Doubles Dog Fight

May 21st, 2010

It’s not a shock the doubles point was a dog fight between Texas A&M and Baylor, especially tiebreakers at the No. 1 and No. 2 lines. It took close to an hour and a half for the Aggies to take the 1-0 lead into singles for the third time this season versus the Bears.

Senior co-captain Marcus Lunt and junior Alexey Grigorov, ranked No. 34 nationally, only relinquished one point in their tiebreaker win over Attila Bucko and Jordan Rux. Lunt served for the match and is now tied with former All-American Ryan Newport, Mark Weaver and Bernardo Martinez with the school single-season record for most doubles wins with a team-best 24-6 dual record.

Marcus is one of my favorite student-athletes of all-time and you gotta love his fight and spirit … a true Aggie indeed! His parents, Ned and Judy, are here among the A&M faithful as well as Jeff Dadamo’s father, Jeff, and John Lewis’ father, Walter. Welcome Aggie Family!

DOUBLES (Order of Finish: 3, 1, 2*)
No. 1 – (28) Lukacs-Maytin (Baylor) def. (5) Dadamo-Krajicek (Texas A&M), 9-8 (4).
No. 2 – (34) Grigorov-Lunt (Texas A&M) def. Bucko-Rux (Baylor), 9-8 (1).
No. 3 – Bautista-Hoover (Texas A&M) def. Horny-Mueller (Baylor), 8-3.

Live Scoring Available

May 21st, 2010

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It’s 7 p.m. (ET) and we just arrived to the indoor site and it looks like the NCAA committee will give both teams 30 minutes to warm up. There are eight courts available at the facility. Three courts will be used first for doubles and then the remaining for singles. The University of Georgia media relations office is setup for live scoring here, so kudos to their hardwork and efforts today.

We certainly understand the man hours put in by the UGA support staff and on-site volunteers to host the NCAA Tennis Championships, especially when the event gets delayed due to weather, etc. It’s definitely an undertaking and one of the longest commitments of any Division I varsity sport starting with the team championship and then the individual championship over a two-week period.

Let me just tell you, I’ve had many people come up to me today to tell me how great of a job we do at Texas A&M of hosting. They also kidded around with me that it must be nice to be able to enjoy the match and leave at my leisure LOL :) Gig ‘Em Aggies!

Going Indoors

May 21st, 2010
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It was rain, rain, rain today at the Dan Magill Tennis Complex. After the traditional pre-match meal at Jason’s Deli, the Aggies headed to the practice courts in preparation for the Bears.

We were scheduled to begin doubles play on the main courts before ominous clouds hovered over the tennis stadium and fans and players were looking to seek shelter from the storm.

We are currently en route to The Racquet Club of the South in Norcross, Georgia. It’s about an hour and a half drive from Athens. It’s ironic that two Big 12 Conference teams who are only 90 miles apart will have to play indoors in a suburb outside of Atlanta.

The anticipated start time is 7 p.m. (ET) – 6 p.m. (CT). Due to play being held indoors, live scoring and live video will not be available from host University of Georgia. I’ll try to post updates after doubles and between sets in singles if a power outlet and internet is available in the facility.

According to USC head coach Peter Smith, whose defending national champion Trojans had to play Kentucky this morning in the same facility, the courts are fair. We shall see the conditions once we reach our destination …

NCAA Day One Update

May 21st, 2010

Due to a rain delay with early morning matches moved indoors, the Texas A&M men’s tennis team’s Round of 16 match versus Baylor has been pushed back an hour and is still scheduled to be played outdoors at the Dan Magill Tennis Complex in Athens, Ga. The match will not start before 4 p.m. (ET) – 3 p.m. (CT).

Live scoring and live video will be available at:
http://www.ncaa.com/sports/c-tennis/champpage/c-tennis-div1-index.html

Hoop Dreams

May 21st, 2010

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Here is a video clip of junior Alexey Grigorov warming up to play H-O-R-S-E with our host families’ sons and their friend Thomas. Prior to my filming (which made him a little self-conscious), Griggy showed off some pretty sweet Air Jordan-type moves going to the rack. Coach Turgeon watch out for this gritty Russian next season! This kid loves hoops and I think he would be a great addition to the Aggie Basketball program ;) WHOOP!