Texas Tech, Baylor women open Big 12 play Thursday

LUBBOCK – Baylor’s 12th-ranked women’s tennis team will open the Big 12 Conference schedule at No. 20 Texas Tech on Thursday at 3 p.m. at the McLeod Tennis Center in Lubbock, Texas.

Baylor (11-3) enters the match off a 10-day break that followed a stretch matches against seven consecutive ranked opponents, including four in the top 10. The Lady Bears went 4-3 during the span with wins over No. 8 North Carolina and No. 9 Virginia on back-to-back days at the ITA Team Indoor Championship.

The Lady Bears have won 69 of their last 70 matches against Big 12 opponents, including a current string of 13 straight wins over league foes. The Lady Bears are 13-2 all-time in Big 12 openers and will put a streak of seven in a row on the line.

Baylor brings in a lineup that features a trio of seniors ranked in the singles top 50 and a top-50 ranked doubles tandem. In singles, Diana Nakic plays the top spot and is ranked No. 9, becoming the fifth BU player in the last six seasons to earn a top-10 ranking. Nakic is a team-leading 21-7 on the season, including eight wins over ranked opponents.

After Nakic, the next two spots in the lineup are held down by No. 32 Nina Secerbegovic and No. 47 Sona Novakova. Secerbegovic is 12-1 in dual-match singles play this season with three ranked wins, while Novakova holds an identical record also with three ranked wins.

Baylor singles lineup has also gotten solid production from freshmen Ema Burgic and Megan Horter. After missing the entire fall season and the first seven matches of the dual-match year, Burgic is 4-1 on the year with a 2-1 mark against ranked opponents. Horter has posted a 7-6 mark in dual-match singles play, but has excelled in doubles partnered with Secerbegovic.

The pair is ranked 46th nationally, and in four matches in the No. 1 doubles spot has a perfect 4-0 mark with one win over ranked opponent.

Texas Tech (8-2) is enjoying its highest ranking in program history, entering the match at No. 20. In the first computer ranking of the year released by the ITA earlier this week, the Red Raiders moved up 12 spots after posting two ranked wins last weekend. TTU has a 6-2 mark against ranked opponents on the year, with its highest win coming over then-No. 23 Ole Miss.

The Red Raiders’ Elizabeth Ullathorne is ranked in singles at No. 122 with a 6-9 record, while the tandem of Samantha Adams and Kenna Kilgo is ranked No. 47 with a 13-9 overall mark.

Live scoring will be available at www.TexasTech.com. Follow the official Twitter account of Baylor Women’s Tennis @BaylorWTennis for updates throughout the match

Horned Frogs Roll Past UT-Arlington, 6-1 (women)

TCU is 15-0 all-time against the Mavs

FORT WORTH – The TCU women’s tennis team returned to the win column Wednesday night with a 6-1 win over UT-Arlingtonunder the lights of the Bayard H. Friedman Tennis Center.

The win improved the No. 49 Horned Frogs to 5-3 on the year, including a 4-2 mark on their home courts. The visiting Mavs fell to 4-4. TCU won for the 15th time in 15 tries against UTA all-time.

“It was a good effort today,” TCU coach Dave Borelli said. “I thought we were able to find a way to come back in some matches. We need to be able to do that to become good players. It was good to see Simona come back in her match afterbeing down a set. I think she learned a big lesson that she’s never out of it. Stefanie battled back from down in the second set. Both of our freshmen showed a lottoday. That’s a big step for them and their development.”

TCU won the doubles to open the match with wins at Nos. 2 and 3 doubles. Gaby Mastromarino and Simona Parajova struck first for the Frogs at No. 3, scoring an 8-2 triumph over Christine Foote and Liucija Smaizyte. The TCU tandem improved to 4-0 this spring.

After UTA got even with a win at No. 1 doubles, juniors Federica Denti and Kelsey Sundaram finished off the doubles point with an 8-2 win over Giada D’Ortona and Natalia Mayuk to give TCU a 1-0 lead.

Sophomore Gabi Barbosa, in just the third match of her TCU career, put the Frogs ahead 2-0 after her opponent retired prior to the second set at No. 6 singles. Barbosa had won the first set 6-0.

