Men's Tennis

SMU Edged by No. 47 Rice In C-USA Quarterfinals

Go smu! Kazijevs led the team in both singles and doubles wins this season
Go smu!
Kazijevs led the team in both singles and doubles wins this season
Go smu!

April 21, 2012

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ORLANDO (SMU) - Wins in the top-three singles flights were not enough for the SMU men's tennis team as No. 47 Rice defeated the Mustangs 4-3 today in the Conference USA quarterfinals. The two sides were forced to wait a day to begin tournament play as thunderstorms suspended matches yesterday afternoon. 

After dropping the first flight of doubles competition, the tandem of Arturs Kazijevs and Tobias Flood tied-up play at 1-1 with an 8-4 victory over Michael Nuesslein and Jonathan Chang. Despite earning their 11th win of the season together, SMU lost the deciding match 8-5 to give Rice the doubles point.

SMU (9-12) was not down for long as the squad picked up three-straight victories. Pablo Perez-Esnaola leveled the match by dispatching Christian Saravia, 6-4, 6-2, at No. 2 singles. Kazijevs followed that up with a 6-1, 6-4 win over Nuesslein at No. 3. Gaston Cuadranti extended the Mustangs' lead to 3-1 after defeating Sam Garforth-Bles, 6-3, 7-6 (7-4), in the top singles flight. For Kazijevs and Cuadranti, it was their team-leading 12th wins of the season.

Although SMU got to within one win of claiming the dual match, Rice (18-8) won straight-set victories at No. 4, 5 and 6 to earn the team win.



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