The Texas Longhorns men’s tennis team bounced back from Friday’s loss to Stanford with a 4-3 win over No. 6 California in Berkeley on Saturday.
Leonardo Telles saved multiple match points and eventually clinched the win in a three-set contest. He topped J.T. Nishimura 6-7 (6), 7-5, 6-2 at the fifth singles position to help No. 8 Texas improve to 14-4 on the season.
“This was a great win for us today,” head coach Michael Center said. “Leonardo saved some match points, and Harrison (Scott) did an incredible job in beating Andre Goransson, a former No. 1 player in the country. Leonardo played a great third set to finish the match.”
Texas took the doubles point with two victories to start out the competition. Yuya Ito and Colin Markes defeated Goransson and Connor Heap 6-1 to seal the point. Christian Sigsgaard and Julian Zlobinsky gave Texas its first doubles win by besting Bjorn Hoffmann and Nishimura 6-2 at third doubles.
“We played tremendous doubles, some of the best I’ve seen this year,” Center said. “I was really pleased with what I saw there in doubles.”
Filip Bergevi tied the match at 1-1 when he took a singles win over George Goldhoff, 6-1, 6-4.
Rodrigo Banzer defeated Heap 6-4, 6-3 to regain the lead for Texas at 2-1.
It was once again tied after Florian Lakat won in straight sets over Sigsgaard.
Scott upset No. 30 Goransson in three sets, 3-6, 6-2, 6-4, to put Texas one win away from sealing the match.
Ito fell in three sets to Hoffmann, 7-6, 4-6, 6-3, to set up the tie-breaking conclusion between Telles and Nishimura.
“It was a really great team effort this afternoon,” Center said. “We’re excited to get this win against a very good Cal team. We’ll come home and get ready for No. 1 Ohio State on Wednesday.”
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