Shortly at the conclusion of Barbosa’s match, Olivia Smith pushed the TCU advantage to 3-0 with a 6-0, 6-0 dismantling of Verena Scott at No. 2 singles. The Bath,England, native snapped a four-match skid with the win.

Denti won her second-straight match when she took down D’ortona, 6-1, 6-3, at No. 4 singles. In scoring the fourth team point and clinching the match for the Frogs, the Bellano, Italy, native improved to 5-1 record this spring, TCU’s best mark in singles.

Stefanie Tan ran the TCU lead to 5-0 on the scoreboard with her 6-2, 7-5 victory over Martinez-Romero at the top court. In the second set, the Frog freshman trailed 5-2 before rattling off five-straight games to win the match.

Parajova scored TCU’s final point of the night with a comeback win at No. 3 singles. She dropped the first set 6-4, but battled off match points to force a tiebreak in the second set. Eventually, the Zvolen, Slovakia, native tallied a 4-6, 7-6(3), 1-0 (12) victory over Mayuk.

TCU returns to action Saturday with its third-straight match at the Friedman Tennis Center. Princeton pays a visit to Fort Worth for a 12 p.m., match.

Match Results #49 TCU 6, UTA 1
SINGLES
No. 1 – Stefanie Tan (TCU) def. Maria Martinez-Romero (UTA), 6-2, 7-5
No. 2 – Olivia Smith (TCU) def. Verena Scott (UTA), 6-0, 6-0
No. 3 – Simona Parajova (TCU) def. Natalia Mayuk (UTA), 4-6, 7-6 (3), 1-0 (12)
No. 4 – Federica Denti (TCU) def. Giada D’ortona (UTA), 6-1, 6-3
No. 5 – Liucija Smaizyte (UTA) def. Gaby Mastromarino (TCU), 7-5, 2-6, 1-0 (7)
No. 6 – Gabi Barbosa (TCU) def. Christine Foote (UTA), 6-0, ret.

DOUBLES
No. 1 – Maria-Martinez-Romero/Verena Scott (UTA) def. Gabi Barbosa/Olivia Smith (TCU), 8-5
No. 2 – Federica Denti/Kelsey Sundaram (TCU) def. Giada D’ortona/Natalia Mayuk (UTA), 8-3
No. 3 – Gaby Mastromarino/Simona Parajova (TCU) def. Christine Foote/Liucija Smaizyte (UTA), 8-2

MATCH NOTES
TCU 5-3; National ranking No. 49
UT Arlington 4-4
Order of Finish: Singles (6,2,4,1,5,6) Doubles (3,1,2)
Weather: 75F, Sunshine into night, No wind.
A-325; T: 3:48

Garforth-Bles’ 50th Highlights Owls’ Win Over Anteaters

Rice senior Sam Garforth-Bles won his 50th career dual singles match, outlasting Cal-Irvine’s Sam Gould 7-6, 7-5 to highlight a 6-1 Owls win over the Anteaters at San Diego State Tennis Stadium on Tuesday afternoon.

Garforth-Bles and Gould extended their first set to a tie breaker that required 22 games before Garforth-Bles prevailed 12-10. The second set was more of the same as the two were tied 5-5 before the senior from Bragg Creek, Alberta broke through to win the final two games and close out the match.

Playing their first match in 17 days, the Owls showed little rust during the opening doubles competition. They grabbed the match’s first point with wins at No. 3 and No. 1 and then quickly raced to wins at 4, 5 and 6 in singles to clinch the match. Junior Jonathan Chang was victorious in his first appearance at No. 2 singles to extend the lead to 5-1, leaving the final point to Garforth-Bles.

The UCI dual match opened a slate of action for the Owls in San Diego which also includes a dual with Loyola Marymount on Thursday morning and the 123th Pacific Coast Doubles Championships from Thursday through Sunday.

The match with LMU will take place on Thursday morning at the La Jolla Beach and Tennis Club, which is also the host for the doubles championships.

The Owls will be back in action at Jake Hess Tennis Stadium a week from Saturday, when they host 25th ranked San Diego in a 1 p.m. dual match.

