No. 38 Red Raiders Host No. 22 Tulsa, No. 15 Baylor|
April 4, 2013
LUBBOCK, Texas - No. 38 Texas Tech has a pivotal weekend on tap, as the Red Raiders host No. 22 Tulsa on Friday at 6 p.m. and No. 15 Baylor on Sunday at 1 p.m. at the McLeod Tennis Center.
The Red Raiders (14-5) have won three straight matches and seven of their last eight.
"This is an important weekend for us," said Red Raider head coach Tim Siegel. "A win this weekend would really be a step in the right direction towards playing in the postseason."
Texas Tech's match with Tulsa (11-6) is the final non-conference one of the season. The Red Raiders are 10-7 all-time against the Golden Hurricane, including 6-2 in Lubbock.
The Golden Hurricane is led by No. 35 Japie De Klerk and No. 49 Clifford Marsland.
On Sunday, Texas Tech opens Big 12 Conference play against rival Baylor (14-4). The Bears were picked second in the Big 12 preseason coaches' poll released earlier this week.
Baylor features five ranked singles players - Patrick Pradella (33), Julian Lenz (71), Tony Lupieri (80), Mate Zsiga (99) and Marko Krickovic (101).
Texas Tech's success this season has been anchored by its doubles play. The Red Raiders have won the doubles point for six straight matches and 14 of 19 times this season. Tech is 13-1 when it wins the doubles point.
Anchoring the doubles for the Red Raiders is the No. 1 tandem of Vitor Manzini and Gabriel Dias, who are ranked No. 69 nationally. The duo is 12-5 from the No. 1 spot. The No. 2 spot has been fortified by Jeff Bryan and Felipe Soares, who have gone 11-3 this spring. The No. 3 spot is being filled by the newly-formed tandem of Hugo Dojas and Raphael Pfister, who are 4-1.
Pacing the singles lineup for Texas Tech has been Manzini (13-10) at No. 1, Dias (16-3) at No. 2, Soares (12-4) at No. 3, Pfister (17-5) at No. 4, Francisco Zambon (14-10) at No. 5 and Dojas (9-4) at No. 6.