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Baylor Men Claim Pair of 7-0 Victories over Laredo College and Abilene Christian (BU recap/box)

Bears extend win streak to seven as they top Laredo CC and Abilene Christian.

WACO – The 26th-ranked Baylor men’s tennis team claimed 7-0 victories over Laredo Community College and Abilene Christian on Saturday. The wins give the Bears seven victories in a row and improve their overall season record to 9-1.

“We felt great about the result today,” head coach Matt Knoll said. “It is a great day to be a Baylor Bear and we are excited for next weekend. You never know what is going to happen and you may need guys to be ready to play. I think some guys who haven’t played consistently were able to get out there and get some wins and confidence. They have been helping us in practice and getting a chance to play is awesome.”

Match No. 1 vs. Laredo CC
In the first match played at the Hawkins Indoor Tennis Center, the Bears took the doubles point by winning the first two matchups with identical 8-0 victories on courts two and three. The Bears were able to complete the sweep of doubles points on court one where Patrick Pradella and Tony Lupieri topped Laredo’s Hamid Derbani and Hector Ramirez, 8-3.

Baylor carried the momentum into the singles matches. No. 77 Marko Krickovic was first to strike with a 6-1, 6-0 victory over Eman Esfandi. Robbie Korth was soon to follow in the No. 6 spot with another 6-0, 6-0 victory that extended Baylor’s lead in the match to 3-0.

The Bears claimed the match point with a win on court 5 where Robert Verzaal disposed of Laredo’s Alex Infante 6-0, 6-0. Tony Lupieri claimed Baylor’s fifth point with a 6-3, 6-2 win over Luis Hernandez in the No. 2 spot, before Roberto Maytin toped Hector Ramirez 6-4, 6-3, at the No. 3 position.

The first match concluded with a 6-4, 6-2 win by Baylor’s No. 122 Patrick Pradella vs. Hamid Derbani at the top of the lineup.

The win over Laredo CC improves the Bears’ overall series record against the Palominos to 4-0.

Match No. 2 vs. Abilene Christian
In the second match of the day played at the Hurd Tennis Center, Baylor was again able to claim the doubles point with wins on all three courts. Baylor’s Diego Galeano and Marko Krickovic were first to finish with an 8-1 victory on court 2 over Abilene’s Jason Proctor and Guilherme Gesser. Julian Lenz and Robert Verzaal soon followed with an 8-2 win on court 3. The final doubles match ended with an 8-3 victory on court 1 by Patrick Pradella and Roberto Maytin.

No. 78 Mate Zsiga was the first Baylor player to record a win in singles action with a 6-0, 6-1 victory in the No. 3 spot. The 77th-ranked Krickovic followed in the No. 4 spot wining 6-0, 6-2 over Abilene’s Gesser.

Baylor’s Galeano clinched the team victory in the No. 5 spot with a score of 6-3, 6-3. Robert Verzaal claimed his match by winning a three-set tiebreak over Alfredo Desiati 4-6, 6-3, 1-0 (10-5), before Baylor’s 43rd-ranked Julian Lenz completed the 7-0 sweep in the No. 1 spot by a score of 6-4, 7-6 (7-3) over Hans Hach.

With the win over Abilene Christian, BU moves to 9-1 on the season and improves to 9-3 in the overall series with the Wildcats.

The Bears will be back in action on Thursday as they host No. 6 Kentucky. Thursday’s match will mark the first of three matches against top ten opponents. Following the Kentucky match, the Bears will host No. 3 UCLA and No.1 Virgina.

“It is a huge opportunity for us,” said Knoll. “We are going to play Kentucky who is No. 6 in the country and has had a great start their season. We know that they are going to be super talented and they are going to be up. They lost to us last year down there at their place, so they will be jumping up and down ready to go and we are going to have to match their energy.”

