Texas freshman tennis players Christian Sigsgaard and Yuya Ito each fell in the opening round of the USTA/ITA National Indoor Intercollegiate Championships in Flushing, N.Y., on Thursday afternoon.
Sigsgaard and Ito will move on to the consolation singles draw at the second of three national championships on the college tennis schedule.
“Christian and Yuya came up a little short, but honestly I think we played against the two guys in the tournament who simply have the most firepower,” UT head coach Michael Center said.
Sigsgaard fell 6-4, 6-0 to Mikael Torpegaard, who was the top seed from Ohio State. The Texas freshman won 11 matches at the ITA All-American Championships to earn his spot in the National Indoor Championships.
The fifth seed, Chris Eubanks of Georgia Tech, needed three sets to defeat Ito, winning 7-5, 6-7 (8), 6-2. Ito shined in the second-set tiebreaker, saving several match points and prevailing 10-8 to force a final set. He was unable to recover from a 3-0 deficit in the third set, however.
“The guys did well in their matches today, but now we’ve got to get ready for a back draw. We’re excited about getting started again tomorrow,” Center said.