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Semifinals set for 2010 ITA National Men's Team Indoor Championship
 

SEMIFINALS SET FOR ITA NATIONAL MEN'S TEAM INDOORS
No. 8 Texas Upends No. 1 USC, Defending Champion Virginia
now Highest Remaining Seed

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. - The Semifinals have been set for the 16 teams competing in the 2010 ITA National Men's Team Indoor Championship hosted by the University of Virginia at the Boar's Head Sports Club.

ITA National Men's Team Indoor Championship: Quarterfinals
#8 Texas 4, #1 USC 2
#5 Tennessee 4, #4 UCLA 0
#3 Ohio State 4, #11 Florida 3
#2 Virginia 4, #7 Georgia 0

More on the Quarterfinalists:
#2 Virginia: Tournament host and second-seeded Virginia continued its quest for a third consecutive ITA National Men's Team Indoor title by reaching the semifinals for the fourth consecutive year with a 4-0 win over recent rival and seventh-seeded Georgia. The Cavaliers didn't necessarily need help in reaching tomorrow's semis but they got plenty of it from the home crowd by recording a facility record crowd of 1,250 packing the club on Saturday for the four quarterfinal matches. The Cavaliers (6-1) took a 1-0 lead in the match by winning the doubles point before jumping out to a quick start in singles, winning five of six first sets from the Bulldogs (5-1). In three of the matches, the Cavaliers won in straight sets to secure the victory. The latest match versus UGA in their recent rivalry was a rematch of last year's ITA Men's National Team Indoor Final hosted in Chicago. Tomorrow's match doesn't get any easier for the two-time defending champs as the two highest-remaining seeds meet in a rematch of the 2008 ITA Men's National Team Indoors.
First Round Matchup: No. 2 Virginia def. No. 15 Alabama, 4-0
Quarterfinal Matchup: No. 2 Virginia def. No. 7 Georgia, 4-0
Semifinal Matchup: No. 2 Virginia vs. No. 3 Ohio State - 3:00 p.m. (ET)

#2 Virginia 4, #7 Georgia 0
Doubles
1. Courtney/Shabaz (UVa) vs. Hunt/Schnugg (UGA) 8-8 DNF
2. Barrick/Jenkins (UVa) def. Bernstein/Garrapiz (UGA) 8-6
3. Singh/Singer (UVa) def. Vitulli/Seal (UGA) 8-5

Singles
1. #3 Michael Shabaz (UVa) def. Nate Schnugg (UGA) 6-4, 7-5
2. #12 Sanam Singh (UVa) def. #45 Javier Garrapiz (UGA) 6-3, 6-3
3. #16 Jarmere Jenkins (UVa) led Jamie Hunt (UGA) 6-4, 5-4 DNF
4. #31 Drew Courtney (UVa) def. #60 Drake Bernstein (UGA) 6-4, 5-4
5. Bo Seal (UGA) led #58 Houston Barrick (UVa) 6-3, 2-5 DNF
6. #28 Lee Singer (UVa) led Christian Vitulli (UGA) 6-4, 4-3 DNF


