Owls Rally Past Boise State

Feb. 24, 2018

Princeton Box Score / Boise State Box Score

Mohamed Abdel-Aziz bounced back from a loss in the second set to provide the clinching point as the Rice men's tennis team ended their return to the Blue Gray National Tennis Classic with a 4-2 win over Boise State on Saturday.

The win snapped a four-match losing streak for the Owls (4-6) and came in comeback fashion after falling behind 2-0 to the Broncos.

Rice opened action on Saturday morning by dropping the completion of its match with Princeton, falling to the Tigers 4-1. After a three-hour wait, the Owls started slow against Boise, dropping the doubles point and an early decision on court six before storming back to win.

"We lost the doubles pretty quickly, but really turned it around in singles," Rice sophomore Eric Rutledge said. "We won four of six first sets in singles and it was good to see the younger guys pulling through at the end and pulling out some big points in big matches for us."

Eskeland picked up his second win of the weekend to lead the Owls while Russell, Sarkar and Abdel-Aziz each picked up their first wins to lead the Owls to the clinch.

Rice returns home to face C-USA foe Middle Tennessee on Wednesday at 4 p.m. before returning to the road next weekend for matches at Abilene Christian and Texas Tech.





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