Sun Devils Come Up Short Against #4 Longhorns
AUSTIN - The Sun Devils (1-1) showed they could compete with anyone Sunday in a close 4-3 road loss to No. 4 Texas (5-1) in Austin, Texas. Senior Nathan Ponwith had another strong performance, winning his doubles match 6-3 alongside freshman Max McKennon on court two as well as coming back to defeat No. 57 Siem Woldeab of Texas 2-6, 6-3, 6-2 on court two.
No. 14 Ruehl/Bolla were the first to handle business in doubles play, sweeping Woldeab/Spizziri of Texas on court one. After Hoffmann/Rakotomalala lost their match on court three, Ponwith/McKennon's 6-3 victory on court two gave the Sun Devils the doubles point.
Texas came out hot in singles play, cruising to a 4-1 victory following wins on courts five, three, two and four. ASU earned its second point thanks to a two-set victory from sophomore George Stoupe at No. 6 where, after opening the match with a comfortable 6-4 victory in set one, Stoupe loss a bit of ground before rallying to close his match with a 7-6 second frame. The final point of the day came from Ponwith's three-set win at No. 1.
The Sun Devils come back to Tempe to host cross-town opponent Grand Canyon on Feb. 3. In-person fan attendance is still prohibited at this time.
Jan 31, 2021 at Austin, Texas
(Texas Tennis Center)
#4 Texas 4, Arizona State 3
1. Nathan Ponwith (ASU) def. #57 Siem Woldeab (UT) 2-6, 6-3, 6-2
2. #120 Eliot Spizzirri (UT) def. Makey Rakotomalala (ASU) 3-6, 6-4, 6-2
3. #78 Micah Braswell (UT) def. Andrea Bolla (ASU) 6-3, 6-4
4. Cleeve Harper (UT) def. Max McKennon (ASU) 6-1, 0-6, 6-2
5. Chih Chi Huang (UT) def. Moritz Hoffmann (ASU) 6-2, 6-3
6. George Stoupe (ASU) def. Evin McDonald (UT) 6-4, 7-6 (8-6)
1. #14 Tim Ruehl/Andrea Bolla (ASU) def. Siem Woldeab/Eliot Spizzirri (UT) 6-0
2. Nathan Ponwith/Max McKennon (ASU) def. Payton Holden/Chih Chi Huang (UT) 6-3
3. Cleeve Harper/Micah Braswell (UT) def. Moritz Hoffmann/Makey Rakotomalala (ASU) 6-3