Red Raider Tennis Faces Nebraska In Los Angeles|
Felipe Soares and the Red Raiders take on Nebraska on Saturday at the Los Angeles Tennis Center.
January 24, 2014
LOS ANGELES -Saturday marks just the second match of the year for Texas Tech, but for head coach Tim Siegel it could be a milestone.
The No. 53 Red Raiders begin play in the 2014 ITA Kickoff Weekend at the Los Angeles Tennis Center on Saturday at 11 a.m. CT when they face No. 60 Nebraska. The winner will advance to face No. 2 UCLA or No. 66 Wisconsin. The two losing schools will meet in a consolation match at Noon CT on Sunday, while the winners will meet for the spot in the National Team Indoor Championships at 3 p.m. CT.
If Texas Tech can upend Nebraska, it would be win No. 300 for Siegel. In his 22nd season, Siegel is 299-224. His teams have been ranked in the ITA Top 75 for 21 straight seasons. He has led the Red Raiders to 12 NCAA Championships during his tenure.
The Red Raiders are 16-3 all-time against Nebraska, but the two have not met since Nebraska left the Big 12 Conference for the Big Ten Conference.
Leading the way for the Red Raiders are nationally-ranked Felipe Soares and Hugo Dojas. Soares is ranked No. 101, while Dojas is ranked No. 65. Soares is 9-2 on the season and is anchoring the No. 1 position for the Red Raiders, while Dojas is 7-4 and has solidified the No. 2 position.
Freshmen Maxime Hinnisdaels (5-4) and Johann Willems (0-1) should hold down the middle of the lineup at No. 3 and No. 4 respectively.
In doubles, Dojas and Hinnisdaels have created a solid chemistry that has led the tandem to a 10-2 mark this season. The duo has taken over the top spot in the lineup, while Soares and WIllems (0-1) will hold down the second spot. Zambon and sophomore Carlos DiLaura are 4-2 and fill the No. 3 spot.