Horny Knocks Off Nation's No. 1-Ranked Player
Sept. 24, 2010
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. - University of Maryland's tennis player Maros Horny's hot start to the fall season continued Friday at the UVa Ranked Plus One Invitational.
The junior posted one of the biggest wins in school history by knocking off the top-ranked singles player in the nation. Horny downed Tennessee's John-Patrick Smith 7-6, 6-4 in the opening round in the A-1 draw.
A three-time All-American, Smith is No. 1 in the Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) preseason singles rankings. He is also the defending singles champion of the UVA Ranked Plus One Invitational and reached the doubles finals of the 2009 NCAA Tournament.
Horny's victory over Smith comes one week after the Baylor transfer reached the finals of the Racquet Club Collegiate Invitational in Midland, Texas. Horny, who will face Jesus Bandres of East Tennessee State Saturday, is one of six Terps in action this weekend.
Sophomore Tommy Laine, who is ranked No. 118 nationally by the ITA in singles, is also participating in the UVa Ranked Plus One Invitational. He was scheduled to play David Hopkins of Wake Forest Friday in his opening match.
Schools from all across the nation were represented in that tournament, including Air Force, Auburn, Baylor, Idaho, New Mexico State, Oklahoma State, Rice, TCU, and Texas A&M.
Doornenbal, Kiuru, and Wyss all fell in their open singles matches, but Collins, the 13th seed, outlasted Mark Kovacs of Purdue 3-6, 6-3, 6-2.
Collins will face Rafael Garcia of Texas Tech in round of 32.
Doornenbal lost to Harry Fowler of Rice 6-2, 6-0 and Kiuru was upended by Laurent Montoisy of Texas A&M Corpus Christi 6-2, 6-1. Wyss was downed by the No. 2 seed Raony Carvalho of Texas Tech 6-1, 6-4.