Rice vs Cal-Irvine
2/28/2012 at San Diego, California
(SDSU Tennis Stadium)
#51 Rice 6, Cal-Irvine 1
Singles competition
1. Fabian Matthews (UCI) def. Harry Fowler (RICE) 6-1, 7-6
2. Sam Garforth-Bles (RICE) def. Sam Gould (UCI) 7-6 (12-10), 7-5
3. Jonathan Chang (RICE) def. Jacob Jung (UCI) 6-4, 6-1
4. Christian Saravia (RICE) def. Mika DeCoster (UCI) 6-1, 6-0
5. Michael Nuesslein (RICE) def. Ryan Cheung (UCI) 6-4, 6-3
6. Philipp Seifert (RICE) def. Shuhei Shibahara (UCI) 6-0, 6-0

Doubles competition
1. Harry Fowler/Christian Saravia (RICE) def. Fabian Matthews/Mika DeCoster (UCI) 8-5
2. Ryan Cheung/Jacob Jung (UCI) def. Michael Nuesslein/Jonathan Chang (RICE) 8-4
3. Leif Berger/Sam Garforth-Bles (RICE) def. Sam Gould/Shuhei Shibahara (UCI) 8-4

Match Notes:
Rice 7-4; National ranking #51
Cal-Irvine 1-9
Order of finish: Doubles (3,1,2); Singles (4,6,5,1,3,2)

Krajicek to face Anderson at Delray Beach

DELRAY BEACH, FLORIDA—Former Texas A&M tennis standout Austin Krajicek qualified for the ATP Main Draw this week at the Delray Beach International Tennis Championships in Florida.

Krajicek drew the No. 7 seed Kevin Anderson from South Africa who is ranked No. 36 in the world in the ATP rankings. The pair will have first serve today (Tuesday, Feb. 28) at 2 p.m. central.

Krajicek was a four-year (2008-11) letterman and four-year All-American for the Aggie men’s tennis team and helped lead the team to back-to-back Top 10 rankings (2010 & 2011) as well as the 2011 Big 12 Tennis Championship title in Waco. As a senior captain, Krajicek helped the Aggies establish a school record for dual match victories with a 29-6 record. Krajicek and his doubles partner, Jeff Dadamo, won the NCAA Doubles National Championship at Stanford last May.

A&M Women Win Sixth Straight; Downs TCU 6-1

FORT WORTH – The Texas A&M women’s tennis team won its sixth consecutive match with a convincing 6-1 victory over TCU tonight at the Bayard H. Friedman Tennis Center. The six-match winning streak is the Aggies’ longest since winning seven straight in 2009.

A&M, which has not dropped a match since its season opener, improves to 6-1. TCU drops to 4-3, including 3-2 in home matches.

“We won five of the six singles matches very or fairly convincingly against a good team in TCU, who was certainly highly motivated,” A&M first-year head coach Howard Joffe said. “The most encouraging thing about this match is that it is very self-evident that our girls have improved a lot. We actually played good tennis to get the victory today.”

Most of the excitement came in doubles, as the Aggies got off to a slow start but finished off the point with a bang, fighting off match points and winning tiebreakers in the last two matches standing to take a 1-0 lead. TCU had jumped out to a lead on all three courts, and the team of Gabby Mastromarino and Simona Parajova had given the Frogs an early edge after handing Sheri Olivier and Lauren Santacroce their first loss of the season with an 8-5 victory at the No. 3 line.

A&M’s Cristina Sanchez-Quintanar and Wen Sun trailed the majority of their match against Gaby Barbosa and Olivia Smith at the No. 1 court before making a comeback. Down two service breaks at 5-3, the Aggies rallied and tied the score at 6-6. The teams held serve for each of the next four games to force a tiebreaker with the score tied at 8-8. The tiebreaker was tied for the fourth time at 5-5 before the Aggies scored the next two points to win the match.

Janelle Cuthbertson and Nazari Urbina also came from behind, staving off three match points to force a tiebreaker against Frederica Denti and Kelsey Sundaram at the No. 2 line. After trailing 5-2, the Aggies later fought off a match point to get within 7-7. TCU then took an 8-7 lead and had two match points, but A&M rallied once again to tie the score at 8-8 and send the match to a tiebreaker. The Aggies never trailed in the tiebreaker and took the lead for good at 4-3 en route to the 7-5 win to clinch the point.

