Nov. 6, 2012
AUSTIN, Texas - The UT Arlington men's tennis team competed in the Austin Invitational last weekend.
Freshman, Sebastian Erimicioiu, completed in the second round consolation draws where he defeated players from Lamar, UTPA and Baylor giving him his second win of the fall season.
Earlier in the tournament, Erimicioiu defeated TCU's Blake Wiggins. This marks the second weekend in a row the freshman has defeated the cross-town rival.
"We played very good tennis this weekend" head coach Diego Benitez said. "I was glad with the way Both Sebastians played doubles.
"We were trying that pair during practice and they played very tennis together. Carlos Aribza reached quarters and Erimicioiu reached the final of the back draw. The freshmen continue to excel at the pressure points, which always a great sign."
Sophomore Stefan Williams took down another Big 12 opponent when he defeated Texas Tech's Evan Nix in a quick 6-1, 6-2 victory.
Coach Benitez mixed up his doubles teams in Austin proving that freshman Carlos Arbiza and Senior Yauheni Yakauleu make an impressive duo as the pair took down TCU's Nick Chappell and Orlando Superlano 8-4.
This tournament concluded the fall season for the men, allowing the team to being preparation for the spring season.
"Overall I feel we accomplish a lot of positive aspects during our fall period," Benitez said about his squad. "We still have to get better as a whole in order to achieve our goals in the spring. We will now go through a hard period of conditioning and individual tennis workouts. I feel we are heading into the right direction, but a lot of hard work awaits us.
"Like I told the team we don't need easy, we need possible."
The Mavericks will be back on the court for their first game of the season against TCU in Fort Worth on Jan. 27, 2013.