Red Raiders Edge TCU in Close Match|
Feb. 28, 2009
LUBBOCK, Texas - In the home opener of the season, the No. 29-ranked Texas Tech men's tennis team edged No. 32 TCU, 5-2, on a windy Saturday afternoon at the McLeod Tennis Center.
With the win, the Red Raiders improve to 3-3 on the season, while the Horned Frogs drop to 2-6 overall.
The match did not begin exactly as the Red Raiders had hoped with the Horned Frogs taking both the No. 1 and 2 doubles positions to earn the doubles point. Tech's Gonzalo Escobar and David Gonzalez was Tech's only duo to mount a victory, taking the No. 3 slot, 9-7.
Tech would tie the match in singles quickly, however, as Raony Carvalho downed Kriegler Brink, 6-3, 6-4, in his debut at the No. 2 position. Minutes later, Sinisa Markovic would put the Red Raiders ahead for good with a 6-2, 6-2, victory over No. 68-ranked Emmanual Brighui in the No. 1 slot.
Tech would get another added boost at the No. 4 position as Escobar would drop Chris Price in straight sets, 6-4, 6-3. Despite having an opportunity at the match point in the third set, Christian Rojmar could not close the match in the No. 3 slot, dropping the final set in a tiebreaker to lose, 4-6, 6-3, 7-6 (7-4).
Milos Kustudija would win the deciding match for the Red Raiders in a third set tiebreaker at the No. 6 position, besting Adrian Simon, 3-6, 7-6 (8-6), 7-6 (7-3). In the day's final match, Michael Breler and Zach Nichols would split the opening two sets, 6-3, 6-7 (6-8), before Breler would close the match, winning the third-set tiebreaker, 7-6 (7-4).
"This was a great team win," Tech head coach Tim Siegel said. "All 10 players contributed to this win, and it was a great victory. I can't say enough about how well we played at the top of our lineup, but to me, the most important thing is how we play tomorrow."
The Red Raiders resume play Sunday morning, facing New Mexico State at 10 a.m. at the McLeod Tennis Center.
No. 29 Texas Tech - 5
Singles - Order: 2, 1, 4, 3, 6*, 5
Doubles - Order: 2, 1*, 3