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Roadrunners to begin play at Southland Conference Tournament on Friday

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SAN ANTONIO — UTSA will begin Southland Conference Tournament play on Friday morning when it takes on regular season champion Texas A&M-Corpus Christi. First servce is slated for 10 a.m. at the Schlief Tennis Complex in Nacogdoches.

The Roadrunners (11-10) received the No. 4 seed in the tournament after finishing the regular season with a 3-2 mark in league action, which was good for a three-way tie for second place.

Freshman David Kelleher and senior Daniel Moser lead the Birds' singles contingent.

Kelleher leads UTSA with a 15-3 overall record, including a perfect 5-0 mark against Southland competition, while Moser has netted an 11-9 overall ledger with a 4-1 record in circuit contests.

Meanwhile, senior Pedro Zanotelli and sophomore Yannick Junger have teamed up to produce conference's top doubles team at the No. 1 position. The pair has collected a dozen victories, including a perfect 5-0 mark in league play.

The Islanders (11-11) won their fifth consecutive regular season title after winning four of their five conference outings.

Aurelien Tave boasts Texas A&M-Corpus Christi's top singles record at 13-4, which includes a 5-0 mark in Southland action. Fernando Llorens and Peter Nagy also have netted double-digit victories with 12 and 10, respectively.

Meanwhile, the duo of Nagy and Tave have registered a team-high five triumphs in doubles play.

The Roadrunners knocked off the Islanders, 4-3, in their regular-season finale on April 14 in Corpus Christi in the lone meeting between the two clubs this spring.

The winner of Friday's match will take on either No. 2 Nicholls or third-seeded UT Arlington at 10 a.m. in Saturday's championship.


UTSA probable lineup
Doubles
1. Yannick Junger/Pedro Zanotelli (12-7, 5-0 SLC)
2. Martin Ayala/Tyler Brown (9-7, 3-1 SLC)
3. Kolby Kilgo/Joel Rubio (5-5, 3-1 SLC)

Singles
1. Yannick Junger (12-9, 1-4 SLC)
2. Tyler Brown (12-9, 2-3 SLC)
3. Martin Ayala (8-12, 2-3 SLC)
4. Joel Rubio (10-11, 4-1 SLC)
5. David Kelleher (15-3, 5-0 SLC)
6. Daniel Moser (11-9, 4-1 SLC)

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