“The doubles point is one of those great illusions,” Joffe said. “On the one hand it really only counts for one-seventh of the outcome of the match. And on the other hand, it is a powerful thing in terms of having the ability to win only three of the six singles matches. That being said, the doubles was absolutely hairy. I thought TCU played extremely well in the doubles, and I thought all three of our teams hung in there and fought really hard and gave us a chance. I would count us as quite fortunate to have ended up winning the doubles point.”

A&M, which entered the match 5-0 when winning the doubles point, won the point for the sixth consecutive match despite losing at the No. 3 line for the first time this season.

Sanchez-Quintanar, ranked No. 14 in singles, quickly gave the Aggies a 2-0 lead, disposing of Smith, 6-1, 6-2, at the No. 1 singles line to improve to 7-0 in dual matches.

Santacroce put herself back into the win column and gave the Aggies a 3-0 lead with a 6-2, 6-2 win over Mastromarino at the No. 4 line. Sun then clinched the winning point and gave the Aggies a 4-0 lead after posting a 6-0, 6-4 victory over Parajova at the No. 3 court.

Freshman Janine Erasmus followed with a 7-5, 6-4 win against Gaby Barbosa at No. 6 to put the Aggies ahead, 5-0, before Denti put the Frogs on the scoreboard with a 7-6 (1), 3-6, 1-0 (3) victory over Cuthbertson at the No. 5 line.

Urbina capped the win for the Aggies, coming back to defeat Stefanie Tan, 4-6, 6-2, 6-3 at No. 2.

“To lose the doubles the way we did was tough,” TCU coach Dave Borelli said. “We had match points and played a ball that was going out at match point. That’s just how the doubles went. I think we kind of checked out in singles after that. A&M is good and we just couldn’t come back after the doubles, which was kind of disappointing. It’s a long year, but if we can get healthy we’ll be fine. It’s a long process and our goal is still to win the conference and make the NCAAs.”

The victory marked A&M’s third consecutive win against the Frogs, who fall to 4-3 on the season, including 3-2 in home matches.

The Aggies now return to the Mitchell Tennis Center to begin a four-match home stand, starting Thursday, March 1 against BYU. A&M will also host South Florida (Friday, March 2), William & Mary (Tuesday, March 6) and No 11 Michigan (Friday, March 9) before opening Big 12 Conference play at Missouri on March 16.

TCU gets right back to action Wednesday with a visit from UT-Arlington. First serve at the Friedman Tennis Center is set for 5:30 p.m.

MATCH RESULTS – Texas A&M 6, TCU 1
SINGLES
No. 1 – #14 Cristina Sanchez-Quintanar (TAMU) def. Olivia Smith (TCU), 6-1, 6-2
No. 2 – Nazari Urbina (TAMU) def. Stefanie Tan (TCU), 4-6, 6-2, 6-3
No. 3 – #86 Sun Wen (TAMU) def. Simona Parajova (TCU), 6-0, 6-4
No. 4 – Lauren Santacroce (TAMU) def. Gaby Mastromarino (TCU), 6-2, 6-2
No. 5 – Federica Denti (TCU) def. Janelle Cuthbertson (TAMU), 7-6 (1), 3-6, 1-0 (3)
No. 6 – Janine Erasmus (TAMU) def. Gabi Barbosa (TCU), 7-5, 6-4

DOUBLES
No. 1 – Cristina Sanchez-Quintanar/Sun Wen (TAMU) def. Gabi Barbosa/Olivia Smith (TCU), 9-8 (5)
No. 2 – Janelle Cuthbertson/Nazari Urbina (TAMU) def. Federica Denti/Kelsey Sundaram (TCU), 9-8 (5)
No. 3 – Gaby Mastromarino/Simona Parajova (TCU) def. Sheri Olivier/Lauren Santacroce (TAMU), 8-5

MATCH NOTES
TCU 4-3; National ranking #37
Texas A&M 6-1; National Ranking #28
Order of Finish: Singles (1,4,3,6,5,2); Doubles (3,1,2)
Weather: 70F, No wind.
A-202; T: 4:07

SMU Women Surprise No. 40 Princeton, 4-3

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (SMU) — The No. 57 SMU Women’s Tennis team scored a 4-3 victory over No. 40 Princeton on the final day of the Blue Gray National Tennis Classic. The Mustangs won the top four singles positions, including a 6-2, 6-2 win by Edyta Cieplucha over No. 84 Hilary Bartlett at No. 1 singles.

