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

#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

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