No. 63 Louisiana-Lafayette Sneaks Past Red Raiders, 4-3|
March 19, 2004
LUBBOCK, Texas - The Texas Tech men's tennis team suffered a loss this afternoon on the courts to No. 63 Louisiana-Lafayette, 4-3. The match came down to the wire and ended with Louisiana-Lafayette winning the very last match, 6-4, in the third in No. 2 singles. Tech had two stunning singles victories by junior Esat Tanik and freshman Dimitrio Martinez. Despite Tech's troubles on the singles court, the Raiders walked away with the doubles point, winning two out of three matches.
In the singles court, no match was won with ease. In the first position , junior Jakob Paulsen was defeated by Evghenii Corduneanu, 4-6, 7-6, 6-3, while freshman Bojan Szumanski lost to Amanjot Singh, 6-1, 4-6, 6-4, in the second position. Capturing one of Tech's two singles victories was Tanik in the third position who knocked off Shaun Ellison, 6-4, 3-6, 6-1. Junior Michael Innerebner competed at the fourth position and lost to Robert Ley, 6-1, 6-1. Freshman Rodney Vickers was defeated by Marc Castellana, 6-4, 6-3, in the fifth position, and Martinez recorded Tech's second singles victory in the sixth position by ousting Ivan Kovalev, 1-6, 7-5, 6-2.
In doubles action , Tech claimed victory at the first and third positions. Paulsen and Szumanski defeated Kovalev and Castellana, 8-4, in the first position, while freshman Teddy DiBlasi and Innerebner knocked off Ellison and Ley, 8-5, in the third position. In the second position, Tanik and Vickers were unable to pull out a win and fell to Singh and Corduneanu, 8-5.
"We lost 4-3, and this is what college tennis is all about," said head coach Tim Siegel. "We've played a lot of close matches and won the majority of them this year. We had our chances, but I give all the credit to Louisiana-Lafayette. They took it to us in the first set in singles, and we battled back but it just wasn't quite enough. It was a great college match and I'm proud of our team. Louisiana-Lafayette deserved the victory and this is a tough loss to swallow."
The Raiders will be back on the courts this Sunday where they will take on No. 66 New Mexico at noon. Free pizza and t-shirts will be given to the first 50 people who attend the men's tennis match at the McLeod Tennis Center in Lubbock, Texas.
Results listed below:
Texas Tech 3 Louisiana-Lafayette 4
No. 1 Evghenii Corduneanu (ULL) def. Jakob Paulsen (TTU), 4-6, 7-6, 6-3
No. 2 Amanjot Singh (ULL) def. Bojan Szumanski (TTU), 6-1, 4-6, 6-4
No. 3 Esat Tanik (TTU) def. Shaun Ellison (ULL), 6-4, 3-6, 6-1
No. 4 Robert Ley (ULL) def. Michael Innerebner (TTU), 6-1, 6-1
No. 5 Marc Castellana (ULL) def. Rodney Vickers (TTU), 6-4, 6-3
No. 6 Dimitrio Martinez (TTU) def. Ivan Kovalev (ULL), 1-6, 7-5, 6-2