by Chuck Pool (firstname.lastname@example.org) -
Eric Rutledge and Conrad Russell remained unbeaten in singles, but the Rice men's tennis team could not shake off the loss of the doubles point and dropped a 4-2 decision to Louisiana-Lafayette at the George R. Brown Tennis Center on Sunday.
"Louisiana played the better match today and they deserved to win," Rice head coach Efe Ustundag said. "We could not take advantage of some opportunities in doubles and we were not able to overcome losing the point."
With five freshmen and a redshirt sophomore (Rutledge) comprising the current lineup, Ustundag said his youthful lineup is learning some valuable lessons in the early going of the dual season.
"Eric continues to perform well and Conrad did some good things in singles but overall I think we are pressing at times and that is causing us to play outside our strengths. We are trying to make things happen and when it doesn't, we haven't handled the frustration from that very well. I truly believe in this team. I know they want badly to succeed, but I think that sometimes weighs us down."
The Owls will continue their five-match homestand to open the 2018 dual season on Saturday when they host Lamar at noon.
Tennis Match Results
Louisiana vs Rice
1/21/2018 at Houston, Texas
(George R. Brown Tennis Center)
Louisiana 4, Rice 2
1. Eric Rutledge (RICEM) def. Elio Lago (LA) 6-1, 6-4
2. Sumit Sarkar (RICEM) vs. Arthur Lago (LA) 7-6 (7-5), 1-4, unfinished
3. Vlad Kramarov (LA) def. Mohamed Abdel-Aziz (RICEM) 6-1, 6-4
4. Pearse Dolan (LA) def. Jacob Eskeland (RICEM) 6-4, 7-5
5. Conrad Russell (RICEM) def. Dominik Koenig (LA) 6-4, 6-1
6. Pierce Gilheany (LA) def. Jared Aiman (RICEM) 6-2, 6-0
1. Sumit Sarkar/Eric Rutledge (RICEM) vs. Elio Lago/Vlad Kramarov (LA) 5-3, unfinished
2. Arthur Libaud/Jamie Fraser (LA) def. Conrad Russell/Jacob Eskeland (RICEM) 6-4
3. Pierce Gilheany/Pearse Dolan (LA) def. Mohamed Abdel-Aziz/Jared Aiman (RICEM) 6-4
Order of finish: Doubles (3,2); Singles (6,3,5,1) T-2:15 A-60