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Abilene Christian vs Baylor Mar 02, 2013 at Waco, Texas (Hurd Tennis Center)
#26 Baylor 7, Abilene Christian 0
1. #43 Julian Lenz (BU) def. Hans Hach (ACUM) 6-4, 7-6 (7-3)
2. #77 Marko Krickovic (BU) def. Borja Cortes (ACUM) 6-0, 6-2
3. #78 Mate Zsiga (BU) def. Guilherme Gesser (ACUM) 6-0, 6-1
4. Roberto Maytin (BU) def. Nicklas Wingord (ACUM) 6-3, 6-3
5. Diego Galeano (BU) def. Jason Proctor (ACUM) 6-3, 6-3
6. Robert Verzaal (BU) def. Alfredo Desiati (ACUM) 4-6, 6-3, 1-0 (10-5)

1. Patrick Pradella/Roberto Maytin (BU) def. Hans Hach/Borja Cortes (ACUM) 8-3
2. Diego Galeano/Marko Krickovic (BU) def. Jason Proctor/Guilherme Gesser (ACUM) 8-1
3. Julian Lenz/Robert Verzaal (BU) def. Alfredo Desiati/Nicklas Wingord (ACUM) 8-2
Match Notes:
Abilene Christian 6-5
Baylor 9-1; National ranking #26
Order of finish: Doubles (2,3,1); Singles (3,2,5,4,6,1)

Laredo CC vs Baylor
Mar 02, 2013 at Waco, Tx. (Hawkins Indoor Tennis Center)
#26 Baylor 7, Laredo CC 0
1. #122 Patrick Pradella (BU) def. Hamid Derbani (LCC) 6-4, 6-2
2. Tony Lupieri (BU) def. Luis Hernandez (LCC) 6-3, 6-2
3. Roberto Maytin (BU) def. Hector Ramirez (LCC) 6-4, 6-3
4. #77 Marko Krickovic (BU) def. Eman Esfandi (LCC) 6-0, 6-0
5. Robert Verzaal (BU) def. Alex Infante (LCC) 6-0, 6-0
6. Robbie Korth (BU) def. Julio Cepeda (LCC) 6-1, 6-0

1. Patrick Pradella/Tony Lupieri (BU) def. Hamid Derbani/Hector Ramirez (LCC) 8-3
2. Julian Lenz/Roberto Maytin (BU) def. Luis Hernandez/Alex Infante (LCC) 8-0
3. Robert Verzaal/Robbie Korth (BU) def. Eman Esfandi/Julio Cepeda (LCC) 8-0
Match Notes:
Laredo CC 1-4
Baylor 8-1; National ranking #26
Order of finish: Doubles (3,2,1); Singles (4,6,5,2,3,1)

St. Edwards men defeat No. 4 ranked Laredo Community College, 5-4

AUSTIN - The St. Edward’s men’s tennis team won a 5-4 contest against No. 4 ranked Laredo Community College Saturday afternoon at the Strohmeyer Varsity Tennis Courts.

In doubles competition, St. Edward’s (2-3) swept Laredo CC (3-1) in all three matches. Ned Boone (Junior, London, England) and Mick Walter (Senior, College Station, Texas) took down their opponents Felipe Baptista and Jair Assuncio, who are ranked No. 4 nationally, 8-3. Ryan Wiggins (Junior, Frisco, Texas) and Pedro Bronstrup (Freshman, Porto Alegre, Brazil) followed suit with an 8-5 win against Guilherme Narducci and Jeremie Castela. In the No. 3 spot, James Rogers (Freshman, Bahagowan, Australia) and Alexandre Bueno (Freshman, Sao Paulo, Brazil) defeated No. 13 Antoine Rafaelli and Rafael Bugiga, 8-5, to finish the Hilltopper’s doubles competition sweep.

As both team headed into singles competition, St. Edward’s clinched the series with wins from Boone and Walter. Boone fought hard through three sets but took the win, 6-2, 3-6, 6-3. Walter dropped the first set, 4-6, but took the next two, 6-1, 6-4, to upset the No. 4 nationally ranked Couthino.

