FORT WORTH, Texas – Taking on their first competition in two weeks, the UTSA tennis team continues its fall schedule beginning on Thursday at the ITA Texas Regional Championships, pitting the Roadrunners against the best players from the 15 Division I programs in the state. The tournament is scheduled to conclude in the finals on Tuesday, Oct. 24.
This same tournament became a launching pad for the Roadrunners last season, as the doubles tandem of Sebastian Rodriguez and Alan Magadan defeated pairs from TCU, Texas A&M and Baylor to win the Texas Regional Doubles Championship – a program first. The pair went on to advance to the National Quarterfinal in San Diego. Their performance set the pair for a No. 6 national ranking and was a precursor to the Roadrunners team rankings and best record since 1985 – ending with an 18-7 finish and a program-first at-large appearance in the NCAA Tournament.
Opening up Thursday, junior Miguel Alonso (Veracruz, Mexico) and senior Garrett Skelly (The Woodlands, Texas) will open up the Qualifying Singles Draw. Alonso will face Texas Tech’s Takeyasu Sekiguchi in the opening round, while Skelly will take on UIW’s Emilio Vila.
The Main Singles Draw will kick off on Friday with senior Jackson Ross (San Antonio, Texas) up against Texas Tech’s Reed Collier, Magadan (McAllen, Texas) against Texas’ Jonah Braswell and junior Tiago Torres (Lisbon, Portugal) versus Texas A&M’s Giulio Perego, while junior Danijal Muminovic (Tuzla, Bosnia) and sophomore Tomás Pinho (Oporto, Portugal) will face opponents still to be determined. The doubles draw will also begin competition on Friday, which will see competition for the pairs of Magadan/Pinho, Alonso/Torres and Ross/Skelly, along with Muminovic playing alongside Baylor’s Marko Miladinović.
All matches will be played on the outdoor courts at the TCU’s Bayard H. Friedman Tennis Center. Around 100 singles players and 64 doubles teams spanning the entirety of the Division I Texas tennis landscape are taking part in the tournament. Schools with player representation include Baylor, Texas and Texas Tech, Texas A&M, Abilene Christian, Lamar, Texas A&M-Corpus Christi, UTSA and UT Arlington. Those who come out of the draw victorious with the Regional Championship will advance to the ITA National Fall Championships, which run from Nov. 1-5 in San Diego, California.
Live results will be posted to the ITA Regional Championships webpage at WeAreCollegeTennis.com as matches are completed. TCU’s live stream overlooking the six main courts will be in use all six days and the stream can be found at: .