No. 47 Texas Tech Upsets No. 34 Columbia, 4-3

Felipe Soares led the Red Raiders past Columbia at the Blue Gray National Tennis Classic.

March 15, 2013

Montgomery, Ala. - Freshman Felipe Soares stepped up big on Friday, as he pulled out a three-set win to lead No. 47 Texas Tech to a 4-3 win over No. 34 Columbia in the quarterfinals of the 65th Annual Blue Gray National Tennis Classic at Lagoon Park.

With the teams tied, 3-3, Soars battled back from a 6-4 first-set deficit to win the second 6-3 and take the third 6-4 for the win.

"What an unbelievable battle," said Red Raider head coach Tim Siegel. "Columbia fought so hard. This was such a close and competitive college tennis match. Doubles was the key for us. I am really proud of Felipe. He won the clincher. This was a big win for this team."

Soares started the day as he ended it, as the freshman teamed with senior Jeff Bryan for the first doubles win of the day. The duo topped Columbia's Winston Lin and Cyril Bucher, 8-5.

Columbia answered with a win at No. 3, when Bert Vancura and Dragos Ignat topped Gabriel Wanderley and Francisco Zambon, 8-5.

That left the point to be decided at No. 1 doubles, where Vitor Manzini and Gabriel Dias upset the Lions' No. 24 tandem of Ashok Narayana and Max Schnur, 8-6.

Hugo Dojas gave Texas Tech a 2-0 lead with a 6-3, 6-1 win at No. 6 over Columbia's Nathaniel Gery. But Columbia answered with No. 34 Lin's win at No. 1 over Manzini, 7-5, 6-4 and Schnur's win over Raphael Pfister, 7-5, 7-5 at No. 4.

Texas Tech pushed back ahead, 3-2, after Dias won No. 2, 6-3, 1-6, 6-3, over Dragos Ignat. Columbia evened it back at 3-3 when Vancura topped Zambon, 6-1, 1-6, 7-5 at No. 5 to set up Soares' heroics.

Texas Tech returns to action on Saturday in the semifinals against the winner of No. 29 Cornell and William & Mary.

Blue Gray National Tennis Classic
#47 Texas Tech 4, #34 Columbia 3
Montgomery, Ala. (Lagoon Park)

1. #34 Winston Lin (UC) def. Vitor Manzini (TT) 7-5, 6-4
2. Gabriel Dias (TT) def. Dragos Ignat (UC) 6-2, 1-6, 6-3
3. Felipe Soares (TT) def. Ashok Narayana (UC) 4-6, 6-3, 6-4
4. Max Schnur (UC) def. Raphael Pfister (TT) 7-5, 7-5
5. Bert Vancura (UC) def. Francisco Zambon (TT) 6-1, 1-6, 7-5
6. Hugo Dojas (TT) def. Nathaniel Gery (UC) 6-3, 6-1

1. Vitor Manzini/Gabriel Dias (TT) def. #24 Ashok Narayana/Max Schnur (UC) 8-6
2. Jeff Bryan/Felipe Soares (TT) def. Winston Lin/Cyril Bucher (UC) 8-5
3. Bert Vancura/Dragos Ignat (UC) def. Gabriel Wanderley/Francisco Zambon (TT) 8-5
Match Notes:

Texas Tech 10-4; National ranking #47
Columbia 6-4; National ranking #34
Order of finish: Doubles (2,3,1); Singles (6,1,4,2,5,3)
T-4:07 A-200




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