@patriotstennis to continue California trip at Redlands

Monday, March 14, 2016
by Wes Bloomquist || wbloomquist@uttyler.edu


TYLER – The UT Tyler tennis teams will play the University of the Redlands on Tuesday in a pair of dual matches on the Verdieck Courts in Redlands, California.

The women’s team enters the matches with a 13-0 overall record this season after going 2-0 last weekend with victories over La Verne and Whittier College to begin their California trip, while the men are 10-4 after falling to No. 2 Claremont-Mudd-Scripps to start the Stag-Hen Invite and then dropping a pair of 5-4 decisions to Keynon College and Gustavus Adolphus in Claremont.

“The girls are doing a great job of peaking at the right time,” UT Tyler head coach Chris Bizot said. “We had two good wins out here and look forward to some very tough teams to finish the trip. Redlands will be the best team we have played up to this point in the season in a very hostile environment. We look forward to the challenge.”

Redlands is currently ranked No. 14 nationally on the men's side and No. 21 on the women's. UT Tyler's women are No. 36 and the men are No. 25. The next ITA rankings will be released on Thursday. 

The Patriot women will also play a match against Whitman College on Wednesday back in Claremont before returning to Tyler where they will host Alumni Day on Saturday at the Summers Tennis Center. UT Tyler is 13-0 after taking a 7-2 win over La Verne on Friday and then taking a 9-0 win over the Poets on Saturday. Mary Alice Blacketer and Tori Musngi are coming off an 8-2 first doubles win over Whittier to improve to 11-2 this season, while Kaitlyn Huskey and Lauren Kuhn are 11-0 after taking an 8-1 third doubles win over No. 38 La Verne. Kuhn also won her 10th straight singles match after taking a 6-0, 6-1 third singles victory over Janea Chinn of La Verne and then a 7-5, 5-6, 10-5 win at Whittier. Kuhn’s only loss this season came in the season opener against Hardin-Simmons. At second doubles, Alexandra McKissick and Nicole Musngi took their first loss of the season with a 8-5 decision against La Verne before bouncing back to earn an 8-6 at Whittier. McKissick and Nicole are now 10-1 this season at second doubles, while Nicole is now 8-1 in singles play with a pair of wins last weekend.

Daniel Budd and Jose McIntyre are coming off an 8-3 second doubles win over Gustavus Adlophus and an 8-6 win over Kenyon following a tough 8-6 loss in the opening match against CMS. Budd and McIntyre are 10-1 this season. At first doubles, Frankie Fischer and Arthur Fagundes were 0-3 last weekend after starting the season by winning seven of eight. Fagundes was 2-1 in second singles play over the weekend with a 6-2, 6-4 win over CMS and then a 6-2, 6-3 win over Kenyon. He would fall for only the second time in his freshman season with a 7-6, 2-6, 4-6 decision against GAU.

Joey Fischer and Pablo Gomez remained unbeaten in third doubles by earning 8-6 wins over CMS and Kenyon and then an 8-6 victory to close out matches on Saturday against Gustavus Adolphus.

“We have been getting very good production from our 2 and 3 doubles teams,” Bizot said. “We have several weekends in April that will be similar to this past one so hopefully we will learn from these 3 matches and do a better job of finishing. I am looking forward to seeing who will step up for us to get us over the hump. After dropping two heartbreaking matches that we had every opportunity to win, we will need to show how resilient we are in order to beat Redlands.”

Gomez also won a 6-4, 6-0 fourth singles decision against GAU and McIntyre took fifth singles wins over Kenyon and Gustavus to move to 9-2 on the season in singles play.