Leonardo Telles, seen in a match last year, clinched the win for the Longhorngs against Oklahoma State Friday. [JAY JANNER/AMERICAN-STATESMAN]


Texas men’s tennis upsets No. 1 Ohio State

Posted March 14th, 2019


Leonardo Telles defeated Martin Joyce in three sets to lift the No. 4 Texas men’s tennis team to a 4-1 upset victory over No. 1 Ohio State at the Texas Tennis Center on Thursday.

Telles rallied from down a set to win, 3-6, 6-3, 6-3, over No. 69 Joyce, setting off a jubilant Texas crowd and team.

The victory comes in the same week that Texas fired head coach Michael Center, who is facing  a federal charge of conspiracy to commit mail fraud.

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The Longhorns aimed their focus to the tennis court Thursday, winning the doubles point and taking three singles matches.

Colin Markes and Telles clinched the doubles point with a 7-6 (4) tiebreak win. Yuya Ito and Chih Chi Huang accounted for the first doubles win, a 6-3 victory.

Ito, ranked ninth in singles, kept the momentum by defeating No. 28 Kyle Seelig 6-0, 6-3 to make it 2-0 for Texas.

Rodrigo Banzer brought Texas to the brink of victory with a 7-6 (5), 6-2 win over Hunter Tubert.

After James Trotter defeated Markes to make it 3-1, Telles made his push to clinch the match.

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