No. 22 Tulsa Edges No. 38 Texas Tech, 4-3
The No. 69 doubles tandem of Vitor Manzini-Gabriel Dias came up big on Friday with a 9-8 (8-6) win.
April 5, 2013
LUBBOCK, Texas – No. 22 Tulsa reeled off the last four points of the match to secure a 4-3 road win over No. 38 Texas Tech on Friday at the McLeod Tennis Center.
“We came out strong after winning the doubles point, but I knew it was not over,” said Texas Tech head coach Tim Siegel. “We led in every match, but it came down to us not closing out those first sets.”
It took Texas Tech 83 minutes to win the doubles points. Tulsa won No. 2 doubles, 8-4 after Grant Ive and Tristan Jackson upended the combo of Jeff Bryan and Felipe Soares. Texas Tech answered with an 8-4 win of its own behind Raphael Pfister and Hugo Dojas, who topped Carlos Bautista and Japie De Klerk.
The point was decided in a true battle-like fashion. Neither school could break the other and the 69th tandem of Vitor Manzini and Gabriel Dias battled point for point with the Tulsa tandem of Alejandro Espejo and Clifford Marsland. At 8-8, the match was sent to a tiebreaker, where Manzini and Dias pulled away 8-6 for the point.
Dojas then cruised past Jackson, 6-1, 6-3, at No. 6 and Texas Tech led 2-0. Raphael Pfister then added a 6-3, 6-3 win over Espejo at No. 4 to extend the lead to 3-0.
Tulsa answered with two quick points, after Ive topped Felipe Soares at No. 3, 6-4, 6-4 and then No. 49 Marsland cruised by Manzini 7-5, 6-1.
Tulsa’s De Klerk tied the game with his 6-4, 7-5 win at No. 2, leaving Bautista to win the match outright, 7-6, 6-3 at No. 5.
Texas Tech returns to action on Sunday, when the Red Raiders host No. 15 Baylor at 1 p.m. in the Big 12 Conference opener for both teams.
#22 Tulsa 4, #38 Texas Tech 3
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