SMU Men’s Tennis Suffer Loss in C-USA Semifinals

April 25, 2011 by · Comments Off 

By Ali Williams
ajwilliams@smu.edu

The SMU Men’s Tennis team was defeated by Rice 4-1 in the semifinal round of the Conference USA Championship Tournament on Saturday.

The Mustangs earned the doubles point with two of three match wins.

SMU’s Adham el-Effendi and Darren Walsh downed Christian Saravia and Michael Nuesslein 8-4, while Gaston Cuadranti and Artem Baradach captured an 8-5 win over Rice’s Peter Frank and Sam Garforth-Bles.

In singles, Rice won four straight matches in a row for the overall win and a seat in the championship game.

Nuesslein defeated Tobias Flood 6-0, 6-2, while Garforth-Bles gained another point with his win over Mischa Nowicki, 6-4, 6-1. Saravia downed Walsh in a drawn out battle, with sets of 7-6 (7-2), 2-6, 6-4.

The final SMU loss came with No. 47 Badarach’s 6-3, 2-6, 6-4 loss against No. 108 Harry Fowler.

The Mustangs finish their season with a record of 17-9.

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Men’s Tennis Falls in C-USA Semifinals

April 25, 2010 by · Comments Off 

By Nate Regan
nregan@smu.edu

The men’s tennis team was ousted from the 2010 Conference USA Championship tournament Saturday with a 4-1 loss to Tulsa University at Jake Hess Tennis Stadium in Houston.

Juniors Darren Walsh and Adham el-Effendi, ranked as the No. 45 doubles team in the country by the Intercollegiate Tennis Association, fought for an 8-5 over the Golden Hurricane’s No. 27 duo of Philip Stephens and Ashley Watling at the top spot.

Tulsa came back with wins at Nos. 2 and 3 doubles, however, to take a 1-0 lead.

Watling beat SMU junior David Costa at No. 2 singles (6-0, 6-2) before the Mustangs’ No. 63-ranked Artem Baradach upset the Golden Hurricane’s No. 35 Marcelo Arevalo (6-4, 6-2) at the top spot.

But freshmen Tobias Flood and Pablo Perez-Esnaola fell to their Tulsa opponents at Nos. 3 and 5, respectively, as the Golden Hurricane sealed the 4-1 win and earn a trip to the championship game.

“I’m really proud of our guys,” head coach Carl Neufeld said on SMUMustangs.com. “We won at No. 1 singles and No. 1 doubles and most of the time you’re able to win the match doing that.”

Mustang Tennis Player Named To C-USA All-Academic Team

April 19, 2010 by · Comments Off 

By Robby Gillespie
rgillespie@smu.edu

SMU men’s tennis player Darren Walsh was one of six Conference USA players named to the conference’s 2010 All-Academic team Monday.

Walsh has won his last ten singles matches, a team best, while maintaining a 3.95 GPA as an engineering major. Walsh, an England native, also teamed up with Adham El-Effendi to earn the ITA’s No. 29 national ranking.

The junior also is a past C-USA Commissioner’s Honor Roll and C-USA Academic Medalist selection. All six selections have a GPA of 3.75 or higher and have made a significant contribution to their teams.

The Mustangs head to Houston this weekend for the 2010 Conference USA Championship hosted by Rice April 22-25.

SMU Downs No. 34 BYU, Grambling State in Doubleheader

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Mustangs Sweep Lamar for Third Straight Win

March 28, 2010 by · Comments Off 

By Nate Regan
nregan@smu.edu

The men’s tennis team won its third match in a row with a 7-0 victory over Lamar University Sunday at Turpin Tennis Center.

SMU (10-9) picked up the doubles point against the Cardinals (10-6) with the help of juniors Darren Walsh and Adham el-Effendi, ranked as the No. 29 duo in the country by the Intercollegiate Tennis Association.

At No. 1 doubles, Walsh and el-Effendi teamed up for an 8-6 win over Lamar’s Denis Erlinov and Robert Lee.

