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Young Red Raiders Test Mettle In Midland

Francscio Zambon is the lone upperclassman on the squad this season.

September 12, 2013

MIDLAND, Texas – With a roster of nine Red Raiders and just one upperclassman, Texas Tech head coach Tim Siegel expects a lot out of his young tennis team this season.

The first test of the season will be at the 2013 Racquet Club Collegiate Invitational held at the Midland Racquet Club this weekend.

This annual collegiate event features some of the nation’s top collegiate teams, including Pepperdine, Nebraska, Rice, Texas, TCU, Penn State, Boise State and Baylor.

“I am looking forward to see our guys get out there and compete,” said Siegel, who begins his 23rd season at the helm of the Red Raider program. “I am looking forward to seeing how Felipe (Soares) and Francisco (Zambon) do this weekend. They are the two that have been in the lineup. Hopefully we will play well.

“I am also looking for Evan (Nix) and Nick (Melott) to play well this weekend in Midland. It is going to be an exciting tournament. It always is. We love going to Midland.”

Zambon is the lone upperclassmen on the roster this season. A junior, Zambon has combined to go 30-24 over the last two seasons. Soares was 15-8 last season, while Nix was 1-3 in singles last season.

“Overall, I am really pleased with what our team has done on and off the court,” added Siegel. “Off the court with (strength and conditioning coach) Tyson Carter, they have worked harder than they ever have worked. We have a good young group of kids that are learning what it takes to be college tennis players. We have a long way to go to get where we want to be, but each day we are moving closer to where we want to be.”



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