RECAP: @patriotstennis finishes Orlando trip with win over Kenyon

Wednesday, March 15, 2017
by Wes Bloomquist || wbloomquist@uttyler.edu

ORLANDO – Arthur Fagundes stayed perfect on the season and the No. 25-ranked UT Tyler men’s tennis team knocked off its second ranked opponent this week by earning a 7-2 win over No. 20 Kenyon College on Wednesday at the USTA Tennis Center to cap a three-match trip in Florida. The women’s team would battle, but fell 5-4 to No. 30 Kenyon with Alexis Arrieta and Tori Musngi improving to 9-3 in doubles play with a win.

RESULTS: Men // Women

The Patriot men (9-2) quickly bounced back from a 6-3 loss to No. 15 Amherst on Tuesday after starting the week with an 8-1 win over No. 30 Stevens on Monday.

“I think the men are really getting close to playing at their full potential,” UT Tyler head coach Joe Vann said. “We are young and we came in a little not knowing what to expect against Amherst. In the end, that match really showed our young sophomore and freshman team what to expect at that level. So, against Kenyon today the guys were ready. We came out with focus and purpose from start to finish, and beat a great team, Kenyon, 7-2. We will learn from this week and train hard for our Georgetown weekend in a little over a week.”

Fagundes improved to 8-0 on the year with a 7-5, 6-1 first singles victory over Nicholas Paolucci after partnering with Jose McIntyre to secure an 8-4 first doubles win. Fagundes and McIntyre teamed up for the third time this week and would take their record to 2-1 on the season with the win over their Kenyon College opponents. A sophomore from Brazil, Fagundes is now 23-6 in his career in singles play.

Daniel Rodriguez was a 7-6, 6-2 third singles winner in his match, while Pablo Gomez secured a 6-4, 6-4 fourth singles victory, Joey Fischer a 6-1, 6-0 fifth singles win and Jose McIntyre won his sixth singles match by a 6-3, 6-2 decision for the fifth UT Tyler singles win against Kenyon. Rodriguez, a freshman from New Braunfels, is now 9-2 on the season in singles play while McIntyre improved to 8-1 and Gomez is now 7-2.

Fischer and Gomez started their day with an 8-5 second doubles victory, while Hadlich and Ryan Elwood took an 8-6 third doubles loss. Fischer and Gomez are now 10-1 on the season in doubles play.

The women’s team (6-6) led 2-1 after doubles play with Arrieta and Musngi securing an 8-6 win in first doubles, while Alexandra McKissick and Savannah Seely won an 8-3 third doubles match. McKissick and Seely are now 6-1 as partners for the Patriots, while Lauren Kuhn and Nancy Perez are now 6-3 following an 8-3 second doubles loss on Wednesday. Arrieta was a 2-6, 6-4, 6-1 first singles winner and Seely took a 6-4, 6-2 sixth singles victory for the Patriots. Musngi fell for only the second time this season with a 6-3, 6-0 loss in second singles and is now 8-2 this season.

“The women went 1-2 this weekend but it was against some tuff competition, and I could not be more proud of the girls,” Vann said. “The fact that we went 6-3 against No. 18 Case Western Reserve and it came down to a 3rd set tiebreak against a great Top 30 women's team in Kenyon (lost 5-4), is a fantastic result. It shows that we can compete with anyone. Our girls continue to get health and come together as a team. We are on pace now to be playing our best tennis for Conference, and that is what you need to win a ASC Women's Championship.”

The UT Tyler men will return to action next weekend with three matches each in Georgetown against Linfield, Southwestern and Middlebury, while the women will play Southwestern and Linfield in non-conference matches on Friday and Saturday. The men will complete the weekend on Sunday against Middlebury.