Leonardo Telles, seen in a match last year, earned victories for UT in both singles and doubles. JAY JANNER / AMERICAN-STATESMAN

BEVO BEAT

Texas men’s tennis team routs SMU

Longhorns cruise to victory in home opener.

Posted January 20th, 2019

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  • Texas wins two doubles matches and all but one singles contest.
  • The Longhorns will host the ITA Kick-Off Weekend event next weekend.

The eighth-ranked Texas men’s tennis team rolled to a 6-1 victory over SMU in the Longhorns’ home opener Sunday.

It was UT’s 18th win in a row over the Mustangs.

The doubles pairs of Yuya Ito-Chih Chi Huang and Colin Markes-Leonardo Telles got Texas (2-0) started on the right foot. Ito and Huang beat Michael Smith and Andrew Buhelos 6-1, and Markes and Telles topped Avery Pennywell and Tomas Vaise by the same score, securing the doubles point for the Longhorns. That meant the third match was stopped in a 3-3 tie.

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UT’s Rodrigo Banzer won 10 consecutive games in a 6-2, 6-0 victory over Huntley Allen for the first singles point. Ito took the first nine games of his match and beat Roberto Rosales 6-0, 6-2. Texas’ Harrison Scott downed Jan-Simon Vrbsky 6-4, 6-4, Telles topped Tomas Vaise 6-4, 6-2, and Huang beat Gardiner Perotti 4-6, 6-1, 1-0 (5).

SMU’s only bright spot was Carlos Sarrio’s 6-4, 6-0 win over Christian Sigsgaard.

Next up for the Longhorns will be the ITA Kick-Off Weekend event starting Friday at the Texas Tennis Center. The tournament will feature Washington, Miami and Utah State.

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