April 13, 2014
FRISCO, Texas (SMU) - After rainy conditions forced a three-hour delay, the SMU Mustangs and Rice Owls played nearly four hours of singles before Rice ultimately took the victory, 4-2, at the Lakes Tennis Academy on Sunday.
SMU finishes the regular season at 10-12, while Rice improved to 9-12. After the delay, the two teams agreed to play singles first and use doubles as a tiebreaker if necessary.
Rice took the match lead with a win at No. 3 singles, as Max Andrews topped SMU's Mischa Nowicki in straight sets. Nate Lammons knotted the match at 1-1 for SMU with a 6-4, 6-2, win over Gustavo Gonzalez at No. 5. Freshman Arkidjas Slobodkins gave SMU the lead with his win at No. 6 over Henrik Munch; 7-6, 6-2.
The Owls tied the match with a win at No. 4 singles, and then took a 3-2 lead with Srikar Alla winning at No. 1 singles over No. 108-ranked Arturs Kazijevs of SMU.
SMU senior Alex Sanders took the first set at No. 2 singles over Adam Gustafsson, 7-5. With all other matches already decided, Gustafsson came back to take the second set, 7-5. In the decisive third set, both players utilized break points to get advantage, but Gustafsson's break to take a 6-5 lead in the set proved vital. Gustafsson would win the set, 7-5, and clinch the match for Rice.
Lammons' win gives him 12 for the spring and 17 overall for the 2013-14 season. The sophomore has won seven of his last nine decisions and is on a three-match win streak. Slobodkins is now 10-9 on the season, with a 4-2 mark at No. 6 singles.
The Mustangs will now focus on the American Athletic Conference Championships, which will begin on Friday at the Racquet Club of Memphis. The championships will conclude Sunday.
Tennis Match Results
Rice vs SMU
Apr 13, 2014 at Frisco, Texas
Rice 4, SMU 2
1. Srikar Alla (RICE) def. #108 Arturs Kazijevs (SMU) 7-6 (1), 6-4
2. Adam Gustafsson (RICE) def. Alex Sanders (SMU) 5-7, 6-4, 7-5
3. Max Andrews (RICE) def. Mischa Nowicki (SMU) 6-4, 6-2
4. David Warren (RICE) def. Julio Olaya (SMU) 6-4, 6-4
5. Nate Lammons (SMU) def. Gustavo Gonzalez (RICE) 6-4, 6-2
6. Arkidjas Slobodkins (SMU) def. Henrik Munch (RICE) 7-6 (2), 6-2
Order of finish: Doubles (); Singles (3,5,6,4,1,2)