No. 22 Texas Tech gets win against Denver, 4-2
Vitor Manzini clinched the match for the Red Raiders.
Jan. 22, 2012
LUBBOCK, Texas - No. 22 Texas Tech held off the University of Denver, 4-2, Saturday at The Falls Athletic Club.
"This was a real test for us," head coach Tim Siegel said. "This match could have easily gotten away from us, but I'm very proud of the way we kept fighting and came through in conditions that were difficult for us, to play indoors, but I also feel this is one of those matches that will help us down the road because the rest of our schedule gets tougher from here on out."
In doubles, the No. 2 and 3 positions got the first point for Tech, Gonzalo Escobar and Vitor Manzini beat Yannick Weihs and Othar Kordsachia, 8-4 and Rapael Pfister and Francisco Zambon won against Fabio Biasion and Max Krammer, 8-4. The No. 1 spot, Raony Carvalho and Rafael Garcia did not finish as No. 39 Jens Vorkefeld and Enej Bonin led 6-4 as Texas Tech took the point.
In singles, the No. 1 spot, Raony Carvalho, got the first singles win for the Red Raiders defeating Enej Bonin, 6-4, 6-4. However, Denver's Jens Vorkefeld defeated Garcia at the No. 3 spot, 6-4, 6-2. Fabio Biasion of Denver tied the match up at the No. 4 spot beating Zambon, 7-6 (7-3), 2-6, 6-1.
Then 23rd-ranked Escobar got the lead back for Tech at the No. 2 spot in a three-set thriller defeating Yannick Weihs, 5-7, 6-0, 6-4. Denver would need to win the last two matches of the day to defeat Tech but Manzini dashed any hope they had by winning a second set tiebreaker to clinch the win for the Red Raiders over Kordsachia, 6-3, 7-6 (7-4), at the No. 5 position.
Tech's next match is against No. 32-ranked Michigan on Saturday in Austin, Texas, at 2 p.m. The Red Raiders don't return home until March 10, when they take on Louisville at 1 p.m. at the McLeod Tennis Center.
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