No. 16 Red Raiders Advance to Finals of Blue Gray Classic|
March 20, 2010
LUBBOCK, Texas - For the second time this season, the No. 16 Texas Tech men's tennis team will compete for a tournament title as it advanced to the championship match of the Blue Gray National Tennis Classic by beating No. 38 Notre Dame, 4-0, on Saturday afternoon at the Lagoon Park Tennis Center in Montgomery, Ala.
The Red Raiders already own one tournament title this year after they captured the HEB Tournament of Champions title earlier this month. Tech is currently on a 13-match winning streak.
Coming out with a lot of energy to start the match, Tech (15-1) once again was able to win the doubles point by winning the first two matches at No. 2 and No. 3. The 23rd-ranked team of Gonzalo Escobar and Andre Stabile beat Niall Fitzgerald and Tyler Davis, 8-5, at the No. 2 position, while Vitor Manzini and David Gonzalez got the win over David Anderson and Daniel Stahl, 8-4, at the third spot.
The Red Raiders continued to dominate the Irish (9-8) as they won five of the six first sets in singles play. Tech's top three players finished first as all three won their matches to give the Red Raiders the 4-0 victory. No. 15 Raony Carvalho downed No. 27 Casey Watt, 6-1, 6-0, at No. 1, and No. 63 Escobar defeated Stephen Havens 6-0, 6-3, at No. 2. Wrapping up the win was Rafael Garcia as he dropped No. 86 Stahl, 6-2, 6-4, at No. 3.
"This is the best match we have played all year," said head coach Tim Siegel. "We had tremendous energy from the start. Notre Dame is great team but we had a little more energy than they did. Our No.1, 2, and 3 players played the best tennis they've played all year. We are looking forward to a great match tomorrow with a very tough Oklahoma team.
Sunday's championship match will see the top two seeds of the tournament, Tech and No. 17 Oklahoma, at 10 a.m. Due to inclement weather expected in Montgomery on Sunday, the match will be played indoors at Auburn University.
#16 Texas Tech 4, #38 Notre Dame 0
Doubles (order of finish: 2, 3)
Singles (order of finish: 1, 2, 3)