TAMU women continue road swing at South Florida

The Texas A&M women’s’ tennis team returns to action on Sunday, taking on the University of South Florida Bulls in Tampa. First serve is slated for 10 a.m. (11 a.m. ET) at the USF Varsity Tennis Courts.

“I think this is going to be a battle,” said Bobby Kleinecke, who is nine wins shy of recording the 400th victory is his 25-year tenure as head coach of the Aggies. “Whoever plays better is the one who is going to come away with the win. It is important for us to get back on that winning side, and this is going to be a big match for us.”

The Aggies, ranked No. 36 in this week’s ITA national rankings, are 3-3 after going 2-1 last weekend in Las Vegas. A&M defeated No. 56 San Diego, 6-1, and No. 41 Fresno State, 7-0, but then fell to No. 50 UNLV, 4-3, in a match that went down to the wire.

Highlights from the weekend included senior Elzé Potgieter picking up her 82nd career singles victory to move into a tie with former Aggie standout Julie Beahm for 10th in the A&M career record books. Potgieter’s next victory will tie her with former All-American Jessica Roland for ninth place. Potgieter, ranked a career-high No. 33, is likely to face 26th-ranked Irene Rehberger when the Aggies take on the Bulls.

Also last weekend, freshman Nazari Urbina went 3-0 after moving to the No. 2 singles line for the first time, and junior Morgan Frank ran her singles winning streak to five and enters the match against the Bulls tied with Potgieter and Urbina for the most wins on the team at 5-1.

In doubles, junior Stephanie Davidson remained undefeated in dual matches, improving to 6-0 after she and partner Sheri Olivier went 3-0 in Vegas and helped the Aggies win their fourth consecutive doubles point.

The match at USF is a homecoming of sorts for two Aggie Floridians raised in Tampa suburbs: juniors Christi Liles and Frank, who hail from Largo and Oldsmar, Fla., respectively.

The Bulls are 4-2, including 3-0 at home, and climbed to No. 29 in the ITA rankings after defeating both North Carolina State and Memphis last weekend. USF was slated to play Central Florida in Orlando on Wednesday, but the match was canceled due to rain.

Rehberger is the Bulls’ only ranked singles player. She and partner Melissa Koning are No. 15 in the doubles rankings with their only two losses coming against top-10 ranked opponents.

“They are looking for the same thing we are, to come away with another ranked win,” Kleinecke said. “They have a win against Florida State, who was up pretty high at the beginning of the year. I’ve looked all up and down their lineup, and I don’t see any weaknesses.

“They play a tough schedule. That is how you make the NCAA tournament this day and time, and you have to play a tough schedule to do it. It’s all about having quality wins, getting your ranking up and getting into the tournament. So at this time of the year, every ranked win you can get is a good win,”

The Aggies are 5-0 all-time against USF. Last year, then No. 30 A&M defeated the 68th-ranked Bulls, 5-2, in College Station. The Aggies swept the doubles matches and then completed three straight-set victories to jump out to a 4-0 lead and clinch the win. Both of USF’s points came in super tiebreakers that were decided by the minimum two points.

“I know we played really well against them last year and that was at our place,” Kleinecke said. “They are going to remember that, and it will give them a little bit more fire here, so we need to be ready for everything they’ve got.“

The contest at USF is the Aggies’ seventh consecutive match played away from home. A&M continues its road swing at TCU on March 6 before playing its home opener on March 9 against SMU.

Live scoring of all A&M women’s tennis matches is available at AggieAthletics.com.

No. 32 TCU women drop late lead to No. 58 Alabama

The No. 32 Horned Frog women’s tennis team fell apart late in Saturday’s match with No. 58 Alabama, dropping a 4-3 decision at the University of Alabama Tennis Stadium. The Frogs were up 3-2 in the match, but posted losses on the final two singles courts, despite winning the opening set on each.

