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Texas freshman Christian Sigsgaard returns a shot. He's earned a spot in the NCAA singles tournament later this month and is ranked 25th in the country. (Photo courtesy of Texas Athletics)

Tennis

Texas men’s tennis advances to NCAA quarterfinals

Posted May 18th, 2017

The Texas men’s tennis team took a decisive 4-1 win over No. 7 Baylor to advance to the NCAA quarterfinals for the first time since 2014 Thursday in Athens, Ga.

The Longhorns dropped the doubles point, but won four straight singles matches to roll past the Bears.

Christian Sigsgaard defeated Juan Benitez 7-6 (4), 6-3 to seal the victory.

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“I knew this was a big match for everyone involved knowing that we’re playing Baylor,” Sigsgaard said in a UT release. “My coach was very clear about what I was supposed to do out there today, and I just went and executed.”

Sigsgaard and Colin Markes were the only Longhorns to take a win in doubles, defeating Johannes Schretter and Jimmy Bendeck. Baylor won the next two contests to take the doubles point.

George Goldhoff tied the match with a straight-sets win over Bjoern Petersen 6-0, 6-2. Leonardo Telles put Texas up 2-1 with a 6-1, 6-4 win over Will Little at fifth singles. Harrison Scott made Texas one win away from clinching the match with his 6-3, 7-5 win over Max Tchoutakian.

“We were ready,” head coach Michael Center said. “You could see there was a look of determination after we got through that Tulane match that we weren’t done.”

Texas now turns its attention to second-seeded Virginia Saturday at 11 a.m.

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