No. 2 UCLA Dispatches No. 53 Red Raiders, 4-0
January 26, 2014
LOS ANGELES – No. 53 Texas Tech fought extremely hard on Sunday, but it was not enough, as No. 2 UCLA picked up a 4-0 win over the Red Raiders at the Los Angeles Tennis Center in the second round of the ITA Kickoff Weekend.
It is just the second-ever meeting between Texas Tech and UCLA. The Bruins topped Tech, 4-0, in the second round of the 2007 NCAA Championships.
“I was very proud of our effort and energy today,” said Red Raider head coach Tim Siegel. “I felt like we came out and played much better doubles today.
“The score was not indicative of our performance. We were up a set at No. 6, while Dojas and Willems had taken their matches to the third. Soares, Hinnisdaels and Zambon played better than the score indicated. In the end, we played the No. 2 team in the country very tough. Now we have to be ready for a big weekend at the McLeod Tennis Center against Mississippi State and Rice.”
Texas Tech took the early lead in doubles, as Carlos DiLaura and Francisco Zambon bested Gage Brymer and Dennis Mkrtchian, 6-2. UCLA answered with a 6-4 win at No. 2, as Joseph Di Giulio and Clay Thompson outlasted Felipe Soares and Johann Willems.
The doubles point was decided at No. 1, where the Texas Tech team of Hugo Dojas and Maxime Hinnisdaels, ranked No. 33, jumped out to the early 1-0 lead over Marcos Giron and Makenzie McDonald. UCLA’s tandem, ranked 11th nationally, evened it at 1-1 and picked up a break to take the lead. Dojas and Hinnisdaels battled to the end, but came up short, 6-3, giving UCLA the first point of the day.
McDonald, who is ranked No. 62, gave UCLA a 2-0 lead thanks to a 6-2, 6-3 victory over Hinnisdaels at No. 3, while Tech’s #101 Soares fell in straight sets to UCLA’s No. 11 Giron, 6-2, 6-3. With that, UCLA suddenly led, 3-0.
The Bruins closed out the match as Mkrtchian topped Zambon, 6-4, 6-2 at No. 5 for the win.
The score was closer that it looked, AS #65 Dojas had taken #1 Clay Thompson to the third set before the match was abandoned. Texas Tech freshman Willems had also extended his match to a third set against No. 120 Brymer, while Jolan Cailleau was lading 6-4, 2-3 over Di Giulio when the match was abandoned.
Texas Tech is now 2-1 on the season and will host No. 13 Mississippi State and Rice this weekend at the McLeod Tennis Center. The Red Raiders face Mississippi State at 2 p.m. Friday and take on Rice at 1 p.m. on Sunday.
Texas Tech opened play with a 4-1 win over No. 60 Nebraska before falling to UCLA. The Red Raiders are 5-7 all-time in the ITA Kickoff Weekend event.
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