No. 58 Texas Tech Survives No. 69 Miami, 4-3
Hugo Dojas won a pair of matches on Friday to lead Texas Tech past Miami.
March 1, 2013
LUBBOCK, Texas - It was arguably the strangest 4-3 win in Tim Siegel's 21-year head coaching career.
No. 58 Texas Tech outlasted No. 69 Miami, 4-3, Friday afternoon at the McLeod Tennis Center.
The Red Raiders had jumped out to a 3-1 lead with three matched on the court. Tech need to win just one of the remaining matches to secure the victory. All three matches had gone the third set and were either knotted 6-6 and in the tiebreaker or at 6-5.
Then something strange happened.
Texas Tech's Francisco Zambon had just taken a 4-6, 6-3, 6-5 lead over Miami's Marco Stancati and needed just one game to win the match. Stancati was cited with his second point penalty for slamming his racquet in the match, but because it was his second infraction of the day, it became a game penalty and Zambon was 7-5 victory in the third set vaulting Texas Tech to the win.
"That is the strangest way I have ever won a match in my 21 years as a head coach," said Red Raider head coach Tim Siegel. "I have seen a lot of things, but never anything like that."
With a 3-0 lead in hand, Texas Tech saw Miami answer when Omar Aly topped Felipe Soares, 6-2, 7-6 at No. 4 singles to cut the lead to 3-1 and set up the drama.
Texas Tech returns to action on Sunday, as the Red Raider face New Mexico at 2 p.m. at the McLeod Tennis Center.
"We are excited to play the Lobos," added Siegel. "Each match I feel like we are coming together as a team and that is our goal. We want to be the best team possible when we get into conference play."
#58 Texas Tech 4, #69 Miami 3