MEN'S AND WOMEN'S TENNIS PREPARES FOR CONFERENCE TOURNAMENT
April 23, 2009
Arlington, Texas -
SLC TOURNAMENT BRACKET
Women's Round One (Fri. 24, Apr. at 2:30)
- No. 4 NWST(8-3) vs. No. 5 TXST (7-4)
- No. 7 TAMU-CC (4-6) vs. No. 2 Lamar (10-1)
- No. 3 UTSA vs. No. 6 SHSU (6-4)
Round Two (Sat. 25, Apr. at 12 p.m.)
Winner of No. 7 & No. 2 vs. Winner of No. 3 & No. 6
Championship (Sun. 26, Apr. at 3 p.m.)
Round One Men (Fri. 24, Apr. at 9:30 a.m.)
No. 2 UTPA (4-2) BYE
No. 3 UTSA (3-2) vs. No. 6 Nicholls State (1-5)
No. 4 SELU (3-3) vs. No. 5 UTA (3-3)
Round Two (Sat. 25, Apr. at 9:30 a.m.)
Winner of No. 3 & No. 6 vs. UTPA
Winner of No. 4 & No. 5 vs. TAMU-CC
Men's Championship (Sun. 26, Apr. at 9:30 a.m.)
Men's Tennis Notes
The UT Arlington men's tennis team finished the 2009 regular season with a 9-12 overall record and a 3-3 SLC mark.
The Mavericks are mading their 13th tournament appearance as the number-four seed.
Celedinas was named the 2009 Freshman of the Year and collected second team All-SLC honors while Gonzalo Bienzobas earned first team All-SLC accolades. Subirats joined Celedinas on the All-SLC second team.
Newcomer Mindaugas Celedinas stepped into the No.1 single's position with ease, recording an 11-8 mark and 4-2 record in league play. Celedinas was named SLC Player of the Week on Feb. 10 after he collected a three-set victory over Vinay Kamineni of nationally-ranked University of New Orleans.
Dmitry Minkin and Celedinas were a forced to be reckoned with at the No. 1 spot as the duo posted victories against No. 75 University of New Orleans and No. 7 Baylor. Together the tandem began the season with a 6-0 record and ended the season clinching three of five conference matches.
UTA posted conference wins over Lamar (4-3), UT Pan American (5-2) and Nicholls State (4-0).
Women's Tennis Notes
UTA finished the regular season with a 14-6 record and a perfect 11-0 record.
The Mavericks open the SLC Tournament in Corpus Christi, TX as the No. 1 seed.
The Mavs take on the No. 8 seed-Stephen F. Austin (4-7) in the first round on Friday at the HEB Tennis Courts.
In the regular season, UTA defeated the Lady Jacks, 7-0 in Nacogdoches, TX.
Third year head coach Diego Benitez was named the Women's Southland Conference Coach of the Year. Benitez guided the Mavericks to their seventh SLC title in school history.
Martinez-Romer shined all season for the Mavericks, finishing the regular season with an 18-2 singles record and 12-5 doubles mark with teammate Nikola Matovicova. The newcomer went undefeated in conference play and won 16 straight singles and six doubles matches.
Matovivoa also went undefeated with an 11-0 record in league play, including a 6-0 mark at the No. 6 position.