Comets drop to second place

Losses against Concordia, East Texas drop UTD's rank

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The UTD men’s tennis team defeated Hardin-Simmons 7-2 on April 13 before losing their match against Concordia Texas 4-5 on April 14 and losing again against East Texas Baptist 4-5 a week later. Their final overall record is now 6-6, falling to second in the ASC East standings. 

Against HSU, the Comets were slow out of the gate, falling in two of the three doubles matches. However, they bounced back by winning all six singles matchups. All but one match were settled in just two sets. 

“We’re super strong in singles right now,” sophomore Snehin Yerragudi said. “Our doubles lineups are a big problem we’re currently facing because it can put us in a hole to start the match.” 

The Comets’ four-match win streak came to an end in a close one against Concordia. UTD again lost two out of three doubles matches. The teams split their singles matches, winning three apiece.  

“We also changed some strategies involving how we should play,” Yerragudi said. “We’ve also been working on the mindset coming into a doubles match because we have to acknowledge that doubles [are] super important for us.” 

UTD lost a close match against ETBU on April 21. They lost in all three doubles matchups, but had a better performance in the singles matches, winning four of six. Graduate Andres Gonzalez, Yerragudi, sophomore Benjamin Dubois and senior Nick Boquet were the victors, each winning in two sets. 

In the first two matches, Dubois and Gonzalez were the only doubles pair to win their matchup. They are 3-2 as a team this season. Dubois and Boquet were the only players to win all their matches across opponents. 

With the conclusion of the regular season, the Comets now look ahead to the ASC Championship tournament starting May 10. They enter as the second seed, their first finish below the first seed since the 2018-19 season. 

“We are pretty confident that our team is one of the best in this conference,” Yerragudi said. “If we just really stay focused during doubles, our momentum will shoot up and we should win our matches.” 


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