Texas starts strong on first day of Cajun Tennis Classic

Dalton Phillips

Texas sophomores Harrison Scott and Colin Markes advanced to the quarterfinals on Thursday after picking up a pair of singles wins at the first day of the John Breaux Cajun Tennis Classic in Lafayette, Louisiana.

The four-day tournament features seven of the top-35 Intercollegiate Tennis Association ranked schools in the country, including Texas’ Big 12 foe No. 11 Texas Tech. 

“There’s always a strong field at this tournament,”  head coach Michael Center said. “At this point of the season, it’s important to improve from week to week. This tournament gives us a good opportunity to do that.”

Markes is coming off an undefeated tournament title at last weekend’s Racquet Club Collegiate Invitational in Midland, Texas. After beating Louisiana’s Pearse Dolan in three sets in round one, the Austin local held off Oklahoma State senior Arjun Kadhe in the round of 16 to earn a spot in the quarterfinals. He’ll face sophomore Bjorn Thomson of Texas Tech. Markes now holds an 8-0 record in fall play.

Scott defeated Kentucky senior Beck Pennington in two sets to advance to Friday’s quarterfinals after a win over Louisiana’s Arthur Libaud in the previous round. Scott will take on Texas Tech’s Alex Sendegeya in the quarterfinals.

Additionally, Texas junior John Mee and sophomore Leonardo Telles each collected an opening round win to advance to the round of 16 before being eliminated. Telles defeated junior Justin Butsch of LSU. Bustch entered the season ranked No. 49 and is coming off a semifinals appearance in last year’s Cajun Classic.

Freshman John Mee also found success in his fall season debut, defeating senior Eric Perez of Louisiana-Lafayette in two sets.

Quarterfinals singles play begins Friday at 10:30 am.