Alan Sanson volleys the ball over the net.

Alan Sanson volleys the ball over the net. Ethan Gullett / The Paisano

The UTSA men’s tennis team had a very successful win last week, opening their spring season with a great start. The ‘Runners played against Prairie View A&M (PVAMU) on Friday, Jan. 25, and won both consecutive matches with a score of 5-1, 6-0. Both the singles and the doubles teams dominated the court in their favor.

The first matches began at 10 a.m. The Roadrunners were successful, winning five matches against PVAMU. In the singles competition, Kai Brietbach came close to winning his match, but fell short when PVAMU took the lead in the first set with 6-1. Brietbach lost the next six games after the first set, totaling a win for his opponent at 6-1, 6-1. Joao Ceolin swept his opponent with a score of 6-0, 6-2. Juri Reckow followed in his footsteps, beating PVAMU at 6-2, 6-0. Following Reckow, Javier Rodriguez took the lead against his opponent after the first game in the match and continued to dominate the court, tallying a total win of 6-1, 6-0. Alan Sanson almost fell short in his first set, but began to control the court and slammed his opponent with a score of 6-2, 6-1.

It was all or nothing for the doubles teams. With only one set in play, all three teams put their work into action on the court. Ceolin made a major comeback with his partner Reckow against PVAMU, totaling a score of 6-3 for the set. Sanson and Brietbach easily won their match with a score of 6-1. Finally, Javier Gonzalez and his teammate Rodriguez dominated the court with a hard volley to finish the set, defeating PVAMU 6-2. Later that day, the ‘Runners prepared for their second match of the day against PVAMU.

Rodriguez won the first singles match with a score of 6-0, 6-1. Reckow’s opponent could not catch up with the games, totaling an overall win for Reckow overall at 6-4, 6-0. Ceolin directed his hits in his favor, winning the sets at 6-2, 6-1. PVAMU won a couples game in the first set against Gonzalez but could not keep up with Gonzalez’ overhead slams, the ‘Runners won both sets at 6-2, 6-1. Although Brietbach fell short in the morning with his singles match, he won his match independently at 6-3, 6-1.

The doubles team dominated their matches once again for the second time in a row that day. Brietbach and teammate Sanson swept their opponents with a score of 6-2. At 2-2 Gonzales and Rodriguez would take the lead to victory, wrapping up the games with a set score of 6-2. Partners Ceolin and Reckow played a close set, but came out on top, finishing the set with a win of 4-3.

The UTSA men’s tennis team wrapped up their doubleheader over PVAMU with consecutive wins by both the doubles and singles teams. It is looking like they are on the road to victory for this spring season. The Roadrunners will be back in action on Wednesday, Jan. 30, where they will be travelling to Austin to play against the No. 8 Texas Longhorns at 12 p.m.

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