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Morris Completes Weekend at the Rice Invitational

Oct. 1, 2017

HOUSTON, Texas – While six members of the Denver men’s tennis team competed in New Mexico this weekend, freshman Eric Morris took to Houston for the Rice Invitational.

Despite being the lone Pioneer, Morris had a strong weekend earning five wins over the three days of competition.

"Eric got better and better as the tournament went on,” said head coach Ricardo Rubio. “I saw him beat some very good players and now it's time to get back to work and get ready for a very demanding Regional tournament in a couple of weeks.

On Friday, the Corinth, Texas native teamed with Rice’s Jared Aiman and the pair picked up a victory over North Carolina Wilmington’s Daniel Groom and Josh Hublitz, 8-6. In singles action on the day, Morris fell 6-3, 6-3 in his first match but turned things around for a 6-7 (6), 6-4, 1-0 (10-8) dub over Air Force’s Patrick Skalenka.

Saturday the duo of Morris and Aiman returned to doubles action going 1-1, earning the win over Nedim Ahmic and Zachary Vander Heiden of Incarnate Ward, 8-4. In his lone singles match, Morris beat-out Tatsuki Shimamoto of Miami 6-2, 7-6 (7-4).

In his lone match on Sunday, Morris won a thrilling three-setter, 6-7 (4), 7-5, 6-4 against Ignacio de Rueda of UNCW.

 
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