Siegel Earns Win No. 299, As Tech Rolls|
Texas Tech head coach Tim Siegel recorded his 299th career win on Saturday against UTSA.
January 18, 2014
LUBBOCK, Texas - No. 51 Texas Tech won its fifth straight season opener with a 5-2 win over UTSA on Saturday at the McLeod Tennis Center.
The win marked the beginning of the 22nd season under the direction of Red Raider head coach Tim Siegel, who notched his 299th career win in the 5-2 victory. Siegel is now 299-224 as the head coach of the Red Raiders.
Siegel is the second-winningest coach in program history, behind George Philbrick, who was 388-380 over 26 seasons from 1953-78.
The Red Raiders improved to 17-5 in season openers under Siegel.
The day started with Texas Tech securing the doubles point. Carlos DiLaura and Francisco Zambon blanked UTSA's Kolby Kilgo and Boburjon Kamiljanov, 6-0, at No. 3, just ahead of the Roadrunners' Joel Rubio and Tomas Stillman defeating Tech's Felipe Soares and Johann Willems, 6-4.
Zambon then dropped Eric Buchalter, 6-3, 6-2, to give Texas Tech a 2-0 lead. UTSA's Tomas Stillman got on the board when he pulled past Texas Tech newcomer Willems, 6-3, 6-4, making the team score, 2-1.
At No. 6, Red Raider freshman Jolan Cailleau then proceeded to drop UTSA's Boburjon Kamiljanov, 6-3, 6-4, to give Tech a 3-1 lead with three matches left.
Soares, who is ranked No. 101 nationally, secured the win with a 6-2, 6-3 victory over Casa at No. 1. Dojas, who is ranked No. 65, followed suit with a 6-5, 6-3 victory over Junger at No. 2 giving Tech a 5-1 lead.
UTSA's Rubio closed out the scoring with a 7-5, 7-5 win over Maxime Hinnisdaels.
No. 51 Texas Tech will return to action on Friday at 11 a.m., when the Red Raiders take on No. 60 Nebraska in the first round of the ITA Kickoff Weekend hosted by UCLA in Los Angeles, Calif. The winner will face either No. 2 UCLA or No. 65 Wisconsin for the right to advance to the ITA National Team Indoor Championship in Houston.
#51 Texas Tech 5, UTSA 2