The victory at No. 1 is Cieplucha’s second over a ranked opponent this season as she improved to 6-1 in dual matches. Elena Fayner won at No. 2 singles, going 3-0 in the Blue Gray Tournament. Fayner is now 3-4 in her first season on the Hilltop.

Ashley Turpin improved to 1-2 on the season with a 6-1, 6-2 sweep of Princeton’s (5-5) Katie Goepel at No. 4 singles. Heather Steinbauer earned SMU’s other point when her opponent retired during the first set at No. 3 singles. It was Steinbauer’s second straight win.

In doubles, Edyta Cieplucha and Heather Steinbauer earned their first win over a ranked duo with an 8-5 triumph against No. 35 Hilary Bartlett and Lindsay Graff.

The Mustangs(1-6) return to action by hosting BYU at the Las Colinas Country Club on Saturday at 3 p.m. SMU then hosts No. 40 Princeton next Sunday at 9:30 a.m.

SMU vs Princeton
Feb 26, 2012 at Montgomery, Ala.

#57 SMU 4, #40 Princeton 3

Singles competition
1. Edyta Cieplucha (SMU) def. #84 Hilary Bartlett (PU) 6-2, 6-2
2. Elena Fayner (SMU) def. Lindsay Graff (PU) 6-4, 2-6, 6-3
3. Heather Steinbauer (SMU) def. Rachel Saiontz (PU) 1-0, retired
4. Ashley Turpin (SMU) def. Katie Goepel (PU) 6-1, 6-2
5. Monica Chow (PU) def. Kris Roberts (SMU) 6-2, 6-1
6. Joan Cannon (PU) def. Perri Anderson (SMU) 6-1, 6-0

Doubles competition
1. Edyta Cieplucha/Heather Steinbauer (SMU) def. #35 Hilary Bartlett/Lindsay Graff (PU) 8-5
2. #49 Katie Goepel/Rachel Saiontz (PU) def. Elena Fayner/Ashley Turpin (SMU) 8-5
3. Joan Cannon/Monica Chow (PU) def. Perri Anderson/Kris Roberts (SMU) 8-2

Match Notes:
SMU 1-6; National ranking #57
Princeton 5-5; National ranking #40
Blue Gray National Tennis Classic

UTEP Battles But Falls To UMKC, 4-3

EL PASO – Marie LeBlond and Dariya Abdrakhmanova each secured wins in singles play while UTEP also earned the doubles point but it wasn’t enough in a 4-3 setback to UMKC at the El Paso Tennis Club Sunday afternoon.

The Miners (2-9) got off to a great start with dominant showings in doubles play. Martina Trierweiler/Rebeca Calvillo rolled past Eva Dalvai/Laura Bouet, 8-3, at No. 1 while Marie LeBlond/Gabi Vazquez toppled Suzan Lisenby/Amelie Amsallem, 8-5, at the second spot. Anastasiya Sylenko/Dariya Abdrakhmanova crushed Madeline Schulte/Gabriela Pintos, 8-2, at No. 3 to make it a clean sweep in doubles for the home side.

Action then switched to singles, where the Orange and Blue looked to keep it rolling against the Kangaroos (4-5). Abdrakhmanova did her part with a straight set, 6-4, 6-4, victory against Lisenby at No. 4 singles. LeBlond also contributed to the cause, drilling Schulte, 6-3, at No. 6.

The Miners needed just one more win to lock up the team triumph, but it did not come to fruition. Trierweiler downed Dalvai, 6-2, in the opening set at No. 1 singles but her foe bounced back to secure the final two sets, 6-3, 7-5. It was a similar story for Vazquez at No. 3 singles against Amsallem. The sophomore staked the first set, 7-6, but Amsallem managed to pull out the final two sets, 6-4, 6-4.

