Jan. 11, 2013
Rice freshman Adam Gustafsson won a pair of matches to reach the singles quarterfinals to highlight the first day of action for the Rice men's tennis team at the Rice/Met Tournament at the The Downtown Club at The Met on Friday.
Gustafsson advance with a three-set win over Rodolfo Bustamente of TCU and a straight set win over unattached entry Stefan Lamire to join senior Jonathan Chang in the singles quarterfinals. Chang opened with a first round by, then defeated JT Sundling of TCU in three sets.
First-year head coach Efe Ustundag went into the tournament looking to see how his squad returned from the semester break and was generally pleased with the results on the first day.
"It really looks like they used the break in a positive way and came back ready to compete," Ustundag said. "We had some quality wins against very tough competition, but the thing that really stands out is that we won four of the five three-set matches we played in singles. I was pleased with the fight we showed in those tough matches. With the touch matches we have early in the dual season, this kind of competition to kick things off is just what they needed."
Chang will face Behzad Minavi of Texas A&M while Gustafsson will face Michael Hukwo of Portland looking for berths in the semifinals. Berger and Seifert will take on Minavi and Junior Ore of A&M looking for a berth in the finals.