“We started out a little slow in the doubles and we played pretty well in the second half of it, but not good enough to get the job done,” TCU head coach Jefferson Hammond said. “We played really well at the top three singles positions and I was proud to see Nina pick up a top-20 win.”

TCU opened the match strong by taking the doubles point for the first time in nearly a month. A new-look lineup saw the Frogs’ pounce to a quick victory on the No. 3 court, as junior Idunn Hertzberg and sophomore Gaby Mastromarino posted an 8-4 win over the Tide’s Meritt Emery and Antonia Foehse.

Playing for the first time in 2010, senior Nina Munch-Soegaard and junior Maria Babanova clinched the point with an 8-5 decision against Paulina Bigos and Alice Tunaru from the middle position. The TCU pairing posted a 12-4 record a year ago and looked strong this afternoon.

Heading into singles action with a 1-0 lead, Alabama immediately jumps on the scoreboard with a straight-set victory from the sixth flight, as Tunaru dominated Babanova, 6-1, 6-2.

The Frogs would take the lead back from the No. 3 position, as No. 56 Katariina Tuohimaa won her third-straight match of the year. The Helsinki, Finland only needed two sets to handle Bigos, winning, 6-1, 6-3.

Moments later, Alabama knotted the score at 2-2 with a win from the second flight, as No. 68 Alexi Guarachi served TCU sophomore Kayla Duncan her fourth loss of the year, 7-5, 6-1.

Munch-Soegaard again gave TCU the lead in the match, moving the Frogs’ one win away from defeating the Tide. The Amarillo, Texas native battled back to take the pivotal first set, only to drop the second frame. Driving for her second win of the week, Munch-Soegaard dominated No. 83 Courtney McLane in the final set, winning, 7-5, 3-6, 6-0.

TCU tried to ride the momentum from Munch-Soegaard’s win, and with one set leads on the Nos. 4 and 5 courts, the Frogs looked as if they were poised to defeat Alabama for the first time ever, but Hertzberg and Mastromarino could not hold their advantages, dropping both matches to give away the match, 4-3.

TCU (1-6) will have to find a way to bounce back quickly, as they travel to Auburn Sunday for a Noon match. The Frogs will return to the Bayard H. Friedman Tennis Center to host Texas A&M and Illinois on March 6-7, respectively.

No. 58 Alabama def. No. 32 TCU, 4-3
1. Nina Munch-Soegaard (TCU) def. No. 83 Courtney McLane (BAMA), 7-5, 3-6, 6-1
2. No. 68 Alexi Guarachi (BAMA) def. No. 78 Kayla Duncan (TCU), 7-5, 6-1
3. No. 56 Katariina Tuohimaa (TCU) def. Paulina Bigos (BAMA), 6-1, 6-3
4. Meritt Emery (BAMA) def. Idunn Hertzberg (TCU), 2-6, 6-3, 6-4
5. Antonia Foehse (BAMA) def. Gaby Mastromarino (TCU), 3-6, 6-3, 7-5
6. Alcie Tunaru (BAMA) def. Maria Babanova (TCU), 6-1, 6-2
Order of Finish: 6, 3, 2, 1, 5, 4*

1. No. 51 Guarachi/McLane (BAMA) def. Duncan/Tuohimaa (TCU), 8-4
2. Babanova/Munch-Soegaard (TCU) def. Bigos/Tunaru (BAMA), 8-5
3. Hertzberg/Mastromarino (TCU) def. Emery/Foehse (BAMA), 8-4
Order of Finish: 3, 2*, 1

No. 8 Michigan outlasts No. 5 Baylor, 4-3

ANN ARBOR, Mich. – Baylor’s fifth-ranked women’s tennis took No. 8 Michigan down to the wire, but weren’t able to pull it out, losing 4-3 on Friday evening in Ann Arbor, Mich.

“Michigan played a great match and outplayed us today,” head coach Joey Scrivano said. “It’s extremely disappointing to see us not execute what we work on every day in practice. We have to change certain things right now and put some more serious work in if we’re going to have a good season.”

