Feb. 5, 2012
The Rice men's tennis team shook off an early start time and a move indoors to post their most impressive win of the 2012 dual season, racing to a 7-0 win over 37th ranked Miami at the Galleria Tennis Athletic Club on Sunday morning. They came back on Sunday afternoon to down Tyler JC 6-0 in a match that only involved singles competition.
The win over Miami was the first for the Owls (5-3) over a higher ranked opponent since they downed Washington in the first round of the 2010 NCAA Championships. Rice had dropped 10 straight matches against higher ranked teams, including a pair of matches this year.
The match's start time had been moved up two hours from its original 11 a.m. start in anticipation of morning rains in Houston. The match was moved indoors this morning because of wet grounds and the possibility of additional rain.
Rice showed no ill effects for the changes in the schedule, grabbing the doubles point with wins at 1 & 3 and leading 7-0 in the third match, which was suspended after the point was secured.
Sam Garforth-Bles upped the Owls' lead to 2-0 when Miami's Wilfredo Gonzalez withdrew from their match at #3 singles after dropping the opening set, 6-2. Jonathan Chang and Harry Fowler put any doubt about the team result to rest by following with straight-set wins at #4 and #1.
Peter Frank won a tough 7-5 opening set at #2 Miami's Omar Aly, but upped the lead to 5-0 by taking the second set, 6-1. Michael Nuesslein swept to a 6-2, 6-2 win at #6 and Philipp Seifert closed out the sweep by rallying from a loss in the opening set at #5 to take the third-set tiebreaker 10-8.
The Owls will be hoping for clear weather next weekend in order to return to their Jake Hess Tennis Stadium courts on Saturday when they host UTSA at 11 a.m.