The rest of the Hilltoppers were swept in two sets by their Laredo CC opponents.

“I am very happy to beat such a worthy opponent” head coach Russell Sterns said. “I was proud of our guys for sweeping doubles competition, and extremely proud of our upperclassman winning in sinlges.”

The Hilltoppers will be back in action tomorrow when they take on Lamar. The first serve is set for 11 a.m. at the Strohmeyer Varsity Tennis Courts.

Laredo College vs St. Edward’s (Feb 26, 2011)
#15 St. Edward’s 5, #1 Laredo College 4
Feb 26, 2011 at Austin, Texas (Strohmeyer Varsity Tennis Courts)

Singles competition
1. Ned Boone (SEUMT) def. Jair Assuncio Neto (LCCMT) 6-2, 3-6, 6-3
2. Mick Walter (SEUMT) def. Rafael Couthino (LCCMT) 4-6, 6-1, 6-4
3. Antoine Rafaelli (LCCMT) def. Ryan Wiggins (SEUMT) 7-5, 6-3
4. Guilherme Narducci (LCCMT) def. Pedro Bronstrup (SEUMT) 6-3, 6-2
5. Jeremie Castela (LCCMT) def. Alexandre Bueno. (SEUMT) 6-2, 6-4
6. Rafael Bugiga (LCCMT) def. James Rogers (SEUMT) 7-5, 6-3

Doubles competition
1. Ned Boone/Mick Walter (SEUMT) def. Felipe Baptista/Jair Assuncio Neto (LCCMT) 8-3
2. Ryan Wiggins/Pedro Bronstrup (SEUMT) def. Guilherme Narducci/Jeremie Castela (LCCMT) 8-4
3. James Rogers/Alexandre Bueno. (SEUMT) def. Antoine Rafaelli/Rafael Bugiga (LCCMT) 8-5

Match Notes
Laredo College 3-0; National ranking #1
St. Edward’s 1-3; National ranking #15

Tyler Junior College Sweeps USTA/ITA Regional Championships

Tyler Junior College looks to be the team to beat this year at the JuCo level as they swept all four titles at the USTA/ITA Regional Championship held in Laredo this weekend.

Mario Jakovljevic captured the men’s singles title over Rafael Coutinho of Laredo, 6-1, 6-1. He then teamed with Pete Thomasonto take the doubles title over Coutinho and Felipe Baptista.

On the women’s side, it was an all-TJC final when Sun Wen bested teammate Antonia Kolovou, 6-3, 6-3.  The doubles was also all-TJY, as Wen and Kolovou teamed to beat top-seeded Elisha Gabb and Kristina Kinarkina, also of Tyler.

COMPLETE RESULTS

Southwest JuCo Championships

Here are links to the Southwest Junior College Championships held over the weekend in Temple. It is my understanding that Collin County won the men’s, while Tyler Junior College won the women’s, but I do not have team totals.

MEN’S RESULTS BY FLIGHT

WOMEN’S RESULTS BY FLIGHT

I have been remiss in posting the results of the National Dual Match Championships, but was trying to retrieve all of the individual match results for it. I have most of it done and will definitely get something posted on it soon.

Baylor men blank Laredo Community College, 7-0

The 14th-ranked men’s tennis claimed its 10th win of the season with a 7-0 sweep of Laredo Community College Tuesday afternoon at the Baylor Tennis Center.

“We were challenged,” head coach Matt Knoll said. “They have good players and I think our guys had to do a good job of concentrating. It really helped a few guys. I thought it was good for everybody.”

The win gives the Bears (10-2) their second five-match win streak of the year, after starting the season 5-0 and raises their home win streak to 15 matches. It was the eighth time that Baylor has swept an opponent this season, after only blanking 10 foes all of last season.