The Lady Bears started the match out down a point, losing two out of the three doubles matches. BU fought back with winning two of the first three singles matches to tie the score at two. The teams traded the next two matches to tie the score at 3-3, but the Wolverines closed out a three-set win in the last finishing match of the day.

The No. 12 duo of Lenka Broosova and Csilla Borsanyi were the lone doubles winner for the Lady Bears with an 8-4 win over Rika Tatsuno and Whitney Taney at the No. 1 position.

In singles, No. 9 Broosova moved her season record to 6-0 with a win over No. 16 Denise Muresan in a second-set tiebreak 6-3, 7-6 (7-3). No. 25 Nina Secerbegovic dropped just two games, 6-2, 6-0, to Tatsuno on her way to her eighth consecutive win to open the season 8-0.

No. 123 Csilla Borsanyi snapped a five-match losing streak with a three-set win over Tania Mahtani, 6-0, 4-6, 6-2. The Lady Bears dropped the final three positions at No. 4, No. 5, and No. 6. No. 105 Jelena Stanivuk saw her first action of the dual-match season, but fell 2-6, 6-2, 6-1 to Mimi Nguyen. No. 91 Taylor Ormond fought back from down a set, then tied the match at 4-4 in the third set, but couldn’t finish off the comeback, 4-6, 7-6, 6-4.

The Lady Bears will be back on the court in their Big 12 opener at Texas Tech University on March 3 in Lubbock, Texas. That match is scheduled to begin at 3 p.m.

No. 1 — No. 9. Lenka Broosova (BU) d. No. 16 Denise Muresan (U-M), 6-3, 7-6 (7-3)
No. 2 — No. 25 Nina Secerbegovic (BU) d. Rika Tatsuno (U-M), 6-2, 6-0
No. 3 — No. 123 Csilla Borsanyi (BU) d. Tania Mahtani (U-M), 6-0, 4-6, 6-2
No. 4 — Mimi Nguyen (U-M) d. No. 105 Jelena Stanivuk (BU) , 2-6, 6-2, 6-1
No. 5 — Whitney Taney (U-M) d. No. 91 Taylor Ormand (BU), 4-6, 7-6, 6-4
No. 6 — Michelle Sulahian (U-M) d. Kraolina Filipiak (BU) , 7-5, 6-3

No. 1 — No. 12 Broosova/Borsanyi (BU) d. Taney/Tatsuno (U-M), 8-4
No. 2 — Nguyen/Sulahian (U-M) d. Secerbegovic/Filipiak (BU), 8-3
No. 3 — Mahtani/Muresan (U-M) d. Ormond/Stanivuk (BU), 8-6

Order of Completion: Doubles 1-2-3; Singles 2-6-1-4-3-5

UTEP ties school record with seventh straight win, 5-2, over Northern Arizona

The UTEP tennis team notched its school-record-tying seventh consecutive victory by toppling a strong Northern Arizona squad, 5-2, at the El Paso Tennis Club Friday afternoon. The Miners (7-4) secured the doubles point and then claimed matches one through four in singles play on the way to halting the Lumberjacks’ (5-3) three-match unbeaten streak.

Dariya Abdrakhmanova, Carolina DeLuca, Marina DeLuca and Alexandra Glebova all picked up victories, with Carolina DeLuca’s three-set triumph at No.2 singles securing the team triumph for UTEP.

“The ladies are really stepping up and rising to the occasion,” UTEP head coach Jamie Campbell said. “Northern Arizona always plays us tough. You can see our confidence growing with each match. Everyone has a great attitude and is really supporting each other.”

The Miners will vie to set the standard when they play host to Big 12 foe Kansas at 10 a.m. MT on Sunday.

That opportunity would not exist, however, had the Orange and Blue come up short against a game NAU squad.

