MAVERICKS COMPETE AT HEB BAYLOR INVITATIONAL

Sophomore Alberto Agis
 
Sophomore Alberto Agis
 

Oct. 3, 2005

WACO, Texas - Sophomore Alberto Agis finished tied for first in the Gold Flight at the shortened HEB Baylor Invitational this past weekend. The Texas-Arlington tennis team entered six individuals into the tournament, which featured players from Baylor, Nebraska, TCU, Texas, Texas A&M and other regional teams at the Baylor Tennis Center. Play was halted Saturday evening because of darkness and most of Sunday's matches were not played due to fact that most teams needed to leave in order to make it to Monday's All-American Invitational in Tulsa, Okla.

Agis, a sophomore from Pontevedra, Spain, opened singles play with 6-2, 6-1 victory over Texas-San Antonio's Robin Fernandez in the first round. He followed with a 6-2, 6-2 victory over Blane Shields from Santa Clara in the quarterfinals. In a semifinal matchup with Maverick teammate Ian Vazquez, Agis got the better of him, winning 6-4, 1-6, 6-0 to advance to the final. With play being halted on Saturday, Agis finished tied for first with Erhart Assaad from TAMU-Corpus Christi.

Also competing for the Mavericks were Sandy Farquharson, Diego Mattar, Niels Buksik, Daniel Omana and Vazquez.

Farquharson, seeded fourth in the "Green Flight", defeated Texas' Hubert Chodkiewicz, 7-5, 6-2, in the round of 16. The London, England native, fell in the quarterfinals to TAMU-Corpus Christi's Andrey Kumantsov, 6-3, 6-3.

Mattar lost his opening match in the round of 32, to Baylor's Jon Reckewey, 6-7, 6-4, 6-1. The freshman, however, followed that up with two impressive victories in the consolation bracket before being forced to retire in the semifinals versus Baylor's Vladimir Potnov, 7-6, 4-1 (ret.).

Omana and Vazquez both had impressive showings in singles play, advancing to the semifinals of the "Gold Flight". Omana was defeated by TAMU-Corpus Christi's Erhart Asaad, 7-5, 5-7, 6-3, while Vazquez lost out to teammate Agis, as mentioned above.

 

 

Buksik struggled in singles play, dropping his only two matches to TAMU-Corpus Christi's Erhart Asaad, 4-6, 7-6, 7-6, and Santa Clara's Bobby Rasmussen, 6-1, 6-3.

In doubles play, Farquharson and Omana paired up and advanced to the semifinals before bowing out to Texas' Chodkiewicz and Michael Venus, 8-1. The duo defeated TCU's Robert Gallman and Andrew Ulrich, 8-4, in the round of 16 and Baylor's Matt Brown and Portnov, 8-6, in the quaterfinals.

Also competing in doubles for the Mavericks were Buksik and Vazquez, along with Mattar and Agis, who both fell in the first round.

The Mavericks will be back in action Monday through Wednesday as they take part in the All-American Invitational in Tulsa, Okla.

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