The Mustangs followed with consecutive 8-4 wins at doubles to take an early 1-0 lead.

Junior Artem Baradach, the No. 57 singles player in the nation according to the latest ITA rankings, led off with a comeback victory (1-6, 6-1, 6-4) against the Cardinals’ Richard Filkuka at the top spot.

Walsh and junior David Costa each picked up straight-set wins before senior Chris Hooshyar held on for a win (6-2, 6-7, 10-7) at No. 4 singles.

“It was a hard-fought match,” head coach Carl Neufeld said on SMUMustangs.com. “I’m really excited by our doubles play, and we were able to prevail in the tough singles matches.”

Next up for SMU is a pair of home weekend matchups against the University of Notre Dame (10-8) and DePaul University (6-14) at Turpin Tennis Center.

The Mustangs will take on the Fighting Irish Saturday at 1 p.m. before facing the Blue Demons on Sunday at 2 p.m.

SMU-TCU Match Suspended Due to Weather

March 27, 2010 by · Comments Off 

By Nate Regan
nregan@smu.edu

The men’s tennis team had its matchup Wednesday with cross-town rival Texas Christian University suspended until Apr. 13 due to inclement weather in Dallas.

The game was suspended with SMU ahead of the No. 58 Horned Frogs, 1-0, and leading four of the six singles matches.

Juniors Darren Walsh and Adham el-Effendi, ranked as the No. 29 doubles team in the country by the Intercollegiate Tennis Association, held on for a 9-7 win over TCU’s Emanuel Brighiu and Christopher Price at the top spot.

Junior Artem Baradach and senior Chris Hooshyar won their match at No. 3 doubles to give the Mustangs an early 1-0 lead.

Baradach, Hooshyar, Walsh and junior David Costa were each leading their singles matches when play was suspended.

The match will be resumed Tuesday, Apr. 13, at 5 p.m. at SMU’s Turpin Tennis Center.

Up next for the team is a doubleheader Sunday against Lamar University (9-5) and Austin College (0-11).

The Mustangs will take on the Cardinals at 1 p.m. before facing the ‘Roos at 4 p.m., and both matches will be held at Turpin Tennis Center.

Men’s Tennis Tops Oral Roberts, 6-1

March 19, 2010 by · Comments Off 

By Nate Regan
nregan@smu.edu

The men’s tennis team evened its record with a 6-1 win over Oral Robert University Friday afternoon at Turpin Tennis Center.

SMU (9-9) was led at doubles by juniors Darren Walsh and Adham el-Effendi, ranked as the No. 29 duo in the nation by the Intercollegiate Tennis Association. The pair defeated Igor Sobolta and Mikhail Trukshanin of ORU (1-5) to help the Mustangs to a 1-0 lead.

The Golden Eagles’ Sobolta and Trukshanin had not lost a match at doubles before Friday’s 8-1 loss to the Mustangs’ Walsh and el-Effendi.

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

Walsh continued with a straight-set win (6-1, 6-1) over OSU’s Dmitry Suslov at No. 2 singles before el-Effendi did the same (6-4, 6-0) against Matthew Tansil at No. 4.

Junior Artem Baradach, ranked as the No. 57 singles player by the ITA, picked up a straight-set victory (6-2, 6-1) against the Golden Eagles’ Sobolta at the top spot.

The Mustangs will host the TCU Horned Frogs (6-5) Wednesday at 5 p.m. at Turpin Tennis Center.

Men’s Tennis Starts Season on High Note

September 15, 2009 by · Comments Off 

The SMU men’s tennis team had finalists in four of the six flights Sunday at the Rice Invitational in Houston in their first tournament of the fall season. The Mustangs finished 16-11 last spring.

Junior Darren Walsh won the Flight B championship against Stefan Scazinski of LSU, 6-4, 6-7, 1-0 (10-4).

“All of the players are playing at or near their personal best,” said head coach Carl Neufeld in a press release. “And [they] did it against top competition.”

SMU begins the Midland Invitational Friday in Midland, Texas.