Ed Corrie

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Texas will try to make another run at its first national championship beginning on May 13. It has earned the No. 13 national seed and is one of only two top-16 seeds not to host a first round, or the round of 32. Instead, Oklahoma will host the matches in Norman.


Texas will open up the NCAA team tournament against Missouri-Kansas City, and Oklahoma will play Tulsa. The winners of those matches will meet to decide who gets to advance to the round of 16, which will be played at Stanford University. Stanford also hosts the remainder of the tournament. Texas has already played both Tulsa and Oklahoma, having beaten the Golden Hurricanes 6-1, but losing to the Sooners 4-3.


Along with the team, Texas also placed three players in the individual NCAA championships. Seniors Ed Corrie and Kellen Damico have both earned spots to compete in the 64-player singles draw. Corrie will also team up with junior Jean Andersen to compete in the 32-team doubles portion of the tournament.


Corrie will be making his third run at an NCAA championship, and Damico will be making his second.

Neither Corrie or Damico have advanced past the first round individually, and this will be the first NCAA tournament for Andersen, as well as the first time for Corrie and Andersen as a duo.

In the final home matches of their careers, seniors Ed Corrie and Kellen Damico both walked out of Penick-Allison Tennis Center with wins, and No. 11 Texas defeated 38th-ranked Nebraska 5-2 on Sunday.

With the math even at one point each, Damico gave Texas its first lead in the match. After taking the first set, Damico held a 5-2 lead before Nebraska’s Christopher Aumueller tightened the match to 5-4. But Damico proved too strong and took the next game to seal the point, 6-4, 6-4. After starting the season at the No. 3 position in the lineup, Damico took advantage of the opportunities given to him and worked his way up. As Texas juggled inconsistency problems heading into conference play, Damico continued to produce and has been one of the team’s biggest strengths.

The second member of Texas’ senior class also had a nice afternoon in his final match in Austin. Corrie dropped the first set of his match but quickly recovered. With the match already secured, Corrie was the last man on the court and was able to take a long third set 6-4 to take his final point in Austin.

“I’m happy for my seniors, Ed Corrie and Kellen Damico, to see them win on senior day,” said Texas head coach Michael Center.

Texas got itself in trouble for the third straight match, as Nebraska fought through a Texas match point in doubles to take the opening point as well as the lead heading into singles competition. Texas failed to take the doubles point for the third straight match after only losing one in its first 17 matches.

“We got into a hole after doubles. We had a chance to win the doubles point and got to match point, but before you knew it, Nebraska had won it, and it was over,” Center said. “It became a bit of a roller coaster after that.”
But the Longhorns came roaring back in singles. Including Nebraska, they have now won five of their last six singles points.

Junior Jean Andersen leveled the match at one apiece after quickly disposing of Nebraska’s Andre Stenger in straight sets. After Damico, Texas got its third point in a straight set win from sophomore Vasko Mladenov, and the clincher came from fellow sophomore Daniel Whitehead in three sets.

“Ben Chen lost a tough match again after being up a break in the third, and then Daniel Whitehead got us the clinching point in the end,” Center said.

Texas got out to a quick 3-1 lead, after claiming points at Nos. 1, 3 and 5 spots in singles but wasn’t able to take full control of the other matches until the very end.

The win puts Texas at 3-2 in the Big 12 and 17-6 overall. Texas finishes the regular season Saturday as it travels to College Station to take on conference-leading Texas A&M.

Men's Tennis

With a 4-3 win against No. 26 Florida State in Tallahassee, the Longhorns capped off a four-week stretch that featured three road matches against ranked opponents.

Texas’ doubles teams, led by Ed Corrie and Jean Andersen, have won all seven matches this season. The duos of Corrie and Andersen and Kellen Damico and David Holiner this time secured the doubles point for Texas. In singles, the Longhorns were able to keep the momentum going to solidify another win and remain undefeated this season.

“In singles, they jumped on us at Nos. 1 and 4. We ended up dropping those matches quickly and went down 2-1,” said head coach Michael Center.

Andersen used a straight set win to even up the match again, before sophomore Vasko Mladenov put Texas back on top.

“Jean Andersen did a good job and played very well, and Vasko got off his court to make it 3-2,” Center said.

Texas still needed to hold off Florida State and get one more win to take the match. That came from sophomore Daniel Whitehead with a three-set win to secure the victory for the team.

“Kellen Damico and Daniel Whitehead were out battling, and Daniel was able to get that last point we needed,” Center said.

With the win, Texas improves its record to 7-0 as it prepares for the ITA Indoor National Championships at the University of Washington this weekend. Before that, however, Texas will need to sharpen up its game in order to have the results they want.

“It was another hard-fought win for our guys,” Center said. “We’ve played in a lot of different environments and have been tested. We are happy to win, but we still have a lot of work to do.”