Gonzalo Escobar Wins USTA/ITA Texas Regional Title, Again|
Gonzalo Escobar won his second straight USTA/ITA Texas Regional singles championship.
October 24, 2011
COLLEGE STATION, Texas - Texas Tech's Gonzalo Escobar played near perfect tennis for four days, losing just one set - his first - en route to capturing the 2011 USTA/ITA Texas Regional singles championship.
Escobar, who is ranked 11th nationally, cruised past Jeremy Efferding of Texas A&M, 6-2, 6-3 to capture the title for the second straight year. Last year, he upended Rice's Harry Fowler 6-2, 6-1 in the final.
"He knows how to play good tennis," said Red Raider head coach Tim Siegel. "He is a unique player. He can attack you, he can defend against you and he can also bring you in because his passing shots are the best in college tennis. He was a complete player today. He did all three and beat a very good player."
Escobar, who improved to 11-1 on the season with the win, is the third Texas Tech player to reach the finals of the event. Former Red Raider Bojan Szumanski won the singles title in 2006 and senior Raony Carvalho reached the finals in 2009.
"Gonzalo is in great shape" added Siegel. "You have to give credit to (strength coach) Tyson Carter for helping get Gonzalo in shape. He has done a great job off the court. He had to win six matches. He knows how to win. He has been here before. He is clearly one of the best players in the country."
The victory catapults Escobar into the USTA/ITA National Indoor Intercollegiate Championships, slated for Nov. 3-6 at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in Flushing N.Y. The invitation only event features the top 32 players in the nation, including the 12 regional champions.
Last year, Escobar advanced to the quarterfinals of the USTA/ITA National Indoor Intercollegiate Championships.
The rest of the Red Raiders return to action at the Southwest Shootout at TCU in Fort Worth on Nov. 4.