Werbeck battles world's #5 ranked junior to three sets before falling in semifinal match of Racquet Club Collegiate Invitational

MIDLANDS, Texas - Boise State’s Brent Werbeck battles Texas’ Kellen Damico hard before falling in a third set tiebreaker 3-6, 6-3, 7-6 (8-6) in the semifinals of the Racquet Club Collegiate Invitational in Midlands, Texas. It was a marque match for Boise State’s Werbeck who played the Texas freshman to the end, Damico was the 5th ranked junior in the world and #1 in the United States when he enrolled at Texas this fall.

Overall Werbeck finished the tournament with an impressive 3-1 record. He advanced to the semifinals with victories over Texas’ Josh Zavala (3-6, 6-1, 11-9) in the opening round. Then he defeated Arkansas’ 20th ranked Blake Strode (6-3, 2-6, 10-8) in the round of 16, followed by a two-set win in the quarterfinals over UCLA’s Nick Meister (6-3, 6-4). That set up the semifinal encounter with Damico who is ranked 96th in the NCAA.

Paul Koenke joined Werbeck in Texas for the tournament but struggled in the two matches he played. The junior lost a straight set match in the opening round to Attila Bucko of Baylor 6-3, 7-5. Then in the consolation round Friday night he fell to Texas’ Hubert Chodkiewicz 6-3, 6-3.

Werbeck and Koenke also teamed up in the doubles competition but lost their lone match to Texas Tech’s duo of Bojan Szumanski and Ilya Babinciuc 8-1.


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Tennis Tournament Results
Racquet Club Collegiate Invitational
Oct 12, 2007 at Midlands, Texas
   Singles competition
Day One Results - Oct. 12

     Brent Werbeck (Boise State) def. Josh Zavala (Texas) 3-6, 6-1, 11-9
     Attila Bucko (Baylor) def. Paul Koenke (Boise State) 6-3, 7-5
     Brent Werbeck (Boise State) def. Blake Strode (Arkansas) 6-3, 2-6, 10-8
     Hubert Chodkiewicz (Texas) def. Paul Koenke (Boise State) 6-3, 6-3
Day Two Results - Oct. 13
QF   Brent Werbeck (Boise State) def. Nick Meister (UCLA) 6-3, 6-4
SF   Kellen Damico (Texas) def. Brent Werbeck (Boise State) 3-6, 6-3, 7-6 (8-6)    Doubles competition
Day One Results - Oct. 12

     Bojan Szumanski/Ilya Babinciuc (Texas Tech) def. Brent Werbeck/Paul Koenke (Boise State) 8-1    Tournament notes
Tournament sponsored by the Racquet Club of Midlands,Texas

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