In doubles, Baylor’s third team of Julian Bley and Attila Bucko sprinted out to a 7-0 lead over Guilherme Narducci and Luis Rovira, before losing two points. However, the 45th-ranked duo then responded to win the match 8-2 and move their record to 6-1 in spring play. At the No. 2 doubles position Denes Lukacs and Roberto Maytin dispatched of Leury Arias and Antoine Raffaelli, 8-3 to give Baylor the doubles point. The 17th-ranked duo of Jordan Rux and Maros Horny closed out the doubles portion of the contest by beating Cledson Carvalho and Felipe Baptista, 8-3. Lukacs and Maytin are now 4-0 in dual match play, while Rux and Horny are 4-1.

“I thought we were a little flat coming out in one and two doubles,” Knoll said. ““The third doubles team got out of the gate a lot better. Those guys seem to be playing with a pretty good spirit. They are one of those funny teams that just play way better in matches than they do in practice, which is a pretty good way to do things.”

In singles, Dominik Mueller made quick work of Rovira, 6-0, 6-0 to give Baylor a second point and up his dual match record to 10-1. Maytin was the next Bear off the court as he dropped Arias 6-1, 6-2 for his fifth win as a Bear against only two losses. Horny clinched the match for Baylor at the No. 5 position as he beat Mateus Campos 6-2, 6-0 to raise his spring record to 7-2.

“Roberto (Maytin) stands out the most,” Knoll said. “That is probably the most complete match he has played in terms of concentrating from beginning to end.

“Dom (Dominik Mueller) can be tough on a day that you don’t want to work real hard. He concentrates well and he was able to do his thing out there.”

With the match in hand, Bley beat Baptista 6-3, 6-1, the 22nd-ranked Lukacs dropped Carvalho 6-4, 6-2, and Bucko dispatched of Raffaelli 6-4, 6-4.

Laredo CC falls to 5-4 on the year, while Baylor improves to 2-0 all-time versus the Palominos.

The Bears will now travel to California to face eighth-ranked UCLA on Thursday at 1:30 p.m. (PT) and then No. 24 Pepperdine on Saturday at 2 p.m. (PT).

Match Notes: It was the 400th match of Matt Knoll’s career at Baylor. In that time he has produced a 322-78 (.805) record. Jordan Rux did not play singles for only the second time this season after playing last weekend in the USTA Futures Tournament in McAllen, Texas. Lukacs raised his record to 10-0, while Mueller has won nine straight matches. Knoll also raised his non-conference record at Baylor to 240-65 in 13+ years.

Release Note: This release uses Baylor’s ITA team ranking from March 2. During the match new ITA team rankings were released. Baylor is now ranked No. 16, however for this match the Bears were the 14th-ranked team in the country. The UCLA and Pepperdine rankings reflect the March 9 edition of rankings.

#14 Baylor Bears 7, Laredo Community College 0
Mar 09, 2010 at Waco, Texas
(Baylor Tennis Center)
Singles competition
1. #22 Denes Lukacs (BU) def. Cledson Carvalho (LCC) 6-4, 6-2
2. Attila Bucko (BU) def. Antoine Raffaelli (LCC) 6-4, 6-4
3. Roberto Maytin (BU) def. Leury Arias (LCC) 6-1, 6-2
4. Dominik Mueller (BU) def. Luis Rovira (LCC) 6-0, 6-0
5. Maros Horny (BU) def. Mateus Campos (LCC) 6-2, 6-0
6. Julian Bley (BU) def. Felipe Baptista (LCC) 6-3, 6-1

Doubles competition
1. #17 Jordan Rux/Maros Horny (BU) def. Cledson Carvalho/Felipe Baptista (LCC) 8-3
2. Denes Lukacs/Roberto Maytin (BU) def. Leury Arias/Antoine Raffaelli (LCC) 8-3
3. #45 Attila Bucko/Julian Bley (BU) def. Guilherme Narducci/Luis Rovira (LCC) 8-2

Match Notes:
Laredo Community College 5-4
Baylor Bears 10-2; National ranking #14
Order of finish: Doubles (3,2,1); Singles (4,3,5,6,1,2)

Texas men pitch doubleheader shutout over Laredo College, St. Edward’s

No. 4 Texas (11-1) split into two squads and posted a pair of 7-0 victories over St. Edward’s and Laredo Community College Sunday afternoon at UT’s Penick-Allison Tennis Center.

