Brendan Maloney
Men's Tennis

UTSA falls in Lubbock at Texas Tech

by Michael Stambaugh

LUBBOCK, Texas – Amidst the snow barreling into panhandle West Texas, the UTSA men’s tennis team (3-4) fought across the lineup, but Texas Tech (5-3) secured the last two points to deliver the 4-1 win, indoors at The Falls Tennis & Athletic Club on Sunday.

The Red Raiders captured the advantage early with a 2-0 win in the doubles point and a subsequent court one victory to go up 2-0 just over an hour into Sunday’s match. However, Tiago Torres quickly brought the match back into contention with a court two besting of Lorenzo Esquici, going three sets to a 6-1, 0-6, 7-5 victory – trimming the deficit to a single point.

With the bottom two courts on delayed starts due to the venue change, it looked like the Roadrunners could have a chance to bring things closer and let things play out down the line, as Danijal Muminovic rallied on court four from a 3-4 second-set deficit to knot things at 6-6, but Niksa Arsic edged him in the tiebreaker, 7-3 to finalize the 4-1 Texas Tech win.

Quoting Coach Sergey Avdeyev
“We did not see much progress from last weekend. We made the same errors and could not win important points. Sometimes the process takes a bit more time than desired.”

Final Score (UTSA 1, TTU 4)

Doubles Results (UTSA 0, TTU 1)
Order of Finish: (2, 1)
1. Sebastian Abboud/Piotr Pawlak def. Alan Magadan/Tomás Pinho: 6-4 
2. Lorenzo Esquici/Olle Wallin def. Miguel Alonso/Tiago Torres: 6-3 
3. J. Gundacker/Takeyasu Sekiguchi vs. Danijal Muminovic/Jackson Ross: (UF) 5-5

Singles Results (UTSA 1, TTU 3)
Order of Finish: (1, 2, 3, 4)
1. #80 Olle Wallin (TTU) def. Alan Magadan: 6-1, 6-1 
2. Tiago Torres def. Lorenzo Esquici (TTU): 6-1, 0-6, 7-5 
3. Jonas Gundacker (TTU) def. Tomás Pinho: 1-6, 7-6 (7-3), 6-0 
4. Niksa Arsic (TTU) def. Danijal Muminovic: 7-5, 7-6 (7-3) 
5. Piotr Pawlak (TTU) vs. Jackson Ross: (UF) 6-3, 3-1 
6. Sebastian Abboud (TTU) vs. Miguel Alonso: (UF) 4-2

Up Next
UTSA will travel this upcoming week to Kansas for a pair of matches at Wichita State. The Roadrunners will take on New Mexico in Wichita on Saturday, Feb. 17 at 1 p.m. and then turn their focus to host Wichita State on Sunday, Feb. 18, at 11 a.m. Next week will mark the fourth all-time meeting with the UNM Lobos and the ninth outing against the Wichita State Shockers after WSU took a 4-0 loss last year in San Antonio.

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