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
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.