Calvillo couldn’t get on track against Bouet at No. 2. She was derailed by a final score of 6-3, 6-3, while Sylenko was downed, 6-2, 6-2, against Yakominich at No. 5.

UTEP will return to the courts when it plays host to New Mexico at 1 p.m. MST Thursday.

Singles competition
1. Eva Dalvai (UMKC) def. Martina Trierweiler (UTEP) 2-6, 6-3, 7-5
2. Laura Bouet (UMKC) def. Rebeca Calvillo (UTEP) 6-3, 6-3
3. Amelie Amsallem (UMKC) def. Gabi Vazquez (UTEP) 6-7, 6-4, 6-4
4. Dariya Abdrakhmanova (UTEP) def. Suzan Lisenby (UMKC) 6-4, 6-4
5. Jillian Yakominich (UMKC) def. Anastasiya Sylenko (UTEP) 6-2, 6-2
6. Marie LeBlond (UTEP) def. Madeline Schulte (UMKC) 6-3, 6-3

Doubles competition
1. Martina Trierweiler/Rebeca Calvillo (UTEP) def. Eva Dalvai/Laura Bouet (UMKC) 8-3
2. Marie LeBlond/Gabi Vazquez (UTEP) def. Suzan Lisenby/Amelie Amsallem (UMKC) 8-5
3. Anastasiya Sylenko/Dariya Abdrakhmanova (UTEP) def. Madeline Schulte/Gabriela Pintos (UMKC) 8-2

Owls Shock Sooners, 5-2 (women)

Stepping onto familiar courts for the first time in nearly a month and with an energetic group of fans in the stands to urge them on, the Rice Owls fought off a series of challenges to snap a three-match losing streak and race past 35th ranked Oklahoma, 5-2 at Jake Hess Tennis Stadium on Sunday.

The Owls (7-3) had not played a match at Jake Hess since the end of January, and have played their last five matches on the road. They had dropped the last three against teams ranked in the top 42 in the country. But head coach Elizabeth Schmidt said she saw something in the Owls’ reaction to their loss at Texas A&M on Friday that gave her a hint they would be ready for the Sooners (5-6) on Sunday.

“I knew coming out of the locker room at A&M that they would be ready to go today,” Schmidt said. “I can’t really express how proud of them that I am. They way they bounced back from some very tough losses and came out today and battled was very special.”

The doubles competition featured a matchup of nationally ranked duos at No.1, but Rice’s Natalie Beazant and Dominique Harmath, who entered the match ranked 47th, made quick work of Oklahoma’s 30th ranked tandem of Whitney Ritchie and Marie-Pier Huet, winning their set, 8-1. The Sooners stuck back with a win at No. 2 doubles, which left the match’s first point to be again decided at No. 3.

Rice’s team of Kimberly Anicete and Stephanie Nguyen found themselves in the exact opposite position they had been on Friday, where they saw a 6-3 lead erased as the Aggies took the point with an 8-6. On Sunday, the Owls’ pair found themselves down 5-2 before rallying to take a 6-5 lead and then holding serve down 8-7 to force a tie-breaker, which they won 11-9 to give Rice a 1-0 lead.

“I really have to thank our fans for helping pull us through the doubles and some of the other tough moments today,” Schmidt said. “With it being Spring Break, we knew there would not be any students here to watch, but we had a great turnout of fans, and they really knew when to give our team the extra lift they needed,” she added.

Beazant raised her season singles record to 9-1 with a straight-set win at No. 1 and Anicete followed with a straight set win at No. 5 to push the margin to 3-0. But the clinching point would prove elusive for the Owls, as two of the final four singles matches were extended to third sets.

Kate Gater provided the clinching point, grinding out a 7-5, 7-5 win at No. 4 that lasted well into the third sets of the other singles matches.

Senior Ana Guzman bounced back from a 6-0 loss in her first set at No. 4 to win in three sets and score the Owls final point of the afternoon.

After an off day on Monday, the Owls will be back at practice on Tuesday as they prepare for a pair of home matches next weekend. They will host BYU on Friday at 11 a.m. and then host 42nd ranked South Florida on Sunday at 11 a.m. at Jake Hess Tennis Stadium.

