Christian Sigsgaard is tied for seventh on UT's list of all-time singles victories. [JAY JANNER / AMERICAN-STATESMAN]

men's tennis

Men’s tennis team tops Rice 6-1

Horns top Owls and Golden Hurricane by identical score.

Posted March 8th, 2020

Story highlights
  • After losing doubles point, UT takes all six singles contests.
  • Sigsgaard, Ito move up in school record book.
  • No. 9 Columbia is next for Horns.

The Texas men’s team completed a sweep of a doubleheader Sunday evening with a 6-1 victory over Rice at the Texas Tennis Center.

The third-ranked Longhorns had beaten Tulsa by the same margin earlier in the day. In that match, they won the doubles point and took five of six singles matches. This time they fell in doubles but roared to a sweep of the singles.

UT’s Eliot Spizzirri and Siem Woldeab beat Campbell Salmon and Karol Paluch 6-1, but the Owls’ Sumit Sarkar and Conrad Russell knocked off the ninth-ranked pair of Christian Sigsgaard and Yuya Ito 6-3, and Longhorns Chih Chi Huang and Cleeve Harper lost by the same score to Eric Rutledge and Wes Barnett.


But the singles were a different story. Harper tied the match with a 6-1, 6-1 victory over Russell. Spizzirri put UT ahead with a 6-3, 6-0 win over Salmon, improving his dual-match singles record to 11-1.

Sigsgaard, ranked sixth in the nation, beat Jacob Eskeland 6-3, 6-1 for his 105th career singles victory, tied for seventh all-time at Texas. The second-ranked Ito is fifth on that list, and he bumped his total to 111 with a 6-3, 6-4 win over Sarkar.

Woldeab needed three sets to put away Paluch 1-6, 6-4, 6-3, and Huang held off Rutledge 7-6 (7-3), 6-3 to cap the evening.

The Longhorns will be back in action at noon Saturday against No. 9 Columbia at the Texas Tennis Center.