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April 26, 2011

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The Championship
No. 21 Texas Tech enters the Big 12 Men's Tennis Championship with a 16-8 overall record and finished in a three-way tie for third in the Big 12 with a record of 3-3, along with Texas and Oklahoma. The Red Raiders are the No. 4 seed in the championship and face 25th-ranked and No. 5 seed Oklahoma (14-6/3-3) on Fri., April 29, at 9 a.m. at the Baylor Tennis Center. The winner of the match plays No. 1 seed and sixth-ranked Baylor in the semifinals at noon on Sat., April 30. The championship match is slated for 1 p.m. on Sun., May 1. Live scoring will be available at both TexasTech.com and BaylorBears.com. Live blogging from the championship site will also be available at BaylorBears.com.

Championship History
The Red Raiders are 5-14 in matches played in the Big 12 Championship, advancing to the semifinals just three times in 2002, 2004 and 2010.

The Red Raiders
No. 21 Texas Tech enters the championship with a 16-8 overall record, having won the last two matches and nine of the last 12. The Red Raiders have two players ranked in singles and two doubles teams are ranked as well. Junior Raony Carvalho is ranked 23rd, while junior Gonzalo Escobar is No. 24. Tech's top duo of Carvalho and junior Rafael Garcia are No. 17 in the country and Escobar and sophomore Vitor Manzini are ranked 46th. This spring in singles Carvalho and Escobar are a combined 35-10 in duals.

The Sooners
No. 25 Oklahoma posts a 14-6 overall mark, winning four of its last six matches. The Sooners have two singles players ranked and two doubles teams as well. Senior Ionut Beleleu is No. 30 and sophomore Costin Paval is No. 48. The doubles teams of Beleleu and freshman Tsvetan Mihov are ranked 70th, while Paval and freshman Peerakit Siributwong are 73rd.

Brazilian Connection
Five of Tech's 10 players hail from the country of Brazil. All five are in the singles lineup and four play doubles. Junior Raony Carvalho is from Brazilia and junior Rafael Garcia hails from Ribeirao Preto. Sophomores Vitor Manzini, Raphael Pfister and Gabriel Wanderley call Sao Paulo home. Garcia and Pfister both attended school at Colegio Ateneu, while Carvalho and Manzini went to Objetivo. Wanderley attended Colegio Madre Alix. Assistant coach Marcelo Ferreira is also a native of Brazil, hailing from Sao Paulo as well.

Red Raiders vs. Ranked Teams
Texas Tech has faced 22 ranked teams this year, owning a 14-8 record against those teams. Of those eight losses, the lowest-ranked team is Auburn, who is now ranked 22nd, and three of the losses were by the score of 4-3.

Last Time vs. Oklahoma
Rafael Garcia won a thrilling three-set match to clinch a 4-3 win for the No. 22 Texas Tech men's tennis team against No. 26 Oklahoma. David Gonzalez and Raphael Pfister started the match by winning at No. 3 doubles, 8-3, over Lawrence Formentera and Laurentiu Gavila. Tech won the doubles point over OU as the 34th-ranked tandem of Gonzalo Escobar and Vitor Manzini defeated No. 68 Costin Paval and Peerakit Siributwong, 8-6, at No. 2. The Red Raiders' No. 1 pair and 14th-ranked Raony Carvalho and Rafael Garcia fell to Ionut Beleleu and Tsvetan Mihov, 8-5. Tech took a 2-0 lead as Manzini easily downed Gavrila, 6-1, 6-1, at No. 4 in what was his best performance of the year. The victory marked the first Big 12 win for Manzini this season. Getting just his second win in conference play was Gabriel Wanderley, who was victorious in straight sets over Formentera, 6-2, 6 -3, at No. 5, to put Tech up 3-0. Immediately after Wanderley's match, the Sooners got on the scoreboard with a win at No. 6 as Mihov beat Pfister, 6-4, 6-2. OU narrowed the gap by picking up a win at No. 2 when 74th-ranked Paval upset No. 22 Escobar, 7-5, 6-4. With two matches remaining at No. 1 and No. 3, Tech needed to win just one of the two. At No. 3, Garcia had won the opening set 6-3 and was down a break in the second at 3-2, while No. 20 Carvalho lost his first set, 6-1, and was also down a break at 5-4 in the second. Both Tech players fought back to break serve and even their set - 5-5 at No. 1 and 3-3 at No. 3. However, both OU players came back in the next game to break serve again. No. 34 Beleleu hung on to upset No. 20 Carvalho, 6-1, 7-5, at No. 1, ending Carvalho's 20-match win streak as he dropped to 20-1 on the year in duals. It was the first time this spring that Carvalho played No. 1 singles. His previous 20 victories came at No. 2. With the score tied at 3-3, the match came down to Garcia. When Carvalho's match ended, it was 4-all in the second set. Siributwong then broke Garcia and served to win the set, 6-4. In the third set, Garcia broke serve to go up 3-1, but Siributwong broke right back to go back on serve. Siributwong won his service to knot the set at 3-all. With Siributwong serving at 6-5, Garcia finally broke serve on his third match point to claim the match for the Red Raiders.

