Chris Camillone

Men's Tennis

Play began Thursday in Flushing, N.Y., as the USTA/ITA National Indoor Intercollegiate Championships got under way at the Billie Jean King National Tennis Center.

Senior Daniel Whitehead represented the Longhorns as he competed in the singles draw after receiving automatic entry through his win at the Texas Regional Championships on Oct. 23. Whitehead was defeated in his first match against California’s Ben McLachlan (6-2, 6-1), who ranked No. 16 in the ITA preseason rankings.

However, two Longhorns are still alive in the tournament. Doubles tandem Chris Camillone and David Holiner, the No. 8-ranked doubles team in the country, received a late invitation to Flushing as they were chosen as alternates in the doubles draw. Camillone and Holiner received a bye in the first round of 32 but played a tough match against North Florida’s Moritz Buerchner and Norbert Nemcsek in the round of 16, where they won 8-6.

The win puts Camillone and Holiner at an 8-2 record this fall and, more importantly, advances them to the quarterfinals Friday against Duke’s No. 16 Henrique Cunha and Raphael Hemmeler.  

The Longhorns ended what seemed like a promising run in the singles and doubles main draw rounds of the ITA Championships in Tulsa last weekend. Sophomore Soren Hess-Olesen, seniors Daniel Whitehead and Chris Camillone, and juniors Sudanwa Sitaram and David Holiner headlined the action for Texas.

Hess-Olesen started the singles main draw strong, defeating Michigan’s No. 31 Spencer Newman, 7-6, 6-4, and edging out All-American sophomore No. 5 Nik Scholtz of Ole Miss, 6-2, 7-5. He advanced to the third round of 16 of the main draw after the two wins Thursday. Hess-Olesen exited the tournament Friday with a loss to University of Tulsa’s Japle DeKlerk, 6-0, 6-2.

Whitehead made it through two rounds of the consolation singles draw before being knocked out by Tennessee’s Hunter Reese. Whitehead defeated Boise State’s Andrew Bettles, 6-2, 6-4 in the first round and outlasted LSU’s Olivier Borsos, 6-4, 6-3, in the second round before being knocked out by Reese Saturday.

Whitehead and Sitaram played impressively as they advanced through the doubles qualifying rounds in Tulsa. The duo won four straight en route to securing a spot in the consolation round, where they were finally defeated by University of Georgia’s Hemus Pieters and Ben Wagland, 8-3. The Longhorns’ doubles team of Holiner and Camillone, ranked as the No. 8 doubles team coming into the competition, defeated Oregon’s Robin Cambier and Jeff Mullen, 8-6, before losing in a close match to Tennessee’s Jarryd Chaplin and Mikelis Libietis, 9-8.

The Longhorns’ performance at the ITA Championships in Tulsa last weekend was a drastic improvement from their outing in the championships last year. The Longhorns had two singles players and two doubles teams in the main draw and consolation rounds this year compared to having no players participate in the main events in 2011.

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.

Photo Credit: Shannon Kintner | Daily Texan Staff

This weekend is the start of the Intercollegiate Tennis Association Men’s All-American Championships in Tulsa, OK. The event will last a little more than a week and starts Sept. 29 with pre-qualifying rounds, continuing through Oct. 7 with the main draw. The Longhorns sent four players to each of the first two events this year but will be sending many more to the ITA Championships.

Soren Hess-Olesen, who was edged out in last week’s Napa Valley Classic finals by Georgia’s Nathan Pasha, will participate in the main draw singles along with teammate Daniel Whitehead. Chris Camillone, David Holiner and Sudanwa Sitaram will compete in the qualifying singles. Camillone and Holiner will also participate in the main draw doubles pool as a team. Whitehead will compete in the qualifying doubles with teammate Ben Chen. Chen, Jacoby Lewis and Joey Swaysland will round out the Longhorn participants in the pre-qualifying singles.

Texas has been out to a great start this season with impressive play all-around at the Racquet Club Collegiate Invitational and the Napa Valley Classic. Hess-Olesen, No. 42 on ITA’s preseason singles rankings, and Whitehead, No. 46, did well in their first events this year and should do well again in Tulsa. Doubles duo Holiner and Camillone, No. 8 on ITA’s preseason doubles rankings, should also do well at the championships the following week.

This weekend the Longhorns will begin their quest for a conference title against No. 21 Oklahoma and No. 75 Oklahoma State.

Texas will take on the Sooners in Austin tonight at 6 p.m., and then take on the Cowboys at 1 p.m. Sunday.

Today’s showdown looks to be a good match, as there are six ranked singles players and four ranked doubles teams between the two teams. Texas is led by No. 64 freshman Soren Hess-Olesen and junior Daniel Whitehead, who is No. 97 in singles. In doubles, the team is led by the No. 27 ranked duo of junior Chris Camillone and sophomore David Holiner, followed by junior Ben Chen and Whitehead at the No. 50 spot.

