Texas Tech Advances To Finals Of Blue Gray National Tennis Classic

Gabriel Dias led Texas Tech past No. 29 Cornell on Saturday at the Blue Gray National Tennis Classic.

March 16 ,2013

MONTGOMERY, Ala. – No. 47 Texas Tech played with poise and focus on Saturday, as the Red Raiders upended No. 29 Cornell, 4-1, in the semifinals of the 65th Annual Blue Gray National Tennis Classic at Lagoon Park.

“We played our toughest match of the year,” said Red Raider head coach Tim Siegel. “We came out so inspired and focused in doubles and at the start of singles. I am very proud of our effort and toughness today. Tomorrow is another big opportunity for us.”

Texas Tech (11-4) will face unranked Boise State, who upset No. 22 Notre Dame, 4-3, in the other semifinal. If the Red Raiders win on Sunday, it will mark the second time Texas Tech has won the Blue Gray event. Texas Tech captured the 2010 title behind the play of All-American Raony Carvalho, who was named the tournament’s most outstanding player that year.

Entering the match, Cornell had won nine straight doubles points, but Texas Tech came out with purpose.

Vitor Manzini and Gabriel Dias got the early break and cruised to an 8-3 win over Venkat Iyer and Alex Sideny at No. 1. Jeff Bryan and Felipe Soares followed suit with an 8-4 win at No. 2 over Jason Luu and Quoc-Daniel Nguyen to secure the point for Texas Tech.

Gabriel Wanderley and Francisco Zambon were leading Sam Fleck and Kyle Berman, 7-6, when the match was abandoned. Texas Tech improved to 10-5 in doubles points and has won seven of the last nine.

Manzini topped Iyer, 6-2, 6-2, while Soares cruised to 6-2, 6-3 win at No. 3 over Sidney and Texas Tech suddenly led 3-0.

Luu picked up a point for Cornell, when he pulled past Zambon, 6-4, 6-1 at No. 5.

Dias then dispatched Fleck in straight sets, 6-1, 6-3 to secure the match with Raphael Pfister and Hugo Dojas still on the court for the Red Raiders.

65th Annual Blue Gray National Tennis Classic
#47 Texas Tech 4, #29 Cornell 1
Montgomery, Ala. (Lagoon Park)

1. Vitor Manzini (TT) def. Venkat Iyer (CORNELL) 6-2, 6-2
2. Gabriel Dias (TT) def. Sam Fleck (CORNELL) 6-1, 6-3
3. Felipe Soares (TT) def. Alex Sidney (CORNELL) 6-2, 6-3
4. Quoc-Daniel Nguyen (CORNELL) vs. Raphael Pfister (TT) 3-6, 4-5, unfinished
5. Jason Luu (CORNELL) def. Francisco Zambon (TT) 6-4, 6-1
6. Kyle Berman (CORNELL) vs. Hugo Dojas (TT) 0-6, 7-5, 2-5, unfinished

1. Vitor Manzini/Gabriel Dias (TT) def. Venkat Iyer/Alex Sidney (CORNELL) 8-3
2. Jeff Bryan/Felipe Soares (TT) def. Jason Luu/Quoc-Daniel Nguyen (CORNELL) 8-4
3. Sam Fleck/Kyle Berman (CORNELL) vs. Gabriel Wanderley/Francisco Zambon (TT) 6-7, unfinished
Match Notes:

Texas Tech 11-4; National ranking #47
Cornell 10-3; National ranking #29
Order of finish:
Doubles (1,2); Singles (1,3,5,2)
T-3:38 A-200




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