Mustangs Win Thriller At No. 72 Rice, 4-3

Go smu! Nate Lammons
Go smu!
Nate Lammons
Go smu!

April 14, 2013

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HOUSTON (SMU) - Freshman Nate Lammons provided a clutch performance, winning his singles match at the No. 6 position in three sets 6-4, 1-6, 6-3 to give SMU a 4-3 win over 72nd-ranked Rice in Houston on Sunday afternoon.

The Mustangs improve to 10-9 on the season, while Rice falls to 9-13.

SMU continued its strong play in doubles, winning in both the first and second positions. Arturs Kazijevs and Mischa Nowicki won 8-6 (7-5) to improve their record to 12-4, while Gaston Cuadranti and partner Alex Sanders won their match 8-4.

Kazijevs then gave SMU a 2-0 lead with his quick 6-4, 6-3 victory over Jonathan Chang. Kazijevs is now 13-5 on the season and 9-1 in his last 10 decisions. Rice responded promptly with two singles wins of their own to knot the match at 2-2.

Cuadranti gave SMU a 3-2 lead with a two-set victory over Adam Gustafsson, 7-5, 6-1. The Owls then returned the favor, as Philipp Seifert beat Nowicki 3-6, 6-4, 6-0. Nowicki had won his last six decisions entering Sunday.

Lammons and Gustavo Gonzalez traded sets before Lammons won the third and decisive frame 6-3.

The win gives the Mustangs their third against a ranked team this season. SMU took down No. 70 Tulane on March 3 and No. 61 Idaho on March 31.

SMU will now turn its focus to the Conference USA Championships, which start Thursday in Memphis, Tenn.

Tennis Match Results
SMU vs Rice
4/14/2013 at Houston, Texas

SMU 4, #72 Rice 3

Singles competition
1. Arturs Kazijevs (SMU) def. Jonathan Chang (RICE) 6-4, 6-3
2. Gaston Cuadranti (SMU) def. Adam Gustafsson (RICE) 7-5, 6-1
3. Tommy Bennett (RICE) def. Pablo Perez-Esnaola (SMU) 6-3, 6-0
4. Philipp Seifert (RICE) def. Mischa Nowicki (SMU) 3-6, 6-4, 6-0
5. Peter Frank (RICE) def. Eduardo Razzeto (SMU) 6-4, 6-2
6. Nate Lammons (SMU) def. Gustavo Gonzalez (RICE) 6-4, 1-6, 6-3

Doubles competition
1. #70 Arturs Kazijevs/Mischa Nowicki (SMU) def. Tommy Bennett/Adam Gustafsson (RICE) 8-6 (7-5)
2. Gaston Cuadranti/Alex Sanders (SMU) def. Peter Frank/Philipp Seifert (RICE) 8-4
3. Jonathan Chang/Leif Berger (RICE) def. Pablo Perez-Esnaola/Nate Lammons (SMU) 8-3

Match Notes: SMU 10-9 Rice 9-13; National ranking #72 Order of finish: Doubles (3,1,2); Singles (1,3,5,2,4,6) SENIOR DAY