Texas Tech Stuns No. 28 Auburn, 4-3|
Maxime Hinnisdaels picked up a pair of key wins on Friday to lead Texas Tech past Auburn, 4-3.
February 21, 2014
MONTGOMERY, Ala. – After trailing 3-1, Texas Tech (5-3) battled back thanks to keys wins from a pair of freshman to upset No. 28 Auburn, 4-3, in the first round of the Blue Gray National Tennis Classic at the Lagoon Park Tennis Center on Friday.
“This was such a tremendous team win,” said Red Raider head coach Tim Siegel. “It started with very good doubles play from Hugo (Dojas) and Maxime (Hinnisdaels) to with at No. 1 and clinch the doubles point.”
Carlos DiLaura and Francisco Zambon opened with a 6-3 win at No. 3 over Joseph Van Dooren and Dante Saleh. Auburn answered with a 6-4 win at No. 2, as #60 Lukas Ollert and Dennis Lengsfeld edged out Felipe Soares and Johann Willems. But then Dojas and Hinnisdaels held on for a 6-4 win over Daniel Cochrane and Oliver Plaskett at No. 1, giving Texas Tech a 1-0 lead.
Auburn (9-3) answered with three straight wins, as Cochran, Van Booren and Lengsfeld added straight-set wins at No. 3, No. 6 and No. 2.
Soares then toppled Olert at No. 1, 6-4, 6-4, to close the gap to 3-2.
Then the match came down to two freshmen – Hinnisdaels and Willems. Hinnisdaels secured a 6-3. 6-5 victory over Dante Saleh at No. 5 to even the ledger at 3-3. That left the final point to be decided by Tech’s Willems and Auburn’s Petar Tomic.
Willems took the first set, 6-3, before Tomic answered with a 6-3 win in the second set. Willems ran out to a 5-1 lead in the third. Tomic survived two match points to battle back to within one, 5-4, before Willems closed out the match on serve, 6-4.
“I am especially proud of Johann and Maxime,” added Siegel. “Those were not only key wins for us, but two important wins for both of them. Our team is growing up. We also really appreciate the women’s team, who came over after their match to cheer the men on. It really helped us out.”
Texas Tech will now face No. 37 Virginia Commonwealth, who upset No. 11 Mississippi State, 4-1, on Friday. The Red Raiders return to the court at 11 a.m.
“Everybody is good in this field,” said Siegel. “We have got a quick turnaround and we have to turn our focus to VCU now.”
#55 Texas Tech 4, #28 Auburn 3