No. 22 Texas Tech Loses Heartbreaker To No. 14 California, 4-3|
Raony Carvalho recorded his 95th career singles win on Sunday.
May 13, 2012
BERKELEY, Calif. - A 12-round prize fight broke out in the second round of the 2012 NCAA Men's Tennis Championships, as No. 14 California survived a 10-count for a 4-3 win over No. 22 Texas Tech on Sunday.
"In my 20 years as head coach, I have never been more devastated by a loss," said Texas Tech head coach Tim Siegel. "200 losses and this one hurts the most. We had opportunities to win this match today, but it just did not work out for us today.
"I cannot begin to tell you how proud I am of these guys. They did not quit and fought to the end. I just did not want the season to end like this for our three seniors."
Raony Carvalho, Gonzalo Escobar and Rafael Garcia played in their last dual match for the Red Raiders, leaving Texas Tech as one of the winningest senior classes in the history of the program. Over the last four years, Texas Tech has won 68 matches and made four straight trips to the NCAA Championships.
The match at No. 1 doubles between Tech's No. 18 duo of Carvalho and Escobar and Cal's No. 6 tandem of Nick Andrews and Christoffer Konigsfeldt was abandoned, as Cal had secured the first point of the day.
Tech countered with a quick point from No. 79 Carvalho, who rolled to a 6-2, 7-5 win over No. 58 Andrews at No. 2. Manzini then ousted Bayane, 6-2, 7-5 in one hour and 52 minutes, give the Red Raiders a 2-1 lead.
With two matches remaining, it was down to Escobar at No. 1 and freshman Francisco Zambon at No. 5.
"We were within one point of serving for the match at both positions, but we just didn't close it out," said Siegel.
Zambon had battled back against Riki McLachlan to send the match to a third set. After dropping the first set, 6-0, Zambon recovered for a 6-4 win in the second and had a 4-2 lead in the third. But Riki McLachlan battled back to take a 6-0, 4-6, 6-4 win and even the team score at 3-3.
The Red Raiders close out the season 16-9 after advancing to the second round of the NCAA Championships for the third time in the last four years.
Seniors Carvalho and Escobar will continue their season at the 2012 NCAA Individual Championships in Athens, Ga. Carvalho and Escobar are one of 32 doubles tandems selected to compete in the event. Escobar has also been selected to compete in the 64-man NCAA Singles Championships. The singles and doubles competition will be conducted May 23-28 at the Dan Magill Tennis Complex in Athens, Ga., following the conclusion of the team championship (May 18-22).