Texas men's tennis coach Michael Center (University of Texas athletics)


Longhorns men’s tennis team takes narrow win over California

Posted March 11th, 2017


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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