Men’s tennis splits matches against UTRGV and Howard Payne

The men’s tennis team fell to NCAA D1 University of Texas Rio Grande Valley (UTRGV) 7-0 and defeated Howard Payne University (HPU) 7-0 on Friday at the Northside Tennis Center. Full results are listed below.

Head Coach Sal Castillo commented, “Today’s matches were a great opportunity for the team to develop some very important strategic fundamentals. UTRGV plays a very aggressive and quick strike game while Howard Payne takes a much more high percentage style of play. So as the team learned of the aggressive, quick strike style is on and you’re a little off it is going to be a mental battle of staying cool under pressure. We did that quite well, but when opportunities to take the offensive at key moments were overplayed shots or missed easy put-aways. That’s not going to be good enough against a team like UTRGV. Against Howard Payne I was happy to see everyone forget about the loss, regroup, refocus and play the way they are capable. Still, it’s a lot of season left to play, and I think we have the team to play with anyone and at the very least, they better be ready to play. The 2021 Saints team is going to be in the hunt for a place at the nationals.”

Match vs. UTRGV

Caio Ravagnani (SO/Campinas, Sao Paulo, Brazil)/Murilo Salviato (SO/Araras, Sao Paulo, Brazil)Jankovic/Kohrs0-6Loss
Artur Etzberger (SR/Novo Hamburgo, RS, Brazil)/Vinicius Silva (JR/Campinas, Sao Paulo, Brazil)Izurieta/Schmit1-6Loss
Michael Canales (FR/San Antonio, Texas)/Rosendo Ceballos (FR/San Antonio, Texas)Williams/Mello4-6Loss
Artur EtzbergerC. Izurieta6-7, 2-6Loss
Caio RavagnaniL. Jankovic0-6, 1-6Loss
Murilo SalviatoZ. Kohls0-6, 1-6Loss
Vinicius SilvaT. Williams2-6, 2-6Loss
Michael CanalesM. Schmitt2-6, 0-6Loss
Sebastian Rodriguez (JR/San Antonio, Texas)A. Mello0-6, 2-6Loss

Match vs. HPU

Caio Ravagnani/Murilo SalviatoGreen/Hunter6-1Win
Artur Etzberger/Michael CanalesFerree/Anderson6-1Win
Rosendo Ceballos/Vinicius SilvaStevens/Denardo3-6Loss
Artur EtzbergerM. Hunter6-0, 6-0Win
Caio RavagnaniD. Denardo6-2, 6-2Win
Murilo SalviatoA. Shelton6-0, 6-0Win
Michael CanalesH. Green6-1, 6-2Win
Sebastian RodriguezL. Ferree7-6, 6-1Win
Rosendo CeballosD. Anderson7-5, 6-1Win

The Saints travel a short distance to face the University of the Incarnate Word on Feb. 19 at 11 a.m.