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Singles Dominance Lifts Colonels to Upset of UTSA

 

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas – Despite winning only one match during the conference season, Nicholls State’s men’s tennis team may have found its collective stroke at just the right time. The No. 6 Colonels used dominant singles play to pull off the upset of No. 3 UTSA, 4-2 on Friday in the opening round of the Southland Conference Men’s Tennis Championship at the HEB Tennis Center.

 

With the win, Nicholls State advances into the semifinal round where it will take on No. 2 Texas-Pan American at 9:30 a.m. on Saturday.

 

Forced to rally after losing the doubles point, the Colonels did just that by winning four of the five completed singles matches. Radu Ionescu, Eric Fischer and Phenyo Matong tallied straight-set victories for the Colonels in the Nos. 2-4 matchups, but it was Rohan Shetty’s victory at No. 5 that helped give Nicholls State a motivational boost.

 

Shetty took on UTSA’s Max Stratmann in what was essentially the decisive match and staked himself to an early lead with a 6-4 first-set win. The duo then traded well-placed and, at times, powerful ground strokes as the second set reached a tiebreak. Stratmann grabbed hold of an opportunity to even the match and won the bonus game 7-4. After a quick break, Shetty and Stratmann continued their frenetic play well into the third set, even forcing another thrilling tiebreak. It was only fitting that this extra session would require extra points, and it was Shetty who walked away to fight another day with an 8-6 win.

 

Another hard-fought match at No. 1 singles between UTSA’s Rodrigo Morgado and Nicholls State’s Abhaya Prakash reached a decisive third set but went unfinished.

 

UTSA took the early lead after winning the doubles point in relatively short order. Jorge Delgado and Daniel Moreiras opened the round with an 8-3 win over Rohan Shetty and Sami Mouline at No. 3. Andre Moriera and Rodrigo Morgado then clinched the point with a quick, 8-1 victory that allowed the No. 2 matchup to go unfinished.

 

Nicholls State and Texas-Pan American last met in Edinburg on Feb. 25, when the Broncs used their home court advantage to edge the Colonels, 4-3. While it was 2009 Southland Player of the Year Aswin Vijayaragavan and Brett and Beau Bernstein that paced UTPA to its first conference win of the season, Nicholls State won the doubles point and briefly held a lead in singles after match victories from Fischer and Prakash. The rematch is set for a 9:30 a.m. first serve Saturday at the HEB Tennis Center.

 

 

Match One Results

No. 6 Nicholls State def No. 3 UTSA, 4-2

Apr 24, 2009, at Corpus Christi, Texas

 

Singles competition:

1. Rodrigo Morgado (UTSA-M) vs. Abhaya Prakash (NICH-M) 5-7, 2-6, 5-6, unfinished

2. Radu Ionescu (NICH-M) def. Andre Moreira (UTSA-M) 6-1, 6-3

3. Eric Fischer (NICH-M) def. Pedro Zanotelli (UTSA-M) 6-4, 6-3

4. Phenyo Matong (NICH-M) def. Daniel Moreiras (UTSA-M) 6-4, 7-6 (7-5)

5. Rohan Shetty (NICH-M) def. Max Stratmann (UTSA-M) 6-4, 6-7 (4-7), 7-6 (8-6)

6. Jorge Delgado (UTSA-M) def. Sami Mouline (NICH-M) 6-3, 6-2

 

Doubles competition:

1. Andre Moreira/Rodrigo Morgado (UTSA-M) def. Radu Ionescu/Abhaya Prakash (NICH-M) 8-1

2. Pedro Zanotelli/Max Stratmann (UTSA-M) vs. Phenyo Matong/Eric Fischer (NICH-M) 5-4, unfinished

3. Jorge Delgado/Daniel Moreiras (UTSA-M) def. Rohan Shetty/Sami Mouline (NICH-M) 8-3

 

Match Notes:

Order of finish: Doubles (1,3); Singles ()

T-3:58 

 

 

Post-match Quotes

Nicholls State Head Coach – Jim Hunter

“It was a very exciting match, UTSA is always good and their coach is marvelous.”

 

“A win against them is just wonderful for our program.”

 

“We got a great effort in singles because we got smoked in doubles; it did not look good after the doubles matches.”

 

“We lost to UTPA 4-3 earlier in the year, it was a close match.  We have hopes for tomorrow, they had the day off to rest, but we are just going to relax and get ready for our match tomorrow.”

 

Nicholls State – Sophomore Rohan Shetty

 “We played good today; it was a tight match at the end.”

 

“Our other guys played good, they were winning so it made it easier for me”

 

UTSA Head Coach – Dr. Oliver Trittenwein

“All credit to Nicholls, we took the doubles point from them as we did this season, they just didn’t go away, came back and took us out at [Nos.] 2, 3, 4 singles.”

 

“[Nicholls State] played better tennis than we did today. [They] played very well and very focused, used the wind to their advantage.”

 

“They played like they had a mission to beat us, and they did.”

 

 

 

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