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2008 NCAA Tennis Championships

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#7 seed Texas 4, #10 seed Florida 0
Friday, May 16, 2008
1.#9 Ed Corrie/Kellen Damico (T) def. #30 Jeff Dadamo/Greg Ouellette (F), 8-4
2.#53 Luis Diaz Barriga/Miguel Reyes Varela (T) def. Nestor Briceno/Alex Lacroix (F), 8-6
3.Dimitar Kutrovsky/Josh Zavala (T) vs. Johnny Hamui/Tyler Hochwalt (F), DNF
1.#10 Dimitar Kutrovsky (T) vs. #2 Greg Ouellette (F), DNF
2.#41 Kellen Damico (T) vs. #52 Nestor Briceno (F), DNF
3.#47 Ed Corrie (T) def. #66 Alex Lacroix (F), 6-2, 6-2
4.Luis Diaz Barriga (T) def. Jeff Dadamo (F), 6-2, 3-6, 6-3
5.Milan Mihailovic (T) vs. Tyler Hochwalt (F), DNF
6.Miguel Reyes Varela (T) def. Erik Corace (F), 6-4, 7-5

Order of Finish: Doubles - 2, 1; Singles - 3, 4, 6


Texas improved its season record to 23-5 . . . the Longhorns improved its series record against Florida to 8-5 . . . Texas won its 32nd match in NCAA Tournament history . . . Texas advances to the quarterfinals for the third time in school history, and the first since 2006 . . . Florida closed out the season with a 27-8 overall record . . . since 1977 season, Texas has now advanced to the quarterfinals eight times.


Texas Head Coach Michael Center
An overview of the match against Florida ...
"Well, I was really, really pleased the way we came out in the doubles. I though our energy level was excellent, we were more physical than we have been and we sustained it through the whole doubles. We really controlled all three doubles today, which was a great start and then I just told them this is a great team, great program, they are going to keep punching and they are going to keep fighting, their backs are against the wall and they are come out after us. Then to get five first-sets was really good, but I knew at some point they were going to make a run, which they started to make a little run. I though our guys regrouped and really put it together to close that match out. So, overall I was thought it was tremendous match for us today."

Texas Player Dimitar Kutrovsky
Recount some details from your match ...
"I started knowing that my opponent was going to be a tough player and I was just trying to find a way to break his served and trying to hold serve as efficiently as I could. We were going back and forth, game by game, until I was on 4-5 serving and then he played a few good points and I missed a few easy shots. In the second set I just had to play a little bit tougher and cut down on my mistakes. I was trying to figure out how to return his serve a little bit better, I had a bunch chances in a few games before I broke him at five all and then I just stood with him, played a little more aggressive and at the end I just broke him and I played a good game."

Had you face him before and how do you prepare against an opponent you have never played before ...
No, the first time I have played him. Well, we have the scouting reports, obliviously. You have a general idea what you are going to play against him. I definitely had to make some adjustments, conscience adjustments during the match.

Texas Player Ed Corrie
Talk about your big win at No. 3 ...
"Coach has been talking about and all the team has been talking about this year, how important it is for every guy to focus on their court and if they can get off the court as quickly as possible. It was clear to me early on that I was going to have that opportunity today, really wanted to focus in and get off court with a win for the guys. That always helps getting 2-0 after we got the doubles point, so it was just a matter of focusing in and playing. I had a rhyme on my serve today and he wasn't the best server, so I knew I was going to get plenty of opportunities to break. It was just a matter of concentrating really and getting off court as quickly as I could."

Florida Head Coach Andy Jackson
Your thoughts on the match ...
"Congratulations to Texas. I thought they were very good. The two biggest factors in the match were how quickly Texas started in both the doubles and the first set of the singles. I was very proud of my team because we did find our rhythm in the match, but it was too late. That's a credit to Texas. I'm very proud of my team that I felt came a long way this year."

Was this a good learning experience for a young team?
"We hope. We'll find out next year. To give Texas credit, we didn't come to learn, we came to beat Texas and we weren't quite good enough this year."

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