Red Raiders Begin Play In NCAA Championships|
May 09, 2014
No. 41 Texas Tech will embark on its 13th NCAA Championship appearance, when the Red Raiders take on No. 17 Cal on Saturday at 9 a.m. in the first round at the Mitchell Tennis Center in College Station, Texas.
The Red Raiders (13-10) will look to snap a four-match losing streak as they take on the Golden Bears. The matchup is a rematch of the 2012 Round of 32 of the NCAA Championships, where Cal upended Texas Tech, 4-3, in Berkley, Calif.
The Red Raiders, who feature the youngest lineup in the ITA Top 75, only have one player who was a part of the last meeting with Cal – Francisco Zambon. The Golden Bears return three players from that match – Ben McLachlan, Gregory Bayane and Chase Melton.
Texas Tech is 8-11 all-time in the NCAA Championships and reached the Sweet 16 in 2005. The Red Raiders are 6-6 all-time in the first round of the Championships.
Conversely, Cal is 15-7 in doubles this year with two ranked doubles tandems in No. 28 Gregory Bayane and Chase Melton and No. 85 Ben McLachlan and Andre Goransson.
Texas Tech has used eight different doubles lineups in dual match play, while the Golden Bears have used 10 lineups. The difference is Cal settled on its three positions since the start of Pac-12 play. The Red Raiders’ current lineup has changed as late as three matches ago.
Texas Tech is 38-40 in doubles play this season, while Cal is 52-36.
The Red Raiders are the second-youngest team in the NCAA Championships, behind automatic qualifier South Carolina State. SC State features one sophomore and five freshman in its starting six.
The Red Raider lineup features five underclassmen and is the youngest team in the ITA Top 75 in the NCAA Championships.
There are a total of 10 schools in the NCAA Championships with at least five upperclassmen in the starting six, including two with six upperclassmen – No. 22 Memphis and No. 37 Michigan.
Memphis has the most seniors in the starting rotation with 5, while seven schools start at least three seniors – No. 37 Michigan, Marist, No. 40 Purdue, No. 53 George Washington, Cal Poly, No. 13 Kentucky and Montana.
No. 41 Texas Tech leads the pack of the schools with five underclassmen in the starting rotation, joining Jacksonville State, No. 68 East Tennessee State, No. 23 Penn State, No. 70 St. John’s, No. 36 Virginia Tech and Green Bay.
Texas Tech is the youngest team in the ITA Top 75 with just four letters earned entering this season, followed by No. 23 Penn State (6), No. 36 Virginia Tech (6), No. 70 St. John’s (6) and No. 68 East Tennessee (7).
Earlier this season, Siegel recorded his 300th career win with a victory over No. 25 Nebraska on Jan. 24.
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 13 of Texas Tech’s NCAA Championship appearances, including an active streak of six straight.
The Red Raiders have also been continuously ranked in the ITA Top 75 since March 14, 2002. That is a period of more than 12 consecutive years.
A total of 51 of the 64 teams in the 2014 NCAA Championships are ranked. The first 45 teams in the ITA Top 75 are in the field, minus No. 35 Alabama, who did not have a winning record and was left out of the NCAA Championships.
Freshman Maxime Hinnisdaels is currently tied for the 20th top total in single-season doubles victories. Hinnisdaels is 18-11 this season.
Sophomore Felipe Soares has recorded a 22-10 record this season, including a 14-8 mark at No. 1 singles. His 14 wins rank as the eighth top total at Tech and the most since Raony Carvalho won 19 at No. 1 in 2010.
Sophomore Hugo Dojas is 19-12 on the season and 13-8 at No. 2. His 13 wins rank ninth at No. 2.