No. 58 Texas Tech Hosts No. 69 Miami and New Mexico|
February 28, 2013
LUBBOCK, Texas - No. 58 Texas Tech returns to the McLeod Tennis Center for a pair of matches this weekend before hitting the road for five more.
The Red Raiders will host No. 69 Miami (6-3) on Friday at noon at the McLeod Tennis Center and return on Sunday to face New Mexico (5-6) at 2 p.m.
Texas Tech has been streaky at best this season, winning three matches to start the season, before falling in three straight. The Red Raiders are currently in the midst of a three-match winning streak heading into Friday's match with Miami.
This is the 34th all-time meeting with rival New Mexico. The Lobos hold the series edge, 26-7, after winning the first 15 matches in the series. But the Red Raiders have won the last five meetings between the two schools. Texas Tech is 1-3 all-time in matches played in Lubbock.
New Mexico features the nation's No. 103 singles player in Samir Iftikhar, who is 14-9 on the season. Mitch McDaniels paces the squad with a 17-8 record, while Riaan Du Toit is 15-7 and James Hignett s 14-9.
This is the first-ever meeting with Miami. The Hurricane are currently 6-3 on the season. This spring, Diego Soto has solidified No. 1, while Wilfredo Gonzalez (7-2) has split time at No. 2 and No. 2. Also look for Gabe Flores (6-2), who has been productive in the middle of the lineup.
Texas Tech has been led by the a quartet of seniors -- Jeff Bryan, Vitor Manzini, Raphael Pfister and Gabriel Wanderley. Bryan has anchored the doubled play, going 4-1 this spring, while Manzini has showed why he has earned the No. 1 position. Pfister is riding an eight-match winning streak and is 11-3 on the season, while Wanderley has produced 14 singles and doubles wins this season.
The one freshman who stepped in without a hiccup, is Gabriel Dias. The Brazilian is 7-2 at No. 2 this spring after arriving in January. Also watch out for newcomers Hugo Dojas (4-2) and Felipe Soares (4-2), who have also stepped up and competed right away for the Red Raiders this season.