#3 Ohio State:Down, 3-0, the No.3 seed Ohio State men's tennis team won four-consecutive singles matches to defeat No. 11th seeded Florida, 4-3, in the quarterfinals, advancing to tomorrow's semis against tournament host and two-time defending champion Virginia. The Buckeyes and Cavaliers are the tournament's top two highest-remaining seeds after No. 8 Texas dropped top-ranked USC. Under 11th-year head coach Ty Tucker, Ohio State (8-0) Ohio State is 4-0 against Top 25 opponents this season with victories over No. 22 North Carolina (6-1), No. 16 Louisville (4-2) and No. 13 Pepperdine (6-1). The Buckeyes are 10-8 all-time in the tournament - all wins coming under Tucker, the 2009 Wilson/ITA Division I National Coach of the Year. With the scored tied 3-3, junior Shuhei Uzawa defeated Bob van Overbeek in straight sets 6-4, 7-5 at No. 4 singles to claim the match point for Ohio State. The win for Uzawa, snaps his three-game losing streak in singles. The Buckeyes began the day losing their first doubles point of the 2010 campaign - in thrilling fashion, however. Dino Marcan and Balazs Novakimproved to 9-1 overall after downing Joey Burkhardt and Sekou Bangoura, 8-6, at No. 2. Ohio State would then lose two-consecutive matches in super tiebreakers vs. the Gators. At No. 3, Matt Allareand Uzawa lost 9-8 (7-3) to Daniel Cash and Overbeek, while at No. 1, senior co-captain Justin Kronaugeand sophomore Chase Buchananfell to 10th-ranked Antoine Benneteau and Alex Lacroix, 9-8 (9-7). In singles, the Gators won back-to-back matches to begin competition pushing the Gators lead to 3-0. The Buckeyes were able to dig deep and win the final four matches and claim the victory for OSU behind Uzawa's straight set victory. The Buckeyes will look to advance to its third final in four years at the team indoor championship Sunday.
First Round Matchup: No. 3 Ohio State def. No. 14 Louisville, 4-0
Quarterfinal Matchup: No. 3 Ohio State def. No. 11 Florida, 4-3
Semifinal Matchup: No. 3 Ohio State vs. No. 2 Virginia - 3:00 p.m. (ET)

#3 Ohio State 4, #11 Florida 3
Doubles
1. #10 Benneteau/Lacroix (UF) def. Buchanan/Kronauge (OSU) - 9-8 (9-7)
2. Novak/Marcan (OSU) def. Burkhardt/Bangoura (UF) - 8-6
3. van Overbeek/Cash (UF) def. Uzawa/Allare(OSU) - 9-8 (7-3)

Singles
1. #103 Chase Buchanan(OSU) def. # 7 Alex Lacroix (UF) - 6-2, 6-4
2. Justin Kronauge (OSU) def. Joey Burkhardt (UF) - 6-1, 6-3
3. Antoine Benneteau (UF) def. Dino Marcan (OSU) - 6-1, 6-1
4. #34 Shuhei Uzawa (OSU) def. Bob van Overbeek (UF) - 6-4, 7-5
5. Balazs Novak (OSU) def. Sekou Bangoura (UF) - 6-1, 6-2
6. Nasim Slilam (UF) def. Matt Allare (OSU) - 6-2, 6-1


#5 Tennessee:Freshman Rhyne Williams earned a key three-set victory to send the Tennessee Volunteers back to the semifinals ITA National Team Indoor Championship. Williams' win at the No. 3 position clinched the match for the Vols 4-2 over fourth-seeded UCLA advancing Tennessee to face another upstart orange team that goes by UT in the form of Texas (9-0), who dumped top-ranked USC, 4-2 in the quarterfinals. Tennessee led the match 3-2 and needed just one more point to end it. Williams, ranked 22nd nationally, started his third set on an absolute tear, jumping out to a 4-0 lead. With a strong serve on match point, he defeated No. 118 Nick Meister 6-3, 3-6, 6-3, and teammates rushed out to celebrate on the court. For the second day, junior Matteo Fago was first off the court for the Vols. He defeated Kallim Stewart 6-3, 6-3 at No. 6 to improve to 19-6. Junior Boris Conkic, who has not lost a match in 2010, won his 12th consecutive match by defeating Holden Seguso 6-2, 6-1. The Vols once again remained unbeaten in doubles during dual matches. Last season, the Vols defeated top-seeded Ohio State 4-3 to reach the semifinals of Indoors. They lost to eventual champion Virginia 4-0 a day later. Now the Vols face a familiar foe in Texas, who defeated the southeast UT 4-3 in the round of 16 of the 2009 NCAA Championships.
First Round Matchup: No. 5 Tennessee def. No. 12 Illinois, 4-0
Quarterfinal Matchup: No. 5 Tennessee def. No. 4 UCLA - 4-2
Semifinal Matchup: No. 5 Tennessee vs. No. 8 Texas - 12:00 p.m. (ET)

