No. 19 Texas Holds On To Edge No. 46 Texas Tech, 5-2
Francisco Zambon battle back for a three-set win at No. 5 singles on Sunday.
April 21, 2013
AUSTIN, Texas - No. 19 Texas seemingly just outlasted every ounce of effort No. 46 Texas Tech had on Sunday, as the Longhorns escaped with a 5-2 win at the Penick-Allison Tennis Center.
"We competed very well today," said Red Raider head coach Tim Siegel. "We had our opportunities to win the doubles point, but just came up a little short. It was a tough one. We just missed out on picking up a win against a Top 20 team on the road. We were never out of this match."
Texas picked up the doubles point with a pair of wins at No. 2 and No. 3, but the pleasant surprise was the victory by Red Raiders Jeff Bryan and Felipe Soares over Ben Chen and Daniel Whitehead at No. 1 doubles. The Texas Tech tandem outlasted the Longhorn duo, 9-8 (6-3).
Chen then extended the Longhorn lead to 2-0 with a straight set win over Gabriel Wanderley at No. 6, 6-2, 6-3. But that would be the only "easy" match of the day, as the Red Raiders came ready to play.
Hugo Dojas gave Texas Tech its first point of the day with a hard-fought 7-6 (7-5), 7-5 win over Sudanwa Sitaram at No. 4.
No. 93 Whitehead made it 3-1 for Texas with a victory over senior Raphael Pfister, 5-7, 6-2, 6-4, just before Lloyd Glasspool sealed the win for Texas.
Texas Tech's No. 122 Soares went battle with Glasspool at No. 2. Soares took the first set, 7-5, only to see Glasspool answer back with a 7-6 (7-5) victory in the second frame. Glasspool prevailed in the third for the 5-7, 7-6 (7-5), 6-2 win over Soares and a 4-1 Texas lead.
Red Raider Francisco Zambon answered just minutes later with a three set win over David Holiner at No. 5, 2-6, 6-3, 7-5, leaving one match on the court.
Vitor Manzini battle valiantly with No. 40 Søren Hess-Olesen at No. 1, dropping the first set 6,4 only to rebound for a 6-2 win in the second frame. Manzini evened the mark 4-4 in the third before Hess-Olesen broke the Red Raider and served for the win.
Texas Tech will now begin play as the No. 5 seed in the Big 12 tournament on Friday at 9 a.m. in Norman, Okla., at the Headington Family Tennis Center against fourth-seeded TCU. The winner faces No. 1 Baylor on Saturday at noon. If the Red Raiders advance past Baylor, they would be in the Big 12 Championship finals at 1 p.m. on Sunday.
#19 Texas 5, #46 Texas Tech 2
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