this weekend in the ITA Texas Regional Championships in College Station.

Texas is lead by junior Daniel Whitehead, ranked No. 59 on the ITA preseason rankings after posting a 27-9 singles record last season. Junior Ben Chen also earned the No. 113 ranking after compiling a 16-11 singles record last season.

The state of Texas is considered its own region, so Texas will be facing competition from Baylor, Texas Tech, Texas A&M, and Texas Christian, among other schools. The winning team from this tournament will go on to compete at the USTA/ITA Indoor Intercollegiate Championships in Flushing, New York at the beginning of November.

The Longhorns last tournament was the ITA All-American Championships, in which Whitehead fell one win away from making the main draw. Other Longhorns that earned victories at the tournament included Chen, freshman Soren Hess-Olesen, and sophomore David Holiner.