Texas finished off St. Edward’s in the doubles session and made short work of the Hilltoppers in the singles session. Redshirt freshman Alex Hilliard posted a 6-0, 6-1 win over Jon Stockdale at sixth singles, and senior Dimitar Kutrovsky defeated Justin Raiti by a 6-2, 6-09 count at first singles. Sophomore Jean Andersen dealt Mick Walter a 6-3, 6-1 defeat at second singles, and senior Josh Zavala posted a 6-2, 6-1 win over Bernie Lancaster at third singles.

Freshman Daniel Whitehead knocked off Ryan Wiggins by a 6-0, 6-4 count at fourth singles, and freshman Chris Camillone finished off the Texas win with a 6-1, 6-2 win over Boris Barrios.

Texas finished off Laredo Community College in similar fashion. UT took a 1-0 lead with a sweep of the doubles matches. Junior Kellen Damico posted a 6-1, 6-3 win over Leury Arias at second singles, and senior Rook Schellenberg knocked off Mateus Campos by a 6-2, 6-2 margin at sixth singles. Junior Ed Corrie dealt Cledson Carvalho a 6-2, 6-2 defeat at first singles, and freshman Ben Chen defeated Guilherme Narducci by a 6-2, 6-2 count at fourth singles.

Senior Jon Wiegand notched a 6-1, 6-3 win over Luis Rovira at fifth singles, and freshman Vasko Mladenov finished off Antoine Raffaeli by a 6-4, 7-6 (5) count at third singles.

“It was nice to get everyone a chance to play,” UT head coach Michael Center said. “We’re coming into a real significant stretch of our season. We will have to continue to improve in some areas if we want to figure out how good we can be this season. It was a good effort, but I see a lot of room for improvement.”

Texas resumes play on Tuesday, March 2 against SMU in Austin. First serve is set for 6 p.m. Central at UT’s Penick-Allison Tennis Center.

Texas 7, St. Edward’s 0
Doubles – Order of Finish: 1, 3, 2
1 Kutrovsky/Zavala (UT) def. Barrios/Walter (St. Ed’s) – 8-3
2 Hilliard/Whitehead (UT) def. Raiti/Wiggins (St. Ed’s) – 8-5
3 Andersen/Camillone (UT) def. Stockdale/Lancaster (St. Ed’s) – 8-6

Singles – Order of Finish 6, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5
1 Dimitar Kutrovsky (UT) def. Justin Raiti (St. Ed’s) – 6-2, 6-0
2 Jean Andersen (UT) def. Mick Walter (St. Ed’s) – 6-3, 6-1
3 Josh Zavala (UT) def. Bernie Lancaster (St. Ed’s) – 6-2, 6-1
4 Daniel Whitehead (UT) def. Ryan Wiggins (St. Ed’s) – 6-0, 6-4
5 Chris Camillone (UT) def. Boris Barrios (St. Ed’s) – 6-1, 6-2
6 Alex Hilliard (UT) def. Jon Stockdale (St. Ed’s) – 6-0, 6-1

Texas 7, Laredo Community College 0
Doubles – Order of Finish: 1, 2, 3
1 Corrie/Damico (UT) def. Baptista/Carvalho (Laredo) – 8-1
2 Mladenov/Wiegand (UT) def. Rovira/Silva (Laredo) – 8-1
3 Chen/Schellenberg (UT) def. Raffaelli/Arias (Laredo) – 8-5

