Men's Tennis Defeats Centenary to Begin 2-0
DALLAS (SMU) - Head coach Carl Neufeld added to his school record win total Monday, as the SMU men’s tennis team beat both Lamar and Centenary. SMU easily defeated Centenary in the afternoon contest 7-0. The Mustangs moved to 2-0 on the season with the wins and improved Neufeld’s career record to 213-92 at SMU.
Against Centenary, SMU clinched the doubles point in convincing fashion and was also never threatened in singles play. The No. 3 doubles pairing of Gwinyai Chingoka and Elliot Engberg started the doubles matches with an easy 8-1 victory. The No. 2 duo of Peter Oredsson and David Kuezer clinched the doubles point with another 8-1 victory. Not to be left out, Paul McNaughton and Federico Murgier capped off doubles with another 8-1 decision for the doubles sweep.
In singles, all SMU players won in straight sets and allowed Centenary to win only nine games along the way. Chingoka picked up his win in the No. 1 spot, after playing at No. 2 during the morning session.
Head coach Carl Neufeld was happy with how his team opened the season.
I thought we played well today,” Neufeld said. “Our depth was really able to come through and we won convincingly at the bottom of the lineup and I think that will be our strength this year. Today we played a lot of good matches and came away with two victories.”
The SMU men’s tennis team returns to the court Sat. Jan. 22, when they host Louisiana-Lafayette at 12 p.m. at Hagar Tennis Stadium.