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2008 NCAA Tennis Championships

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#4 Georgia def. #7 Texas, 4-2
Tuesday, May 20, 2008
Doubles
1.#17 Jamie Hunt/Nate Schnugg (G) vs. #9 Ed Corrie/Kellen Damico (T)- DNF
2.#53 Luis Diaz Barriga/Miguel Reyes Varela (T) def. Luis Flores/Javier Garrapiz (G)-8-6
3.Dimitar Kutrovsky/Josh Zavala (T) def. Travis Helgeson/Christian Vitulli (G)- 8-3
Singles
1.#4 Travis Helgeson (G) def. #10 Dimitar Kutrovsky (T)- 4-6, 6-2, 6-3
2.#15 Nate Schnugg (G) def. #41 Kellen Damico (T)- 6-4, 6-2
3.#59 Luis Flores (G) def. #47 Ed Corrie (T)- 6-3, 1-6, 6-1
4.#38 Jamie Hunt (G) def. Luis Diaz Barriga (T)- 6-1, 6-4
5.#121 Javier Garrapiz (G) vs. Milan Mihailovic (T)- DNF
6.Miguel Reyes Varela (T) def. Christian Vitulli (G)- 6-4, 6-3

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

 
POST MATCH QUOTES

Georgia Head Coach Manny Diaz
Can you admit any surprise at this point with the players you lost from last year's roster and the injuries? "Honestly, I was out of words after what these guys accomplished tonight. I never felt so awkward trying to rationalize things. Probably today, I did less coaching than I've ever done, in many ways. I saw it in their eyes yesterday. They just competed like true champions. They were probably were a little bit more upset after losing the doubles points than they were yesterday, because they probably realized they didn't lay as well as they were capable of playing. The mindset these two captains have really just exemplified tonight exists in all the oteher guys and that's why we won the national championship. That's why we have worked just a little bit everyday and just come together to do this. It just baffles me."

Did you liked the way you finished with Luis and Travis on the court?
"I'll be honest. These two guys are some of the most courageous competitors we've ever had. Until I came over and Travis was going up 5-3. I watched the last couple points of that game. I left him a couple of games earlier and he was down a break 4-3. Dimi (Texas' Dimitar Kutrovsky) was playing great. There wasn't one ounce of let me second guess myself by Travis. He stepped up big. That's what we talked about. Both of these guys made adjustments. Luis, after dropping a 6-1 set in the second frame, totally made the adjustments necessary and played without fear and that's what got us this national championship."

Do you think your team maybe flew under the radar a bit?
"I don't know. Maybe. I said at the beginning of the tournament, and I didn't mean it in any kind of boastful way, that I wouldn't want to play us. Because I knew we were coming into ourselves healthwise with Javi (Javier Garrapiz) all of a sudden starting to find his stamina and Luis (Flores) every day just moving a little bit better. The heart has been there all the way. With all the stuff we've had to endure required a whole lot of strength and fortitude. To overcome two doubles points in the semis and finals, that's huge. I'm not sure that's been done a whole lot."

How do you feel about this tournament being played in the middle of the country and talk about your Tulsa experience so far?
"They've gone way beyond anything that they need to do, and they've done a tremendous job, and really have bent over backwards to really make this a great tournament. The weather cooperated. I remember the last match we played in this facility in 2004 we played in 30 MPH winds and I never wanted to come back. I'll be honest with you. We're not complaining tonight."

Georgia Player Travis Helgeson
On winning back-to-back national titles...
"It's pretty sweet. Last year was unbelievable. This year we had to fight through a lot of battles. To come in seeded fourth or fifth and to win the tournament is something special. To win twice in a row is something special for us."

On defeating Texas after knocking off unbeaten Virginia in the semifinals...
"Being able to win yesterday (vs. Virginia) gave us a ton of momentum. Texas is very tough at spots through the lineup. They showed it today. I was down a break (against Kutrovsky) in the third set but came back. It's amazing how things can turn like that. I focused on trying to get my rhythm and momentum back. He (Dimitar) is an unbelievable returner. I wanted to get the break back and then hold. Once I got up, I wanted to hold it out."

On Texas...
"We knew how tough they were. Going into the lockeroom after we lost the doubles point, we knew we had a battle on our hands. We knew what they were capable of doing."

Georgia Player Luis Flores
On returning after injuries earlier this season...
"At the beginning of the year, I was playing very good. Then I broke my first foot and within a week broke the other (stress fractures). I was out two months. The toughest part was coming back. We believed in each other. That was the key. We believed."

On winning a second straight national title...
"It was a terrific journey this year. This year tastes a little bit sweeter. It's great the way we competed."

Texas Head Coach Michael Center
On the match...
"We fought from the first point of this tournament to the last point in this tournament. I thought we played pretty well. We had some opportunities tonight, but I've got to give Georgia credit, they just made more plays down the stretch. We lost to a great team, nothing to hang our head over. Disappointed, I thought we had a chance, but I've got to give Georgia the credit."

On the match ending the way it did...
"I wasn't over there with Ed Corrie, he came back and won the second set. He got down early in the third. I knew that Milan [Mihailovic] was battling over there at number five. We had a break actually twice at number one, but I sense that Dimi [Dimitar Kutrovsky] was playing a little tentative. I wanted him to try to be more aggressive. Travis [Helgeson] started to get control of the match with his forehand and got a lot of balls up high,and Dimi wasn't able to attack him as effectively. The ball starts to slow down a bit too as the set progresses, which I think favored Travis. I could sense that that was starting to slip away a little bit. I was trying to get him fired up and get him to the net a little bit more and take a few more chances, but it just didn't happen and he lost. But, how can I fault that kid, he has been unbelievable for us this year, he's fought so hard. He's an amazing kid and he just got beat tonight."

POST MATCH NOTES

Georgia won its second straight national title and sixth in school history . . . this is the sixth time that a school has won back-to-back championships -- Stanford has done it four times (including two straight twice, three straight once and four straight once) and Southern Cal is the other (1993-94) . . . the last time there has been back-to-back champions was Stanford in 1995, `96, `97 and `98 . . . the Bulldogs finished the season with a 27-3 record . . . Texas closed out the season with a 25-6 mark . . . the win marked the second straight match that Georgia has lost the doubles point and came back to win the match . . . Georgia now has a 4-2 record when losing the doubles points (losses to Ohio State, Tennessee and Texas) . . . Jamie Hunt won his 18th consecutive match and was ahead in four unfinished matches . . . Texas fell to 25-3 when winning the doubles point.

2008 NCAA MEN'S TENNIS ALL-TOURNAMENT TEAM- DOUBLES
No. 1 Ed Corrie/Kellen Damico, Texas
No. 2 Luis Diaz Barriga/Miguel Reyes Varela, Texas
No. 3 Dimitar Kutrovsky/Josh Zavala, Texas
2008 NCAA MEN'S TENNIS ALL-TOURNAMENT TEAM- SINGLES
No. 1 Somdev Davvarman, Virginia
No. 2 Nate Schnugg, Georgia
No. 3 Luis Flores, Georgia
No. 4 Jamie Hunt, Georgia
No. 5 Abdula Magdas, Southern California
No. 6 Miguel Reyes Varela, Texas

Most Outstanding Player: Nate Schnugg, Georgia

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