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May 9, 1997

Texas Tech Men's Tennis Team Finishes Season

Red Raiders lose to SMU at NCAA Regional

LUBBOCK, Texas - The Texas Tech men's tennis team ended its season after losing to 37th-ranked Southern Methodist, 4-2, at the NCAA Region VI Men's Tennis Championships in Fort Worth today. The match was moved indoors because of inclement weather.

Texas Tech finishes the season with an 11-14 record, while SMU improved to 18-6. This year's NCAA Regional appearance was Texas Tech's third in four years.

Tylir Jimenez and Adam Baranowski earned Tech's only two singles wins, each playing three sets. Jimenez defeated Ignacio Hirigoyen at the No. one position and Baranowki's win was over Toby Hannson at the No. three spot.

Jimenez finishes the season with the best singles record the team and of his career, 17-7.

"It was a tough well-played match," Texas Tech Director of Tennis Tim Siegel said. "We battled for everything. At one point, we felt like we had a great chance to win. Petar (Danolic) was up 6-0, 4-3 and lost, and that changed the momentum of the match. I'm proud of our effort. SMU was a strong, top-ranked team."

Southern Methodist 4, Texas Tech 2
1. Tylir Jimenez, Texas Tech def. Ignacio Hirigoyen, Southern Methodist 4-6, 6-4, 7-6 (4)
2. Freddy Hanser, Southern Methodist def. Petar Danolic, Texas Tech 0-6, 6-4, 6-1
3. Vikram Verkataraghavan, Southern Methodist def. Steve Wood, Texas Tech 6-4, 4-6, 6-2
4. Adam Baranowski, Texas Tech def. Toby Hannson, Southern Methodist 6-4, 6-4
5. Geraldo Mulas, Southern Methodist def. Ryan Shupe, Texas Tech 7-6, 0-6, 6-2
6. Doug Lacy, Texas Tech vs. Dustin Mauck, Southern Methodist, susp.

1. Hirigoyen/Hanser, Southern Methodist vs. Jimenez/Shupe, Texas Tech suspended
2. Hannson/ Verkataraghavan, Southern Methodist def. Thomas Wheat/Wood, Texas Tech 8-4
3. Mauck/Pollack, SMU def. Lacy Danolic, Texas Tech 8-2

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