Men’s tennis ends on a low note

SMU will compete in the American Athletic Conference Tournament in Memphis, Tenn., beginning Friday. (Courtesy of SMU Athletics)


The SMU men’s tennis team wrapped up their regular season Sunday in Frisco, Texas.

The team lost to Rice to end the season with a 10-12 record while Rice finished with a 9-12 record.

After a rain delay of three hours, the Mustangs finally began competition with Rice. However, the two teams decided to use the doubles matches as a tiebreaker if needed due to the delay.

Rice jumped out to a lead as Max Andrews topped SMU senior Mischa Nowiki in straight sets, 6-4, 6-2.

SMU tied it back up, though, with sophomore Nate Lammons chalking up a victory over Gustavo Gonzalez, 6-4, 6-2.

The Mustangs then took a 2-1 lead in the meet with first-year Arkidjas Slobodkins defeating Henrik Munch with a score of 7-6, 6-2.

However, the Owls then tied the match up as David Warren beat SMU first-year Julio Olaya, 6-4, 6-4.

The Owls then grabbed the lead as No. 108 Arturs Kazijevs of SMU fell to Srikar Alla, 7-6, 6-4.

With SMU trailing 3-2 and only one match remaining, the No. 2 singles went to work.

SMU senior Alex Sanders took the first set versus Rice’s Adam Gustafsson, but Gustafsson took the second set.

With the third and final set up for grabs, it was Gustafsson who took it making the final score 5-7, 6-4, 7-5.

With the regular season now finished, SMU will go to the American Athletic Conference Tournament in Memphis, Tenn. The first round against No. 4 UCF will take place Friday.

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