No. 60 Texas Tech Uses Strong Singles Play To Pull Past Arizona|
March 9, 2013
DENVER, Colo. - No. 60 Texas Tech overcame the loss of the double point with five strong singles wins to top No. 61 Arizona, 5-2, Saturday at the Inverness Country Club.
It was the sixth win in the last seven matches for the Red Raiders.
""We played hard and really stepped up after losing the doubles," said Red Raider head coach Tim Siegel. "I am proud of the team following a disappointing match last weekend."
Arizona took the first point of the day after securing wins at No. 1 and No. 3 doubles. Tech's lone doubles win came at No. 2, where Felipe Soares and Jeff Bryan upended Giacomo Miccini and Mario Urquidi, 8-6.
The Red Raiders answered with straight-set wins from Vitor Manzini and Raphael Pfister. Manzini dominated Fredrik Ask at No. 1 singles, 6-2, 6-1, while Pfister topped Andre Vidaller, 6-1, 6-2 at No. 4, giving Tech a 2-1 lead.
Soares then strengthened the lead with a 7-6 (7-4), 6-4 win at No. 3 over Arizona's Kieren Thompson, while Gabriel Dias secured the point with a three-set victory at No. 2 over Miccini, 4-6, 6-2, 6-4.
Arizona's Sumeet Shinde picked up the second point of the day for the Wildcats with a 6-4, 6-4 win at No. 5 over Gabriel Wanderley, while Tech's Francisco Zambon closed out the scoring with a 7-5, 7-5 win over Urquidi.
The Red Raiders return to action at the Blue Gray National Tennis Classic in Montgomery, Ala., March 15-17.
No. 60 Texas Tech 5, No. 61 Arizona 2