Red Raiders Have Rematch With TCU At Big 12 Championships|
April 25, 2013
TECH READY FOR TCU REMATCH AT BIG 12 CHAMPIONSHIPS
It seems only fitting that one of Texas Tech’s oldest rivals and newest conference foe is the Red Raiders first round opponent when the Big 12 Men’s Tennis Championships get under way on Friday in Norman, Okla.
No. 50 Texas Tech will face No. 35 TCU on Friday at 9 a.m.
The series dates back to Texas Tech’s entrance into the Southwest Conference in 1958. The Red Raiders won that first meeting, 6-0, but the Horned Frogs lead the series 32-21. Texas Tech has won four of the last five meetings between the two schools, with the lone loss coming last Friday in Fort Worth.
The two teams have met twice in conference postseason place. Texas Tech and TCU met in ironically in the first and last Southwest Conference Championships. In 1988, TCU topped Texas Tech 5-0 in Austin in the first SWC postseason tournament. In 1996, No. 4 TCU defeated No. 46 Texas Tech, 6-0, in the Red Raiders’ last year in the Southwest Conference.
But there is more than history riding on Friday’s match, the 2013 edition of the Red Raiders are trying to extend Texas Tech’s streak of NCAA appearances to seven straight. For that to happen, it is going to take a win over the Horned Frogs.
A win over TCU would set up a rematch with Big 12 regular season champion Baylor at noon on Saturday. The Bears are currently No. 13 in the nation and feature a lineup with four players ranked in the ITA Top 100.
LOOKING FOR 16
Texas Tech is in search of its 16th win of the season when it faces TCU on Friday. If the Red Raiders win, it would mark the fourth straight season that Texas Tech has won 16 matches under head coach Tim Siegel. It would also be the 22nd time in program history that the Red Raiders have won at least 16 matches in a season.
If it happens, Siegel would become the third Red Raider head coach to lead five different teams to 16-win seasons.
CLOSING IN ON 300
Texas Tech head coach Tim Siegel is just two wins away from becoming the second head coach in program history to reach the 300-win plateau.
In his 21st season at Texas Tech, Siegel has a career men’s coaching record of 298-223 (57.2 percent).
He also has 50 career wins coaching women’s tennis at both SMU and Texas Tech for a combined four seasons.
Siegel has led the Red Raiders to all 12 of Texas Tech’s NCAA Championship appearances, including an active streak of six straight.
ZAMBON WINS POSITION TITLE
Texas Tech sophomore Francisco Zambon was named a Big 12 Conference position champion for the second straight year on Tuesday.
Zambon, who won the No. 6 position last season, was awarded the No. 5 title along with Baylor’s Diego Galeano. Both players were 4-1 during Big 12 play this season.
The sophomore from Brazil is 18-12 on the season overall and 16-9 this spring. Zambon is 7-3 in his last 10 matches and is riding a four-match winning streak heading into the Big 12 Championships in Norman, Okla., this weekend.
IN THE ITA RANKINGS
The Red Raiders (15-10) fell four more spots to No. 50 after losing twice last week to No. 37 TCU and No. 19 Texas. It is the lowest Texas Tech has been ranked since being ranked No. 60 on March 5.
The Red Raiders have been continuously ranked in the ITA Top 75 since March 14, 2002. That is a period of more than 11 consecutive years.
MANZINI CLIMBS CHARTS
Vitor Manzini has been a mainstay in the Red Raider lineup for the last four seasons and made an impact along the way. His efforts have led to the senior accumulating 73 career singles wins and 65 career doubles wins.
His 73 career singles wins ranks 12th all-time at Texas Tech, while his 65 doubles win is the third top total for a Red Raider.
He is one of the most accomplished doubles players Texas Tech has ever had, earning a national ranking for each of the past three years.
This season, Manzini has held down the No. 1 singles spot in the lineup and is currently 14-15 on the season. He is 13-10 in doubles this season.
Pfister Reaches 80
Senior Raphael Pfister became the ninth Red Raider in program history to record 80 career singles wins.
He picked up his 80th career singles win against Tulsa’s Alejandro Espejo on Apr. 5. Pfister added his 81st win against Oklahoma State’s Denys Pume.
Pfister is two wins away from moving into the top five in program history. He needs one more win to record his third career 20-win season.
Freshman Felipe Soares has acclimated to the college tennis game in one semester. He started the season just outside the lineup and has climbed the ladder.
Soares has been inserted in the lineup at every position from No. 6 to No. 2 during the season. His efforts earned him a ranking of No. 122 last week after he upset Oklahoma’s No. 38 Guillermo Alcorta.
On the season, Soares is 15-7 and currently 3-1 at the No. 2 singles position.
He is also 15-10 in doubles this season and has appeared in all three positions in the rotation. He is currently teamed with Jeff Bryan at the No. 1 doubles position.
FOUR RED RAIDER SELECTED TO ACADEMIC ALL-BIG 12 TEAM
The Texas Tech Red Raiders landed four players on the Academic All-Big 12 men’s tennis first team on Tuesday.
Leading the selections for the Red Raiders are seniors Vitor Manzini, Raphael Pfister and Gabriel Wanderley and sophomore Francisco Zambon. Manzini is making his third straight appearance in the Academic All-Big 12 squad, while Pfister and Wanderley are each making their second appearance. This is Zambon’s first selection.
The Red Raiders have now had 13 players selected to the Academic All-Big 12 team over the past three seasons. Since the formation of the Big 12 in 1996, Texas Tech has now had 50 Academic All-Big 12 selections for the Red Raider tennis program under head coach Tim Siegel.
First team members consist of those who have maintained a 3.20 or better GPA while the second team selections hold a 3.00 to 3.19 GPA.
To qualify, student-athletes must maintain a 3.00 GPA or higher either cumulative or the two previous semesters and must have participated in 60 percent of their team’s scheduled contests. Freshmen and transfers are not eligible in their first year of academic residence. Senior student-athletes who have participated for a minimum of two years and meet all the criteria except percent of participation are also eligible.