#22 Texas Tech 4, #26 Oklahoma 3
McLeod Tennis Center • Lubbock, Texas • April 17, 2011

Doubles - 3, 2, 1
1. Beleleu/Mihov (OU) def. #14 Carvalho/Garcia (TTU), 8-5
2. #34 Escobar/Manzini (TTU) def. #68 Paval/Siributwong (OU), 8-6
3. David Gonzalez/Pfister (TTU) def. Formentera/Gavrila (OU), 8-3

Singles - 4, 5, 6, 2, 1, 3*
1. #34 Ionut Beleleu (OU) def. #20 Raony Carvalho (TTU), 6-1, 7-5
2. #74 Costin Paval (OU) def. #22 Gonzalo Escobar (TTU), 7-5, 6-4
3. Rafael Garcia (TTU) def. Peerakit Siributwong (OU), 6-3, 4-6, 7-5
4. Vitor Manzini (TTU) def. Laurentiu Gavrila (OU), 6-1, 6-1
5. Gabriel Wanderley (TTU) def. Lawrence Formentera (OU), 6-2, 6-3
6. Tsvetan Mihov (OU) def. Raphael Pfister (TTU), 6-4, 6-2

*clinched match

Player Tidbits
Raony Carvalho - Currently ranked 23rd in the country in singles ... 23-3 overall singles record ... 21-1 this spring ... is 20-0 at No. 2 singles and 1-1 at No. 1 ... has an overall 11-11 spring doubles record and is 11-10 at No. 1 doubles with Rafael Garcia and ranked 17th in the nation ... finished the fall 4-2 in singles and 2-4 in doubles with Vitor Manzini and 1-1 with Rafael Garcia.

Gonzalo Escobar - Currently ranked 24th in the country in singles and 46th in doubles with Vitor Manzini ... 26-14 overall singles record ... 14-9 this spring in singles, 13-8 at No. 1 and 1-1 at No. 2 ... is 16-8 in doubles this spring - 15-8 at No. 2 and 1-0 at No. 1 with Manzini ... finished the fall 12-5 in singles and 3-4 in doubles with Rafael Garcia and 1-1 with Manzini.

Rafael Garcia - Has a 18-11 overall record in singles ... 13-6 this spring at No. 3 singles and 0-1 at No. 2 singles ... was the deciding match in wins against No. 19 California and No. 26 Oklahoma ... currently ranked 17th in the country in doubles with Raony Carvalho with a 11-10 record this spring at No. 1 doubles ... finished the fall 5-4 in singles and 3-4 in doubles with Gonzalo Escobar and 1-1 with Carvalho.

Vitor Manzini - Currently ranked 46th in the country in doubles with Gonzalo Escobar ... has a 22-16 overall record in singles ... 9-10 this spring in singles mainly at No. 4 ... is 16-8 in spring doubles - 15-8 at No. 2 and 1-0 at No. 1 with Escobar ... finished the fall 13-6 in singles and 2-4 in doubles with Raony Carvalho and 1-1 with Ryan Ybarra and 1-1 with Escobar.

Gabriel Wanderley - Has a 12-9 overall record in the spring ... 11-8 this spring in duals ... 1-4 in doubles, 1-3 in duals ... 0-1 at No. 3 doubles with Raphael Pfister, 1-1 at No. 3 doubles with David Gonzalez and 0-1 at No. 2 doubles with Raony Carvalho.

Raphael Pfister - Has a 20-13 overall record in singles ... 15-7 this spring in singles mainly at No. 6 ... 7-11 this spring in doubles at No. 3 ... 7-10 with David Gonzalez and 0-1 with Jeff Bryan ... finished the fall 5-6 in singles and 1-5 in doubles, 0-3 with Gonzalez and 1-2 with Ryan Ybarra.

David Gonzalez - Has an 8-11 record in doubles this spring ... is 7-10 at No. 3 doubles with Raphael Pfister and 1-1 at No. 3 doubles with Gabriel Wanderley ... finished in the fall with a 2-5 record in singles and doubles 0-3 with Pfister.

Ryan Ybarra - Has a 6-7 overall record in singles ... 1-1 at No. 6 dual singles ... finished the fall 4-4 in singles and 3-3 in doubles ... 1-0 with David Gonzalez, 1-2 with Raphael Pfister and 1-1 with Vitor Manzini.




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