austin- No. 7 Texas Men’s Tennis secured a 7-0 sweep over UTSA in the 2023 home opener at the Texas Tennis Center on Friday.
The Longhorns claimed the doubles point with wins at Nos. 2 and 1, along with singles victories by junior no. 13 Siem Woldeab at No. 2, junior no. 104 Evin McDonald at No. 6, junior no. 3 Eliot Spizzirri at No. 1 to clinch, sophomore Pierre Yves Bailly at No. 3, elder Chi Chi Huang at No. 5, and jr Cleeve Harper at No. 4.
In doubles, Woldeab and Bailly were the first off the court with a 6-1 win over Tiago Torres and Jackson Ross. The Longhorns won a deuce point to break in the second game as part of a 5-0 run to open the match. The Roadrunners got one game back on serve before Texas closed it with a hold in the next game.
the no 7 duo of Harper and Spizzirri also collected a deuce-point break in the second game on the way to a 3-0 run to start their top-10 match against the No. 6 pairs of Alan Magadan and Sebastian Rodriguez. The next three games were on serve to a 4-2 lead for Texas, but UTSA got the earlier break back to return the match to on serve. However, the Longhorns answered the break and then served out for the 6-3 final and a 1-0 overall lead for Texas. In the remaining contest, Huang and junior Eshan Talluri led Tomas Pinho and Garrett Skelly, 4-3, when play stopped with the match staying on serve the whole way despite deuce-point wins by UTSA at 2-2 and 3-3.
In singles, Woldeab was again first off the court with an efficient 6-1, 6-2 win over Rodriguez. Just like his doubles match, Woldeab grabbed a deuce point in the second game and then added another in the fourth en route to a 5-0 lead in the first set. Rodriguez fended off a set point with a deuce-point win to make it 5-1, but Woldeab finished the frame on serve. In the second, Woldeab led off with a deuce-point break and held for a 2-0 lead. He broke again at 4-1 with the rest of the set staying on serve to his win and a 2-0 lead for the Longhorns.
McDonald was just seconds behind Woldeab with a 6-2, 6-2 decision over Ross to make it 3-0 for Texas. McDonald broke and held on deuce points to begin the match, and with the next four games staying on serve, he used another pair of back-to-back deuce wins to make his lead 4-2 and break at 5-2 before serving out at 6-2. The second set then followed the exact same scoring pattern as the first without involving any deuce points for McDonald’s win.
The clincher by Spizzirri came to a close with a retirement by Torres, however Spizzirri was leading at that time, 4-6, 6-2, 3-1. Each player broke to begin the match starting with Torres, and then there were three straight deuce points with Spizzirri taking the first and Torres picking up the next two. After Torres held for a 4-2 lead, Spizzirri also held and then broke on a deuce point to even it at 4-4. However, Torres was able to answer the break and then close on serve for the set. The second was a different story, as Spizzirri used a deuce-point break in the second game to get out to a 4-0 lead. Torres got one of the breaks back on a deuce point at 4-2, but Spizzirri captured the last two games, including another deuce-point break in the last game to send it to a third set. Spizzirri took the first two games there, and after both players held on their next serves, Torres retired to give the Longhorns a 4-0 overall lead.
Just prior to the retirement, Bailly had an opportunity to win his match against Magadan to be the clincher, however Magadan was able to push the second set to a tiebreaker and stall the finish before Bailly eventually won, 6-3, 7-6 ( 2). In the first set, Bailly moved out to a 4-0 lead using a deuce-point hold in the first game and a deuce-point break in the fourth. Magadan then broke back and held to make it 4-2, and the rest of the set stayed on serve to the finish. The first four games of the second also were on serve until Bailly broke and held for a 4-2 lead. The following five games all went to deuce with the first three being holds and the last two being breaks. Bailly then had a chance to serve out at 6-5, but Magadan was able to break to send it to the tiebreaker. There, Bailly jumped out to a 6-1 lead that included a 5-0 run, and although Magadan got one point back, Bailly closed it on the next.
That left two matches on the court, and with Harper’s already in the middle of a third set when Huang’s second set finished, Huang and Pinho went to a superbreaker to decide it with Haung prevailing, 6-7 (5), 6-4, 1-0 (7). In the first set, Pinho secured the first break for a 2-1 lead that he extended to 3-1 on serve. Huang held on his next serve with a deuce point to remain down just one break, and later got that break back at 5-5 before taking a 6-5 lead on serve. Pinho also held for the tiebreaker where he built a 6-2 lead and held off Huang, who climbed back as close as 6-5. In the second, four consecutive deuce points took the score from 2-2 to a 5-3 advantage for Huang, who had won three of them. Huang then maintained to a 6-4 win to head to the superbreaker where he also established a 5-3 lead. Pinho came back to tie it at 6-6, but from there Huang won three straight points and four of five to win and make it 6-0 for Texas.
In the final match, Harper’s third set went to a tiebreaker where he completed a 6-4, 1-6, 7-6 (2) victory over Danijal Muminovic. In the first, Harper made a break in the opening game stood up all the way to the 6-4 finish. He again broke in the first game of the second set, but Muminovic mounted a 10-0 run that included three deuce points to win the set and establish a 4-0 lead in the third. It was then Harper’s turn for a run as he went 5-0 to regain the lead. Muminovic snapped the streak with a hold and then broke on a deuce point to lead, 6-5, but Harper broke back to stay alive and go to the tiebreaker. In the breaker, Harper took leads of 3-0 and 5-1 before finishing it at 7-2 to complete the Longhorns’ 7-0 sweep.
Texas returns to the court for a top-15 matchup against No. 12 Georgia on Sunday at 2 pm CT at the Texas Tennis Center.
#7 Texas 7, UTSA 0
Singles – Order of Finish (2,6,1,3,5,4)
1. #3 Eliot Spizzirri (UT) def. Tiago Torres (UTSA) 4-6, 6-2, 3-1, ret.
2. #13 Siem Woldeab (UT) def. Sebastian Rodriguez (UTSA) 6-1, 6-2
3. Pierre Yves Bailly (UT) def. Alan Magadan (UTSA) 6-3, 7-6 (2)
4. Cleeve Harper (UT) def. Danijal Muminovic (UTSA) 6-4, 1-6, 7-6 (2)
5. Chi Chi Huang (UT) def. Tomas Pinho (UTSA) 6-7(5), 6-4, 1-0(7)
6. #104 Evin McDonald (UT) def. Jackson Ross (UTSA) 6-2, 6-2
Doubles – Order of Finish (2.1)
1. #7 Eliot Spizzirri/Cleeve Harper (UT) def. #6 Alan Magadan/Sebastian Rodriguez (UTSA) 6-3
2. Siem Woldeab/Pierre Yves Bailly (UT) def. Tiago Torres/Jackson Ross (UTSA) 6-1
3. Chi Chi Huang/Eshan Talluri (UT) vs. Tomas Pinho/Garrett Skelly (UTSA) 4-3, unf.