The No. 2 Texas men’s tennis team opened the dual match season with a 5-2 win over No. 1 Florida in Gainesville on Wednesday night.
The defending national champion Longhorns took five singles matches against ranked opponents in the victory. The win makes it two straight when facing the No. 1 team in the country since Texas beat No. 1 Ohio State in Austin last year.
Despite dropping the doubles point to start the competition, Texas rallied for enough singles victories to take the match.
“I was super proud of our team today and the way they responded,” head coach Bruce Berque said. “Of course, it’s never perfect and we can always take lessons from the match, but overall, it was a great team win and one of the better ones I’ve been a part of. For Christian to step up and play a fantastic match against (No. 4 Sam) Riffice, and of course, for Yuya with ice in his veins to finish it out, there were so many positives out of it.”
Yuya Ito, ranked second in the country, defeated No. 31 Oliver Crawford after falling down a set. Ito came back to win 3-6, 6-1, 6-4 and clinch the match.
No. 13 Christian Sigsgaard won in straight sets 6-1, 6-4 over No. 4 Sam Riffice.
Siem Woldeab got the first singles victory, a 7-5, 6-1 triumph over No. 17 Duarte Vale.
Chih Chi Huang made it 3-1 with a 7-5, 6-3 win over No. 71 Lukas Greif.
Florida made it 3-2 before Ito clinched the win.
Eliot Spizzirri’s match with No. 72 Andy Andrade also finished at 4-6, 7-6 (8-6), 6-2 to make it 5-2.
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