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March 12, 2009

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LUBBOCK, Texas - Despite winning the opening doubles point, the Texas Tech men's tennis team could not extend its six-match winning streak to seven today as the No. 30-ranked Red Raiders fell, 4-3, Thursday to No. 13 USC at Marks Stadium in Los Angeles.

Tech (7-4) opened the match with a good start as the No. 10-ranked duo of Raony Carvalho and Christian Rojmar upended the nation's fourth-ranked tandem of Robert Farah and Steve Johnson, 8-5, in the top doubles position. Michael Breler and Sinisa Markovic would clinch the point minutes later, holding off Matt Kecki and Jaak Poldma, 8-6.

USC (11-3) would tie the match quickly in singles as Farah, the nation's No. 1-ranked player, dropped Carvalho in straight sets, 6-1, 6-4. The Trojans would take a 3-1 lead from there as both Rojmar and Gonzalo Escobar fell in straight sets.

The Red Raiders would rally to tie the match, however, as Sinisa Markovic held on at the No. 2 position to defeat Poldma, 6-4, 6-3, and Milos Kustudija routed Jason McNaughton also in straight sets, 6-2, 7-6 (5).

After splitting the opening two sets, Michael Breler would fall behind, 5-2, in the final set before rebounding to grab two-consecutive games. It would not be enough, however, as Kecki would take the next game to survive for a 6-4, 1-6, 6-4 victory and give the Trojans the deciding point.

"Michael gave everything he had like usual, but it unfortunately just wasn't enough," Tech head coach Tim Siegel said. "I thought Sinisa and Milos played exceptionally well and that we played the best in doubles that we had all year. We had our chances in a couple of matches, but it was a great team effort. Losing 4-3 on the road in a match we could have won hurts, but we have to be ready for an extremely tough San Diego State team tomorrow."



The Red Raiders continue their 12-day, 6-match road trip with their first of two matches in San Diego as Tech will look to rebound against San Diego State Friday, beginning at 4 p.m. (central time). Tech closes the week against UNLV at 12:30 p.m. Saturday.

No. 30 Texas Tech - 3
No. 13 USC - 4
Marks Stadium - Los Angeles, Calif.

Singles - Order: 1, 4, 3, 2, 6, 5*
1. No. 1 Robert Farah (USC) def. No. 45 Raony Carvalho (TTU) 6-1, 6-4
2. Sinisa Markovic (TTU) def. No. 102 Jaak Poldma (USC) 6-4, 6-3
3. No. 86 Steve Johnson (USC) def. Gonzalo Escobar (TTU) 6-3, 6-4
4. No. 57 Abdullah Magdas (USC) def. Christian Rojmar (TTU) 6-4, 7-6 (1-0)
5. Matt Kecki (USC) def. Michael Breler (TTU) 6-4, 1-6, 6-4
6. Milos Kustudija (TTU) def. Jason McNaughton (USC) 6-2, 7-6 (5)

Doubles - Order: 1, 2*, 3
1. No. 10 Carvalho/Rojmar (TTU) def. No. 4 Farah/Johnson (USC) 8-5
2. Breler/Markovic (TTU) def. Kecki/Poldma (USC) 8-6
3. Magdas/Daniel Nguyen (USC) def. Escobar/David Gonzalez (TTU) 8-6

Match Notes:
Texas Tech 7-4; National ranking: No. 30
USC 11-3; National ranking No. 13

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