Rice Men Day 2 and 3 at ULL Fall Invitational

Day 3

The Rice men’s tennis completed the opening weekend of the fall season Sunday at the Ramada Inn-LCVC ULL Fall Invitational.

Vishnu Rajam resumed his B Flight quarterfinal match at 2-2 in the third set against Oscar Machuca of Southern Miss. Maschuca won four of five game to claim 7-6 (2), 4-6, 6-3 victory.

Tobias Scheil’s bid for the A Flight finals came up short as top-seeded Piotr Banas of ULL edged out a 7-5, 6-4 win.

The Owls head to the Baylor Invitational next weekend. 

Day 2

Tobias Scheil notched a pair of straight-set victories and advanced to the A Flight singles semifinals Saturday at the Ramada Inn-LCVC ULL Fall Invitational.

Scheil took down Nicholls State’s Eric Fischer 6-3, 6-1 before dismissing LSU’s Jonathan Tragardh by the count of 6-4, 6-3.

Down a set and a break, Dennis Polyakov rallied to turn the tables on ULL’s Piotr Olechowski. The Houston native won 12 of the last 13 games for the 5-7, 6-3, 6-1 triumph. Polyakov’s bid for the semifinals fell short as Memphis’ Jorge Vasquez picked up a 6-1, 6-2 win.

In the B singles flight, Vishnu Rajam knocked off LSU’s David Roberts 6-4, 6-3. Rajam’s quarterfinal match against Oscar Machuca of Southern Miss was paused at 6-7 (2), 6-4, 2-2 due to rain.

Singles action continues Sunday, while doubles play has been cancelled.

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