ARLINGTON — UTSA saw its five-match road trip come to an end on Thursday afternoon with a narrow 4-3 loss to former Southland and Western Athletic Conference foe UT Arlington at the UTA Tennis Center.
The Roadrunners (5-7) took command of the match early by winning at the top two doubles spots.
Jacobea Junger and Miriam Rosell Canudas won their sixth consecutive match at No. 1 with an 8-3 triumph against Elizabeth Thoms and Ekaterina Tugarinova. Daniela Garcia-Diaz and Alena Shichkova quickly clinched the first point with an 8-4 decision on the second court against Angeles de los Rios and Astrid Gehre.
However, the Mavericks (5-4) were able to rally in singles play by winning four of the six matchups.
Rosell Canudas improved to a team-leading 9-3 this season with her fourth victory in a row, a 6-3, 6-3 win against Thoms at the No. 2 position. Meanwhile, Junger was the only other UTSA player to come off the court victorious, as she downed Giada D'ortona in straight sets (6-1, 6-1).
The match came down to No. 3 singles, but de los Rios was able to outlast Isabelle Jonsson in three sets, 3-6, 7-6 (7-5), 6-4.
The Roadrunners will return to the friendly confines of the UTSA Tennis Center on Sunday when it hosts Division II No. 46 St. Edward's (1-4) at 1 p.m.
UT Arlington 4, UTSA 3
1. Junger/Rosell Canudas (UTSA) def. Thoms/Tugarinova (UTA) 8-3
2. Garcia-Diaz/Shichkova (UTSA) def. de los Rios/Gehre (UTA) 8-4
3. Hallgren/Jonsson (UTSA) vs. Birowski/D'ortona (UTA) 7-6, unfinished
1. Jacobea Junger (UTSA) def. Giada D'ortona (UTA) 6-1, 6-1
2. Miriam Rosell Canudas (UTSA) def. Elizabeth Thoms (UTA) 6-3, 6-3
3. Angeles de los Rios (UTA) def. Isabelle Jonsson (UTSA) 3-6, 7-6 (7-5), 6-4
4. Astrid Gehre (UTA) def. Nicole Karaklis (UTSA) 7-5, 6-1
5. Jessica Birowski (UTA) def. Irene Gandara Gonzalez (UTSA) 6-1, 6-1
6. Verena Scott (UTA) def. Lina Hallgren (UTSA) 6-1, 3-6, 6-4