UTPB Men’s Tennis team hits it stride


Rafael Ricciardi

UTPB No. 1 singles player Raul Stevens hits a backhand return of serve during the 2017 Midwestern State University Invitational held September 22 and 23. Stevens, a junior at UTPB, defeated Vinicius Santos from Cameron University who is currently ranked No. 1 in the ITA South Central Region and No. 30 in the NCAA Division II individual national singles ranking.

Staff Reporter, Staff Reporter

Great weekend in Colorado for the men and women tennis team last weekend!

Men Team matches:

Friday, September 15
UTPB Men defeats Colorado State University Pueblo 5-4.
CSU Pueblo was ranked 9th in the ITA South Central Region last May at the year-end team ranking.

Friday, September 15th
UTPB Men defeats Metro State University Denver 5-4.
Metro State University was ranked 6th in the ITA South Central Region last May at the year-end team ranking.

Saturday, September 16
UTPB Men defeats Colorado Mesa University 5-4.
Colorado Mesa University was ranked 8th in the ITA South Central Region last May at the year-end team ranking.

Saturday, September 16th
UTPB Men defeats Colorado College 9-0 not dropping one set in the entire team match.

This semester the men are 4-0 in Team matches. We have the Midwestern State University Invitational this coming weekend in Wichita Falls and the ITA Small Colleges Regional Championship September 28-October 1st at Bush Tennis Center in Midland.

Women Team Matches:

Friday, September 15th
UTPB Women defeats Colorado State University-Pueblo 8-1.

Saturday, September 16th
UTPB Women defeats Colorado College 6-3. Freshman Jessica Madamba came back from being down 1-7 in the third and final set 10 point tie-breaker to win 11-9 and clinch the victory for the last Falcons.

The UTPB Women lost to Metro State University and Colorado Mesa University by the identical score of 3-6.

Team matches for the Fall 2017 semester are completed and there are two individual events left on the calendar this semester. The next team match will be conducted Sunday, January 14 at 1 pm in Lubbock against Texas Tech University.