Sept. 25, 1997

Texas Tech Tennis Players Finish Clay Court Appearances In Baltimore

Petar Danolic
Petar Danolic

BALTIMORE, Md. - Two Texas Tech men's tennis players concluded their Baltimore Clay Court Championship schedules late Wednesday with a second round loss in the doubles competition. Junior Petar Danolic and senior Tylir Jimenez advanced to the second round of doubles competition Tuesday but were eliminated on Wednesday after a hard-fought 6-7 (3), 7-5, 6-2 loss to Marchetti and Marchetti of Virginia Tech.

The Red Raiders next travel to Lafayette, La. and the University of Southwestern Louisiana on October 3-5 for the 21st annual Lee Michaels-ROLEX Tennis Classic. Schools slated to compete include Texas Tech, Arkansas, Arkansas-Little Rock, Boise State, LSU, Minnesota, Northeast Louisiana, Rice, Southern Mississippi, Texas, Texas-Arlington, TCU and host Southwestern Louisiana.

Tylir Jiminez
Tylir Jiminez

Both student-athletes also competed in the Clay Court singles competition. Danolic advanced to the second round of singles competition with a 6-4, 7-6 (0) victory against Georgia's Hisham Hemeda but was later eliminated after a 6-2, 6-1 second round loss to UNLV's Asaf Tischler. Jiminez was eliminated in the first round after a 6-2, 6-3 loss to Duke's Jordan Wile.

The Clay Court Championship tournament is the first collegiate invitational of the fall tennis season. Danolic (11-11 last season- singles) and Jiminez (17-7 last season-singles) are two of six returning letterwinners on sixth year head coach Tim Siegel's Texas Tech men's squad. The Red Raider men's squad finished 11-14 overall and 4-5 in Big 12 Conference play last season. They earned their third berth to the NCAA tournament over the last four years.

Texas Tech Men's Tennis Results

Clay Court Championships (Baltimore, Md.)

Doubles (First Round): Petar Danolic and Tylir Jiminez, Texas Tech defeated Winter/Yoo, Virginia 7-6 (5), 6-3. Danolic/Jiminez advance to second round vs. Virginia Tech.

Doubles (Second Round): Marchetti and Marchetti, Virginia Tech defeated Petar Danolic and Tylir Jimenez, Texas Tech 6-7 (3), 7-5, 6-2

Singles (First Round): Petar Danolic, Texas Tech defeated Hisham Hemeda, Georgia 6-4, 7-6 (0); Jordan Wile, Duke defeated Tylir Jiminez, Texas Tech 6-2, 6-3. Jiminez eliminated from singles competition.

Singles (Second Round): Asaf Tischler, UNLV defeated Petar Danolic, Texas Tech 6-2, 6-1. Danolic eliminated from singles competition.

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