No. 27 Texas Tech Cruises Past Tulane, 6-1

Gabriel Dias picked up a pair of wins on Sunday to lead Texas Tech past Tulane.

February 24, 2013

NEW ORLEANS, La. - After a 15-day layoff, No. 27 Texas Tech finally got a match in and it looked like the Red Raiders had not missed a beat, as they rolled past Tulane, 6-1, at the City Park Pepsi Center on Sunday in men's collegiate tennis action.

"We played our most complete match of the year today," said Red Raider head coach Tim Siegel. "Tulane played very well today. We look forward to being home next weekend for Miami and New Mexico."

As doubles play began, the Texas Tech tandem of Vitor Manzini and Gabriel Dias cruised past Idan Mark and Dominik Koepfer, 8-3, at No. 1. Tulane's Joe Young and Ian Van Cott then edged Gabriel Wanderley and Francisco Zambon, 9-8, at No. 3 to set up the deciding match at No. 2 doubles.

Texas Tech senior Jeff Bryan teamed with freshman Felipe Soares to hold on for a 9-7 win over Rodrigo Rappaccioli and Alex Van Cott and secure the first point of the day.

Dias and Wanderley then secured quick straight-set wins to give Texas Tech a 3-0 lead.

Zambon then clinched the Red Raiders' sixth win of the season with a 6-3, 6-4 win over Rappaccioli.

Koepfer picked up Tulane's lone point, as he topped Soares, 6-3, 6-3 at No. 3, but Manzini followed suit with a 6-1, 6-4 win at No. 1 with a win over Mark to move the team score to 5-1 with one match on court.

After winning the first set, 6-2, Texas Tech's Raphael Pfister lost the second set, 2-6 to Ian Van Cott. But the Tech senior rebounded for the final point of the day with a third set 6-4 win and the victory.

Texas Tech's match with No. 24 LSU on Friday was postponed due to rain. The Red Raiders toured the New Orleans Saints Training Facility and went to a New Orleans Hornets game on Saturday and topped Tulane on Sunday, making for an interesting trip to the Bayou State.

#27 Texas Tech 6 , Tulane 1
New Orleans, La. (
City Park Pepsi Tennis Center)

1. Vitor Manzini (TT) def. Idan Mark (TU), 6-1, 6-4
2. Gabriel Dias (TT) def. Joe Young (TU), 6-2, 6-3
3. Dominik Koepfer (TU) def. Felipe Soares (TU), 6-3, 6-3
4. Francisco Zambon (TT) def. Rodrigo Rappaccioli (TU), 6-3, 6-4
5. Gabriel Wanderley (TT) def. Alex Van Cott (TU), 6-4, 6-1
6. Raphael Pfister (TT) def. Ian Van Cott (TU), 6-2, 2-6, 6-4
1. Vitor Manzini / Gabriel Dias (TT) def. Idan Mark / Dominik Koepfer (TU), 8-3
2. Felipe Soares / Jeff Bryan (TT) def. Rodrigo Rappaccioli / Alex Van Cott (TU), 9-7
3. Joe Young / Ian Van Cott (TU) def. Gabriel Wanderley / Francisco Zambon (TT), 9-8
Match Notes:
#27 Texas Tech 6-3; Tulane 4-3
Order of finish: Doubles (1,3,2); Singles (2,5,4,3,1,6)
T-4:00. A-100




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