Doubles play was intense from the onset, and most of the attention was focused at the No. 1 spot. The tension was palpable as UTEP’s Abdrakhmanova/Carolina DeLuca traded points and games with NAU’s Orsi Golovics/Malia Wahinepio. In the end the Miners’ pairing won the points when they mattered most, and came away with the 9-7 victory.

UTEP locked up the doubles point thanks to the efforts of Marina DeLuca/Austin Lavallii in the match against Edit Suhajda/Yumi Hasegawa at No. 3 doubles. The Miners’ duo downed the opposition, 8-5.

The Lumberjacks’ pairing of Aimee Oki/Nicole Perez snuck past Ximena Fuentes/Glebova, 8-4, at No. 2 doubles but it was a moot point.

Following a quick break, action switched to singles play where UTEP took care of business at the top end of the line-up.

The freshman Abdrakhmanova cruised past Golovics, 7-5, 6-4, at No. 1 singles while Marina DeLuca drilled Oki to the tune of 6-1, 6-4 at No. 3.

Glebova and Carolina DeLuca also punched their names into the win column, with each doing so in thrilling three sets.

Carolina DeLuca locked up against Suhajda, and she was locked in early on with a 6-1 drubbing in the first set. Suhajda struck back in the second set, 7-6, (7-5) but DeLuca took care of business in the final set to seal the deal at the No. 2 spot.

Glebova followed a similar path, as she routed Wahnepio in the initial set, 6-1. Her opponent rallied in the second stanza, 6-4, but the junior-college transfer dug deep to secure the match in the decisive set (6-4) at No. 4.

Perez snuck past Fuentes, 6-3, 6-1, at No. 5 singles while Hasegawa overcame an early deficit to down Makashov, 4-6, 6-1, 7-5.

In an exhibition match, Lavalli bested Alice Walker in exciting fashion. The freshman fall in the first set, 6-7 (7-3), but bounced back in the second set by a count of 6-2. A super tiebreaker was used in lieu of the third set, and Lavallii took care of business by a count of 10-7.

Singles Competition
1. Dariya Abdrakhmanova (UTEP) def. GOLOVICS, Orsi (NAU) 7-5, 6-4
2. Carolina DeLuca (UTEP) def. SUHAJDA, Edit (NAU) 6-1, 6-7 (4-7), 6-4
3. Marina DeLuca (UTEP) def. OKI, Aimee (NAU) 6-1, 6-4
4. Alexandra Glebova (UTEP) def. WAHINEPIO, Malia (NAU) 6-1, 4-6, 6-4
5. PEREZ, Nicole (NAU) def. Ximena Fuentes (UTEP) 6-3, 6-1
6. HASEGAWA, Yumi (NAU) def. Veronika Makashov (UTEP) 4-6, 6-1, 7-5

Doubles competition
1. Dariya Abdrakhmanova/Carolina DeLuca (UTEP) def. GOLOVICS, Orsi/WAHINEPIO, Malia (NAU) 9-7
2. OKI, Aimee/PEREZ, Nicole (NAU) def. Ximena Fuentes/Alexandra Glebova (UTEP) 8-4
3. Marina DeLuca/Austin Lavallii (UTEP) def. SUHAJDA, Edit/HASEGAWA, Yumi (NAU) 8-5

TCU women travel to face Alabama and Auburn

The No. 32 TCU women’s tennis team will travel into the Southeastern Conference this weekend to challenge No. 58 Alabama (Feb. 27) and No. 46 Auburn (Feb. 28). The Horned Frogs will compete against teams outside of the ITA top-30 for the first time this season.

The Horned Frogs (1-5) are coming off of a tough 4-3 loss at No. 8 Michigan on Wednesday. Senior Nina Munch-Soegaard picked up her first singles win of the year, taking down No. 16 Denise Muresan from the top position, 6-3, 1-6, 7-6 (6). Despite the loss to the Wolverines, the match was the first of the year for the Frogs’ to win at the top three singles positions.