Singles – Order of Finish: 2, 6, 1, 4, 5
1 Ed Corrie (UT) def. Cledson Carvalho (Laredo) – 6-2, 6-2
2 Kellen Damico (UT) def. Leury Arias (Laredo) – 6-1, 6-3
3 Vasko Mladenov (UT) def. Antoine Raffaeli (Laredo) – 6-4, 7-6 (5)
4 Ben Chen (UT) def. Guilherme Narducci (Laredo) – 6-2, 6-2
5 Jon Wiegand (UT) def. Luis Rovira (Laredo) – 6-1, 6-3
6 Rook Schellenberg (UT) def. Mateus Campos (Laredo) – 6-2, 6-2

Texas Men’s Tennis Preview: St. Edward’s, Laredo C.C.

Longhorns return home after victory at Rice, host St. Edward’s and Laredo Community College simultaneously on Sunday.

WHAT/WHEN: No. 4 Texas (9-1) resumes play this weekend against St. Edward’s and Laredo Community College. Both matches will begin on Sunday, Feb. 28 at 1 p.m. Central. The Laredo match was previously scheduled to begin at 5 p.m.

WHERE: Penick-Allison Tennis Center – Austin, Texas

LAST MEETING vs. ST. EDWARD’S: Texas defeated St. Edward’s by a 4-2 count on March 30, 2005 in Austin. Texas is 4-0 all-time against St. Edward’s.

LAST MEETING vs. LAREDO C.C.: First meeting between the two schools.

LAST TIME OUT: Texas defeated Rice by a 4-3 count on Thursday, Feb. 25 in Houston.

ITA RANKINGS UPDATE
Singles
4. Ed Corrie(Texas)
13. Dimitar Kutrovsky (Texas)
54. Josh Zavala (Texas)
69. Daniel Whitehead (Texas)
79. Kellen Damico (Texas)

Doubles
8. Dimitar Kutrovsky/Josh Zavala (Texas)
27. Alex Hilliard/Daniel Whitehead (Texas)
49. Ed Corrie/Kellen Damico (Texas)
52. Vasko Mladenov/Jon Wiegand (Texas)

THE 2009-10 LONGHORNS
Under 10th-year head coach Michael Center, Texas features four singles starters who led the Longhorns to the NCAA title match in 2008 and to the NCAA semifinals in 2009. Senior Dimitar Kutrovsky is off to a fast start for highlighted by an appearance at the ITA National Intercollegiate Indoor Championships last November.

Junior Ed Corrie joined Kutrovsky in the singles draw at the ITA National Intercollegiate Indoors. Corrie knocked off USC’s top-ranked Steve Johnson to clinch the Longhorns’ 4-2 win over the top-ranked Trojans on Feb. 13 at the ITA National Team Indoor Championships.

Hilltopper women roll past Palominos, 8-1

The St. Edward’s women’s tennis team took down the Palominos of Laredo College Wednesday afternoon in San Antonio, 8-1.

St. Edwards (2-3) began the day with freshman Paige Rachel and sophomore Audrey Tompkins pairing up in the No. 1 spot to take on Laura Vergara and Nathalia Silva. The Hilltoppers took the first point of the day with an 8-2 win. In the No. 2 spot, senior Elizabeth Jacobi and sophomore Mary Bain took down Kayla Garcia and Amelie Arguindegui, 8-0. Sophomore Heather Brien and junior Anne Ruscoe paired up to take the final doubles point against Stephanie Villareal and Viviana Brizuela, 8-2.

In singles action, Rachel took on Vergara in the No. 1 spot. Vergara took the first set, 6-4. Rachel fought back in the second set to even things up, 3-6. In the final set, Vergara was able to edge Rachel, 10-8 to give the Palominos their only point of the day. Tompkins followed in the No. 2 spot against Silva. Tompkins was able to take the point in straight sets, 6-0, 6-1. Bain followed with similar results against Arguindegui, 6-0, 6-0. Jacobi continued the Hilltopper streak as she was able to defeat Garcia, 6-0, 6-2. Brien took down Villareal in straight sets, 6-0, 6-0. Ruscoe finished the days play against Brizuel. The Hilltoppers were able to win the final point in straight sets, 6-1, 6-0.

