CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas – First-year student Itay Feigin came with a colossal singles win to help NM State’s men’s tennis team end a seven-game skid with a 4-3 triumph over Big East foe DePaul on the opening day of the HEB Tournament of Champions at the Thomas J. Henry Tennis Center.
NM State lost a 5-0 decision to UTSA to open the HEB Tournament of Champions earlier in the day, but bounced back in their second game of the day.
Match one | UTSA 5, NM State 0
• Things didn’t start well for the Aggies as Louis Menard and Jordy Visser got just one game in their 6-1 loss to UTSA’s Joao Ceolin and Javier Gonzalez in a high-flying tandem game.
• UTSA locked in the doubles point with another win on the third row. Martin Simeck and Ostiani’s Luca Fe kept things close before finally falling 6-4 to Maxim Groysman and Garrett Skelly.
• Gijs Akkermans and corey clark were denied an opportunity in a doubles win over their own as they led the second-row duo of Sebastian Rodriguez and Tiago Torres 5-4 when play was stopped.
• The Roadrunners continued their shutout attempt once the singles started as Simecek won just three games in a 6-1, 6-2 loss in the third end to Rodriguez.
• UTSA’s lead continued to grow after Itay Feigin was denied his second consecutive singles triumph. Feigin went down 6-2, 6-3 against Torres in steal four action.
• Singles matches five and six took place around the same time, making the final score 5-0. Fe d’Ostiani and Danijal Muminovic found themselves locked in a close battle, but the Roadrunners secured the decisive point when Muminovic secured a hard-fought 6-4, 6-3 win.
• Akkermans and Groysman faced off in flight six, but the tight match was won by the UTSA contender 7-5, 6-4.
• Menard (3-6, 6-2, uf) and Clarke (2-6, 2-5, uf) recorded no singles decisions for the match.
Match two | NM State 4, DePaul 3
• After dropping two points earlier in the day, NM State came out strong in tandem action to take an early lead.
• Rising to the top flight, Akkermans and Clarke claimed a 6-3 victory over Marino Jakic and Vito Tonejc.
• On line two were Menard and Visser who, like their top teammates, won 6-3 over Jona Gitschel and Lars Peder Minsaas to give the Aggies a 1-0 lead.
• Back and forth dominated the rest of the game as NM State extended their lead with strong performances from the bottom lines.
• Simecek won 7-6, 6-3 against Minsaas in round four while Visser took a 7-5, 6-3 win over Matteo Iaquinto in round six.
• Even though Fe d’Ostiani was on the wrong end of a 6-4, 7-5 decision over Leon Huck in vol five, NM State still needed just one point to secure victory .
• DePaul had other ideas, however. The Blue Demons got the job done on line one and line two to tie things up at 3-3.
• Feigin ended up being a hero for the Aggies. After suffering a 6-3 loss in the opening set, the freshman battled to the bitter end in the final two frames to earn a 3-6, 6-2, 7-5 win over Tripp Tuff to lock in NM State’s first win since opening day of the 2022 game of the year.
TO BE CONTINUED
• Saturday marks the Aggies’ final day at the Thomas J. Henry Tennis Center as they wrap up their two-day run in the HEB Tournament of Champions. NM State is set to take on WAC foe Abilene Christian in a non-championship tilt at 8:00 a.m. MT.