Carvalho And Escobar Advance To NCAA Doubles Sweet Sixteen|
May 24, 2012
ATHENS, Ga. - Texas Tech's No. 18 duo of Raony Carvalho and Gonzalo Escobar used a straight-set win to topple Tennessee's No. 12 tandem of Mikelis Libietis and Hunter Reese, 6-4, 6-4, on Thursday in the first round of the 2012 NCAA Men's Doubles Championships at the Dan Magill Tennis Complex.
"What an exciting day for Red Raider Tennis today," said Red Raider head coach Tim Siegel. "Raony and Gonzalo played with a lot of confidence and poise today.
"We now have Gonzalo in the Sweet Sixteen of the singles and these two in the Sweet Sixteen of doubles. I am really happy for them both, but we cannot let up."
This is the first time in Texas Tech history that the Red Raiders have had a singles and doubles team advance to the Round of 16 in the same year. The last time a Texas Tech doubles team advanced to the Sweet Sixteen was 2009, when Carvalho, a freshman at the time, teamed with then-senior Christian Rojmar.
Carvalho and Escobar will advance to face the winner of Phillip Anderson and Jadon Phillips of New Mexico or Nick Andrews and Christoffer Konigsfeldt of California.
If Escobar and Carvalho face No. 6 Andrews and Konigsfeldt in the Sweet Sixteen, it will be a rematch of an unfinished match at the NCAA Championships in Berkeley, Calif., earlier this month. Andrews and Konigsfeldt were ahead, 7-6, when the match was abandoned because California had secured the doubles point.
2012 NCAA Men's Doubles Championships