No. 12 Men's Tennis defeats UC-Irvine 5-2
IRVINE, Calif. -- The 12th-ranked University of Texas men's tennis team (6-3) rebounded from last week's two losses to top-five opponents with a 5-2 win over UC-Irvine on Wednesday morning at Anteater Tennis Center. The Longhorns won the doubles point and collected four straight-set victories in singles.
Texas opened the match with wins at Nos. 2 and 3 doubles. Junior Roger Gubser (Laredo, Texas) and sophomore Hubert Chodkiewicz (Corpus Christi, Texas) defeated Arash Bormand and Victor Lamb at the second position, 8-1, while freshman Luis Diaz Barriga (Cordoba, Mexico) and sophomore Garrett Snyder (Newport Beach, Calif.) recorded an 8-2 victory over Peter Surapol and Mustafa Ulukan at the third spot. UC-Irvine (9-7) avoided the doubles sweep with a win at No. 1 where the 38th-ranked duo of junior Callum Beale (Adelaide, Australia) and freshman Travis Helgeson (Overland Park, Kan.) were upset by Brian Morton and Rye Kashiwabara, 9-7.
In singles, the Longhorns won four of the six matches to clinch the dual. Helgeson defeated Kashiwabara, 6-3, 6-1 at the second slot to improve his record to 5-0 when playing at this position. Meanwhile, Gubser posted a 6-1, 6-3 victory over Lamm at No. 3 and Chodkiewicz handled Ulukan 6-1, 6-1 at the fifth spot. Playing in his first singles match of the season, Snyder recorded a 7-6 (6), 6-2 win over Olof Sjolund at the bottom of the lineup.
The Anteaters won two matches at the first and fourth singles positions. Beale dropped his first match of the season 6-4, 6-4 to Morton at the No.1 spot and Barriga recorded a 6-4, 6-1 loss to Surapol at No. 4.
The Texas men's tennis team returns to action on Friday, March 18 when it takes on No. 15 USC in Los Angeles.
No. 12 Texas 5, UC-Irvine 2