Feb. 28, 2013
On a weekend when they will be competing in one of the oldest doubles tournaments in the country, the Rice men's tennis team needed a finishing kick from their doubles teams to down Fresno State 4-3 in a dual match held at the La Jolla Beach & Tennis Club on Friday.
After the two teams had split the first two doubles matches, Leif Berger fought off three break points with the match on Court 3 tied at 6-6 and then combined with Jonathan Chang to break the Bulldogs serve for an 8-6 win to clinch the match.
Because of their appearances in the 124th West Coast Doubles championships, which began later on Friday, the two teams chose to play singles first in the hopes the match would be clinched and doubles not played. But those plans were short-circuited by a tight battle that saw the two teams split the six singles matches and sent the doubles teams on the court to decide the match.
"That's the first time in my career in tennis when we've started with singles first and the match had to go to doubles," Rice head coach Efe Ustundag said. "It was one of those matches where neither team ever got comfortable. We traded punches all day. We never gave up and I thought we went into doubles with a great approach."
Freshman Gustavo Gonzalez opened the scoring with a win on Court 6, but Fresno answered with a win s on Court 5 and 4 to take a 2-1 lead and the Owls needed to go to third sets in the remaining matches to stay in contention.
Freshman Adam Gustafsson bounced back from a first set loss to win on Court 2 and tie the match at 2-2. Fresno responded with a three-set win on Court 3, and the Owls hopes to send the match to doubles rested on the shoulders of Chang on Court 1.
The senior from Spring Branch Memorial bounced back from a second-set tiebreaker to down Reid deLaubenfels, tying the match at 3-3 and setting up the doubles drama.
The Owls will compete in the West Coast Doubles Championship this weekend and then return home to host Penn State and Abilene Christian a week from Saturday.
Owls Turn Back Mavericks, 4-0
01/28/2016 - The Rice men’s tennis team fought off a pair of challenges by Texas Arlington on its way to a 4-0 dual victory at the George R. Brown Tennis ...
UTA Tennis Dual Rescheduled
01/26/2016 - The Rice men’s tennis dual match Texas-Arlington, originally scheduled for January 17, has been rescheduled and will be played on Thursday,...
Owls Fend off UMBC, 6-1
01/24/2016 - The Rice men’s tennis team used a blistering early start to build a huge lead, but needed three crucial second-set tiebreak wins to put the...
Owls Sweep C-USA Weekly Tennis Honors
01/19/2016 - Alison Ho and Jamie Malik rode unbeaten efforts in both singles and doubles in the opening week of the season to give Rice a sweep of the first...
Owls Open with Sweep
01/15/2016 - The Rice men's tennis team opened their 2016 dual season by sweeping Abilene Christian and Prairie View A&M at the the George R. Brown Tennis...
Owls Open with Doubleheader
01/14/2016 - The Rice men’s tennis team will open their 2016 dual campaign on Friday when the 58th ranked Owls host Abilene Christian and Prairie View in ...
Singles Sweep Concludes Fall Campaign
11/08/2015 - Jake Hansen ground out a three-set win over LSU's Boris Arias to highlight a clean sweep of matches for the Rice men's tennis team on the final day...
Hansen and Munch Highlight Day Two Efforts at...
11/07/2015 - Freshman Jake Hansen and junior Henrik Munch each picked up singles wins to highlight action for Rice in the second day of action at the LSU Fall...
- Top Videos /
- Online Store