Texas Tech Announces 2014-15 Schedule|
The Red Raiders could possibly face nine ITA Top 25 teams and 19 teams ranked in the ITA Top 75 in the spring.
August 2, 2014
Lubbock, Texas - With a young and veteran lineup returning, Texas Tech men's tennis head coach Tim Siegel has strengthen the Red Raider schedule that was released today.
"We are still a young team with just one senior, but we have six players that have experienced the NCAA Championships," said Siegel. "It's a tough schedule, but one that will test us, not only for the Big 12 Conference, but for the postseason."
The Red Raiders could possibly face nine ITA Top 25 teams and 19 teams ranked in the ITA Top 75 in the spring. The schedule includes matchups with No. 2 Oklahoma, No. 3 UCLA, No. 6 Baylor, No. 8 Texas and No. 13 Notre Dame.
Texas Tech made its 13th all-time appearance in the NCAA Championships last season. The 2014-15 schedule includes matchups with 16 schools that participated in the 2014 NCAA Championships.
The Red Raider schedule features 26 regular season dual matches, which is the most since 1991, when the Red Raiders also played in 26 dual matches as well. The record for the most regular season matches is 31, which happened in 1983, 1985 and 1987. The most regular-season matches in the Tim Siegel Era is 25, which occurred in 2005 and again in 2013.
The Red Raiders will compete in six individual events in the fall. Texas Tech opens the season at the Midland Racquet Club Collegiate Invitational in Midland beginning Sept. 12. The Red Raiders will also compete at the Rice Invitational, the ITA All-American Championships, the ITA Texas Regional Championships and the Texas A&M Challenge.
Select Red Raiders will compete in October in a professional tournament in Mansfield - the ITF Futures of Mansfield.
After the winter break, the dual match season begins. Texas Tech will start the season with a quadrangular event in Tucson, Ariz., which features Arizona, No. 60 New Mexico and UC-Irvine. The Red Raiders will play six matches over four days from Jan. 16-19.
Texas Tech will then head west for the ITA Kickoff Weekend in Los Angeles beginning Jan. 23. The winner of the four-team event earns a berth at the ITA Indoor National Championships. The Red Raiders will face No. 29 Boise State in the first round. It is a rematch of the finals of the 2013 Blue Gray National Tennis Classic, with the Broncos pulling out a 4-3 victory. The Red Raiders will either face No. 47 Pepperdine or No. 2 UCLA on day two. Pepperdine is coached by former Red Raider assistant Marcelo Ferreira.
The Red Raiders will close out the month of January with a pair of dual matches in Starkville, Miss. Texas Tech will face Mississippi State on Jan. 30, followed by a neutral site match versus former Southwest Conference rival Rice on Jan. 31.
After 10 matches on the road, Texas Tech will open its home season at the McLeod Tennis Center against Texas A&M-Corpus Christi and East Tennessee State the weekend of Feb. 13. A&M-Corpus Christi won the 2014 Southland Conference Championship and a berth in the NCAA Championships. ETSU won its eighth straight Atlantic Sun Conference title last season and a trip to the NCAAs.
On Feb. 20, Texas Tech will begin play in the prestigious Blue Gray National Tennis Classic. The field includes eight teams ranked in the ITA Top 75 - No. 35 Alabama, No. 44 Auburn, No. 29 Boise State, No. 22 Clemson, No. 19 Mississippi State, No. 61 Princeton, No. 23 South Florida and No. 41 Texas Tech. Six of the eight schools also appeared in the 2014 NCAA Championships.
The Red Raiders will close out the non-conference portion of the schedule with home matches against No. 67 Nevada, UTSA, No. 31 San Diego and Sun Belt Conference champion Louisiana-Lafayette. Tech also has a pair of road match in March against No. 64 Indiana and No. 13 Notre Dame.
Texas Tech opens Big 12 play at No. 49 TCU on Apr. 2, followed by a trip to Austin to face No. 8 Texas on Apr. 4.
The Big 12 season will close with three straight matches at the McLeod Tennis Center against No. 25 Oklahoma State (Apr. 10), No. 2 Oklahoma (Apr. 12) and No. 6 Baylor (Apr. 18). Oklahoma finished second at the 2014 NCAA Championships.