The Hilltoppers will be back in action Friday March 5 as they travel to Plano to take on Arkansas-Fort Smith. First-serve is set for 2 p.m.

Big weekend of action in store, DIII previews

There are a bunch of matches this weekend, including quite a few doubleheaders and split squad matches. Like I posted earlier in the week, I am now leaving the front page open for more blogging and all match stories will be available

One of the more interesting matches will be Sunday at noon when the #30 Texas women host #35 Pepperdine. Texas is at a point when they really need to win a match. Losses to Tennessee, TCU and Stanford are not horrible, but at some point you have to turn the ship around and actually get a few W’s. Of course the #5 Baylor women host Pepperdine tomorrow and should take them to the woodshed.

The Texas A&M women are in Las Vegas for a couple of matches. After defeating USD, they play #40 Fresno State, who is 0-4 on the season and then UNLV on Sunday.

The Aggie men play a couple of matches on Sunday, with Wisconsin at noon and Laredo College at 6 that evening. Wisconsin has a tough top-3, so this will be a good match for the men.

The Texas men are playing a split squad lineup on Saturday at 1 against UTSA and TAMU-CC. That should be nice, as a bunch of Texans should be on the court at once. Of course I won’t be there due to one of those important moments in fatherhood–the first T-Ball practice! Maybe we’ll head over afterwards in our leggings.

On Sunday, the Baylor men will play a pair of matches at 11am and 3pm against Prairie View and UT-Arlington, respectively. This will be a small tune-up before the Buckeyes of Ohio State hit Waco Wednesday at 3pm.

DIII Previews

I forgot to mention that several weeks ago that D3tennis.blogspot.com did some great reviews on the top teams in the country. Included in that were review of the Trinity and UT-Tyler men. These are thoughtful reports of each teams prospects for the spring and I highly recommend them for any DIII fan.

Collin County’s Hume Captures “Super Bowl”

Collin County Community College’s Damian Hume defeated Alberto Gonzalez of Auburn Montgomery at the ITA’s “Super Bowl” Champions of Small College Tennis, where the 2009 Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) National Small College Championships, from the NCAA Division II and III, NAIA and Junior College title-winners squared off to determine the overall champions.

Hume lived up to the lofty expectations of being the No. 1 seed in the JUCO men’s singles draw defeating the defending JUCO men’s singles champion, Cledson Carvalho of Laredo, 7-5, 6-3, who last year finished second in the Campbell/ITA College Tennis Rankings.

Hume, a sophomore from Johannesburg, South Africa also received the 2009 James O’ Hara Sargent Sportsmanship Awards presented by Rolex Watch USA yesterday. The James O’ Hara Sargent Sportsmanship Awards go to players who display outstanding sportsmanship and exemplify the spirit of college tennis during the course of the ITA National Small College Championships hosted by the Copeland-Cox Tennis Center in Mobile.

“To me I think sportsmanship means not only being nice to everyone around you, including your opponent, but to really have fun out there and truly enjoy it,” said Hume. “When you do face adversity, it can be tough but be sure to have a strong mind and keep yourself calm.”

“Entering the tournament as the top seed can definitely create a target for yourself,” said Hume. “The guy I played has been the top Junior College player for a year and a half now and has not even lost a match. I played him in the Regionals and was able to come through in a really tough match but I knew he would be coming out to be me. In today’s match, I just stayed strong and was able to get the win again.”

“I’m looking forward to playing at Yale and know that as long as I keep playing hard and believe in myself, we’ll see what happens. I don’t think my game has reached its peak so I know I need to keep training and work on improving certain elements of my game and taking it on from there while learning to enjoy it and just have fun.”