Red Raider Tennis Opens Season in Midland|
Sept. 16, 2010
LUBBOCK, TX - The Texas Tech men's tennis team begins their fall season on Friday at the Racquet Club Collegiate Invitational in Midland, Texas. Play will begin each day at 9 a.m. with the singles and doubles champions decided on Sunday.
The Racquet Club Collegiate Invitational is an NCAA sanctioned event for men and women. Participation is by invitation only. The RCCI is a unique tournament where the players and coaches are housed with the members of The Racquet Club.
The Red Raiders will send four players to the RCCI. Senior David Gonzalez will be joined by junior David Pace and sophomores Raphael Pfister and Jeff Bryan. Gonzalez was 5-3 in singles and 9-7 in doubles last season. Pace played only in the spring season and was 1-0 in singles play and 3-0 in doubles matches. Bryan was 1-4 in singles and 1-2 in doubles last year. Pfister won the RCCI singles consolation draw last year and was 23-12 in singles and 8-6 in doubles last season.
In first round singles action at the RCCI, Jeff Bryan faces Tulsa's Grant Ive. David Pace opens against Alastair Barnes from Tulsa. David Gonzalez takes on ACU's Bryan Jointer. Raphael Pfister meets the winner of the John Harry Warden (OU)/Lucas Leppin (UTA) match.
Pace and Bryan team up for doubles play against Carl Ho and Mads Hegelund (New Mexico) in their first match. Gonzalez and Pfister meet UT's Ben Chen and Chris Camillone in their first match.
Thirteen schools have athletes competing for the singles and doubles championships. In addition to the Red Raiders, New Mexico, Rice, UT-Arlington, ACU, SMU, Texas, OU, TCU, San Diego, Baylor, Tulsa, and Maryland will add their entries to the RCCI competition.
After the Midland Racquet Club Collegiate Invitational, Texas Tech will send four players to the Baylor Invitational in Waco. Raony Carvalho, Gonzalo Escobar, Vitor Manzini, and Rafael Garcia will compete next week in Waco.