No. 39 Texas Tech Throttles Fresno State, 7-0|
LUBBOCK, Texas - Some wins were easy, some were harder, but what Texas Tech head coach Tim Siegel liked about his team on Wednesday was the fight.
"What I liked seeing out there today was the way we battled," said Siegel. "I liked the way some of the guys came out and fought from the start."
No. 39 Texas Tech led from start to finish, as the Red Raiders upended Fresno State, 7-0, at the McLeod Tennis Center on Wednesday.
The doubles play kicked off the day, as the newly ranked No. 69 tandem of Gabriel Dias and Vitor Manzini improved to 11-6 with an 8-3 win over Reid deLaubenfel and Sai Kartik Nakireddi. Texas Tech's Jeff Bryan and Felipe Soares then bested Nikolas Papic and Felipe Fritz, 8-3, securing the point.
Dojas and Soares then quickly won and No. 6 and No. 3, respectively.
Pfister then added a 7-5, 6-2 win over Nakireddi to secure the 4-0 lead and the win for Texas Tech.
The Bulldogs then fell like dominos, as Zambon topped MacNeil at No. 5, 6-1, 6-3, followed by Dias dropping deLaubenfels, 7-5, 6-3 at No. 2, to make it 6-0.
That left Manzini and Fritz on Court 1, where the Fresno State freshman had taken a commanding 7-5, 5-1 lead. But the Texas Tech senior proceeded to win the next five games to go ahead 6-5 in the second set, before Fritz snapped the streak and tied the frame at 6-6.
Manzini opened with the first point of the tiebreak, Fritz answered, but was broken on the third point and the Texas Tech Brazilian never looked back, as he won the set , 7-6 (7-2) to send it to a third set super tiebreaker.
It looked like Fritz was going to walk away with the third set, as he lead, 7-3 and 8-4, but Manzini reeled off five straight points to take the lead, 9-8, with Fritz serving to stay alive. Manzini returned Fritz, who went into the net, giving the Tech senior the point and the match.
The Red Raiders return to action on Sunday, as they face No. 46 Louisville (12-9) at 1 p.m. in Louisville, Ky.
#39 Texas Tech 7, Fresno State 0