Men's Tennis Upsets Texas in Quarterfinals of Big 12 Championship
April 30, 2004
LUBBOCK, Texas - The 72nd-ranked Texas Tech men's tennis team upset 39th-ranked Texas today in quarterfinal action of the 2004 Big 12 Men's Tennis Championship at the Oaktree Country Club in Edmond, Okla. The sixth seeded Red Raiders defeated the third seeded Longhorns, 4-1. Tech moves to 12-11 on the year.
"Without a doubt this is the biggest win in my 11 years at Texas Tech," said head coach Tim Siegel. "The way we had lost so many close matches this year, and then to come out in the conference tournament and play the best singles we've play all year is unbelievable."
The matches were originally to be played at the OU Headington Family Tennis Center but due to inclement weather, the first two matches of the day were forced to play indoors, which postponed the start of play for the Red Raiders. Tech's match got underway at approximately 1:15 p.m. with doubles play.
The Red Raiders were unable to clinch the doubles point losing at the No. 2 and No. 3 positions. Junior Jakob Paulsen and freshman Bojan Szumanski fell to Ryan Haymond and WillClinton, 8-4, at No. 2, while junior Michael Innerebner and freshman Teddy DiBlasi lost to Joe Morris and Hubert Chodkiewicz, 8-3, at No. 3.
Tech came back strong in singles action to claim four matches to win the match. Paulsen, who is ranked No. 60 in the country, won over No. 44 Antonio Ruiz, 7-6, 6-3, at the No. 1 position. At No. 3, junior Esat Tanik was victorious over Stroer, 1-6, 6-4, 6-4, while Innerebner beat Haney, 6-1, 6-3 at No. 4. Freshman Dinko Halachev clinched the team victory as he posted a 6-4, 2-6, 6-0, win over Haymond at the No. 5 slot.
"Jakob (Paulsen) played incredible today and Esat (Tanik) was the key as his win gave us a 3-1 lead and then Dinko (Halachev) finished it off for us," Siegel stated. "This was the most incredible team effort today. We couldn't have won it without the women's (tennis) team. They were out here the whole time cheering for us."
The win marked the first time Tech has beaten Texas during Siegel's 11 years as head coach of the Red Raiders.
Tech will face No. 22 and second seeded Texas A&M in the semifinals on Sat., May 1, at 11 a.m. at the OU Headington Family Tennis Center.
2004 Big 12 Men's Tennis Championship April 30 - Quarterfinals Oaktree Country Club (matches played indoors) Edmond, Okla. Texas Tech 4, Texas 1
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