Men's Tennis Advance To C-USA Semifinals
MURFREESBORO, Tenn. – No. 4 Southern Miss men’s tennis downed No. 3 Florida Atlantic 4-3 Friday morning to advance to the semifinals of the Conference USA Championships.
Senior, Rakshit Rishi’s heroics continued after winning the deciding match on Court 6 to advance the Golden Eagles to the semis. Rishi won his match in three sets after dropping the first 6-2. Rishi won the final two, 7-6 (8-6), 6-1.
The doubles point was smooth sailing with both Courts 1 and 2 winning 6-1. Jorman Reyes and Daniel Merker won their 16th match at No. 1 and Chao-Yu Huang and Wen-Po Tseng improve their win streak on Court 2 to six matches.
Huang’s win on court 2 put the Golden Eagles ahead 2-0 but the Owls won three straights singles matches on courts 1, 2 and 5 to force Teeradon Tortrakul and Rishi to win it for Southern Miss.
Tortrakul’s 7-6 (7-5), 7-6 (8-6) win tied the match at 3 leaving Rishi to win the match for the second match in a row.
The Golden Eagles will play No. 2 Old Dominion at 12 p.m. in the semifinals after their 4-2 win against UAB.
ODU has won 10 of its last 12 matches entering Saturday’s match. Saturday’s match will be the second-ever meeting between the two sides with Southern Miss having the advantage with a 4-3 win in 2014.
1. #124 Andrei M-Kougoucheff (FAUM) def. Wen-Po Tseng (USM) 6-3, 6-4
2. Remi Chancerel (FAUM) def. Daniel Merker (USM) 6-4, 6-2
3. Teeradon Tortrakul (USM) def. Anthony Schohn (FAUM) 7-6 (7-5), 7-6 (8-6)
4. Chao-Yu Huang (USM) def. Felipe Frias (FAUM) 6-1, 6-2
5. Arthur Stefani (FAUM) def. Jorman Reyes (USM) 0-6, 6-3, 6-2
6. Rakshit Rishi (USM) def. Ignacio Jimenez (FAUM) 2-6, 7-6 (8-6), 6-1
1. Daniel Merker/Jorman Reyes (USM) def. Andrei M-Kougoucheff/Remi Chancerel (FAUM) 6-1
2. Wen-Po Tseng/Chao-Yu Huang (USM) def. Felipe Frias/Arthur Stefani (FAUM) 6-1
3. Anthony Schohn/Alexander Gitin (FAUM) vs. Teeradon Tortrakul/Rakshit Rishi (USM) 4-2, unfinished