SMU Tops UTPA, 6-1, To Stay Hot On Brisk Day

Go smu! Mischa Nowicki
Go smu!
Mischa Nowicki
Go smu!

Feb. 9, 2014

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DALLAS (SMU) - The SMU Mustangs picked up their third win of the weekend and fourth in their last five matches as they defeated the Texas-Pan American Broncs, 6-1, at the Bent Tree Country Club on Sunday afternoon. SMU improved to 5-3 on the season with the win, while the Broncs fell to 2-5. 

The Mustangs quickly swept the doubles point, winning at both No. 1 and No. 3 doubles by scores of 6-2. 

In singles, Sanders continued his strong play by defeating Chetan Panditi 6-0; 6-1, at No. 2 singles. Arkidjas Slobodkins tallied his sixth consecutive win and first at No. 4 singles by beating Ricardo Hopker 6-2; 6-1. Lammons clinched the win for the Mustangs with a 6-3; 6-0 win at No. 6 singles over Joseph Bishop.

Kazijevs, who is ranked 73rd nationally in singles, picked up a tough three-set win at the first position over Juan Cruz Soria, 6-3; 4-6; 6-2. The most exciting match of the day was at No. 3 singles, with senior Nowicki coming from behind to top Sebastien Job 5-6; 6-5; 6-4. SMU Head Coach Carl Neufeld was thrilled with how his seniors (Nowicki and Sanders) performed on Sunday, and he also has confidence in their ability to propel the team moving forward.

"They're really coming through and starting to play better and better," Neufeld said of his upperclassmen. "It's my experience that our ultimately results usually are based on how well the seniors play. They do not only provide leadership but they also perform on the court and we have two guys that are really playing great."

Up next for the Mustangs is a tough road test at No. 70 Wisconsin on Feb. 16 at 12 p.m. CST. 

"We're building on the things we're doing in practice," Neufeld said. "We're looking forward to the challenge. Wisconsin is very good and going up there and playing is not easy, but we're looking forward to the challenge and we'll go from there."

Tennis Match Results
Texas-Pan American vs SMU
Feb 09, 2014 at Dallas, Texas

SMU 6, Texas-Pan American 1

Singles competition
1. #73 Arturs Kazijevs (SMU) def. Juan Cruz Soria (UTPA) 6-3, 4-6, 6-2
2. Alex Sanders (SMU) def. Chetan Panditi (UTPA) 6-0, 6-1
3. Mischa Nowicki (SMU) def. Sebastien Job (UTPA) 5-6, 6-5, 6-4
4. Arkidjas Slobodkins (SMU) def. Ricardo Hopker (UTPA) 6-2, 6-1
5. Alejandro Sanoja (UTPA) def. Julio Olaya (SMU) 6-2, 6-5 (8-6)
6. Nate Lammons (SMU) def. Joseph Bishop (UTPA) 6-3, 6-0

Doubles competition
1. Arturs Kazijevs/Mischa Nowicki (SMU) def. Sebastien Job/Juan Cruz Soria (UTPA) 6-2
2. Nate Lammons/Alex Sanders (SMU) vs. Ricardo Hopker/Chetan Panditi (UTPA) unfinished
3. Tony Russell/Arkidjas Slobodkins (SMU) def. Joseph Bishop/Alejandro Sanoja (UTPA) 6-2

Match Notes:
Texas-Pan American 2-5
SMU 5-3
Order of finish: Doubles (1,2); Singles (2,4,6,5,1,3)