No. 58 Alabama (4-3) comes into the weekend after winning its last two matches over Georgia State and No. 73 Oregon. The Tide have enjoyed a 3-0 record at the Crimson Racket Club and boast two ranked singles players in No. 68 Alexa Guarachi and No. 83 Courtney McLane. Guarachi and McLane also team up to form the No. 51 doubles tandem in the country.

No. 46 Auburn (5-2) rides a three-match winning streak into the showdown with TCU on Saturday, sweeping Alabama A&M, Jacksonville State and Troy. No. 59 Fani Chifchieva leads the Tigers as the only ranked singles player on the roster, while freshman Plamena Kurteva has exploded to a 7-0 singles clip.

The Frogs are looking to avenge a 4-3 home loss to the Tide last spring that gave Alabama a 2-0 advantage in the all-time series. TCU earned a thrilling 4-3 victory over Auburn at the Bayard H. Friedman Tennis Center to give the Frogs 2-1 bragging rights in three meetings with the Tigers.

TCU will return home to host Texas A&M and Illinois, March 6-7, at the Bayard H. Friedman Tennis Center.

Texas Women’s Tennis Preview: Fresno State, Arizona State

Longhorns head to Tempe, Ariz., to meet Fresno State and Arizona State.

WHAT: No. 33 Texas (2-3) resumes dual-match play No. 31 Arizona State and Fresno State.

WHEN: Texas vs. Fresno State – Saturday, Feb. 27, noon Central; Texas vs. Arizona State – Sunday, Feb. 28, noon Central.

WHERE: Whiteman Tennis Center – Tempe, Ariz.

LAST MEETING vs. FRESNO STATE: Texas defeated Fresno State by a 4-3 count on March 1, 2008 in Austin.

LAST MEETING vs. ARIZONA STATE: Arizona State defeated Texas by a 4-3 count on Feb. 21, 2009 in Austin.

LAST TIME OUT: Texas defeated Pepperdine by a 5-2 count on Feb. 21 in Austin.

6 Anastasia Petukhova (Fresno State)
17. Aeriel Ellis (Texas)
50. Krista Damico (Texas)71. Vanja Corovic (Texas)
97. Kelcy McKenna (Arizona State)
106. Micaela Hein (Arizona State)

50 Micaela Hein/Ashlee Brown (Arizona State)

THE 2009-10 LONGHORNS: Under fifth-year head coach Patty Fendick-McCain, the Longhorns return all six singles starters and five of six doubles starters from the 2009 squad that reached the finals at the Big 12 Championships and the round of 32 at the NCAA Championships.

Corovic returns after earning All-Big 12 singles honors in each of her three seasons in Austin. Senior Sarah Lancaster posted a 19-3 dual-match record last season and went unbeaten in conference play.
Damico brought a 13-4 overall fall singles record into the dual-match season.

Freshman Aeriel Ellis turned in a fall season that produced appearances in the main singles draws at the ITA All-American Championships and the ITA National Intercollegiate Indoor Championships. Ellis totaled a 16-5 singles mark in the fall.

Baylor men blow past SMU, 6-1

On a day with winds gusting over 30 miles per hour and the temperature hovering in the middle 40s, the 12th-ranked men’s tennis team won its fourth straight match by beating the 73rd-ranked SMU Mustangs, 6-1 at the Baylor Tennis Center.

Baylor is now 9-2 on the season and at home, the Bears have now won 14 straight matches and 26 out of 27 dating back to last year. SMU falls to 6-4 on the year.

“I thought both teams handled it well,” Knoll said about the tough weather conditions. “It was not an easy day to play. The wind was actually 27 miles per hour when we started, but I thought both teams did a great job. I thought it was about as good as you could have hoped for.”