Oklahoma vs Rice
2/26/2012 at Houston, Texas
(Jake Hess Tennis Stadium)
#68 Rice 5, #35 Oklahoma 2

Singles competition
1. Natalie Beazant (RICE) def. Marie-Pier Huet (OKLAHOMA) 6-0, 6-2
2. Whitney Ritchie (OKLAHOMA) def. Dominique Harmath (RICE) 5-7, 6-2, 6-1
3. Katie Gater (RICE) def. Mia Lancaster (OKLAHOMA) 7-5, 7-5
4. Ana Guzman (RICE) def. Abbi Melrose (OKLAHOMA) 0-6, 6-4, 6-2
5. Kimberly Anicete (RICE) def. Whitney Wofford (OKLAHOMA) 6-1, 6-3
6. Nicole Long (OKLAHOMA) def. Stephanie Nguyen (RICE) 6-4, 6-4

Doubles competition
1. #47 Natalie Beazant/Dominique Harmath (RICE) def. #30 Whitney Ritchie/Marie-Pier Huet (OKLAHOMA) 8-1
2. Mia Lancaster/Abbi Melrose (OKLAHOMA) def. Ana Guzman/Katie Gater (RICE) 8-6
3. Kimberly Anicete/Stephanie Nguyen (RICE) def. Peta Maree Lancaster/Nicole Long (OKLAHOMA) 9-8 (11-9)

Match Notes:
Oklahoma 5-6; National ranking #35
Rice 7-3; National ranking #68
Order of finish: Doubles (1,2,3); Singles (1,5,6,3,2,4)

No. 11 Texas defeats UT-San Antonio, 6-1

The Longhorns swept the doubles matches and won five singles matches to win their second match of the day at Penick-Allison Tennis Center.

AUSTIN – The No. 11 Texas Men’s Tennis team won all three doubles matches and added points from five singles matches to defeat UTSA, 6-1 Saturday evening at UT’s Penick-Allison Tennis Center. The Roadrunners played their first match as a ranked team, but the Longhorns outlasted them to take the victory. Texas improved to 10-3 on the dual match season after defeating UT Arlington earlier on Saturday, 7-0.

Texas started the night strong, sweeping all three doubles matches to take a 1-0 lead over the Roadrunners. UT’s Alex Hilliard and Sudanwa Sitaram led off with an 8-3 win over UTSA’s Kolby Kilgo and Joel Rubio. The freshman duo of Jacoby Lewis and Joey Swaysland clinched the doubles point for Texas, as they posted an 8-5 victory at the second doubles slot. In the No. 1 doubles match, strong serves from Chris Camillone and David Holiner secured the doubles sweep with an 8-4 win over UTSA’s Yannick Junger and Pedro Zanotelli.

Sitaram dominated at the No. 2 singles spot, winning ten-straight games before giving one up to UTSA’s Tyler Brown. Sitaram’s 6-0, 6-1 victory gave Texas a 2-0 lead, as the sophomore Longhorn improved to 9-1 on the season.

UTSA’s Junger won in three sets at first singles over UT’s 69th-ranked Whitehead, who won a hard-fought two-hour and ten-minute match against UT Arlington earlier in the day. The No. 1 singles match went to three sets before Junger completed the 5-7, 6-0, 6-3 win and earned the Roadrunners their lone point of the match.

UT’s Lewis fought back from a 6-4 loss in the first set to win the next two sets, 6-4, 6-2 over Daniel Moser. Lewis’ win at the sixth singles slot extended the Longhorns’ lead to 3-1.

Texas clinched the match at the fourth singles slot with a win by Lloyd Glasspool. The first-semester freshman outlasted UTSA’s Joel Rubio 3-6, 7-6 (2), 6-3 to secure his second dual-match win of the day.

Texas added a fifth point at the No. 3 singles spot with a 6(4)-7, 6-3, 6-3 victory by Holiner. The three-hour and 38-minute match concluded with a Longhorn win by Hilliard at the fifth singles spot. Hilliard won the first set, 6-3 before dropping the second set in a 9-7 tiebreaker loss. The junior closed out the match with a 6-3 victory in the third set.

