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April 20, 1997

Texas Tech Men's Tennis Falls to No. 20 Kansas

LUBBOCK, Texas - The 20th-ranked University of Kansas defeated Texas Tech 6-1 in Big 12 Conference men's tennis action Sunday at the Lubbock Municipal Tennis Center.

Texas Tech (10-12 overall, 3-5 in the Big 12) won just one singles match, lost two others in three sets and lost two doubles matches by a score of 8-5. The match was the 12th of the season against a ranked opponent for the Red Raiders.

"We looked good in spots and we didn't look good in others," said Texas Tech Director of Tennis Tim Siegel. "This match and the Texas A&M match Thursday were crucial for our NCAA Tournament chances. Now we are in a must-win situation at College Station and we have to play well in the Big 12 Tournament next weekend.

"We could have played better in doubles today. Our number one doubles team didn't play well. Tylir (Jimenez) and Adam (Baranowski) played well today and, probably, should have won their matches. Those three wins and it's a 4-3 win instead of a 6-1 loss. That's how competitive Big 12 tennis is, though. Every match is crucial to the team's success."

Texas Tech will next be in action Thursday at Texas A&M in a match that was postponed from April 4 due to bad weather. The Red Raiders will join the rest of the league's squads at the Big 12 Conference Tournament Thursday through Sunday (24-27) in Austin.

Kansas 6, Texas Tech 1

Singles
#1 Enrique Abaroa def. Tylir Jimenez, Texas Tech 6-1, 6-7 (3), 7-6 (3)
#2 Zavier Avila, Kansas def. Petar Danolic, Texas Tech 6-3, 6-2
#3 Fernando Sierra, Kansas def. Adam Baranowski, Texas Tech 7-5, 4-6, 6-3
#4 Luis Uribe, Kansas def. Steve Wood, Texas Tech 6-1, 6-4
#5 Trent Tucker, Kansas def. Ryan Shupe, Texas Tech 6-1, 6-3
#6 Doug Lacy, Texas Tech def. Jeff Erin, Kansas 7-6 (5), 6-3

Doubles (one point)
#1 Abaroa/Avila, Kansas def. Jimenez/Shupe, Texas Tech 8-5
#2 Wood/Wheat, Texas Tech def. Sierra/Uribe, Kansas 9-8 (3)
#3 Tucker/Erin, Kansas def. Danolic/Lacy, Texas Tech 8-5

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