Mustangs upset BYU in dramatic fashion
Published: Monday, April 12, 2010
Updated: Tuesday, November 20, 2012 17:11
The SMU men's tennis team (13-10) received a big boost of confidence over the weekend when they upset No. 34 Brigham Young University, 4-3, before taking down Grambling State University, 6-1. The victory over BYU was the first win over a nationally ranked opponent for the Mustangs.
The Mustangs gained momentum early by capturing the doubles points with victories in No. 1 and No. 3 doubles. No. 1 doubles, made up of the No. 29 duo Adham el-Effendi and Darren Walsh, played a hard-fought match, and were able to edge out their opponents, 9-7, for the win. No. 3 doubles, which is Artem Baradach and Chris Hooshyar, were also victorious with a final score of 8-4.
The singles matches were much more tightly contested than doubles. At No. 1 singles, No. 68 Baradach fell behind early, but was able to make up ground and eventually grind out the win in three sets, 4-6, 6-2, 6-3. Although the Mustangs lost No. 2 singles, Darren Walsh continued his impressive winning streak by defeating his opponent in straight sets, 6-3, 6-2.
Hooshyar clinched the winning point for SMU, though it took a wild finish to get it done. After taking the first set, 7-5, Hooshyar fell behind in the second, 2-5. However, he was able to reel off five straight games to claim the match and the win for the Mustangs.
After their tough match in the afternoon, the Mustangs were almost able to breeze by Grambling in the second part of their double header. SMU dropped only a single point as they claimed their second victory of the day, 6-1.
No. 1 doubles did not give up a single game to their opponents, winning 8-0. The Mustangs took the doubles point when No. 2 doubles won as well, 8-6. Singles was even easier for SMU; singles No. 1 through No. 5 won in straight sets. Grambling claimed their only point in No. 6 singles, when Victor Semerdjiev defeated Kyle Van Buskirk in three sets, 6-1, 5-7, 10-5.
Next up for SMU is the continuation of their match against Texas Christian University. The match was postponed earlier this season, with the Mustangs up, 1-0, after winning the doubles point.