No. 16 Texas Tech Wins Opening Match at Blue Gray Classic|
March 18, 2010
LUBBOCK, Texas - The 16th-ranked Texas Tech men's tennis team won its opening-round match on Thursday at the Blue Gray National Tennis Classic as it defeated No. 63 Harvard, 5-0, at the Lagoon Park Tennis Center in Montgomery, Ala.
Tech (13-1) began the day by sweeping the doubles portion of the match against Harvard (7-5). The Red Raiders' 18th-ranked duo of Raony Carvalho and Rafael Garcia defeated Alistair Felton and Andy Nguyen, 8-3, at No.1, while the 23rd-ranked tandem of Gonzalo Escobar and Andre Stabile beat Aba Omodele-Lucien and Christo Schultz, 8-3, at No. 2. At the No. 3 spot, Vitor Manzini and Raphael Pfister also won 8-3 over Alexei Chijoff-Evans and Joshua Tchan.
Singles action saw the Red Raiders win five of six opening sets and then went on to win five matches in straight sets to claim the 5-0 victory. No. 63 Escobar got the first win as he dropped Omodele-Lucien, 6-0, 6-2, at No. 2. Next was a win at No. 6 by Raphael Pfister, 6-1, 6-4, over Schultz. The next two matches finished almost exactly at the same time with Garcia winning at No. 3 over Nguyen, 7-5, 6-1, and No. 15 Carvalho beating Chijoff-Evans, 6-4, 6-2, at No. 1.
"We played very good doubles today," said head coach Tim Siegel. "I am very pleased with our top three players. Harvard is a good team. Tomorrow will be very tough."
The Red Raiders will play the winner of Penn State and Oklahoma State on Friday at 2 p.m.
#16 Texas Tech 5, #63 Harvard 0
Doubles (order of finish: 2, 3, 1)
Singles (order of finish: 2, 6, 3, 1)
1. #15 Raony Carvalho (TTU) def. Alexei Chijoff-Evans (HAR), 6-4, 6-2
2. #63 Gonzalo Escobar (TTU) def. Aba Omodele-Lucien (HAR), 6-0, 6-2
3. Rafael Garcia (TTU) def. Andy Nguyen (HAR), 7-5, 6-1
4. Andre Stabile (TTU) vs. Alistair Felton (HAR), 7-6 (4), 1-4, unfinished
5. Vitor Manzini (TTU) vs. Joshua Tchan (HAR), 4-6, 6-2, unfinished
6. Raphael Pfister (TTU) def. Christo Schultz (HAR), 6-1, 6-4