April 6, 2012
Back on familiar footing for the first time in three weeks, the road-weary Rice Owls rebounded from a midweek loss against Texas A&M to down Texas A&M Corpus Christi 6-1 at Jake Hess Tennis Stadium on Friday afternoon.
Playing their fifth match in the last 10 days, the 39th ranked Owls won for the eighth time in the last nine matches to run their season record to 16-6 in advance of a matchup with 13th ranked Oklahoma on Sunday morning. Rice head coach Ron Smarr was glad to see the team get back on the winning track, but thought the effects of their recent heavy workload showed during the match.
"We played hard today and we got the job done, but I think we're still feeling the effects of having five matches in 10 days," Smarr said. "We travel a lot and playing that many matches in that period of time will take it out of anyone."
Rice rode wins at No. 1 and No. 3 doubles to take the first point of the match. Sam Garforth-Bles extended the lead to 2-0 with a straight-set win on the stadium court and Michael Nuesslein and Philipp Seifert provided the clinching points with wins at #5 and 6.
Saravia breezed to a 6-0 first set win, but the Islanders' Aurelien Tave returned the favor in the second set with a 6-0 win of his own. Tave won the first game of the third set before Saravia could snap a seven-game losing streak by rattling off five straight games of his own and then closing out the match, 6-2. With a set in hand, Chang and to battle from behind to win the second set 7-5 and close out the Owls' scoring.
Smarr knows the challenge the Owls have before them on Easter morning at Jake Hess.
"I think Oklahoma will be the best team we play this year. They are coming in here ranked 13th and I expect they will get into the top 10 by the end of the year. We look forward to the challenge," Smarr stated.
First serve is set for 11 a.m. on Sunday at Jake Hess Tennis Stadium
Men’s Tennis Signs Pair for 2017
11/15/2016 - The Rice men’s tennis team has added two standout recruits who will join the defending Conference USA champions for the 2017-18 season.
Lone Break Ends Bennett and Warren's Indoor...
11/04/2016 - One service break was one too many as Tommy Bennett and David Warren could not muster a counter and were eliminated from the consolation round of...
Bennett and Warren Fall in National Indoor Opener
11/03/2016 - Tommy Bennett and David Warren saw their rally fall short as Michigan’s Jathan Malik and Kevin Wong held on for a 6-3, 1-6, 1-0 (8) win in...
Malik and Rutledge See ITA Run End on Saturday
10/22/2016 - Jamie Malik picked up a pair of wins, but his bid to move on in the ITA Texas Regional ended on Saturday with losses in both singles and doubles.
Malik and Rutledge Advance at ITA Regional
10/21/2016 - Jamie Malik and Eric Rutledge advanced in singles and picked up a win in doubles to lead the Rice men’s tennis team in opening round action...
Top-Ranked Team Falls to Bennett and Warren
10/09/2016 - After grinding out a rugged semifinal win early in the day, Tommy Bennett and David Warren downed the top-ranked doubles team in the country in...
Warren and Bennett Move to All-American...
10/08/2016 - Tommy Bennett and David Warren wasted little time in advancing to the semifinals of the main draw consolation round at the 2016 Saint Francis...
Warren and Bennett Advance in All-American...
10/07/2016 - Tommy Bennett and David Warren advance to the quarterfinals of the main draw consolation round at the 2016 Saint Francis Health System ITA Men's...
- Top Videos /
- Online Store