Red Raiders Making Noise at ITA All-American Champs|
Oct. 6, 2011
LUBBOCK, Texas - Texas Tech's Gonzalo Escobar and Vitor Manzini paired up in the first round of Intercollegiate Tennis Association's All-American Championships held in Tulsa, Okla., and upset No. 2 ranked Ole Miss' Christoph Thiemann and Marcel Theimann.
Escobar, in his third match of the day, paired with Manzini in the first round of the doubles main draw. The duo faced No. 2 ranked doubles team in the nation in Thiemann and Thiemann of Mississippi. Escobar and Manizi won in a 8-6 decision to upset the pair from Mississippi.
Escobar won 6-0, 2-6, 6-2 over Patrick Kawka of BYU in the early morning match to setup his second round match with Mississippi State's James Chaudry.
"I thought he played a very good first round match against a very dangerous opponent," head coach Tim Siegel said. "Kawka was the freshman of the year in their conference and very talented."
His second round match against Chaudry turned into a three-hour match that was back and forth all night. Chaudry won the first set 6-4 to put the pressure on Escobar. A 6-2 victory by Escobar in set two put the match into a deciding third. A very intense third set swung the way of Esocobar by a score of 6-4 to put the junior into the quarterfinal round.
Escobar will play in the quarterfinals tomorrow at 10 a.m. against Oklahoma's Costin Pavil. The double pairing will face Corrado Degl' Incerti' Tocci and Luka Somen of Virginia Tech.