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No. 4 Males’s Tennis secures second-straight journey to NCAA Semifinals

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Orlando – No. 4 Males’s Tennis secured their second-straight journey to the NCAA Match Semifinals with a 4-3 win over No. 12 USC on the USTA Nationwide Campus on Thursday. 

The Longhorns had been clutch once more, shifting their file to 8-1 this season in matches determined within the remaining singles contest, together with two over the Trojans, who they defeated by the identical rating on the ITA Nationwide Workforce Indoor Championships on Feb. 13. It’s the program’s sixth journey to the semifinals, together with 2019, 2009, 2008, 2006 and 1993, with 1993 being the one different time each the UT Males’s and Ladies’s groups have superior to the Last 4 in the identical 12 months.

Texas used the doubles level and singles wins from freshman No. 38 Micah Braswell at No. 2, junior Chih Chi Huang at No. 5 and sophomore No. 108 Cleeve Harper at No. 4, who additionally clinched the opposite match towards USC in February, for the victory.

Not like that first match towards the Trojans, the Longhorns entered singles play with a 1-0 lead by taking the doubles level, so whereas they needed to come again in that first assembly, they by no means trailed on this one. After doubles, Braswell was the primary off the courtroom with a 6-4, 6-3 win over No. 52 Riley Smith, giving Braswell his second top-60 win in as many matches. After Smith gained the opening sport on serve, Braswell responded with a 4-0 run. Smith took the subsequent two video games on deuce factors to tug inside one, however Braswell acquired a deuce level win of his personal on serve within the subsequent sport and the final two video games additionally stayed on serve for Braswell’s win. Within the second set, Smith once more started with a win on serve, this time on a deuce level, and he picked up one other deuce win on his subsequent serve for a 2-1 lead. Braswell was then capable of sandwich two holds round a break for a 3-0 run and 4-2 benefit. Smith grabbed yet another sport on serve to make it 4-3, however Braswell closed it out with a maintain and a deuce level break for a 2-0 Texas lead.

Simply seconds later, USC acquired on the board with a 6-4, 6-4 win by Jake Sands over sophomore Evin McDonald at No. 6. Within the first set, Sands took a 3-2 lead on a break, however McDonald instantly answered it to even it. Sands then picked up a second break at 5-4 and completed the set on serve. Within the second, McDonald jumped out to a fast 3-0 lead with a deuce level break within the second sport, however Sands responded with a 3-0 run of his personal. McDonald took the lead again within the subsequent sport on a deuce level maintain, however a second 3-0 run by Sands ended the match.

The remaining singles contests all went to 3rd units, because the Trojans later tied the general match at 2-2 with a 6-4, 2-6, 6-1 win by No. 49 Daniel Cukierman over sophomore No. 23 Eliot Spizzirri at No. 1. 5 breaks within the first seven video games left Cukierman with a 4-3 lead that he then prolonged to 5-3 on serve with the final two video games additionally staying on serve for his win. Nevertheless, the final two units had been two opposites as every participant managed one with Spizzirri utilizing a 3-0 run to start out the second on his option to a 6-2 win, and Cukierman mounting a 6-0 run to shut the third after Spizzirri gained the primary sport.

Huang regained the lead for Texas with a 6-2, 0-6, 6-3 win over Lodewijk Weststrate at No. 5. Very similar to Spizzirri’s match, there have been giant swings for every participant as Huang acquired out to a 4-0 lead within the first. Weststrate acquired on the board with a deuce level maintain and a brake within the subsequent sport to chop it to 4-2, however Huang answered the brake on a deuce level and the held for the set. The second was then all Weststrate as he used 4 deuce level wins to take it, 6-0, however Huang bookended the third set with brakes for the victory.

The Trojans tied it as soon as once more with a 6-4, 4-6, 6-3 win by No. 116 Stefan Dostanic over sophomore No. 75 Siem Woldeab at No. 3. The primary set stayed on serve beginning with Dostanic all the best way to the final sport with every participant taking a deuce level in that stretch, however Dostanic lastly secured a break on one other deuce level for the win. Woldeab earned a break within the third sport of the subsequent set for a 2-1 lead that he elevated to 3-1 on serve, however Donstanic held on a deuce level and broke to even it, beginning a string of 5 straight breaks that completed the body in Woldeab’s favor. The primary six video games of the third set mirrored the scores from the second, however this time Dostanic held for a 4-3 lead that he made 5-3 with a break earlier than closing on serve.

