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2008 NCAA Tennis Championships

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#7 seed Texas def. #3 seed UCLA, 4-2
Monday, May 19, 2008
1.#9 Ed Corrie/Kellen Damico (T) def. #52 Nick Meister/Harel Srugo (U)- DNF
2.#53 Luis Diaz Barriga/Miguel Reyes Varela (T) def. Mathieu Dehaine/Holden Seguso (U)- 8-6
3.Dimitar Kutrovsky/Josh Zavala (T) vs. Jeremy Drean/Michael Look (U)- 8-5
1.#10 Dimitar Kutrovsky (T) def. #23 Harel Srugo (U)- 3-6, 6-2, 6-3
2.#41 Kellen Damico (T) vs. #61 Holden Seguso (U)- DNF
3.#40 Mathieu Dehaine (U) def. #47 Ed Corrie (T)- 6-4, 6-2
4.Luis Diaz Barriga (T) def. Michael Look (U)- 6-3, 1-6, 6-2
5.Jeremy Drean (U) def. Milan Mihailovic (T)- 7-6 (3), 6-2
6.Miguel Reyes Varela (T) def. Nick Meister (U)- 3-6, 6-3, 6-0
Order of Finish: Doubles- 3, 2; Singles- 3, 5, 4, 6, 1

Texas advances to the national championship match for the first time in school history . . . Texas improves its season record to 25-5 . . . the NCAA Championship has been held in Tulsa twice, and Texas will be the second Big 12 school to play for the title, as Baylor won the national crown in 2004 . . . Texas' win over UCLA is the first time in nine matches that the Longhorns has defeated the Bruins . . . UCLA ends the season with a 25-2 record . . . the loss snapped a 19-match winning streak for the Bruins . . .

Texas will meet Georgia in the national championship, the second meeting this year between the two teams as the Bulldogs won the first 4-2 in the ITA National Indoors . . . Georgia leads the overall series against Texas 14-3 . . . Texas makes its first NCAA Championship match appearance, while Georgia is making its 13th appearance . . . the Bulldogs will look to repeat as national champions . . . Georgia has never won back-to-back titles, but had two chances to do so.


Texas Head Coach Michael Center
On playing for a national championship...
"It's exciting. At the beginning of the year I felt this team was capable of being in this position but you never know, it takes a lot of things to go your way to end up playing for a national championship. These guys played so hard this tournament and competed so well and even when things didn't look like they were going our way we just hung in there and kept battling. We're not satisfied, we're excited to be there but we're definitely not satisfied."

About the Kutrovsky match today...
"This guy (Kutrovsky) is something else. He got off to a little bit of a slow start, sometimes I feel he is a little bit tentative at the beginning of the matches and then he starts moving a little better and going for his shots and then he has the tendency to wear his opponents down, but no one wears his opponents down like this guy (Kutrovsky) does. He gets the ball on you so fast and I sensed at the end of the second set that he was gaining control of the match and his opponent was getting tired. There is no one fitter in college tennis than Dimi (Kutrovsky) and no one tougher. There is no one I would rather have out there in that situation than Dimi (Kutrovsky)."

Concerns during the match ...
"Well it looked like we had some set points at number five that we didn't get and then some match points at number two serving that we didn't get, and yet we still found a way to win the match. I think that speaks volumes for the entire team not relying on one person to get it done."

What does this mean for the Texas program to finally break through?
"It's exciting. Over the history of our program we are the winningest team in college tennis, but we haven't really broken through to play for a national championship to give us the credibility that we're trying to get. Now we are in a position to break through. I hope we will be looking for the challenge and can take that next step tomorrow."

Texas Player Dimitar Kutrovsky
About your match...
"Like coach said, I started really tentative and I wasn't going for my shots the way that I was going at the end of the match. I knew that he (Srugo) was an experienced player and was smart about his shot selections. He was moving around playing high balls, low balls and making good shots, but at the end I was able to start playing my game late in the first set. After it was 5-2 I held and I had a few chances to break back. I played aggressive throughout the second and third set and he got a little tired and I took advantage of my chances. I stayed out there fought as hard as I could."

UCLA Head Coach Billy Martin
On the match...
"I can't say I thought we played badly. We fought real hard. They just looked a little stronger in those third sets at least [at one and two]. I don't know how we got back in that one there. It seemed like we were down and out, the Texas guy kind of let us back in. I think he lost concentration just a little bit. Here I felt the Texas kid was a little bit stronger and a little bit more physical than my player. I don't know."

"We won at three and five. I thought we had a good chance at three. I knew four would be real tough. I was pretty proud of my guy for getting to the third set and giving us a chance there. We must have had a chance at six winning the first set and losing the second. Anytime you get to a third set you feel like you have a chance."

"I think we were in there, but the doubles weren't our best day. They played well. Overall, I can't be unhappy, we've had a great season, we fought real hard today and lost to a really good team. I certainly feel that team is capable of maybe winning it tomorrow. Once you get to the finals here it's a war of attrition, who has got the stronger guys in the end. We'll see who wins this match and then who wins tomorrow, but I'm really proud of my team."

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