March 21, 2014
Adam Gustafsson and Max Andrews led the Rice men's tennis team to a 4-0 win over Texas A&M Corpus Christi in the opening match of the 56th Rice Invitational presented by Wyndham Houston Medical Center at Jake Hess Tennis Stadium on Friday.
Gustafsson and Andrews clinched the doubles point with to give the Owls a 1-0 lead in the match. Gustafsson quickly extended the lead to 2-0 with a singles win on court 3 and Andrews followed shortly after to provide the fourth and final point of the afternoon for the Owls (6-9) who won their fourth consecutive dual.
Gustafsson's win was his fourth consecutive win while Andrews' win was his third straight. Sophomore Gustavo Gonzalez also won his third consecutive singles match for the Owls, who have not allowed a point in their last three wins.
"We had a good day," Owls head coach Efe Ustundag said. "I a little disappointed at one because we didn't play with enough energy but we really picked up the slack on two and three. I felt like we were really into it mentally and physically and when we gave up a break, we were able to get them right back.
"In singles, I felt like it was the first time that all six players in the lineup played at a high level," Ustundag continued. "We have always felt that there was a lot of potential with this team and I think the guys are to the point where they want to prove that they are better than our record."
The Owls will be back in action on Sunday when they face No. 66 Tulane. The Green Wave will face Texas A&M Corpus Christi on Saturday at Jake Hess.