Men's Tennis defeats New Mexico, Marquette
AUSTIN, Texas -- No. 13 Texas (11-5) fought off a scrappy New Mexico team and cruised past Marquette to complete a day-night doubleheader sweep Saturday at the Penick-Allison Tennis Center. Texas held off No. 40 New Mexico by a 4-3 count before knocking off Marquette, 7-0.
"New Mexico put up a great fight, and that was a really solid win," UT coach Michael Center said. "To come back and not give up a point against Marquette showed that our guys gave great efforts. Now, it's time to get ready for conference play."
Texas opened the first match by taking the doubles point against the Lobos. Juniors Bernhard Deussner (Vienna, Austria) and Luis Diaz Barriga (Cordoba, Mexico) scored an 8-3 victory at second doubles over Johnny Parkes and Miles Bugby before freshmen Dimitar Kutrovsky (Sofia, Bulgaria) and Josh Zavala (Amarillo, Texas) dealt Max Jones and Kamil Pajkowski an 8-5 defeat at first doubles.
Texas clinched the match by claiming three consecutive victories before surrendering the remaining three matches. Kutrovsky made short work of the Lobos' Jones, winning by a 6-3, 6-4 count at first singles. Zavala followed suit with a 6-3, 6-1 win at the fourth position over New Mexico's Bugby, and Diaz Barriga finished off New Mexico's Graeme Kassautzki in three sets at the third position.
The nightcap began in dominant fashion for Texas, as the Longhorns swept the doubles session. Deussner and Diaz Barriga knocked off Marquette's Pete Van Lieshout and Trent Hagan by an 8-6 count at the second slot before Kutrovsky and Zavala defeated Brett Binkley and Mark Rutherford, 8-4, at the first slot. Kane-West and Mihailovic completed the doubles sweep with an 8-6 win at the third slot over Niko Bouliens and Stephen Shao.
Mihailovic gave Texas its first singles point against Marquette with a 6-2, 6-1 win over Rutherford at third singles. Kutrovsky followed with a 6-4, 6-2 win over MU's Hagan at the first slot to give Texas a 3-0 lead.
Deussner clinched the match for the Longhorns with a decisive 6-2, 6-2 win over Pete Van Lieshout at the sixth position, and freshman Rook Schellenberg (Dallas, Texas) scored a 6-4, 6-4 win over Bouliens at fifth singles.
Diaz Barriga finished off MU's Shao by a 6-2, 6-4 count at second singles, and Zavala rallied from a 3-0 deficit in the second set to post a 6-4, 6-4 win at fourth singles over Brett Binkley.
Texas begins conference play on Sunday, April 1 against Texas Tech at the Penick-Allison Tennis Center.
No. 13 Texas 4, No. 40 New Mexico 3
Singles - Order of Finish: 1, 4, 3, 6, 2, 5
No. 13 Texas 7, Marquette 0
Singles - Order of Finish: 3, 1, 6, 5, 2, 4