St. Edwards men defeat No. 4 ranked Laredo Community College, 5-4

AUSTIN – The St. Edward’s men’s tennis team won a 5-4 contest against No. 4 ranked Laredo Community College Saturday afternoon at the Strohmeyer Varsity Tennis Courts.

In doubles competition, St. Edward’s (2-3) swept Laredo CC (3-1) in all three matches. Ned Boone (Junior, London, England) and Mick Walter (Senior, College Station, Texas) took down their opponents Felipe Baptista and Jair Assuncio, who are ranked No. 4 nationally, 8-3. Ryan Wiggins (Junior, Frisco, Texas) and Pedro Bronstrup (Freshman, Porto Alegre, Brazil) followed suit with an 8-5 win against Guilherme Narducci and Jeremie Castela. In the No. 3 spot, James Rogers (Freshman, Bahagowan, Australia) and Alexandre Bueno (Freshman, Sao Paulo, Brazil) defeated No. 13 Antoine Rafaelli and Rafael Bugiga, 8-5, to finish the Hilltopper’s doubles competition sweep.

As both team headed into singles competition, St. Edward’s clinched the series with wins from Boone and Walter. Boone fought hard through three sets but took the win, 6-2, 3-6, 6-3. Walter dropped the first set, 4-6, but took the next two, 6-1, 6-4, to upset the No. 4 nationally ranked Couthino.

The rest of the Hilltoppers were swept in two sets by their Laredo CC opponents.

“I am very happy to beat such a worthy opponent” head coach Russell Sterns said. “I was proud of our guys for sweeping doubles competition, and extremely proud of our upperclassman winning in sinlges.”

The Hilltoppers will be back in action tomorrow when they take on Lamar. The first serve is set for 11 a.m. at the Strohmeyer Varsity Tennis Courts.

Laredo College vs St. Edward’s (Feb 26, 2011)
#15 St. Edward’s 5, #1 Laredo College 4
Feb 26, 2011 at Austin, Texas (Strohmeyer Varsity Tennis Courts)

Singles competition
1. Ned Boone (SEUMT) def. Jair Assuncio Neto (LCCMT) 6-2, 3-6, 6-3
2. Mick Walter (SEUMT) def. Rafael Couthino (LCCMT) 4-6, 6-1, 6-4
3. Antoine Rafaelli (LCCMT) def. Ryan Wiggins (SEUMT) 7-5, 6-3
4. Guilherme Narducci (LCCMT) def. Pedro Bronstrup (SEUMT) 6-3, 6-2
5. Jeremie Castela (LCCMT) def. Alexandre Bueno. (SEUMT) 6-2, 6-4
6. Rafael Bugiga (LCCMT) def. James Rogers (SEUMT) 7-5, 6-3

Doubles competition
1. Ned Boone/Mick Walter (SEUMT) def. Felipe Baptista/Jair Assuncio Neto (LCCMT) 8-3
2. Ryan Wiggins/Pedro Bronstrup (SEUMT) def. Guilherme Narducci/Jeremie Castela (LCCMT) 8-4
3. James Rogers/Alexandre Bueno. (SEUMT) def. Antoine Rafaelli/Rafael Bugiga (LCCMT) 8-5

Match Notes
Laredo College 3-0; National ranking #1
St. Edward’s 1-3; National ranking #15

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