UT Arlington fell to South Alabama for the fourth time in the last five seasons in the SBC Tournament.
UT Arlington swept in-state rival UTSA on Thursday at the UTA Tennis Center to close the home schedule.
UTA won its first match in action since Feb. 9 by downing UTEP on Friday in El Paso.
A tiebreaker decided the doubles point as Rice topped UT Arlington on Friday at the UTA Tennis Center.
Lucia Natal and Klara Mrcela won their inaugural dual matches for UTA on Friday.