No. 38 Men's Tennis Outlasts Minnesota 4-3
DALLAS (SMU) - The No. 38 SMU men?s tennis team outlasted No. 49 Minnesota on Thursday, 4-3, at Haggar Tennis Stadium to improve their record to 6-2. SMU swept the doubles matches to jump out to the early 1-0 lead, but needed a gutsy effort from Junior Peter Oredsson at No. 4 singles to put the Gophers away.
The No. 1 doubles pairing of Paul McNaughton and Federico Murgier got the Mustangs rolling with an 8-4 victory over the No. 59 duo of Ticer/Debryne. Gwinyai Chingoka and David Keuzer clinched the doubles point for SMU when they won at No. 3, also by a score of 8-4. Moments later, Oredsson and Henrik Soderberg dispatched Kantar/Schwark 8-5 to give the Mustangs the doubles sweep.
In singles, Keuzer and Murgier both had easy matches and won in straight sets to help give the Mustangs a 3-1 advantage. Chingoka and McNaughton were both down early and rallied to force a third set, but neither could get the decisive victory that SMU needed. It was up to Oredsson to finally put the Gophers away.
After dropping the first set to Schwark 6-4, he easily won the second 6-1, to force a decisive third set. Oredsson found himself down 5-4 late in the set, but rallied to grab the 7-5 victory and fourth SMU point.
The men?s tennis team returns to action Saturday afternoon at 1 p.m. when they host Pepperdine at Haggar Tennis Stadium.