LUBBOCK, Texas – No. 27 Texas Tech will close out the regular season this weekend as the Red Raiders host No. 55 TCU and No. 7 Texas at the McLeod Tennis Center.
There is a lot on the line for the Red Raiders, as it performance this weekend will affect seeding in the Big 12 Championships, as well as selection to the NCAA Championships.
“It is a big weekend, but I feel like we are ready,” said Red Raider head coach Tim Siegel. “We are not the same team that started the season. We have matured and come together as a team.”
Texas Tech will face TCU on Friday at 6 p.m. There is an Easter Egg Hunt scheduled for Lubbock Youth between doubles and singles. The first 100 fans will receive a Texas Tech Tennis T-shirt courtesy of Blue Sky Texas, along with a $1,500 ball toss and a chance to register to win two tickets to in professional tennis tournament in the United States.
The Red Raiders host the Longhorns in the season finale on Saturday at 6 p.m. The match is scheduled to be played at the McLeod Tennis Center. If inclement weather occurs on Saturday, the match is slated to move indoors to The Falls Athletic Club.
Texas Tech, which features the youngest lineup in the ITA Top 50, is led by a pair of ranked sophomores in No. 100 Hugo Dojas and No. 108 Felipe Soares. Dojas is 17-11 overall this season and has won seven of his last nine at the No. 2 position. Soares is 20-9 overall and is 6-3 in his last nine matches, including 2-2 against ranked opponents.
Dojas and Soares have combined to take over the No. 1 doubles spot over the last six weeks. The duo has gone 4-4 overall and 2-2 against ranked teams.
Francisco Zambon is 13-11 overall and has anchored the No. 3 position for most of the season. Johann Willems and Maxime Hinnisdaels have switched off between No. 4 and No. 5 this season. Willems is 9-9 this season, while Hinnisdaels is 15-10. Jolan Cailleau has anchored No. 6 this season and he is 17-6.
TCU is paced by No. 49 Nick Chappell and No. 98 Facundo Lugones in singles and the doubles combo of Chappell and Will Stein, who are No. 13.
Texas features three ranked singles teams and one doubles tandem — Søren Hess-Olesen (19), Lloyd Glasspool (38) and George Goldhoff (91) in singles and Hess-Olesen and Glasspool (12) in doubles.