That turned the eye to courtroom 4, the place Harper and Bradley Frye had been left to find out which workforce would transfer on. The primary 4 video games had been all on serve, however every participant then broke on a deuce level beginning with Frye to place it again on serve. The subsequent three video games had been all on serve with Frye successful his on a deuce level, leaving Harper with a 5-4 edge earlier than he broke on a deuce level to take the set. Frye captured two breaks to take a 4-1 lead within the second, and whereas Harper pulled again inside one utilizing two straight deuce factors, Frye gained the final two video games to ship it to a 3rd set. There, the primary 4 video games had been on serve beginning with Frye, however Harper used consecutive deuce level wins to carry within the final of these and break for a 3-2 lead. Frye responded to the break to tie it and the subsequent 4 video games had been additionally on serve, regardless of every participant successful a deuce level at 4-4 for Harper and 5-4 for Dostanic. Nevertheless, that will be the final sport Dostanic would win as Harper broke for 6-5 after which served out the match to ship the Longhorns to the semifinals.

The depth had began early as doubles got here all the way down to a tiebreaker within the third match at No. 1 between No. 11 Spizzirri and Woldeab and No. 10 Cukierman and Smith. The Longhorns discovered themselves down after they gave up a break within the opening sport on a deuce level, and the Trojans held for 2-0. Each groups then held till a 4-3 lead for USC, together with one deuce level at 3-2 for Texas, when the Longhorns acquired the break again at 4-4 to get on serve the place they took a 5-4 lead. The remainder of the match additionally stayed on serve, together with yet another deuce level for Spizzirri and Woldeab at 6-5, to ship it to the breaker. There, the Longhorns established a fast 2-0 benefit, which they expanded to 5-1. The Trojans pulled inside 6-4 on serve, however Woldeab painted the road on the subsequent level for the winner and the clinch.

Previous to that, USC had gotten off the courtroom first at No. 2 with Dostanic and Frye downing No. 78 Harper and Huang, 6-2. Just like the match at No. 1, the Trojans had taken a 2-0 lead on a deuce level break and a maintain. The Longhorns held within the subsequent sport on a deuce level, however the match stayed on serve as much as 4-2 when USC acquired grabbed one other break after which held on a deuce level to win.

Texas evened issues up in doubles at No. 3 with a 6-4 win by Braswell and senior Payton Holden towards Sands and Ryder Jackson. That match stayed on serve beginning with USC all the best way to 4-4 when Texas acquired the break it wanted on its second deuce level win after which held for the victory, sending the main target to No. 1 the place the Longhorns clinched the purpose.

Texas (24-5) will subsequent face the winner of No. 1 Florida and No. 8 Texas A&M, each of which they’ve performed this season and captured 4-3 victories over in Austin. That match will probably be Friday at both 1 p.m. CT/2 p.m. ET on the TennisOne app or at a time not earlier than 6:30 p.m. CT/7:30 p.m. ET on the Tennis Channel, relying on the time slot assigned by the NCAA following the late match.

#4 Texas 4, #12 USC 3

Singles – Order of End (2,6,1,5,3,4)

1. #49 Daniel Cukierman (USC) def. #23 Eliot Spizzirri (UT) 6-4, 2-6, 6-1

2. #38 Micah Braswell (UT) def. #52 Riley Smith (USC) 6-4, 6-3

3. #116 Stefan Dostanic (USC) def. #75 Siem Woldeab (UT) 6-4, 4-6, 6-3

4. #108 Cleeve Harper (UT) def. Bradley Frye (USC) 6-4, 3-6, 7-5

5. Chih Chi Huang (UT) def. Lodewijk Weststrate (USC) 6-2, 0-6, 6-3

6. Jake Sands (USC) def. Evin McDonald (UT) 6-4, 6-4

Doubles – Order of End (2,3,1)

1. #11 Siem Woldeab/Eliot Spizzirri (UT) def. #10 Daniel Cukierman/Colter Smith (USC) 7-6 (4)

2. Bradley Frye/Stefan Dostanic (USC) def. #78 Cleeve Harper/Chih Chi Huang (UT) 6-2

3. Micah Braswell/Payton Holden (UT) def. Jake Sands/Ryder Jackson (USC) 6-4

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