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Pecotic Reaches Final at Texas Fall Invitational

By: Princeton Athletic Communications
          Release: 11/03/2012
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Matija Pecotic advanced to Sunday's final at the Texas Fall Invitational.
Courtesy: Princeton Athletic Communications

Matija Pecotic's outstanding fall season just keeps on going.

Saturday at the Texas Fall Invitational, the Princeton senior defeated two more ITA-ranked opponents to improve to 11-1 on the season against ranked foes and reach the event's Sunday final. Pecotic will face 57th-ranked Dane Webb of Oklahoma in the 10:30 a.m. ET final.

For his own part, Pecotic was ranked No. 67 in the ITA preseason poll in September and will certainly get a big bump from his fall record when the next individual rankings come out in January.

Pecotic missed a chance at facing his third top-10 ITA-ranked foe when No. 6-ranked Costin Paval of Oklahoma when Paval, the tournament's No. 1 seed, pulled out with an injury early in his semifinal match against Webb.

Overall, Pecotic is 21-1 this fall, winning the top flight at the Farnsworth/Princeton Invitational and the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center Men's College Invitational, made the semifinals at the ITA All-America as the first Princeton player to do so since 1982, and he won the USTA/ITA Northeast Regional singles title two weekends ago.

Princeton's results from Saturday are below. Full draws are available here.

"A" Singles
Quarterfinal
(67) Matija Pecotic (Prin) def. (97) Peerakit Siributwong (Oklahoma), 5-2, ret.
Semifinal
(67) Pecotic (Prin) def. (28) Guillermo Alcorta (Oklahoma), 6-3, 6-4

"B" Consolation
Michael Lin (Prin) def. Sebastian Gomez (Tex.-Arlington), 6-1, 4-6, (11-9)
Dan Davies (Prin) def. Ryan Proctor (Oklahoma), 6-0, 6-2

Doubles
(1) Costin Paval-Dane Webb (Oklahoma) def. Zack McCourt-Matija Pecotic (Prin), 9-8(2)

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