Yuya Ito helped Texas secure the doubles point and wrapped up the win over Stanford with a three-set singles victory. [RALPH BARRERA/AMERICAN-STATESMAN FILE]

BEVO BEAT Tennis

Texas men’s tennis team zooms past N.C. State

Posted March 2nd, 2018

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The Texas men’s tennis team lost the doubles point but rattled off four straight singles wins to defeat No. 16 N.C. State 4-1 on Friday in Raleigh, N.C.

The No. 20 Longhorns picked up wins from Christian Sigsgaard, Leonardo Telles, Yuya Ito and Harrison Scott to secure the win.

“This was a tough match,” Texas head coach Michael Center said. “N.C. State played really well. Early in the doubles it looked like we were positioned to get control of the match, but we lost multiple games and the doubles point.”

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Despite the doubles losses, the Longhorns were ready for singles action.

Sigsgaard took the first win, topping Tadas Babelis 6-3, 4-6, 6-3 to tie the match.

Telles won in straight sets after that, defeating Ivan Saveljic 6-4, 7-6 (3).

With the 2-1 lead, Ito rallied to put Texas in position to seal the match. He defeated No. 16 Alexis Galarneau 2-6, 7-5, 6-4 to make it 3-1.

“He really turned that match around, surged to get that second set and finished it at the end,” Center said of Ito. “That result is indicative of the work and the attitude that he’s had. He doesn’t give in, even in practice.”

Harrison Scott clinched the UT victory with a 7-6 (5), 2-6, 7-5 win over Igor Saveljic.

Texas stays on the road to face No. 6 North Carolina Sunday.

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