Texas sweeps UT Arlington 7-0 in home opener
AUSTIN, Texas - The 15th-ranked Texas Longhorns improved to 5-3 in dual match play with a 7-0 sweep over the UT Arlington (1-3) on Thursday afternoon at Penick-Allison Tennis Center.
Texas has now won 18 consecutive home openers, including a 13-0 mark under head coach Michael Center. With the win, UT improved its all-time record against UT-Arlington to 5-0.
The Longhorns won all three doubles matches to take the doubles points and a 1-0 lead heading into singles play. At No. 2 doubles, Jacoby Lewis and Sudanwa Sitaram dominated Soren Goritzka and Sebastian Gomez, 8-1, surrendering only 13 total points throughout the entire match. At first-line doubles, Daniel Whitehead and Ben Chen beat UTA's duo of Yauheni Yakauleu and Carlos Arbiza, 8-1 to clinch the doubles point for the Longhorns.
UT's third doubles duo of Nick Naumann and Joey Swaysland never trailed UTA's Marek Pesicka and Sebastian Erimicioiu, winning the match 8-3.
Texas then won five of six first sets on its way to sweeping all six singles matches.
Sudanwa Sitaram gave up only one game in each set during his 6-1, 6-1 victory over Soren Goritzka at No. 2 singles, giving Texas a 2-0 lead. Freshman Nick Naumann, playing his first match at No. 1 singles, pushed the Longhorn lead to 3-0 after defeating Yauheni Yakauleu 6-3, 6-1.
Freshman Andrew Korinek clinched the victory for Texas at No. 4 singles with his 6-1, 6-2 win against Serbastian Erimicioiu. With his win, Korinek improved to 5-1 in dual-match play.
After shutting out UTA's Marek Pesicka 6-0 in the first set, UT's Swaysland traded games in the second set before pulling away for a 7-5 victory and giving the Longhorns their fifth match point. David Holiner dealt Carlos Arbiza a 6-3, 6-1 blow at No. 3 singles and then Jacoby Lewis fought back from a first-set loss at No. 6 singles to beat Stefan Williams 4-6, 6-1, 6-3 and clinch the 7-0 sweep for Texas.
The Longhorns play the second match of their doubleheader live on the Longhorn Network against Texas A&M-Corpus Christi tonight at 6:30 p.m. central.
1. Nick Naumann (UT) def. Yauheni Yakauleu (UTA) - 6-3, 6-1
2. Sudanwa Sitaram (UT) def. Soren Goritzka (UTA) - 6-1, 6-1
3. David Holiner (UT) def. Carlos Arbiza (UTA) - 6-3, 6-1
4. Andrew Korinek (UT) def. Sebastian Erimicioiu (UTA) - 6-1, 6-2
5. Joey Swaysland (UT) def. Marek Pesicka (UTA) - 6-0, 7-5
6. Jacoby Lewis (UT) def. Stefan Williams (UTA) - 4-6, 6-1, 6-3
1. Ben Chen / Daniel Whitehead (UT) def. Yauheni Yakauleu / Carlos Arbiza (UTA) - 8-1
2. Jacoby Lewis / Sudanwa Sitaram (UT) def. Soren Goritzka / Sebastian Gomez (UTA) - 8-1
3. Nick Naumann / Joey Swaysland (UT) def. Marek Pesicka / Sebastian Erimicioiu (UTA) - 8-3