19th-ranked Texas won four of six singles matches to defeat San Diego 4-3 on Sunday afternoon in San Diego.
With the match knotted at 3-3, Texas freshman Rodrigo Banzer defeated San Diego’s Romain Kalaydjian 7-6 (4), 5-7, 6-3 at fourth singles to clinch the team victory.
“It was a great match. San Diego has a very good team. It was a hard-fought battle in the doubles, and they played a little better than us at the very end. In singles, we got five first sets, but they kept battling us and battling us. Again, it came down to Rodrigo , and he was able to come through and clinch the match.” said coach Michael Center.
Banzer won the deciding point in a road victory over Wake Forest in late February and is 4-1 when competing in the fourth singles position this season.
Texas fell behind after losing the doubles point, but evened the score with Julian Zlobinsky’s singles win at sixth singles. The Toreros took back the lead when Uros Petronijevic defeated UT’s George Goldhoff at first singles 7-5, 6-3.
Texas’ Adrian Ortiz tied the match with his 7-6 (2), 6-3 win over Filip Vittek and Harrison Scott put Texas up 3-2 with a 7-6 (3), 6-3 victory over San Diego’s Jordan Angus at second singles. San Diego’s Jaan Kononov tied it at 3-3 with his three-set win against Michael Riechmann at fifth singles 6-7 (6), 6-3, 7-5.
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