SMU men's tennis beats UNLV 4-3, loses to Arkansas 5-2
Published: Wednesday, February 2, 2011
Updated: Tuesday, November 20, 2012 17:11
The Mustangs traveled to Fayetteville this past weekend to take on the University of Nevada at Las Vegas and Arkansas. They defeated UNLV 4-3 and fell to Arkansas 5-2. The match against number 67th ranked UNLV on Saturday was a close one, SMU tied the singles 3-3.
Freshman Mischa Nowicki who played line five, capitalized on his opponent, 6-3, 6-1 against UNLV's Bernard Schoeman. Number one player for the Mustangs, Artem Baradach, also ranked No. 29 in the country, won a hard fought match against Mehdi Bouras 6-4.
Adham El-Effendi battled against his opponent Tamas Batyi for three sets. El-Effendi won the first 6-3, lost the second 6-7, and then pulled through to take the third 6-3.
It then became up to the doubles line up for the Mustangs to take home the win. Joseph Hattrup and Toby Flood defeated Johannes Markel and Batyi 8-5. Senior David Costa and Nowicki also won their match against Rene Ruegamer and Alex Bull of UNLV 8-6. These victories gave the Mustangs the win over UNLV, putting Mustangs 2-0 for the season. This was a non- conference match and put the Mustangs at 2-0 for the season. Sunday SMU took on Arkansas, ranked 72nd in the country.
The Mustangs lost 5-2, getting their two wins from their number one and number five players, Baradach and Gaston Cuadranti.
Baradach defeated Chris Nott of Arkansas 6-0, 6-4, and Cuadranti won his match 6-2, 6-0. The Mustangs went into the doubles match with nothing to lose, given that Arkansas had already taken the match with their strong singles play.
Line one doubles of Baradach and El-Effendi lost 8-3, Toby Flood and Hattrup lost a close match taking it to a tie break, barely losing 7-4 in the breaker.
The Mustangs next match is against Lamar at home at Turpin Tennis Center.