Baylor got off to a great start in doubles with Denes Lukacs and Roberto Maytin dispatching of Tobias Flood and David Costa, 8-1 in just over 25 minutes at the No. 2 position. Next, 60th-ranked Julian Bley and Attila Bucko beat Artem Baradach and Chris Hooshyar at the third spot, 8-2, to give Baylor the doubles point. In the final match on the court, the Bears’ 15th-ranked duo of Jordan Rux and Maros Horny fell to Darren Walsh and Adham el Effendi, 8-6, at the No. 1 spot. In dual match play Lukacs and Maytin raised their record to 3-0, Bley and Bucko are now 4-1 and Horny and Rux fall to 3-1.

“That is a new team,” Knoll said on the No. 2 doubles team’s dominant performance. “I think a lot of that is Roberto kind of settling in. I think he and Denes have a good feel for each and complement each other well. I thought they did a great job. Roberto came out and held serve at love, which kind of set the tone for the match and Denes had his returns going early.

“That team of Walsh and el-Effendi beat us again in doubles. They beat us last year in doubles and I guess they are going to beat us the rest of my career in doubles. I thought they did a super job. They deserved to win that match.”

In singles, the Bears continued to get a boost from sophomore Bley, who took down Chris Hooshyar at the No. 6 position 6-1, 6-3 to raise his dual match record to 4-0. The 26th-ranked Rux also dominated his match at the two spot, rolling past David Costa 6-1, 6-0 raising his dual match mark to 8-1. The Bears third man in the lineup Attila Bucko clinched the match with a 6-4, 6-2 win over Darren Walsh. Bucko is 6-1 this season. With the match won, Dominik Mueller defeated Walsh 6-1, 7-6 (6) to improve to 9-1 on the year.

“I thought Rux did a good job of winning a lot of games that were close,” Knoll said. “He won a lot of games he was behind in, which led to that score, which I thought said a lot about his day. Dominik had a matchup that was not an easy one because the guy has a huge serve. I thought he managed that well and Julian was great.”

The Mustangs got their only point at the No. 5 position as Horny (6-2) fell to Pablo Perez Esnaola 6-2, 5-7, 1-0 (9). In the last match on the court Lukacs beat Baradach 6-2, 7-6 (5). Lukacs is now 9-0 on the year.

The Bears will now take a 10-day break before returning to action on March 9 against Laredo Community College at 2 p.m. at the Baylor Tennis Center in a match that was added to their schedule on Wednesday.

“We got to keep getting better,” Knoll said. “We have a lot of great opportunities ahead of us. We are going to take a weekend off, which we almost never do during the season. Hopefully, the guys can kind of recharge and come back next week and get after it. We are really excited about what is in front of us and hopefully we can take advantage of some of the good opportunities we have out there.”

Match Notes: The Bears are now 9-0 when they win the doubles point and 0-2 when they lose it. Baylor is 237-86 against ranked opponents in the Matt Knoll era. SMU still leads the all-series 28-17, but since Knoll’s arrival Baylor owns a 15-3 mark against the Mustangs.

#12 Baylor Bears 6, #73 SMU 1
SMU vs Baylor Bears
Feb 26, 2010 at Waco, Texas
(Baylor Tennis Center)

Singles competition
1. #20 Denes Lukacs (BU) def. Artem Baradach (SMU) 6-2, 7-6 (7-5)
2. #26 Jordan Rux (BU) def. David Costa (SMU) 6-1, 6-0
3. Attila Bucko (BU) def. Bryan Griffin (SMU) 6-4, 6-2
4. Dominik Mueller (BU) def. Darren Walsh (SMU) 6-1, 7-6 (8-6)
5. Pablo Perez-Esnaola (SMU) def. Maros Horny (BU) 6-2, 5-7, 1-0 (11-9)
6. Julian Bley (BU) def. Chris Hooshyar (SMU) 6-1, 6-3

Doubles competition
1. Darren Walsh/Adham el-Effendi (SMU) def. #15 Jordan Rux/Maros Horny (BU) 8-6
2. Denes Lukacs/Roberto Maytin (BU) def. Tobias Flood/David Costa (SMU) 8-1
3. #60 Julian Bley/Attila Bucko (BU) def. Artem Baradach/Chris Hooshyar (SMU) 8-2