#5 Tennessee 4, #8 Texas 2
Singles
1. John-Patrick Smith, UT, vs. Haythem Abid, UCLA, 6-7, 6-4, 1-1 DNF
2. Boris Conkic, UT, def. Holden Seguso, UCLA, 6-2, 6-1
3. Rhyne Williams, UT, def. Nick Meister, UCLA, 6-3, 3-6, 6-3
4. Matt Brooklyn, UCLA, def. Tennys Sandgren, UT, 6-2, 6-3
5. Amit Inbar, UCLA, def. Matt Brewer, UT, 6-2, 7-5
6. Matteo Fago, UT, def. Kallim Stewart, UCLA, 6-3, 6-3

Doubles
1. D. Sandgren/Smith, UT, def. Abid/Seguso, UCLA, 8-4
2. Conkic/Williams, UT, led Inbar/Meister, UCLA, 7-6 DNF
3. Fago/T. Sandgren, UT, def. Brooklyn/Stewart, UCLA, 9-8 (7-3)


#8 Texas: For the second-straight day, eighth-seeded Texas (6-0) were able to exact revenge on teams that upended the Longhorns in last year's ITA Men's National Team Indoor. After recording a 4-0 sweep of No. 9 seed Stanford yesterday, UT swiftly took the doubles point in a mere 40 minutes and never looked back with three singles wins including victories over No. 14 Robert Farah and Steve Johnson, the top-ranked player in the Campbell/ITA College Tennis Rankings. Texas' posted their first win over Stanford since 1993 yesterday to claim their third-straight spot in the tournament's quarterfinals and today were able to upend top-ranked USC, who endured their first loss since winning the 2009 NCAA Team title. The Trojans actually beat the Horns in the NCAA semifinals on the way to winning the title. The win today over SC puts UT in the semifinals of the ITA National Team Indoor Championships for the first time in the program's history, where they will take on a fellow orange school that goes by UT in Tennessee. The match at No. 1 singles featured two of college tennis' premier players in Texas' fifth-ranked Kutrovsky and USC's 14th-ranked Farah. Kutrovsky broke for a 5-4 first-set lead, but Farah returned the favor and held for a 6-5 lead. The set went to a tie-breaker, where Farah was victorious, 7-5. Kutrovsky took control early on in set two on his way to a 6-3 win to force a third set. The Longhorns' All-American broke for a 3-2 lead and never looked back, as he took the set, 6-2 to win the match and stake Texas to a 3-2 lead. Texas' Corrie took on USC's top-ranked Johnson at what proved to be the clinching match at second singles. Corrie surrendered the first set, 6-3, but at 5-all in the second set, Corrie took command and finished off the set, 7-5. A one-all third-set tie became a 4-1 lead in favor of Corrie, and at match point at 5-3, 40-15, Corrie smacked a forehand that registered an errant backhand from Johnson, clinched his victory against the top-ranked Trojan and nailed down the 4-2 win for the Longhorns.
First Round Matchup: No. 8 Texas def. No. 9 Stanford, 4-0
Quarterfinal Matchup: No. 8 Texas def. No. 1 USC, 4-2
Semifinal Matchup: No. 8 Texas vs. No. 5 Tennessee - 12:00 p.m. (ET)

#8 Texas 4, #1 USC 2
Singles
1. #22 Kutrovsky/Zavala (UT) def. #13 Farah/Johnson (USC) - 8-2
2. Corrie/Damico (UT) def. Nguyen/McNaughton (USC) - 8-1
3. Andersen/Whitehead (UT) vs. Lucassen/Poldma (USC) - 4-6, DNF

Singles
1. #5 Dimitar Kutrovsky(UT) def. #14 Robert Farah (USC) - 6-7 (5), 6-3, 6-2
2. #9 Ed Corrie(UT) def. #1 Steve Johnson (USC) - 3-6, 7-5, 6-3
3. #116 Jaak Poldma (USC) def. Kellen Damico(UT) - 6-4, 7-6 (6)
4. Jean Andersen(UT) def. Peter Lucassen (USC) - 6-3, 7-5
5. #78 Daniel Nguyen (USC) def. #38 Josh Zavala(UT) - 6-2, 6-1
6 #104 Vasko Mladenov(UT) vs. #47 Matt Kecki (USC) - 6-2, 6-7 (6), susp.

For complete results, visit www.itatennis.com. Play on Sunday begins at 9 am ET. at the Boar's Head Sports Club and admission is free.


 

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