RAMS COLLECT TWO WINS AT RICE INVITATIONAL

Scores: VCU 4, Rice 2; VCU 4, Texas A&M-Corpus Christi 2

Date: March 24, 2018

Location: Houston, Texas (George R. Brown Tennis Center)

Records: VCU 10-5, Rice 6-12, Texas A&M-Corpus Christi 15-6

The short story: The Rams won both of their matches on the first day of the 60th Texas Tamale Company Rice Invitational by a score of 4-2, defeating both Rice and Texas A&M-Corpus Christi.

OPENING SERVE

  • Freshman Inigo Torre Martin led the way for the Rams, winning two singles and two doubles matches on the day. His three-set victory over Rice's Conrad Russell at No. 5 singles clinched the match for the Rams.
  • Sophomore Ignacio Rivero Crespo also notched an undefeated day, winning both of his matches at No. 6 singles. He played the clinching role against Texas A&M-Corpus Christi, defeating Biyik Akinshemoyin in three sets.
  • Junior Arvid Noren paired with Torre Martin to go undefeated at No. 3 doubles, including a crucial 6-1 win over the Owls' Ashton Duke and Eric Rutledge.
  • Juniors Vitor Lima and Philip Mobius and sophomore Javier Amantegui all contributed singles victories to the VCU cause.

THE RESULTS

VCU 4, Rice 2

Doubles

1. Vitor Lima/Javier Amantegui (VCUM) def. Sumit Sarkar/Mohamed Abdel-Aziz (RICEM) 6-3

2. Jacob Eskeland/Conrad Russell (RICEM) vs. Philip Mobius/Timo Zgraggen (VCUM) 5-4, unfinished

3. Arvid Noren/Inigo Torre Martin (VCUM) def. Ashton Duke/Eric Rutledge (RICEM) 6-1

Order of finish: 3,1

Singles

1. Eric Rutledge (RICEM) def. Vitor Lima (VCUM) 6-3, 7-5

2. Sumit Sarkar (RICEM) vs. Arvid Noren (VCUM) 4-6, 6-0, 0-4, unfinished

3. Mohamed Abdel-Aziz (RICEM) def. Javier Amantegui (VCUM) 6-3, 6-3

4. Philip Mobius (VCUM) def. Jacob Eskeland (RICEM) 6-4, 7-6 (7-2)

5. Inigo Torre Martin (VCUM) def. Conrad Russell (RICEM) 6-2, 3-6, 6-3

6. Ignaki Rivero Crespo (VCUM) def. Jared Aiman (RICEM) 6-0, 6-0

Order of finish: 6,3,1,4,5

VCU 4, Texas A&M-Corpus Christi 2

Doubles

1. Francois Kellerman/Okkie Kellerman (AMCC) def. Javier Amantegui/Vitor Lima (VCUM) 6-1

2. Thomas Rodrigues/William Mottet (AMCC) def. Philip Mobius/Timo Zgraggen (VCUM) 7-6 (7-4)

3. Arvid Noren/Inigo Torre Martin (VCUM) def. David Ambrozic/Daiki Tanabe (AMCC) 6-1

Order of finish: 1,3,2

Singles

1. William Mottet (AMCC) vs. Arvid Noren (VCUM) 3-6, 6-4, 5-5, unfinished

2. Vitor Lima (VCUM) def. Francois Kellerman (AMCC) 3-6, 6-4, 1-0, retired

3. Javier Amantegui (VCUM) def. Thomas Rodrigues (AMCC) 6-4, 3-2, retired

4. Okkie Kellerman (AMCC) def. Philip Mobius (VCUM) 2-6, 7-6 (7-3), 4-0, retired

5. Inigo Torre Martin (VCUM) def. Kyohei Yamanaka (AMCC) 6-2, 6-3

6. Ignaki Rivero Crespo (VCUM) def. Biyik Akinshemoyin (AMCC) 4-6, 6-1, 7-5

Order of finish: 5,3,4,2,6

UP NEXT

The Rams wrap up play at the Rice Invitational tomorrow with a match against Wichita State at noon.

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