Match Notes:
SMU 6-4; National ranking #73
Baylor Bears 9-2; National ranking #12
Order of finish: Doubles (2,3,1); Singles (6,2,3,4,5,1)

No. 32 Texas Tech Upsets No. 25 Arizona, 4-3

After going down 1-0 by losing the doubles point, the No. 32 Texas Tech men’s tennis team came back to upset No. 25 Arizona, 4-3, at the McLeod Tennis Center Friday afternoon.

Arizona (6-2) began the match by winning the doubles point in a tiebreaker at No. 2. The Wildcats got their first win at No. 1 as Boja Malo and Pat Metham beat Tech’s Raony Carvalho and Rafael Garcia, 9-7. Carvalho and Garcia were up 7-3 before losing six-straight games. Tech (8-1) then got the win at No. 3 as Vitor Manzini and Raphael Pfister defeated Andres Carrasco and Andres Arango, 9-7. The doubles point came down to the No. 2 spot, which went into a tiebreaker as Arizona’s Ravid Hazi and Geoff Embry were victorious over the Red Raiders’ 16th-ranked duo of Gonzalo Escobar and Andre Stabile, 9-8 (5).

In singles action, Tech opened play by winning five of the first six sets. Forty-first ranked Escobar got the Red Raiders on the scoreboard with a 6-2, 6-1, win over Jason Zafiros at No. 2. Carvalho, who is ranked 63rd, then gave Tech a 2-1 lead as he downed Jay Goldman, 7-5, 6-1, at No. 1. Arizona knotted the score at 2-2 with a victory at No. 5 as Embry beat Manzini, 6-3, 7-6 (4). The Red Raiders went on to win at No. 4 as Stabile defeated Carrasco, 6-2, 1-6, 6-4. With the Red Raiders up 3-2, they needed to win one of the last two remaining matches to clinch the contest and Garcia did just that by claiming a three-set win, 6-0, 4-6, 6-1, against Arango at No. 3. The last player on the court was Pfister, who lost a third-set tiebreaker to Metham, 4-6, 6-1, 7-6 (7).

“I’m so proud of the way we fought especially after losing the heartbreaker in doubles,” said head coach Tim Siegel. “Our singles players showed so much heart and toughness. This was one of the biggest wins at home we have ever had.”

Tech returns to action on Sun., Feb. 28, as it hosts No. 49 Denver at 10:30 a.m. If inclement weather occurs, the match will be moved indoors to the Falls Athletic Club beginning at 8:30 a.m. with singles first.

#32 Texas Tech 4, #25 Arizona 3
McLeod Tennis Center
Lubbock, Texas
Doubles (order of finish: 1, 3, 2)
1. Boja Malo/Metham (UA) def. Carvalho/Garcia (TTU), 9-7
2. Ravid Hazi/Embry (UA) def. #16 Escobar/Stabile (TTU), 9-8 (5)
3. Manzini/Pfister (TTU) def. Carrasco/Arango (UA), 9-7

Singles (order of finish: 2, 1, 5, 4, 3, 6)
1. #63 Raony Carvalho (TTU) def. Jay Goldman (UA), 7-5, 6-1
2. #41 Gonzalo Escobar (TTU) def. Jason Zafiros (UA), 6-2, 6-1
3. Rafael Garcia (TTU) def. Andres Arango (UA), 6-0, 4-6, 6-1
4. Andre Stabile (TTU) def. Andres Carrasco (UA), 6-2, 1-6, 6-4
5. Geoff Embry (UA) def. Vitor Manzini (TTU), 6-3, 7-6 (4)
6. Pat Metham (UA) def. Raphael Pfister (TTU), 4-6, 6-1, 7-6 (7)

Friday Aggie men’s doubleheader cancelled

The 17th-ranked Texas A&M men’s tennis team’s doubleheader with St. Edward’s and No. 46 TCU scheduled for Friday, Feb. 26 has been cancelled due to the threat of inclement weather in the Bryan-College Station area. The matches will be rescheduled at a later date in April. The Aggies were set to play St. Edward’s at noon (CT) and TCU at 6 p.m. (CT) at the George P. Mitchell Tennis Center.

