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.
- 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.
VCU 4, Rice 2
Order of finish: 3,1
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
Order of finish: 1,3,2
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
The Rams wrap up play at the Rice Invitational tomorrow with a match against Wichita State at noon.