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

March 7, 2011 by · Comments Off 

By Ali Williams
ajwilliams@smu.edu

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.

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.