Men’s tennis drops two matches to ranked opposition


Ryder Martin, Sports Editor

The UTSA men’s tennis team (10-10) took part in three matches this past week. The Roadrunners first dropped a match to No. 62 Old Dominion (12-7) 2-4, bounced back with a victory over William & Mary (10-6) 4-2 and finished the week with a loss against No. 39 VCU (14-6) 1-4. 

The team started off the week by taking on the Old Dominion Monarchs on Friday, April 1. UTSA got off to a slow start by dropping the doubles point to go in an early 0-1 hole. Joao Ceolin then lost to No. 105 Francois Le Tallec 7-6 (7-4), 2-6, 3-6 to put UTSA down 0-2. Sebastian Rodriguez defeated Yevhen Sirous 6-2, 7-6 (7-2) and Tiago Torres swept aside Younes Lalami 6-4, 6-4 to put games on the board for UTSA in the overall match. Maxim Groysman lost to Oliver Tobisch 5-7, 0-6 and Danijal Muminovic fell to Codie Van Schalkwyk 2-6, 4-6 to give Old Dominion the two points they needed to win the match 2-4. 

The team got off to another slow start against William & Mary when they dropped the doubles point to go down 0-1. However, the team responded in singles play this time. Rodriguez beat Sebastian Quiros 6-1, 6-1 to tie things up and then Javier Gonzalez beat Finbar Talcott 6-1, 7-6 (7-2) to give UTSA the lead. Ceolin was defeated by Harrison Brown 0-6, 4-6 to tie things, but Garret Skelly beat Sean Joseph 7-5, 7-5 and Muminovic finished things off by defeating Joseph Brailovsky 6-2, 1-6, 6-2 to push UTSA across the finish line to a 4-2 match win.

Heading into the final game of the week on Sunday, April 3, UTSA was ready to get things rolling. However, for the third match in a row, the team got off to a slow start in doubles play, dropping a point. Unlike the previous match the day prior, however, UTSA could not respond strongly in singles play. Skelly lost to Joaquim Almedia 1-6, 0-6 to put UTSA down 0-2 in the match and Gonzalez lost to Matisse Bobichon 0-6, 1-6 to put VCU on match point. Torres beat Maxence Bertimon 6-1, 6-3 to get UTSA on the board, but it was not enough. Rodriguez lost to No. 119 Inigo Torre Martin to give VCU the victory by a final match score of 1-4.

The men’s team will be at home next week for a single match against the Rice Owls (10-11) on Saturday, April 9.