LUBBOCK, Texas – For Tim Siegel and the Texas Tech men’s tennis team, the season does not get any easier. The Red Raiders host No. 10 Mississippi State and in-state rival Rice this weekend at the McLeod Tennis Center.
No. 53 Texas Tech will take on No. 10 Mississippi State (4-0) at 2 p.m. on Friday and Rice (2-2) on Sunday at 1 p.m. If the weather plays a factor on Sunday, the Texas Tech-Rice match will be moved indoors at 9:30 a.m. at The Falls Tennis & Athletic Club.
The Tennis Channel will be on hand to film a segment for Inside College Tennis. The show will feature an inside look into Texas Tech Tennis, as they will follow the Red Raiders throughout the weekend. It will be the third installment of the new show and will air in March. The Tennis Channel has already visited TCU and Tulane this season.
“We are extremely excited to have The Tennis Channel on campus,” said Siegel, who is in his 22nd season as head coach of the Red Raiders. “It is an opportunity for us to promote our program, but also expose Texas Tech University to its national television audience.”
The Red Raiders are coming off of a 1-1 showing at the ITA Kickoff Weekend in Los Angeles. Texas Tech topped No. 60 Nebraska, before falling to No. 2 UCLA.
“I thought we did some good things this past weekend,” added Siegel. “We showed that we can compete with a top program like UCLA. Mississippi State is another Top 10 program and look to be a challenge for us.”
Mississippi State won last year’s meeting in Houston, 5-2. In all, the Bulldogs lead the series, 2-1. Texas Tech topped Rice 4-3 in Houston last year, but the Owls lead the overall series over the Red Raiders, 36-12.
The Rebels have recorded wins over Jackson State, Alabama State, Harvard and Memphis to start the season. Mississippi State is led by No. 39 Malte Stropp and No. 63 Florian Lakat. Stropp and Jordan Angus are ranked No. 52 in doubles.
The Owls started out their season with losses to Texas and LSU, but have rebounded with wins over UT Arlington and Prairie View A&M. The Owls are led by Tommy Bennett (9-4) and Max Andrews (8-3) in singles and the tandem of Bennett and David Warren in doubles.
The young Red Raiders are led by a pair of sophomores – Felipe Soares and Hugo Dojas. Soares is ranked No. 101, while Dojas is No. 65. Soares is 10-3 on the season, while Dojas is 8-4 and freshman Jolan Cailleau is 8-2. In doubles, Dojas and freshman Maxime Hinnisdaels are ranked No. 33 and have etched a 10-4 mark this season.