No. 15 Mississippi State Too Much for No. 23 Texas Tech
Carvalho and Garcia win at No. 1 doubles.
Feb. 26, 2012
Montgomery, Ala. - No. 23 Texas Tech couldn't get the win against No. 15 Mississippi State on Sunday in the Blue Gray National Tennis Classic, losing 4-0.
"We played hard but Mississippi State has a great team," head coach Tim Siegel said. "They were the best team we have played all year. We are looking forward to playing at home on March 10th."
In doubles play, Texas Tech's Raony Carvalho and Rafael Garcia got the Red Raiders' only doubles win beating No. 20 Louis Cant and Malte Stropp at the No. 1 spot. Mississippi State's George Coupland and Artem Ilyushin downed Tech's Francisco Zambon and Raphael Pfister, 8-0, at the No. 2 doubles position. Red Raiders Jeff Bryan and Gonzalo Escobar couldn't hold James Chaudry and Ethan Wilkinson at No. 3 doubles losing, 8-6.
In singles action, Mississippi State's No. 32- ranked Coupland got the Bulldogs their second point of the match topping Tech's Pfister, 6-1, 6-2, at the No. 5 spot. Tech's No 23-ranked Escobar couldn't get Tech's first singles victory of the day dropping both sets against Ilyushin, 6-2, 6-1, at the No. 1 position. Mississippi State's Zach White clinched the match for the Bulldogs beating Red Raider Gabriel Wanderley, 6-2, 6-3, at the No. 6 spot.
The Red Raiders will be back in action against Louisville, March 10, at the McLeod Tennis Center in Lubbock, Texas.
No. 15 Mississippi State def. No. 23 Texas Tech, 4-0
Blue Gray National Tennis Classic
1. Carvalho and Garcia (TT) def. No. 20 Cant and Stropp (MSU), 8-4
2. Coupland and Ilyushin (MSU) def. Zambon and Pfister (TTU), 8-0
3. Chaudry and Wilkinson (MSU) def. Bryan and Escobar (TTU), 8-6
Order of Finish - 2, 1, 3
1. Ilyushin (MSU) def. No. 23 Escobar (TTU), 6-2, 6-1 2. Chaudry (MSU) vs. Carvalho (TTU), 6-3, 4-3, DNF 3. Stropp (MSU) vs. Garcia (TTU), 7-5, DNF 4. No. 45 Cant (MSU) vs. Zambon (TTU), 6-2, 2-1, DNF 5. No. 32 Coupland (MSU) def. Pfister (TTU), 6-1, 6-2 6. White (MSU) def. Wanderley (TTU), 6-2, 6-3
Order of Finish - 5, 1, 6
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