No. 30 Texas Tech Snaps Streak Against Baylor
March 31, 2012
WACO, Texas -
It took five hours, but No. 30 Texas Tech (12-6, 1-0) did something no Red Raider squad has done in men's tennis since 1996 - beat Baylor.
The No. 29 Bears (12-8, 0-1) had won 18 straight against the Red Raiders, but Saturday night at the Hurd Tennis Center Texas Tech rolled to a 6-1 win over Baylor.
"I have never been a part of a five-hour dual match that saw all six of our singles players just battling," said Texas Tech head coach Tim Siegel. "This was a complete total effort. We have beaten some good teams over the years - No. 4 Texas and No. 7 Oklahoma State - but this is the biggest win in my 20 years as head coach at Texas Tech because of the way we battled."
It started with the doubles point. Texas Tech jumped out with the first win of the match, as the No. 3 tandem of Gabriel Wanderley and Jeff Bryan cruised to an 8-5 win over Julien Bley and Marko Krickovic. Baylor answered with a win at No. 2, as Mate Zsiga and Diego Galeano defeated Rafael Garcia and Vitor Manzini, 8-6.
The doubles point then came down to a battle at No. 1 and a battle it was. Tech's No. 28 tandem of Gonzalo Escobar and Raony Carvalho traded serves with Roberto Maytin and Kike Grangeiro until the two squads were tied at 8-8. The Red Raiders had led 4-2, before the Bears fought back for a 7-4 lead. Tech then won five of the next six games and pulled away with a 9-8 (7-3) win over the Bears.
Carvalho, who is ranked No. 96 rolled by No. 87 Maytin, 7-5, 6-1 at No. 2 singles to give the Red Raiders a 2-0 lead. Baylor answered with Galeano's 6-1, 7-6 (7-3) win over Manzini at No. 4.
"Raony was tremendous today," said Siegel. "That is the Ray I have been waiting to see for three years. He played at another level today."
Tech's Escobar, who is ranked No. 56, picked up a straight-set win over No. 21 Zsiga, 7-6 (10-8), 6-3, securing a 3-1 team lead. Garcia's 6-2, 1-6, 6-3 win over Krickovic at No. 3 secured the win for the Red Raiders with two matches still on the court.
"Escobar played fantastic," added Siegel. "He was down two set points in the tiebreaker in the first set and just battled. That was a big win for him."
Francisco Zambon held on for a hard-fought win over Lars Behlen at No. 6, 6-2, 6-7 (4-7), 6-4. Wanderley then fought back for a 4-6, 7-5, 6-1 win over Grangeiro to close out the five-hour match.
"Five hours to win on the road in a hostile environment is no easy task" said Siegel. "(Assistant coach) Marcelo (Ferreira) and I are very proud of our team. We are going to put this behind us and start focusing on Texas A&M. We are looking forward to one of the biggest crowds ever against Texas A&M on Saturday at the McLeod Tennis Center."
Texas Tech returns to action next Saturday at 6 p.m. at the McLeod Tennis Center. There will be free pizza, giveaways and fan contests at the match.
#30 Texas Tech 6, #29 Baylor 1