DALLAS (SMU) - The SMU men’s tennis team improved their record to 3-0 on the season with a hard fought win over No. 58 Louisiana Lafayette on Saturday. The Mustangs clinched the doubles point easily, but had to play tough matches all throughout the lineup to close out the victory.
The number one doubles duo of Paul McNaughton and Federico Murgier came away with an 8-2 win over the No. 46 doubles pairing of Corduneanu and Tabak to begin the day for the Mustangs. Henrik Soderberg and Peter Oredsson kept things rolling in the Mustangs favor and took care of Ley and Abaker 8-6 to clinch the doubles point for SMU.
In singles, SMU began play up 1-0 and freshman David Kuezer gave the team a quick 2-0 lead with an easy straight-set win 6-2, 6-0 in the No. 6 spot. Senior Gwinyai Chingoka grabbed the third Mustang point with an amazing win at No. 1 (6-2, 6-3) over No. 71 Evghenii Corduneanu. Murgier clinched the match with his three-set thriller over Abaker 6-2, 4-6, 6-4.
With the lead at 4-0 and the game in hand, McNaughton, Oredsson and Sodberg all dropped hard fought three-set matches to make the final score 4-3.
Head coach Carl Neufeld was very happy with his team’s win over a ranked opponent and of his player’s effort.
“It was a very exciting match,” Neufeld said. “It was great to see Gwinyai Chingoka and Paul McNaughton play the matches of their lives entering their senior years. Even thought Paul took a loss, it was a fantastic match. Our doubles play was great today and we had some wins against some of the top players in the country. I am really proud of our guys.”
The SMU men’s tennis team returns to the court Sunday, Jan. 23, when they face both Texas Southern and Prairie View A&M. Matches begin at 10 a.m. at Haggar Tennis Stadium.