No. 11 Mississippi State Tops No. 29 Texas Tech, 5-2|
Francisco Zambon won in straight sets for the Red Raiders on Sunday against No. 11 Mississippi State.
January 20, 2013
Houston, Texas - No. 11 Mississippi State (1-0) secured the doubles point and then won three of the first four singles matches to top No. 29 Texas Tech, 5-2 at the Jake Hess Tennis Stadium on the campus of Rice University.
The loss snapped a three-match win streak to open the season for the Red Raiders (3-1).
"We battle very well today," said Red Raider head coach Tim Siegel. "Mississippi State is a very good team. I felt like we grew up this weekend. Francisco (Zambon) and Raphael (Pfister) played well today and our new guys will continue to improve. It doesn't get any easier next weekend when we head to Stanford."
Mississippi State jumped out early by securing the doubles point behind the efforts of the No. 28 tandem of Jordan Angus and Malte Stropp, who pulled past Gabriel Dias and Vitor Manzini, 8-5. Zach White and Ethan Wilkinson then bested Hugo Dojas and Felipe Soares, 8-5 to win the point.
Texas Tech answered in a hurry, when Zambon cruised to a straight-set 6-3, 6-0 win at No. 4 and tie the team score at 1-1.
But then Mississippi State answered with Angus's win over Soares, 6-4, 6-1 and No. 25 Romain Bogaerts defeated Dias, 6-4, 6-1, to give the Bulldogs a 3-1 lead.
James Chaudry clinched the match for the Bulldogs with a 7-5, 6-1 over Dojas and No. 81 Stropp bested Manzini, 6-4, 7-5.
Pfister closed out play with a three-set super tiebreaker win over Stefan Viti, 6-1, 6-7 (4-7), 1-0 (10-7) for the Red Raiders' final point.
Texas Tech will return to action at the ITA Kickoff Weekend in Palo Alto, Calif. Next Saturday. The Red Raiders face No. 27 San Diego in the first round and either No. 10 Stanford or No. 26 Texas A&M in the second round.
No. 11 Mississippi State 5, No. 29 Texas Tech 2