Tech wins fifth in-a-row, outlasts UTSA

By | March 7, 2022

LUBBOCK, Texas – 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.

Tech will hit the road for the first time since Feb. 17 when they head to Tempe to compete in the Arizona State Spring Break Tournament (Mar. 11-13). The eight-team field includes Arizona State, Idaho, Michigan State, Penn State, Princeton, Tulane and Wichita State.

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