April 27, 2012
NACOGDOCHES, Texas - UT Arlington men’s tennis fell to Nicholls State Friday at Schlief Tennis Complex in the first round of the Southland Conference Tournament 4-1.
The men started slowly in doubles as the Mavericks were trailing to Nicholls State. Nicolas Moreno and Jason Lateko were down 5-2 at the No. 3 doubles spot, but were able to pull through and defeat Nicholl’s Damjan Despotovski and Sidharth Sivakumar 9-7. The No. 1 doubles fell 8-6 for the Mavericks, but David Subirats and Yauheni Yakauleu took down Dmitry Kozionov and Shayann Vaezzadeh 9-8.
UTA headed into single up 1-0, but were unable to pick up any more points. Soren Goritzka, Mindaugas Celedinas, Nicolas Moreno and Jason Lateko fought hard for the Mavericks, but each lost their match and UTA fell to Nicholls State.
UT Arlington completed the season with a 10-13 overall record and 3-2 in conference. Senior Mindaugas Celedinas and junior Yauheni Yakauleu both finished undefeated in the regular season league play with an impressive 5-0 record.
Nicholls 4, UT Arlington 1
- Knight/Tiwari (NICH) def. Celedinas/Goritzka (UTA) 8-6
- Subirats/Yakauleu (UTA) def. Kozionov/Vaezzadeh (NICH) 9-8 (7-5)
- Moreno/Lateko (UTA) def. Despotovski/Sivakumar (NICH) 9-7
- Despotovski (NICH) def. Celedinas (UTA) 6-3, 1-0, retired
- Kozionov (NICH) def. Gortizka (UTA) 6-3, 6-1
- Vaezzadeh (NICH) def. Yakauleu (UTA) unfinished
- Tiwari (NICH) def. Moreno (UTA) 6-4, 1-6, 6-2
- Knight (NICH) def. Subirats (UTA) unfinished
- Sivakumar (NICH) def. Lateko (UTA) 6-4, 6-3