Mar. 23, 1997
Texas Tech Knocks-off 43rd-Ranked Oklahoma
Red Raiders Outlast Sooners for First Big 12 Conference Win
LUBBOCK, Texas - Texas Tech junior Doug Lacy outlasted Oklahoma's Craig Petigrove for an emotional three-set singles victory to clinch the Red Raiders' 4-3 upset win over 43rd-ranked Oklahoma in a Big 12 men's tennis match today at the Lubbock Municipal Tennis Center.
Texas Tech improves to 5-8 on the season and 1-2 in the Big 12. Oklahoma falls to 12-4 overall and 2-2 in Big 12 Conference matches.
Lacy, a junior from Dallas, held-off Petigrove at the number six singles slot by a score of 7-5, 6-7 (2), 7-5 to break a three-all tie and secure the victory for the Red Raiders. Lacy held a 5-2 lead in the third set before Petigrove knotted the score at five-all. Lacy had three match points in the final game before securing the win.
"This was a big win for our team," said Texas Tech Director of Tennis Tim Siegel. "We have beaten two nationally-ranked teams this season, both by scores of 4-3. In both cases, we outfought the other team. Doug Lacy was not going to lose today. That was a classic match in which neither player was going to give up. It was good to get a win. We have had several close matches lately, although the scores really don't indicate just how close they have been."
Texas Tech 4, Oklahoma 3
Singles #1 Adam Neil, Oklahoma def. Steve Wood, Texas Tech 6-4, 7-5 #2 Chris Barkla, Oklahoma def. Tylir Jimenez, Texas Tech 6-4, 6-3 #3 Adam Baranowski, Texas Tech def. Charlie Roberson, Oklahoma 7-5, 6-1 #4 Petar Danolic, Texas Tech def. Dusty Beard, Oklahoma 6-2, 6-2 #5 Ryan Shupe, Texas Tech def. Jare Rush, Oklahoma 6-2, 6-3 #6 Doug Lacy, Texas Tech def. Craig Petigrove, Oklahoma 7-5, 6-7 (2), 7-5 Doubles (one point) #1 Beard/Barkla, Oklahoma def. Shupe/Thomas Wheat, Texas Tech 8-3 #2 Roberson/Rick Warren, Oklahoma def. Wood/Baranowski, Texas Tech 8-5 #3 Neil/Petigrove, Oklahoma def. Lacy/Jimenez, Texas Tech 9-7
Team Records: Texas Tech 5-8 overall, 1-2 in the Big 12; Oklahoma 12-4 overall, 2-2 in the Big 12
Texas Tech next match: March 27-30 at Cal-Santa Barbara Tournament. First round vs. UCSB