Oklahoma is led by No. 17 Costin Pavel, No. 82 Peerakit Siributwong, No. 90 Guillermo Alcorta and No. 94 Dane Webb in the singles lineup. In doubles, the duo of Paval and Webb are ranked No. 13, while Tsvetan Mihov and Siributwong are ranked No. 71.

The Sooners (10-3) are coming off a 7-0 shutout over TCU and a 5-2 win over No. 18 Tulsa in their last appearances on court. Texas started their match against Tulsa last week, but weren’t able to finish the match because of a rain delay. However, Camillone and Holiner were able to get the upset over the then-ranked No. 5 doubles team, which was also defeated by Oklahoma’s No. 13 duo earlier that weekend.

Although Texas didn’t get to finish the match against Tulsa, they were able to come back and defeat UT-Permian Basin 6-0 to give head coach Michael Center his 400th career win.

This matchup is also important in terms of conference standings. The Longhorns are picked to finish on top in conference play, followed by the Sooners in second place. Oklahoma’s three losses came against Ole Miss, Pepperdine and Virginia, who also handed the Longhorns one of their five losses on the season so far.

Oklahoma State will start their conference play against No. 25 Texas A&M today, and will then travel to Austin to face the Longhorns. The Cowboys defeated Creighton earlier this week to move to 7-7 on the season and are ranked No. 75. the road.

Printed on Friday, March 30, 2012 as: Texas opens conference play against Red River rivals OU

After dropping their first match of the tournament, the Longhorns ended the weekend on a positive note with two victories over Top 20 teams.

The No. 14 ranked Longhorns wrapped up the Intercollegiate Tennis Association National Team Indoor Championships with a 4-2 win over No. 16 Auburn late Sunday evening. Texas claimed the doubles point thanks to an 8-3 victory by Sudanwa Sitaram and Daniel Whitehead at the number three doubles line. Chris Camillone and David Holiner clinched the point for Texas with their 8-6 win over Auburn’s No. 2-ranked doubles team.

The Tigers scored their first point off Lukas Ollert’s win over Camillone at the No. 5 singles spot. Texas scored their second point with Sitaram’s 6-2, 6-2 win over Dan Cochrane. Whitehead increased Texas’ lead by two with his three-set win over Alex Stanchev at the second spot, but the Tigers would not go away, getting their second point with a win at the six spot. Clinching the victory for the Longhorns was freshman Lloyd Glasspool, who came back from losing the first set to beat Dennis Lengsfeld 2-6, 7-6, 6-4.

On Saturday, the Longhorns avenged a loss to Texas A&M in the previous week with a 4-1 win in the first round of the consolation bracket. Texas got on the board early with two doubles victories. In the No. 3 spot, Sitaram and Whitehead blanked Niall Angus and Alexis Klegou, 8-0. Camillone and sophomore Holiner pulled off the upset of the No. 36 ranked tandem of Lewis and Hoover, 8-4.

In singles, Sitaram added to Texas’ total with a 6-4, 7-6 win over Junior Ore, while Camillone added another point with his 6-2, 6-2 win over Jackson Withrow. The Aggies got on the board with a win at the number six spot, but freshman Soren Hess-Olesen, ranked No. 93, upset No. 15 Klegou, 6-3, 6-3 to avenge his loss from the Longhorns’ previous matchup against the Aggies and seal the victory for the Longhorns.

Texas opened the tournament with a 4-0 loss to the No. 3 seed Ohio State.

The Buckeyes scored the first point after claiming two of the doubles matches, although Texas scored an upset over the Buckeyes’ No. 27 ranked team at the number two spot. Whitehead and Holiner teamed up to hand Devin McCarthy and Ille Van Engelen an 8-3 loss. The Buckeyes went on to post three straight singles victories to clinch the match and knock Texas into the consolation bracket. The Longhorns finished the tournament with a 2-1 record. They will return to the courts this Saturday with a doubleheader in Austin.

Printed on Tuesday, February 21, 2012 as: Horns pick up wins over Auburn, A&M

Men's Tennis Preview

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

The Longhorns are sending two of their own to New York this weekend, in hopes that they will return to Texas with an indoor doubles title.

Junior Chris Camillone and sophomore David Holiner will be competing in the doubles draw of the ITA National Intercollegiate Indoor Championships at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center. Camillone and Holiner will face Tennessee’s Mikelis Libietis and Hunter Reese in the opening round, beginning Thursday at 9 a.m.

Camillone and Holiner earned their spot in the draw after they defeated fellow teammates Daniel Whitehead and Ben Chen in the final of the ITA Texas Regional Championships, which were held in College Station two weeks ago.

This event, which is hosted by Columbia University, features a 32-player singles draw and a 20-team doubles draw and will be played on the grounds of the U.S. Open Championships.

Camillone and Holiner look to continue the Texas doubles legacy in New York. Last season, former Longhorns Ed Corrie and Jean Andersen reached the doubles semifinals, while former Longhorns Kellen Damico and Luis Diaz Barriga also reached the doubles semifinals in 2007. 

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.