BOCA RATON, Fla. - It was a battle on the courts this weekend as UT Arlington comes back from Florida with a split of matches between Friday and Sunday.
UTA fell in a tough-fought match with Florida Gulf Coast, 4-2, before rebounding in a thrilling finale at Florida Atlantic 4-3.
"We really played a pair of great matches this weekend against some good teams on the road," UTA coach Diego Benitez said. "We learned from our mistakes from Friday and pulled out the win against a good squad in Florida Atlantic. Despite falling in doubles, we were able to come back with a positive result..
Picking up wins at No. 1 and No. 2 singles against the Eagles on Friday, Guanarteme Nuez and Enrique Pardo finished undefeated in action were a key part of the success on Sunday. After falling in doubles for a second consecutive match with defeats in two of the three matches played, it was singles play that rallied for the victory.
The Owls went up 3-0 with wins at No. 3 and No. 5 singles, leaving things linked gray as Enrique Pardo fell in his opening set at No. 2. Abhishek Bostola got the Mavs on the board at No. 6 with a 6-4, 6-1 win, while Nuez followed it up with a 7-6, 6-1 victory at No. 1.
Momentum continued to follow the Mavs with Del Rio taking No. 4 7-5, 6-4, leaving all eyes centered on Pardo's match at No. 2.
Pardo claimed a close second set 6-4, and rallied back to win 6-4 in the third to clinch the match for the Mavericks and improve the team's record to 7-3 on the year.
UTA is back in action at home this Wednesday when it hosts Tulsa.
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