No. 47 Red Raiders Fall To Broncos In Finals, 4-3
Raphael Pfister picked up a pair of wins on Sunday against Boise State.
March 17 , 2013
Montgomery, Ala. – Unseeded and unranked Boise State ran the gauntlet and won the chalice, as the Broncos defeated their third straight ranked team in No. 47 Texas Tech en route to the 65th Annual Blue Gray National Tennis Classic title, 4-3, on Sunday at Lagoon Park.
“This was a very tough loss for us,” said Red Raider head coach Tim Siegel. “We had plenty of opportunities to win, but we just didn’t play well enough in some areas to win.”
Texas Tech was looking for its second Blue Gray title after winning the event in 2010. Boise State defeated No. 38 Nebraska, No. 22 Notre Dame and No. 47 Texas Tech to win the title.
The day began with doubles play, where Boise State’s Garrett Patton and Scott Sears held off Tech’s Jeff Bryan and Felipe Soares, 9-7, at No. 2 doubles. The Red Raiders answered with a win at No. 3, where Raphael Pfister teamed with Hugo Dojas, who broke Toby Mitchell and Flipp Pogostkin for a 9-7 win. Dojas replaced an injured Gabriel Wanderley, who went down on Saturday.
The point came down to a battle at No. 1 doubles, where the Tech tandem of Vitor Manzini won the tiebreaker over Andrew Bettles and Nathan Sereke, 9-8 (11-9), for the point and the team lead, 1-0.
Felipe Soares, the Red Raider hero in the quarterfinals of this event, gave Tech its second point with a 6-2, 6-4 dispatching of Sears at No. 3.
Boise quickly tied the match when Thomas Tenreiro defeated Zambon, 6-2, 7-5 at No. 5 and No. 25 Bettles notched a 6-3, 6-3 win over Manzini at No. 1.
Patton gave the Broncos their first lead of the day with a 6-3, 7-5 win at No. 6 over Hugo Dojas and now Boise needed just one point with two matches remaining.
Texas Tech’s Raphael Pfister answered the BSU point with one of his own, as the Brazilian senior battled back from a first-set loss to Pogostkin to recover for a 0-6, 6-2, 7-5 win at No. 4 and tie the match at 3-3.
With the scored tied, it came down to Boise’s Sereke and Tech’s Dias. In the first set, Dias jumped out to a quick 4-2 lead, but could not hold on, as Sereke bounced back for the 6-4 win. Dias took the lead 4-2 again in the second set and again Sereke answered to win the set and the match, 6-4, 6-4, to give the Broncos the title.
Texas Tech returns to action on Saturday, March 23 as the Red Raiders host New Mexico State at the McLeod Tennis Center at 11 a.m. Admission is free.
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