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
Doubles (one point)