Late entry can’t stop Holiner and Camillone

Nitya Duran

Play began Thursday in Flushing, N.Y., as the USTA/ITA National Indoor Intercollegiate Championships got under way at the Billie Jean King National Tennis Center.

Senior Daniel Whitehead represented the Longhorns as he competed in the singles draw after receiving automatic entry through his win at the Texas Regional Championships on Oct. 23. Whitehead was defeated in his first match against California’s Ben McLachlan (6-2, 6-1), who ranked No. 16 in the ITA preseason rankings.

However, two Longhorns are still alive in the tournament. Doubles tandem Chris Camillone and David Holiner, the No. 8-ranked doubles team in the country, received a late invitation to Flushing as they were chosen as alternates in the doubles draw. Camillone and Holiner received a bye in the first round of 32 but played a tough match against North Florida’s Moritz Buerchner and Norbert Nemcsek in the round of 16, where they won 8-6.

The win puts Camillone and Holiner at an 8-2 record this fall and, more importantly, advances them to the quarterfinals Friday against Duke’s No. 16 Henrique Cunha and Raphael Hemmeler.