Tech opens Big 12 play at TCU, Texas

FORT WORTH – The Texas Tech men’s tennis program opens Big 12 Conference play on the road this weekend when they travel to No. 3 TCU and No. 11 Texas Friday and Sunday.

Texas Tech (12-7) faces the Horned Frogs Friday night at 5:30 before making the drive down I-35 to Austin for a Noon match with the Longhorns.

INSIDE THE MATCHUPS:

MATCHUP: No. 40 Texas Tech (12-7, 0-0 Big 12) at No. 3 TCU (17-3, 0-0 Big 12)
DATE: April 1, 2020
LOCATION: Bayard H. Friedman Tennis Center (Fort Worth)
TIME: 5:30 pm

MATCHUP: No. 40 Texas Tech (12-7, 0-0 Big 12) at No. 11 Texas (11-7, 0-0 Big 12)
DATE: April 3, 2020
LOCATION: Texas Tennis Center (Fort Worth)
TIME: Noon
TV: Longhorn Network (7:30 pm air)

LAST TIME OUT:
Tech dropped a last-match heartbreaker against No. 22 Middle Tennessee last Friday afternoon (4-3) at the Adams Tennis Complex.

The Red Raiders (12-7) furious comeback powered by sophomore Olle Wallin came up just short, as the Blue Raiders (21-3) won their 15th match in-a-row.

After dropping the doubles points and falling behind early, Tech managed to rally during singles play. Junior Dimitrios Azoidis led off the scoring for the Red Raiders. Azoidis secured a three and four victory in straight sets.

On court number three, senior Ilgiz Valiev got the job done against Middle Tennessee’s Stepan Holis, rolling to a 6-3, 6-3 victory.

Next in line for Tech was Wallin. The transfer won his ninth match of the season and his second straight. Wallin took down 123rd ranked Chris Edge by a score of 7-6, 4-6, 6-2.

Tech led 3-1 before the Blue Raiders found a rhythm late on the match, securing the win.

SCUUTING TCU:
The defending Big 12 Conference Champions, TCU enters the weekend at 17-3 overall and No. 3 in the most recent ITA Rankings. Ranked No. 1 overall twice so far this season for the first time in school history, the Frogs non-conference schedule including 17 overall wins including wins over Virginia, UT, Ohio State and Tennessee at the ITA Indoor National Championships. With the victory over the Vols, TCU claimed the 2022 Men’s Indoor National Championship, the first National Championship in school history. TCU opened the season with a bang, defeating then No. 1 Florida, 4-3. The victory over UF was the first home win over a top-ranked opponent in school history. Five of TCU’s six singles players are ranked including Juan Carlos Aguliar and Luc Fomba. Aguilar is ranked No. 14 overall while Fomba checks-in at No. 18. All three TCU doubles teams are ranked inside the top-five including the duo of Fomba and Jake Fearnley. All five TCU singles players are ranked inside the top-70.

SCOUTING OUT:
Texas enters the weekend at 11-7 overall. The Longhorns have won three matches in-a-row and are 6-2 this season at home. The Longhorns three match winning streak began back on Mar. 15 with a 4-3 win at USC. The Horns defeated then No. 21 Pepperdine 5-2 on Mar. 18 before returning to action last Sunday (Mar. 27) with a 5-2 win over Oklahoma in a non-conference affair. All six UT players are ranked inside the ITA Top-125 including Pierre Yves Bailey and Micah Braswell who are ranked No. 19 and No. 24 respectively. All three UT doubles teams are also ranked, including the duo of Richard Ciamarra and Cleeve Harper who check-in at No. 23 in the doubles poll. Texas opens the weekend and Big 12 play with a Friday contest against No. 4 Baylor.

UP NEXT:
Texas Tech opens its final homestand of the season next weekend when Oklahoma and Oklahoma State visit Lubbock. First serve Friday against the Sooners is set for 6 pm with the OSU match set for a 1 pm start. Tech closes the regular season a week from Saturday when they host Baylor for a 5 pm match.

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