No. 20 Texas Tech Battles Back For 5-1 Win Over OSU
Vitor Manzini battled back to record a three-set victory on Friday against Oklahoma State.
April 13, 2012
STILLWATER, Okla. – It did not come easy, but the resilient Red Raiders battled back, as No. 20 Texas Tech (14-6, 3-0 Big 12) topped Oklahoma State (7-11, 0-3 Big 12), 5-1, at the DeBois Tennis Complex.
With the win, the Red Raiders have set up a Sunday showdown with No. 13 Oklahoma. A win by Texas Tech would clinch a share of the Big 12 regular season title and earn the Red Raiders the No. 1 overall seed at the Big 12 Championships in College Station later this month.
“I think that OSU came out with a lot of energy to play,” said Red Raider head coach Tim Siegel. “I knew that were going to get their best and we did. We hung in there and were the more physical and that was the difference.
“I am so proud of the way we battled. We were down in five matches and we came ready to play, but OSU came out and played exceptionally well. This tells a lot about our team.”
Due to the impending severe weather in Stillwater, the two teams played singles first. Oklahoma State jumped to leads at No. 1, No. 2, No. 3, No. 4 and No. 5, but the Red Raiders held their ground and eventually pulled even and then took the lead.
“It says a lot about our conditioning,” added Siegel. “Tyson Carter has done a phenomenal job of getting the guys in the right physical shape to perform at the highest level and today it showed.”
Freshman Francisco Zambron started the day with a 6-0, 6-0 blanking of OSU’s Alejandro Carstens at No. 6. Then Tech’s No. 45 Gonzalo Escobar battled back from a 4-1 first-set deficit to sweep Rifat Biktyakov, 6-4, 6-2, at No. 2. Tech’s Gabriel Wanderley, who was also trailing in the first set, stormed back for a 6-4, 6-3 win over OSU’s Trevor Horstmann to give Tech a 3-0 lead.
OSU picked up its first point of the match, when Chris Haworth defeated Rafael Garcia, 6-3, 6-2, leaving two matches on the court.
Vitor Manzini fell in the hole early to OSU’s Eric West, as West took the first set, 6-1 and was leading 6-5 in the second. But Manzini fought back and took the second set, 7-6, thanks to winning the tiebreaker, 7-3. The Tech junior then rolled a 6-0 win in the third set to secure the point and the match for the Red Raiders.
The final drama was on Court 1, as Tech’s No. 98 Raony Carvalho battled OSU’s No. 100 Vlad Bondarenko. Oklahoma State’s Bondarenko won the first set, 6-4, Carvalho answered with a 7-5 win in the second after trailing 3-2 early. Carvalho methodically just chipped away in the third set for a 4-6, 7-5, 6-1 win.
“The credit today goes to Raony and Vitor for the way that they battled,” said Siegel. “You cannot say enough about how important conditioning is when you get to the third set. Our guys were more physical and it showed.”
Texas Tech will face Big 12 preseason favorite No. 13 Oklahoma (13-3, 2-0 Big 12) at the Headington Family Tennis Center at 1 p.m.
#20 Texas Tech 5, Oklahoma State 1
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