Carvalho, Escobar Earn All-Big 12 Honors
Raony Carvalho earned his fourth staight All-Big 12 singles and doubles awards.
May 8, 2012
LUBBOCK, Texas – Raony Carvalho and Gonzalo Escobar added another honor to their respective illustrious careers on Tuesday, as the duo earned first team All-Big 12 doubles honors and first team All-Big 12 singles honors.
Carvalho, a senior from Brasilia, Brazil, earned his fourth straight All-Big 12 singles and All-Big 12 doubles selection. Carvalho is the most decorated student-athlete in program history. He is the first player at Texas Tech to be honored with four straight all-conference selections in singles and doubles. He is also a three-time Academic All-Big 12 honoree, as well as Texas Tech’s only All-American, earning the honor in 2010.
Last week, Carvalho was selected with Escobar to represent Texas Tech at the NCAA Doubles Championships in Athens, Ga. Carvalho is the only Red Raider to earn six separate invitations to the NCAA Individual Championships – two in singles and four in doubles.
Carvalho is currently 15-7 on the year in singles and ranked No. 79 nationally. Teamed with Gonzalo Escobar, Carvalho is ranked 18th in doubles. Overall, he is 16-5 in doubles and 11-1 when teamed with Escobar.
Escobar, a senior from Manta, Ecuador, earned his third straight All-Big 12 singles selection and notched his first career All-Big 12 doubles honor. He is also a Academic All-Big 12 honoree. Escobar is the all-time winningest singles and doubles player in Texas Tech history. He has recorded a school-record 97 career singles wins and 78 career doubles wins.
The senior from Ecuador set the single-season wins total in singles last season with 29 and has tied that mark this season. Besides being selected to participate in the NCAA Doubles Championship with Carvalho, Escobar will compete in the NCAA Singles Championship as well. In each of the last two seasons, he has advanced to the Round of 32.
Texas Tech returns to action on Sautrday in Berkeley, Calif., in the first round of the 2012 NCAA Men’s Tennis Championships. The Red Raiders face No. 63 Cal Poly at 11 a.m. CT