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SMU ready for rivalry match

The SMU men’s tennis team defeated Oral Roberts University last Friday for their second win in a row.

The match against the Lions was the second meeting between the two teams this season. In their last match-up, which took place Jan. 16, the Mustangs beat Oral Roberts 4-0.
Things have not changed much since then.

SMU’s No. 1 doubles team, which consists of juniors Darren Walsh and Adham el-Effendi, is currently ranked No. 29 in the nation. They defeated Oral Robert’s No. 1 doubles team in quick fashion, 8-1.

To make it an even more impressive feat, the Lions’ duo of Igor Sobolta and Mikhail Trukshanin were undefeated prior to the match, winning all three of their matches.

“I’m really excited about our No. 1 doubles team,” head coach Carl Neufeld said in an interview with smumustangs.com. “It’s good to see them improve and beat a team that came in previously undefeated.”

After claiming the doubles point by sweeping all three matches, the Mustangs were almost as dominant in singles play. Junior Artem Baradach, ranked No. 57 in the nation, won his match in straight sets, 6-2, 6-1.

Walsh played strongly in singles as well as doubles. Playing at No. 2 singles, the junior defeated Dmitry Suslov in straight sets, 6-1, 6-1, for his fifth consecutive victory.

Freshman Tobias Flood was the only SMU player to concede a point, dropping a hard fought match to Trukshanin at No. 3 singles, 6-3, 7-5.

The Mustangs face a tougher opponent in No. 42 TCU tonight. The Horned Frogs are 6-5 on the season, but have dropped three of their last four matches. The match will be played at 5 p.m. at Turpin Tennis Center.

 

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