No. 29 Red Raiders Fall To No. 27 Toreros, 4-3
Senior Vitor Manzini picked up a pair of wins against San Diego in Palo Alto on Friday.
January 25, 2013
PALO ALTO, Calif. - A rivalry could be in the making.
No. 27 San Diego edged No. 29 Texas Tech, 4-3, in a first round weather-delayed battle at the ITA Kickoff Weekend at Stanford's Taube Family Tennis Stadium.
It was a match that went down to the wire, as each team traded the lead, before San Diego's Uros Petronijevic topped Francisco Zambon, 6-3, 4-6, 6-2 for the match's deciding point.
"This was a very tough loss," said Red Raider head coach Tim Siegel. "We left two points out there today. We had an opportunity to win the doubles point and we were in total control at No. 3 singles. We had our opportunities to get a top 30 win today. Saturday we get another opportunity at a top 25 team."
A year ago, Texas Tech's Rafael Garcia secured the deciding point, as the then No. 24 Texas Tech upended No. 25 San Diego, 4-3, when the two squads squared off in Tulsa, Okla.
San Diego took the first point of the day after securing the doubles point.
San Diego's Clarke Spinosa and Thibaut Visy picked up the first doubles win with an 8-4 win over Tech's Hugo Dojas and Felipe Soares, but the Red Raiders answered with Gabriel Dias and Vitor Manzini, who dropped Romain Kalaydjian and Uros Petronijevic, 8-5. The point was decided when Ciaran Fitzgerald and Victor Pugliese outlasted the Red Raider duo of Gabriel Wanderley and Francisco Zambon, 8-7, for the point.
Manzini immediately evened the team score with a straight-set win over No. 62 Kalaydjian, 6-2, 6-2, at No. 1 singles. Tech's Wanderely then rolled past Pugliese, 6-4, 6-0, at No. 5 singles to give the Red Raiders a 2-1 lead.
The Toreros then answered with wins at No. 2 and No. 3 singles behind the play of Visy and Spinosa, giving San Diego a 3-2 lead.
Red Raider Raphael Pfister then evened the score with a 7-6, 6-4 win over Fitzgerald at No. 6 singles.
The match then came down to San Diego's Petronijevic and Texas Tech's Zambon. The two traded sets, as Petronijevic captured the first set, 6-3, but Zambon answered with a 6-4 win in the second. Petronijevic got an early break in the third set and did not look back, as he secured the set and the match with a 6-2 win.
No. 26 Texas A&M stunned No. 10 Stanford, 4-0, in the other match on Friday. The Aggies will face the Toreros for the right to advance to the ITA National Team Indoor Championships.
Texas Tech will face Stanford at noon CT on Saturday, while Texas A&M and San Diego will square off at 4 p.m. CT at Stanford's Taube Family Tennis Stadium.
No. 27 San Diego 4, No. 29 Texas Tech 3