No. 4 Texas sneaks past No. 24 Rice, 4-3

No. 4 Texas (9-1) took the doubles point and tacked on singles wins from Ed Corrie, Kellen Damico and Josh Zavala, as the Longhorns posted a 4-3 victory over No. 24 Rice Thursday afternoon at Rice’s Jake Hess Tennis Stadium.

UT swept the doubles session to assume an early 1-0 lead. Sophomore Jean Andersen and freshman Daniel Whitehead teamed up at third doubles to post an 8-4 win over the Owls’ Isamu Tachibana and Jonathan Chang. Texas clinched the doubles point at the second slot, where Corrie and Damico dealt Rice’s Michael Nuesslein and Christian Saravia an 8-4 defeat.

UT wrapped up the doubles session with a win at the first slot, where the eighth-ranked duo of senior Dimitar Kutrovsky and Zavala posted an 8-6 win over the 31st-ranked duo of Bruno Rosa and Oscar Podlewski.

Texas assumed a 3-0 lead on the strength of straight-set wins from Corrie and Damico. Corrie knocked off the Owls’ 116th-ranked Podlewski at second singles, and Damico dealt Nuesslein a 6-2, 6-4 defeat at third singles.

Rice would rally with a pair of wins at fourth and sixth singles, but Texas put the match away at fifth singles, where Zavala rallied for a 3-6, 6-4, 6-2 win over Rice’s Tachibana. The Owls’ 16th-ranked Rosa topped UT’s 13th-ranked Kutrovsky at first singles, 6-1, 2-6, 6-4.

“We had a very good effort today, but the result is disappointing because we had a chance to win against one of the best teams in the country,” Rice head coach Ron Smarr said. “We played hard, but we didn’t finish. We were right there, and even though the doubles results didn’t surprise us, we felt like we matched up well in singles, and had a chance to win it,” Smarr added.

Texas returns to action on Sunday when it hosts St. Edward’s and Laredo Community College at UT’s Penick-Allison Tennis Center. Both matches will begin at 1 p.m. Central. The Texas-Laredo match was originally scheduled for a 5:30 p.m. start.

#4 Texas 4, #24 Rice 3
Doubles – Order of Finish: 3, 2, 1
1. #8 Dimitar Kutrovsky/Josh Zavala (TEXAS) def. #31 Bruno Rosa/Oscar Podlewski (RICE) 8-6
2. #49 Ed Corrie/Kellen Damico (TEXAS) def. Michael Nuesslein/Christian Saravia (RICE) 8-4
3. Jean Andersen/Daniel Whitehead (TEXAS) def. Isamu Tachibana/Jonathan Chang (RICE) 8-4

Singles – Order of Finish: 2, 3, 4, 6, 5, 1
1. #16 Bruno Rosa (RICE) def. #13 Dimitar Kutrovsky (TEXAS) 6-1, 2-6, 6-4
2. #4 Ed Corrie (TEXAS) def. #116 Oscar Podlewski (RICE) 6-1, 6-3
3. #79 Kellen Damico (TEXAS) def. Michael Nuesslein (RICE) 6-2, 6-4
4. Sam Garforth-Bles (RICE) def. Jean Andersen (TEXAS) 7-6 (7-5), 6-3
5. #54 Josh Zavala (TEXAS) def. Isamu Tachibana (RICE) 3-6, 6-4, 6-2
6. Christian Saravia (RICE) def. Ben Chen (TEXAS) 1-6, 6-4, 6-4