Red Raider Tennis: A Decade Of Pride

Gonzalo Escobar hugs teammates Francisco Zambon and Raony Carvalho after a 2012 upset of Texas.

June 27, 2014

The Red Raiders join Baylor and Texas as the only three Big 12 Conference schools to be ranked inside the ITA Top 30 at some point in each of the last 10 seasons.

LUBBOCK — For 22 years, Tim Siegel has patrolled the sidelines for the Texas Tech men’s tennis program.

He is not only the Dean of Coaches at Texas Tech, but the New Orleans native is the Dean of Coaches in Big 12 Conference men’s tennis.

The fruit of his efforts have led to 311 wins at Texas Tech and 13 NCAA appearances during the 22-year run.

But truly the last decade is where Siegel’s Red Raiders have blossomed. Think about this. Prior to Siegel’s arrival in 1992, Texas Tech had never made a single team appearance in the NCAA Championships. Four years later, the Red Raiders made their first-ever appearance, which also led to the school’s first-ever season-ending national ranking at No. 42.

When Glen Ivey was named the first official head coach in 1949, until Tech made its first NCAA showing in 1996, it had been 47 years. Over the last 22 seasons, Tech has made 13 postseason appearances.

Since the 2004-05 season, Texas Tech has strung together a school-record 10 straight winning seasons, breaking the previous mark of six consecutive winning seasons from 1954-59. During the run, the Red Raiders have compiled a 168-90 record. It is the winningest decade in program history at 65.1 percent.

During the past decade, the Red Raiders have gone 105-86 (55.0 percent) against ITA Top 75 teams, which is an average of 10.5 ranked wins a season. Texas Tech has also notched 66 wins versus the ITA Top 50 and secured 20 wins versus the ITA Top 25. That success has led to eight NCAA appearances during that span.

Texas Tech has been almost automatic at home, as the Red Raiders have won almost 80 percent of their matches at the McLeod Tennis Center. The team’s 67-17 record at home over the last 10 seasons is the winningest decade at home in program history (79.8 percent).

The Red Raiders have been ranked in the ITA Top 60 for all 258 matches over the last 10 seasons. In fact, Texas Tech has been in the ITA Top 75 for 313 consecutive matches, dating back to March 14, 2002. During the streak, Texas Tech has been ranked as high as No. 9 nationally and been ranked in the Top 30 at some point for 10 consecutive seasons.

Since Siegel’s arrival in 1992, the Red Raiders have been ranked at some point by the ITA in 20 of 22 seasons. Texas Tech has also finished the season ranked in 18 of 22 seasons, including 13 consecutive years. The Red Raiders join Baylor and Texas as the only three Big 12 Conference schools to be ranked inside the ITA Top 30 at some point in each of the last 10 seasons.

Individually, Texas Tech has sent 11 student-athletes to the NCAA Singles Championships and seven tandems to the NCAA Doubles Championships during the last 10 seasons. It is not an easy task, when you consider it’s a 64-man field in singles and a 32-team field in doubles.

The amazing doubles tandem of Raony Carvalho and Gonzalo Escobar reached the NCAA Doubles Champion finals in 2012. Carvalho and Escobar left Texas Tech as the two winningest players in program history.

The decade of excellence has produced four All-Americans, three CoSIDA Academic All-Americans, 13 ITA All-America Scholar-Athletes, 31 All-Big 12 selections and 23 Big 12 position champions. There have been more postseason honors over the last 10 seasons than in the first 54 seasons of the program.

The fans have equally contributed, as Texas Tech has finished in the Top 5 nationally in attendance in four of the last five seasons.

Siegel’s efforts have produced three ITA Texas Region Coach of the Year honors and two Big 12 Conference Coach of the Year awards.

This past season, the Red Raiders were a team loaded with youth, as only one of nine student-athletes was an upperclassman – Francisco Zambon.

With a young, but now veteran squad, Texas Tech looks to the future with a solid foundation of success to build upon.

Head coach Tim Siegel has led Texas Tech to eight NCAA appearances in the last 10 seasons, including one Sweet 16 showing.




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