Red-hot Tech travels to Arizona for ASU Tournament

By | March 11, 2022
LUBBOCK, Texas – Winners of five straight matches, the Texas Tech men’s tennis program heads to Tempe to compete in the Arizona State Spring Break Tournament Friday-Sunday.

The Red Raiders (10-5) open play in the eight-team field against Penn State on Friday morning at 11 am

If victorious, Tech will face Arizona State on Saturday at 11 am in the semifinals. The field includes host Arizona State, No. 30 Princeton, No. 75 Michigan State, Idaho, Penn State, No. 62 Tulane and Wichita State. The loser of the Tech/Penn State match will face Idaho at 11 am Saturday.

The Texas Tech men’s tennis team capped off another perfect 2-0 weekend, defeating UTSA on Sunday afternoon at the cold and windy McLeod Tennis Center 4-2.

With the victory, the 36th-ranked Red Raiders (10-5) have now won five matches in-a-row.

after Franco Ribero and Ilgiz Valiev cruised to a 6-3 victory on court five, the remaining two doubles matches both went to a tiebreaker.

On court one, UTSA (7-4) won a breaker 7-2, before the Roadrunners sealed the doubles point with a big 7-4 victory on court three.

Down 1-0, the Red Raiders turned the tides in singles play, winning four of the five singles matches that were finished.

sophomore Olle Wallin evened the match at one, when he won his fifth straight singles match in straight sets, defeating UTSA’s Tiago Torres four and two.

Tech No. one Isaac Arevalo continued his strong play as of late, dropping UTSA’s Joao Ceolin 6-2, 6-3 to give the Red Raiders a 2-1 lead.

After UTSA tied the score at two, the Red Raiders turned to Ilgiz Valiev and Reed Collier.

In just his second match since Feb. 6, Valiev found his stride, winning 6-4, 7-6 (5).

Needing just one more point, sophomore Reed Collier won an epic three-setter to seal the win. After cruising to a 6-0 opening set, Collier dropped the second set 6-4. In the ever important third-set, Collier won 7-5.

The Red Raiders return to action next Friday (Mar. 25) at Middle Tennessee. First serve from Murfreesboro is set for 5 pm The Blue Raiders enter this weekend at 15-3 overall and No. 23 in the most recent ITA rankings.

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