Alan Sanson receives a serve from his opponent. Picture via Ethan Gullet

After many successes within the Ron Westbrook Invitational, the united states males’s tennis workforce ventured to Houston to take part within the Rice Invitational this previous weekend from Oct. 18 to Oct. 20.

The ‘Runners despatched 4 avid gamers to compete on the George R. Brown Tennis Middle: senior Patrick Poestinger, sophomore Alan Sanson and newbies Joao Alcantra and Kaito Nishihara. Of their opening doubles suits, pairs Alcantra and Sanson and Nishihara and Poestinger conceded defeat to combatants from the College of the Incarnate Global (UIW) and College of Texas at Arlington (UTA) however persisted preventing for the ‘Runners. In Draw A, Poestinger and Sanson persisted, and competed in opposition to UIW’s Warren Fulgenzi and Marko Galic in an intense fit, profitable 9-8(7), which secured a win for the ‘Runners. Nonetheless reveling of their victory, the duo complicated, beating Texas Tech College’s (TTU) Jackson Cobb and Reed Collier in every other shut fit 9-8(7), which totaled a two-win streak for the pair.

In the meantime, Nishihara and Poestinger remained unwavering of their battles on an adjoining court docket. They engaged in a difficult fit in opposition to skilled combatants Solano Caffarena and Angel Diaz-Jalil, falling quick, 5-8. Alternatively, now not the kind to be discouraged of their loss, the pair persisted notching an 8-6 victory in opposition to UTA’s Daichi Akiyoshi and Miguel Cabrera. Total, each doubles groups competed properly, showing nice pastime and mastery at the court docket.

The ‘Runners resumed their marketing campaign for victory in singles, made up our minds of their demanding situations. Sanson and Alcantra each misplaced their respective suits to Rice College’s Karol Paluch and Russell Conrad, compiling a 5-7 6-2 and 6-7(9) 6-2 result. Each avid gamers remained resilient, profitable their subsequent suits in opposition to Texas A&M College Corpus Christi avid gamers Ata Ryuya and Okay. Yamanaka. In his ultimate singles fit, Sanson yielded to LCC’s Mauricio Grijalva in a well-fought fit. In his first set, Sanson used to be victorious, defeating Grijalva 6-3. Alternatively, in a comeback, Grijalva received the second one set 6-3, tying with Sanson. Within the ultimate set, Sanson relented after an extended and tiring fit, which resulted in a 5-7 loss.

Concurrently, Alcantra performed UTA’s Diaz-Jalil, dropping 3-6 2-6. Poestinger used to be extra a hit in his quest, profitable all 3 of his suits. In his first fit, he hostile UTA’s Miguel Cabrera. Dropping his first set, he fought laborious for a win, defeating his opponent 6-Three within the subsequent set. Cabrera proceeded to win the fit after profitable 6-Four in his ultimate set. In an strange incidence, he received the bracket because of a walkover and a defeat after his first win, that means that his subsequent combatants have been injured or didn’t display. Both method, Poestinger’s nice result is a results of his diligent effort.

In the end, Nishihara concluded the matchplay within the event for the workforce. Resolving to stay tempo together with his teammates’ victories, Nishihara rivaled LCC’s Jorge Abreu, profitable 6-Four 4-6 6-4. The one impediment that proved a problem used to be UTA’s Daichi Akiyoshi, who swept him 1-6 1-6. In his remaining fit, Nishihara encountered TTU’s Justin Bloss and got here out 6-Four 6-3, generating a last win for the ‘Runners.

UTSA males’s tennis will go back for the Intercollegiate Tennis Affiliation Regional Championships, which might be held in Newport Seaside, California, from Oct. 25 to Oct. 28.

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