April 9, 2010
DALLAS (SMU) - Friday marked a highlight of the 2010 season for the SMU men's tennis team. The Mustangs beat No. 34 BYU, 4-3, in the first of two matches on the day. SMU then beat Grambling 6-1 in the nightcap.
Chris Hooshyar had the most dramatic win in the afternoon match against the Cougars. After narrowly winning the first set 7-5, he was down 5-2 in the second, before rattling off five straight victories to win the match 7-5, 7-5 and give SMU the clinching point.
The win was the first of the season for SMU over a nationally ranked ITA team.
In the nightcap, the Mustangs dominated from start to finish. Adham el-Effendi and Hooshyar beat the Grambling duo of Emmanuel Fortune and Victor Semerdjiev, 8-0 at No. 1 doubles. Hooshyar also had a much less dramatic singles victory, beating Ryan Charles in convincing fashion, 6-0, 6-2.
"Our doubles was outstanding today, in both matches" head coach Carl Neufeld said. "I think today is an example of just how good we can be when we play to our potential, being able to beat a quality team like BYU."
SMU will return to action on Tuesday when it resumes its match against TCU that was postponed earlier this season. The Mustangs won the doubles point and the match will pick up with the scores as they were when the match was suspended.