Box score ARLINGTON, Texas – UTSA opened its Dallas-centric weekend with a win at UT Arlington, winning the dual 4-3.
The Roadrunners (2-3) captured their second straight doubleheader of the season, winning two of the three games and taking an early 1-0 lead. From there, UTSA split the singles action to earn the 4-3 decision. UT Arlington (2-2) rallied from an early 1-0 deficit to tie the contest at three and force a deciding game between 1 p.m. Alan Magadan and Santiago Giamichelle.
Saturday’s action began with doubles competition where UTSA took two of the three matches, earning a 1-0 lead. The first matchup featured UTSA’s Jackson Ross/Garrett Skelly against Santiago Giamichelle/Dante Teramo of UT Arlington. Ross and Skelly put the Roadrunners on the board, taking down UTA’s duo, 6-3. The second doubles match finally featured the Roadrunners pair Tomás Pinho/Tiago Torres going up against Mavericks Solano Caffarena/Anton Shepp. UT Arlington was able to secure the duo victory, 6-2, forcing the third and final set to be the icing factor. The final game featured UTSA’s nationally ranked pair Sebastian Rodríguez/Alan Magadan against UTA’s Lachlan Robertson/Joan Torres Espinosa. Rodriguez and Magadan lived up to their #8 national billing, downing UTA, 6-3, securing the doubleheader for the Roadrunners as they went up 1-0.
After doubles action, the six singles matches began. The two teams split the scores down the middle and won three, giving the Roadrunners the advantage as they won the dual 4-3. Ross (1-4) was the first Roadrunner to compete, falling to Robertson (UTA), 6-2, 7-6. Next out was Torres (1-4) who retired Shepp. UTA’s Shepp was able to hold off Torres, winning (6-1, 2-6, 6-2) in three sets to put the Mavericks up 2-1. The third match was finally shown Danijal Muminovic (1-4) against Torres Espinosa from UTA. Muminovic won the first set but dropped two straight (4-6, 6-4, 6-1) as the Mavericks took a 3-1 lead in the dual. The Roadrunners needed to sweep the remaining three games to claim victory, and that’s exactly what they did. Pinho (2-3) earned a decisive 7-6, 6-3 victory over UTSA’s Teramo while Rodriguez (3-2) earned a two-set win over Caffarena (7-5, 7-6). It all came down to Magadan and his matchup with Giamichelle. The two traded sets, with Giamichelle taking set one and Magadan taking set two. In the third and final set, Magadan was able to secure the win, giving the Roadrunners their first road win of the season (2-6, 7-6, 6-4).
UTSA returns to action on Sunday, Feb. 12, when it competes in its second dual over two days. The Roadrunners will stay in the Dallas area, heading to the campus of SMU (5-3) for a matchup with the Mustangs. Sunday’s competition starts at 9.00
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