UT tennis player Christian Sigsgaard, seen in previous action, won 105 singles matches as a Longhorn. [Photo by Texas Athletics]

men's tennis

No. 9 North Carolina State tops Texas in men’s tennis

Three-set battle at No. 1 singles gives Wolfpack 4-3 win at home.

Posted March 1st, 2020

Story highlights
  • Teams trade lead repeatedly before No. 4 Texas succumbs.
  • Horns were coming off victory over No. 8 Stanford.
  • Next up will be a visit by Tulane on Friday.
Playing their second match against a ranked opponent in three days, No. 4 Texas dropped a 4-3 thriller to No. 9 North Carolina State on Sunday at Cary, N.C.
The contest went down to the final singles matchup as 37th-ranked Alexis Galarneau took three sets to defeat No. 2 Yuya Ito 6-7 (4), 7-6 (5), 6-1.
The Wolfpack won the doubles point as Rafa Izquierdo Luque and Collin Shick defeated Jacob Bullard and Eliot Spizzirri 6-4 and Robin Catry and Galarneau beat Chih Chi Huang and Cleeve Harper by the same score.
Sixth-ranked Christian Sigsgaard tied the match by cruising past No. 96 Tadas Babelis 6-1, 6-2, and Spizzirri put UT up 2-1 with a 6-4, 6-0 rout of Izquierdo Luque.
Martins Rocens evened the match for N.C. State by rallying to beat Harper 2-6, 6-2, 6-3, but No. 45 Siem Woldeab gave Texas a 3-2 lead with a 6-4, 4-6, 6-3 victory over Yannai Barkai.
Catry’s 6-3, 2-6, 6-2 win over Huang tied things up again and set the stage for the deciding battle at No. 1 singles.
Texas, which swept No. 8 Stanford 4-0 last Friday, will square off against Tulane at 5:30 p.m. Friday at the Texas Tennis Center.