Texas returns to action on Sunday, March 4 at 2 p.m. when it hosts TCU.

Texas 6, UTSA 1
Doubles – Order of Finish: 3, 2, 1
1. Camillone/Holiner (UT) def. Junger/Zanotelli (UTSA) 8-4
2. Lewis/Swaysland (UT) def. Ayala/Brown (UTSA) 8-5
3. Hilliard/Sitaram (UT) def. Kilgo/Rubio (UTSA) 8-3

Singles – Order of Finish: 2, 1, 6, 4, 3, 5
1. Yannick Junger (UTSA) def. #69 Daniel Whitehead (UT) 5-7, 6-0, 6-3
2. Sudanwa Sitaram (UT) def. Tyler Brown (UTSA) 6-0, 6-1
3. David Holiner (UT) def. Martin Ayala (UTSA) 6 (4) -7, 6-3, 6-3
4. Lloyd Glasspool (UT) def. Joel Rubio (UTSA) 3-6, 7-6 (2), 6-3
5. Alex Hilliard (UT) def. David Kelleher (UTSA) 6-3, 6(7)-7, 6-3
6. Jacoby Lewis (UT) def. Daniel Moser (UTSA) 4-6, 6-4, 6-2

POST-MATCH COMMENTS
HEAD COACH MICHAEL CENTER
On tonight’s win: I thought UTSA played really well. I’ve got to give them a lot of credit. The conditions got very heavy. The ball was not moving very fast. It was cold out there, and we didn’t do a good job of having patience and really working for some things. We got behind in some situations. I thought we rallied at the end. That’s another learning curve for this team – the importance of really competing for every point. That’s something that we’ve got to learn.

On whether playing two matches in one day might have contributed to closer matches: That’s the first time some of these guys have ever played two matches in one day. So, maybe a little bit. We played some different guys, but I was a little disappointed with our energy level to start the singles. I give UTSA credit, but we’ve got to do a better job next time out.

Hilltoppers win “Battle of the Saints” matchup, 6-2 (women)

AUSTIN, Texas – The St. Edward’s women’s tennis team beat conference foe St. Mary’s 6-2, Saturday afternoon at the Strohmeyer Varsity Tennis Courts. This win brings the team back over five hundred on the season giving them a 3-2 record.

The Hilltopper’s started off on the right foot this gaining a 2-1 lead after doubles play was all said and done. St. Edward’s senior pair, Audrey Tompkins (Katy, Texas/Taylor HS) and Mary Bain (Austin, Texas/Westlake HS), defeated St. Mary’s Lambrechts and Gonzalez, 8-4. The second point won by the Hilltoppers came from Paige Rachel (Katy, Texas/Cinco Ranch HS) and Rafaela Haegele (Schwieberdingen, Germany/Otto-Hahn Gymnasium) who were able to fend off the Rattlers duo of De Oliveri and Huynh winning their match, 9-7.

The Hilltopper success rolled over into singles play were they captured three-straight points to gain a victory. Tompkins finished her match first gaining a 6-2, 6-2 victory over her opponent. Then Rachel won the next point for the Hilltoppers, defeating St. Mary’s De Oliveri, 6-2, 6-2. Haegele scored the fifth point for St. Edward’s by defeating Cooper 6-3, 6-0, and securing the victory for the Hilltopper’s.

Senior Mary Bain grabbed the sixth point for the Hilltopper’s winning her match 6-2, 6-1. However Alexandra Khadzhyan (Murmansk, Russia/Murmansck Secondary) took the first set of her match 6-0 before dropping the second 6-4. After battling back and forth with St. Mary’s Lambrechts in the thrid set, Khadzhyan eventually lost her marathon of a match in a third set tiebreaker 7-6 (7-5). Also, the match between Heather Brien (College Station, Texas/A&M-Consolidated) of St. Edward’s and Elisha Byant of St. Mary’s was ended early due to darkness. Byrant took the first set 6-4 and Brien was up 3-0 in the second before their contest was called.

St. Edward’s will return to action Monday, taking a road trip to Stephenville to face off against Tarleton State. First serve is scheduled for 1:00 p.m at the Tarleton tennis complex.