SMU Men’s Tennis Has Weekend Wins Against UTSA, Memphis

March 7, 2011  

By Ali Williams

This weekend the SMU men’s tennis team improves to 5-5 with wins over both of its opponents, beating UTSA 4-3 and conference rival Memphis 5-2.

On Saturday the Mustangs had a close battle against University of Texas at San Antonio, with SMU gaining the final 4-3 victory.

The SMU duo Joseph Hattup and Tobias Flood won their match against UTSA’s Yannick Junger while teammates Robert Sajovich and Adham el-Effendi also beat Max Stratmann and Kolby Kilgo 8-6. No. 1 position Mustangs Bryan Griffin and Gaston Cuadranti fell to Daniel Moreiras and Martin Ayala 8-4, but with two of three doubles match wins the Ponies secured the point.

In singles play, SMU’s David Costa downed Ayala 6-4, 6-2 at the top line. The other singles points for the Mustangs were gained by Cuadranti, who won against Junger (6-1, 6-4), and Sajovich, who defeated Daniel Moser with two straight 6-2 set wins.

UTSA’s points were earned when Brown retired Griffin 6-0, 6-2 and Moreiras finished Flood with 6-4, 6-3 sets. Mustang Nowicki played close against Stratmann for three sets but finally lost 7-5, 6-7, 10-6.

On Sunday against Memphis the Mustangs captured the doubles point as well. Hattup and Flood had an 8-5 win over Joe Salisbury and David O’Hare. Sajovich and el-Effendi also tag teamed to beat John Taylor and Leon Naseman 8-6.

Once again in the No. 1 doubles position the Mustangs fell, with Artem Baradach and Cuadranti going down 8-6 to David Henry and Jordan Smith.

Both teams had to fight hard for the points in the singles’ arena– there were only two matches that Mustang players swept their wins. Cuadranti won his match against Nasemann 6-3, 6-4 and Sajovich downed Taylor 6-2, 6-1.

The other SMU wins came from Costa, who beat out Salisbury 4-6, 6-4, 7-6 (7-5), and Nowicki, who came out with a 6-3, 3-6, 6-3 victory over Henry, giving SMU the five points for the overall triumph.

Memphis had two single wins. Johnny Grimal edged out el-Effendi 6-4, 2-6, 7-6 (9-7), and No. 49 Baradach lost his match to O’Hare 6-2, 3-6, 6-3.

The SMU men’s tennis team hosts conference rival Southern Miss on Tuesday, March 8, 2011 at Turpin Tennis Center. Play begins at 2 p.m.

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