Red Raiders Travel To Kentucky To Face Louisville|
Freshman Felipe Soares is 10-4 since joining the team in January.
March 29, 2013
LOUISVILLE, Ky. – There is a lot on the line Saturday, when No. 39 Texas Tech faces No. 46 Louisville at the Bass-Rudd Tennis Center, mainly the possibility of a trip to the NCAA Championships.
Though there are still seven regular-season matches left for the Red Raiders (12-5), a win on the road at Louisville (12-9) could be huge toward a postseason berth.
“We need to be playing the best tennis as we head towards conference play,” said Red Raider head coach Tim Siegel. “I think we are headed that way. One of our goals is to get back to the NCAAs and to do that we need to win on the road at places like Louisville.”
This is the sixth all-time meeting between the two programs, with the Red Raiders leading the series, 3-2. The two teams met in Lubbock last season, with Texas Tech taking a 5-2 win. This is the first time the two teams have met in Louisville.
In singles, Texas Tech has used a mix of seniors – Vitor Manzini (11-10) and Raphael Pfister (15-5) – sophomores – Francisco Zambon (12-10) and Gabriel Dias (14-3) – and freshmen – Felipe Soares (10-4) and Hugo Dojas (7-4).
The doubles play has been led by the tandem of No. 69 Manzini and Dias, who are 10-5 on the season from the No. 1 spot. Jeff Bryan and Soares (9-3) have solidified No. 2, while currently Dojas and Pfister (4-1) and jumped into the rotation at No. 3.