TN: UTA closes regular season with pair of matches

April 12, 2017

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ARLINGTON, Texas -
The Maverick tennis teams close out the regular season on home court as the men host No. 44 Texas Tech, while the women welcome metroplex rival North Texas to the UTA Tennis Center.

The women are celebrating their Senior Day on Saturday against the Mean Green as they honor the careers of Astrid Gehre, Angeles de los Rios and Jessica Birowski. The trio will depart with their names etched in UTA's record books as they scatter their names across many of the all-time records.

"The legacy that they have left for the lower class is amazing," UTA coach Diego Benitez said. "The freshmen and sophomores look up to them for so much. The way that the work, and commitment that they have to the program and ethic they have is just unbelievable. It is a great stage that they have prepared for the girls coming up behind them.

Gehre moved up to No. 2 in all-time doubles wins in helping UTA sweep a pair of Sun Belt matches last weekend. The Senior has an impressive 78-40 record in doubles play, including an 18-0 record this season with partner Anna Wichert that has vaulted the group to 71st in the latest ITA Division I rankings. Gehre is also just one singles win away from tying for 10th in UTA history anda win away from moving into fifth alone for combined victories, currently tied at 141.


 

 

De los Rios is third in all-time singles wins (79) and needs just one doubles victory to move up to sixth in UTA history, currently with 67. The senior is second in all-time combined wins with 146.

Birowski is tied with Gehre in singles wins with 63 looking to move into the all-time top-10 list.

"It is amazing, ever since their freshmen year it has been a very fun time," Benitez said. "They are great memories that we have collected together. This is a very special group because they bring so much emotion and so much to the table on and off the court. It is is going to be a tremendous time for us on Saturday."

On the men's side, having celebrated Senior Day against UTSA, the task is focusing on getting setup for defending the Sun Belt championship from last season. The men get their last prep against No. 44 Texas Tech, who feature two ranked singles teams and a ranked team in doubles.

"Texas Tech is obviously a great team," Benitez said. "It is a great program to host here and to have on campus. I am looking forward to the competition as the guys are playing very very well. They have been playing the last few matches at a very high level with great intensity so just having the chance to play a high-ranked team is a great opportunity for us. We are very tough at home, and love to play the sport. They haven't played here before so hopefully we can use that as an advantage."

Benitez added the Red Raiders to the schedule midway through the year as open dates became available from cancellations due to weather. He said that the team is excited to host a team like their Big 12 opponent as it sets up the team for next week's tournament.

"Just playing against a high-caliber team like Tech is what we need before conference," Benitez said. "This is the level of competition we are going to face in the semifinals and finals of the tournament, so getting used to that type of speed and consistency is exactly what we need. You can simulate it in practice, but not at the speed of a live match."

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