Red Raiders Host Denver, NMSU This Weekend|
Francisco Zambon will lead the Red Raiders this weekend against Denver and New Mexico State.
March 28, 2014
LUBBOCK, Texas – No. 29 Texas Tech will wrap up the non-conference portion of its schedule, as the Red Raiders host Denver and New Mexico State this weekend at the McLeod Tennis Center.
Texas Tech will take on Denver (6-8, 0-0 Summit) on Saturday at 1 p.m. and then host New Mexico State (8-9, 2-0 WAC) on Sunday at 1 p.m.
“These are two very important matches for us as we head into Big 12 play,” said Red Raider head coach Tim Siegel. “Right now it is important for us to keep the momentum we have built in the month of March. Both Denver and New Mexico are quality programs and we have to be ready for them.”
Texas Tech is currently riding a five match winning streak. If the Red Raiders can sweep the weekend, Texas Tech would go 7-0 in the month of March. It would be the first time since 2010 (8-0) that the Red Raiders have gone undefeated in March and just the second time in program history.
Doubles play has been a key for Texas Tech of late, as the Red Raiders have won three of the last four doubles points. The combination of Hugo Dojas and Felipe Soares have gone 2-2 since moving into No. 1 doubles. The No. 2 pairing of Carlos DiLaura and Johann Willems are 3-1, while Francisco Zambon and Maxime Hinnisdaels are 2-1.
In singles action Soars controls the top spot with a 17-7 record this season. Dojas, who is ranked No. 95, is 14-9 on the season and sits in the No. 2 position. The No. 3 spot is held by junior Zambon, who is 11-9 on the season. Four through six is anchored by three freshmen – Willems (6-7), Hinnisdaels (14-7) and Jolan Cailleau (14-5).
After starting the year 6-2, Denver is currently mired in a six-match losing streak, including 0-4 against rank opponents. In singles, Henry Craig is ranked No. 91. On the doubles list, the duo of Craig and Alex Gasson came in at No. 42 and Pioneer tandem of Aidan Talcott and Diogo Rocha were ranked No. 62.
New Mexico State has lost six of its last seven matches after starting the year 7-3. The Aggies are led by Strahinja Trecakov and Naveen Manivannan. The duo is 13-9 on the season in doubles. Manivannan is 11-7 in singles for New Mexico State.