Like the women’s team, the Texas men’s tennis squad couldn’t advance past the round of 16 at the NCAA Championships on Friday in Chapel Hill, N.C.
No. 6 Mississippi State won the doubles point and three singles matches to top No. 11 Texas 4-1.
“Mississippi State deserves a lot of credit,” UT coach Michael Center said. “They’ve got a very good team. They sustained their level better than we did today. It looked like we had opportunities. We just didn’t execute well enough all day long.”
Rodrigo Banzer had the only win for Texas, beating Florian Broska 6-4, 6-1.
Trevor Foshey defeated Adrian Ortiz 6-4, 3-6, 6-4 to seal the match.
The doubles point was closely contested with Mississippi State taking two of the three matches.
Broska and Foshey defeated Yuya Ito and Colin Markes 6-4 before the Longhorns tied the doubles competition. Leonardo Telles and Ortiz won 6-3 over Niclas Braun and Giovanni Oradini. The top-ranked duo of Nuno Borges and Strahinja Rakic topped Harrison Scott and Christian Sigsgaard 6-4 to clinch the point.
Oradini made it 2-0 when he defeated Ito 6-2, 6-3 at second singles.
After Banzer’s win made it 2-1, Rakic beat Scott in three sets, 6-3, 4-6, 6-2, to set up the victory.
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