Red Raiders Have Pivotal Weekend On Tap|
Raphael Pfister and the Red Raiders close out the regular season at TCU and Texas this weekend.
April 18, 2013
FORT WORTH, Texas - Texas Tech's season comes down to the next three matches.
It is not do or die for the No. 46 Red Raiders, but if Texas Tech (15-8, 1-2) does not pick up a win in the next three matches, the opportunity for a seventh straight trip to the NCAA Championships could be in jeopardy.
Texas Tech has had a good year, but is currently on the bubble in terms of advancing to the NCAA Championships. The best thing the Red Raiders could do this weekend is to either upend No. 37 TCU or No. 19 Texas and lock up that trip to the NCAAs.
The Red Raiders travel to Fort Worth on Friday to face No. 37 TCU at 5:30 p.m. at the Bayard Friedman Tennis Center and then head to Austin on Sunday to take on No. 19 Texas at 1 p.m. at the Penick-Allison Tennis Center.
If Texas Tech is unable to win either match this weekend, then it would have to win its first round match in the Big 12 Championships to earn the opportunity to play in a seventh straight NCAA Championship tournament.
The Red Raiders have been paced of late by up-and-coming freshman Felipe Soares, who climbed to No. 122 in this week's ITA Top 125 singles rankings. Soares, who joined the team in January from his native Brazil, has climbed from No. 7 to No. 2 and nationally ranked by season's end. Soares is 14-6 on the season.
Senior Raphael Pfister (19-7) and freshman Hugo Dojas (12-5) have been two key cogs in the rotation this spring.