Red Raiders Advance to Blue-Gray Championships
March 15, 2008
MONTGOMERY, Alabama - The men's tennis team notched another in the win column as they rolled passed No. 28 Auburn today in the semi-finals of the 2008 Blue-Gray Classic. Texas Tech will face its first top-10 ranked opponent this season as they meet No. 8 Tulsa tomorrow, March 16, at noon.
Beginning the day in good fashion, Tech jumped at the chance of taking an early lead as they swept the doubles point for the fifth time this season. No. 2-ranked Christian Rojmar and Bojan Szumanski tabbed in another win at No. 1, defeating Nugent and Tsyrenov 8-6. The senior No. 3 duo of Ilya Babinciuc and Lenoir Ramos clinched the doubles point for the Red Raiders, 9-7, over Auburn's Dilaj and Krnjetin.
Junior Sinisa Markovic gave Tech its first singles win playing in the No. 2 spot, taking down Tim Puetz in straight sets. Babinciuc found another big win at No. 4, despite struggling in the first set made a come back to blank Lukas Nugent 6-0 in the second. Junior Rojmar put away his second consecutive clinching victory in three sets with a win over Pawel Dilaj, 4-6, 6-3, 6-4.
"In all my years of coaching, this has been the best consecutive series of wins for this program," said Coach Tim Siegel after his team went 3-0 in matches, winning their last nine consecutive this season. "Both in doubles and singles we played our best duals match as a team. The guys stayed strong and played consistent as Auburn is always a top team in the SEC and the nation every year."
The Raiders boast a 9-5 advantage over the Golden Hurricane's, which currently sit 13-2 in dual matches this spring. Tulsa's only losses this season were to two top-five opponents, the No. 3 defending National Champs Georgia and No. 5 Mississippi. The Golden Hurricanes play with a young roster and are led in singles by their No. 41-ranked junior Arnau Brugues.
"I think our guys have a tremendous amount of confidence going into tomorrow's match," said Siegel. "Tulsa is an amazing team and has had a great year so far, but I feel our guys are ready for the challenge."
Live scoring for each match is available via the tournament web site. For the complete draw, results, and more information, log on to www.bluegraytennis.com.
#25 Texas Tech - 4
Doubles: 1, 3*
Singles: 2, 4, 5*