Men’s and women’s tennis close out the regular season in opposing fashion


Ryder Martin, Sports Editor

The UTSA tennis teams were both in action this past weekend to close out their regular seasons. The men’s team (11-11) took to the court against the Lamar University Cardinals (16-7), while the women (4-16) squared off against TCU (12-13). 

Starting with the men’s team, they clashed with the Cardinals on Saturday, April 16, in Beaumont, Texas. It was clear from the first serve that it was going to be a close battle. In doubles play, Lamar seized the early advantage after winning the first two games to go up on UTSA 1-0, but UTSA fought back in singles play. The Roadrunners first got on the board when Javier Gonzalez dispatched Martin Garcia-Ripoll 6-1, 6-3 to tie the overall match at 1-1. Directly after that, Joao Ceolin put the ‘Runners ahead by defeating Juan Jose Rodriguez 6-3, 7-5. Danijal Muminovic then put UTSA on match point by seeing Filippo Salsini off 6-3, 6-4. Lamar was not ready to go away, however. Max Amling narrowly defeated UTSA’s Sebastian Rodriguez 6-7 (2-7), 6-7 (1-7) to keep the Cardinals alive. Tiago Torres cleaned things up for the ‘Runners, though, beating Daniel Sancho Arbizu 4-6, 7-6 (7-1), 6-1 to give UTSA the overall match win. Lamar tacked on a final individual match win to make the score look a little nicer, but UTSA still walked away with a 4-3 overall match victory. 

On the women’s side, the team traveled to Fort Worth, Texas, to take on TCU. Riding high on a three-game win streak, the Roadrunners were keen to keep that momentum going heading into the conference tournament. Unfortunately, that desired result eluded them. The team dropped the doubles point two games to one to go down early 0-1, and things did not improve in singles play. Sophie Omoworare had to withdraw from her match against Helena Narmont after a single set, which she lost 3-6, putting UTSA down 0-2. Alexandra Weir then lost to Isabel Pascual 4-6, 1-6 to give TCU four shots at winning the overall match. They only ended up needing one attempt when Mercedes Aristegui dispatched UTSA’s Jasmin Starr 3-6, 2-6 to end things with a clean 0-4 sweep for TCU. 

Both teams will now turn their attention to their respective conference tournaments. The men’s team will head to Norfolk, Va., to compete from April 22-24. Meanwhile, the women’s team will travel to Murfreesboro, Tenn., and will compete from April 21-24.