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Tennis still undefeated

 Tennis still undefeated
Photo By John Schreiber, The Daily Campus
Tennis still undefeated

Tennis still undefeated (Photo By John Schreiber, The Daily Campus)

The sun made its return to Dallas on Sunday, just in time for the Mustang men’s tennis team to play their eighth match of the spring season.

The women didn’t get so lucky, having their match against the University of Louisiana at Monroe cancelled due to rain. The match will be rescheduled for later in the season.

The men added another win to their record on Sunday, bringing their streak to 8-0. Their latest victory over the University of Denver only fueled the fire that has been lit underneath the Mustangs.

“Denver is a tough team and a great opponent. Our guys showed a lot of character in this match,” said head coach Carl Neufeld.

The men’s character was clearly evident in matches like the one played at the No. 1 doubles position, by Alex Skrypko and David Kuczer. It was a battle to the end against Denver’s Niklas Peresson and Nejc Smole with the match ending 9-8 after a tie-breaker. Skrypko and Kuczer communicated well, coming into the net and capitalizing on their fast hands to win points.

The match was an exciting display of good doubles, complete with lobs, down the middle winners and plenty of points ending in volley winners.

The Mustangs took all three doubles matches, with Peter Oredsson and Olivind Alver playing at No. 2 and Henrik Soderberg and Federico Murgier filling the No. 3 spot.

The singles were just as much of a battle, despite the shut-out victory for SMU.

At No. 1, Oredsson played a three set match against Adam Holmstrom of Denver. After winning the first set 6-2 and losing the second 1-6, Oredsson rallied back to win the third 6-3.

At the No. 2 spot Federico Murgier had very little trouble defeating Nejc Smole from Denver and SMU’s Alex Skrypko rolled right over Nikolas Presson 6-0, 6-1 in the No. 3 position. David Kuczer had a little more trouble taking on Denver’s Viktor Zetterholm in the No. 4 match.

Zetterholm, who towers well over six feet, compared to Kuczer’s more modest stature of five foot nine, had powerful ground strokes and a strong first serve.

However, his power was no match for Kuczer’s agility and tenacity. Kuczer won the first set 6-3 and closed the second set at 7-5. Soderberg and Alver each downed their opponents in two sets at the No. 5 and No. 6 spots, respectively.

The University of Denver has been one of the toughest match ups yet for SMU, with their schedule only getting harder as Nationals get closer.

The men travel to Virginia this weekend to take on Virginia Tech and Virginia Commonwealth. They return to SMU to play Columbia March 15.

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