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St. Mary’s Tennis Starts Season with Shutouts

San Antonio – St. Mary’s University opened the spring tennis season in impressive fashion, rolling to 9-0 wins in both men’s and women’s tennis against Schreiner University on Wednesday at the St. Mary’s Tennis Courts.

For the men’s team Rodrigo Lacayo (Sr., Managua, Nicaragua) dropped just one game in an easy 6-0, 6-1, win over Carlo Sasam at number one singles. He later teamed with Troy Neighbors (Sr., Corpus Christi, Texas) to edge Sasam and Ben Jackson at number one doubles. Neighbors also won his singles match, 6-4, 6-2, over Brent Coleman at number two. Vitas Van Dijk (So., Paramaribo, Suriname) won his first match as a Rattler, 6-0, 6-0, against Adam Dobbins at number five singles.

The women had an equally impressive showing in their season opener. Vanessa Sholles (Sr., Paramaribo, Suriname) defeated Katrina Priess at number one singles, 6-0, 6-3. She later teamed with Danielle Aranda (Fr., San Antonio, Texas) to beat Tina Phillippi and Stephanie Reed at number two doubles, 8-1. Aranda also won her first singles match as a Rattler, 6-4, 6-1, at number three singles against Reed. Hayley Harris (Sr., El Campo, Texas) defeated Michelle Martinez at number two singles, 6-1, 7-5. Tiffany Edwards (Jr., San Antonio, Texas) won at number five singles, 6-0, 6-1.

Both Rattler teams improved to 1-0 on the season. Both teams will return to action on Feb. 15 when they to Seguin to face Texas Lutheran University at 2 p.m.

Men’s Tennis
St. Mary’s 9, Schreiner 0
St. Mary’s Tennis Courts, San Antonio, Texas
Singles
#1 Rodrigo Lacayo (STMU) def. Carlo Sasam (SU), 6-0, 6-1
#2 Troy Neighbors (STMU) def. Brent Coleman (SU), 6-4, 6-2
#3 Andres Guerrero (STMU) def. Ben Jackson (SU), 6-1, 6-2
#4 Marcos Villarreal (STMU) def. Daniel Okland (SU), 6-0, 6-0
#5 Vitas Van Dijk (STMU) def. Adam Dobbins (SU), 6-0, 6-0
#6 Michael Martinez (STMU) won by default
Doubles
#1 Lacayo/Neighbors (STMU) def. Sasam/Jackson (SU), 8-6
#2 Van Dijk/Villarreal (STMU) def. Coleman/Okland (SU), 8-1
#3 Guerrero/Martinez (STMU) won by default
Records: St. Mary’s 1-0, Schreiner 0-1

Women’s Tennis
St. Mary’s 9, Schreiner 0
St. Mary’s Tennis Courts, San Antonio, Texas
Singles
#1 Vanessa Sholles (STMU) def. Katrina Priess (SU), 6-0, 6-3
#2 Hayley Harris (STMU) def. Michelle Martinez (SU), 6-1, 7-5
#3 Daniel Aranda (STMU) def. Stephanie Reed (SU), 6-4, 6-1
#4 Rachel Calderon (STMU) def. Alicia Wilbanks (SU), 6-2, 6-1
#5 Tiffany Edwards (STMU) def. Tina Phillippi (SU), 6-0, 6-1
#6 Morgan Riddle (STMU) won by default
Doubles
#1 Harris/Riddle (STMU) def. Martinez/Priess (SU), 8-2
#2 Aranda/Sholles (STMU) def. Phillippi/Reed (SU), 8-1
#3 Calderon/Edwards (STMU) won by default
Records: St. Mary’s 1-0, Schreiner 0-1