Texas 4, Rice 3

May 13, 2005

WACO, Texas - A third-set win at No. 1 singles by Texas' No. 48 Callum Beale over Rice's No. 41 Robert Searle gave the 29th-ranked Longhorns a victory over the No. 37 Owls Friday afternoon in the first round of the NCAA Men's Tennis Tournament at the Baylor Tennis Center.

Texas took the early lead winning the doubles point from Rice. In the No. 1 spot, Rice's Searle and Ben Harknett took an 8-5 win over Texas' Beale and Travis Helgeson. Texas fought back taking wins in the No.2 and No.3 spots.

Luis Diaz Barriga and Garrett Snyder tied it up for Texas defeating Rice's Ralph Knupfer and Filip Zivojinovic 8-5. Hubert Chodkiewicz and Roger Gubser clenched the doubles point for the Longhorns with an 8-5 win over Rodrigo Gabriel and Tony Haerle.

After the doubles point, both teams dueled it out with the win coming down to the last match on the court. Rice took the first singles point with No. 5 Knupfer taking the win over UT's Barriga 6-2, 6-4 and tying the match 1-1.

Texas took the next win at No. 4 with Milan Mihailovic defeating Zivojinovic 6-2, 1-6, 6-0 and putting Texas ahead 2-1. The Longhorns also took a win at the No. 2 spot when No. 66 Helgeson shut down Haerle in a two-set match 7-5, 6-4.

Rice fought back when Harknett battled in a tiebreaker upset over No. 88 Gubser winning 6-2, 7-6(4). Rice's Rodrigo Gabriel tied it up defeating UT's Snyder in a three-set match 4-6, 6-4, 6-2.

The match came down to the No.1 match-up between UT's No. 48 Beale facing Rice's No. 41 Searle. After splitting sets, Beale secured the win for Texas defeating Searle 3-6, 6-7, 6-3.

With the win, Texas (13-9) advances to the second round and a match against the Baylor-Prairie View A&M winner Saturday at 6 p.m. at the Baylor Tennis Center. Rice ended its season at 15-10.

Doubles
1. Searle/Harnett, Rice def. Beale/Helgeson, UT 8-5
2. Chodkiewicz/Gubser, UT def. Gabriel/Haerle, Rice 8-5
3. Barriga/Snyder, UT def. Knupfer/Zivojinovic, Rice 8-5

Singles
1. #48 Callum Beale, UT def. #41 Robert Searle, Rice 3-6, 6-7, 6-3
2. #66 Travis Helgeson, UT def. Tonely Haerle, Rice 7-5, 6-4
3. Ben Harknett, Rice def. #88 Roger Gubser, UT 6-2, 7-6(4)
4. Milan Mihailovic, UT def. Filip Zivojinovic, Rice 6-2, 1-6, 6-0
5. Ralph Knupfer, Rice def. Luis Diaz Barriga, UT 6-2, 6-4
6. Hoony Shin, Rice def. Garrett Snyder, UT 4-6, 6-4, 6-2

-- Courtesy Baylor