Tennis Plays Strong Out Of State

Monday, March 12, 2007

The University of Texas at Tyler tennis teams played three matches in two days on a road trip through Arkansas and Oklahoma, finishing up with a strong weekend for both teams.

“We played a lot of players,” Coach Chris Bizot said. “A couple of guys had some recurring injuries that we gave some rest to. The teams really played hard. The men had two good wins, and the ladies had three and were right there in that fourth match. That’s really our first good competitive match, so it was good for us to have that under our belts.”

“Britany Ude won all of her matches, and Sophie Weber won all of her singles matches, and went 3-1 in doubles. Tim Pedraza had a good weekend, he finished 2-2 and played extremely well against some really tough competition.”

On Saturday, the teams faced Ozarks in an ASC East matchup, and swept through the Eagles on both sides. The Patriots men won all three doubles matches, then swept the singles. Pedraza (SO/League City, TX) won in straight sets, and Bryan Jolly (JR/Houston, TX) won 6-1, 6-0.

The women also swept through the Lady Eagles, with Kristen Coy (JR/Baytown, TX) and Ude (FR/Corpus Christi, TX) winning their doubles match 8-0. Beth Launius (SO/LaGrange, TX) won her #1 singles match 6-1, 6-0.

Later on Saturday, the Patriots played a match against Oklahoma Baptist and split, with the men falling 8-1. Nick Kreines (FR/Houston, TX) and Ryan May (SO/Houston, TX) won their doubles match for the point.

The women swept Oklahoma Baptist 9-0. Coy and Ude won their doubles match 8-2, with Ude winning singles 6-1, 6-1. Launius won her #1 singles match by the same total.

Sunday, the Patriots faced Southeastern Oklahoma and split. The Men fell 6-3, with Jolly and Marcus Koenig (JR/Montgomery, TX) winning their singles matches.

The women lost 5-4, in a tight match that Bizot says shows a lot about his program.

“Last year, Southeastern beat us 8-1 on the ladies side, and with basically the same team they come back, and we nearly beat them. We’ve come a long way in a year.”

Coy and Ude again won their doubles match, with both players also winning their singles matches.

The Patriots were scheduled for a pair of matches on Monday against Hardin-Simmons and Pomona-Pitzer, but those were rained out. Their next scheduled action will be on March 20 at home against Paul Quinn College.