No. 11 Texas Takes Quick Start to Top No. 32 Tech|
April 5, 2009
LUBBOCK, Texas - No. 11 Texas ran out to win the doubles point and three of the first four singles matches to top No. 32 Texas Tech, 4-3, Sunday at the Penick-Allison Tennis Center.
With the loss, the Red Raiders have dropped their second-consecutive match to open Big 12 play and stand 11-8 overall and 0-2 in conference. Texas improves to 15-4 overall and 3-1 in conference.
"This is our sixth 4-3 loss of the season, but I know we are going to get some wins here at the end," Tech head coach Tim Siegel said. "This win would have put us in NCAA Tournament I believe, so it was obviously a disappointing loss from the stand point."
Despite an 8-5 match-opening win in doubles by Gonzalo Escobar and David Gonzalez at the No. 3 position, Texas rebounded to win the other two matches to claim the doubles point. Tech's No. 12-ranked duo of Raony Carvalho and Christian Rojmar were dropped, 8-5, by No. 30 Ed Corrie and Kellen Damico at the top slot, while Sinisa Markovic and Michael Breler fell, 8-4, to No. 38 Dimitar Kutrovsky and Josh Zavala.
Texas continued its quick start in singles as Jonah Kane-West made quick work of Tech's James Wilson at the No. 6 position, winning in straight sets, 6-0, 6-0. Gonzalo Escobar pulled the Red Raiders closer minutes later, however, besting Oliver Sajous, 6-1, 6-3.
The Longhorns won the next two matches to clinch the match, though, as Damico topped Milos Kustudija, 6-1, 6-3, at the No. 4 position and Zavala defeated David Gonzalez in three sets, 4-6, 6-4, 6-3.
Tech closed the match with wins at the top of its lineup as No. 58-ranked Carvalho dropped Kutrovsky, 7-6, 4-6, 6-2, while Markovic edged Corrie, 6-2, 5-7, 6-3.
"I was proud of how we played since I pulled two people out of lineup (Breler and Rojmar)," Siegel said. "I thought it was important that I made the change, and I thought there were a lot of positives to come out of today. Our No. 1 (Carvalho) and 2 (Markovic) really bounced back after a tough loss Friday, and I think possibly our most consistent player has been Gonzalo (Escobar) at No. 3. This is one of the toughest losses I've had, but I'm confident we will bounce back and be ready for Nebraska next weekend."
The Red Raiders will take a week off before continuing Big 12 play at Nebraska on April 12. First serve is set for 1 p.m.
No. 32 Texas Tech - 3