LUBBOCK, Texas – Freshman Jolan Cailleau is growing up fast.
For the second consecutive match, Cailleau clinched the victory for Texas Tech, as the No. 37 Red Raiders upended No. 26 Louisville, 4-2, at the McLeod Tennis Center.
“I cannot say enough about JoJo (Cailleau),” said Red Raider head coach Tim Siegel. “Twice in one week he has clinched the match for us in the third set. He survived two match points today. He is coming into his own.”
Cailleau, who won his fifth straight match at No. 6, improved to 14-5 on the season, but it wasn’t easy.
Playing against Louisville’s Michael Lippens, Cailleau lost the first set, 6-1, but recovered to take the second set, 6-3. Lippens jumped out to a 5-3 lead in the third, but the Texas Tech freshman held serve to cut the third to 5-4. Lippens twice had match point in sight, but Cailleau got it to deuce and followed with a pair of rallies to tie the match, 5-5.
Cailleau then had the momentum, as he served to go up, 6-5 and then jumped on Lippens to lead 40-15. Lippens won the next point, before Cailleau hit the winner.
“I think the big thing was the leadership we got out of Felipe (Soares) and Hugo (Dojas) at No. 1 and No. 2,” added Siegel. “That really made the difference. This is the best we have played as a team all season.”
The day started with Louisville taking the doubles point, but not without a contested effort from the Red Raiders. At No. 2, the Cardinals’ Albert Wagner and Chris Simich topped Carlos DiLaura and Johann Willems, 8-2. But soon after, Tech’s Soares and Dojas dispatched Sebastian Stiefelmeyer and Van Damrongsri, 8-2, at No. 1.
That left the match’s first point to be decided at No. 3. Louisville’s Alex Gornet and Jeffrey Brown jumped out to a 4-1 lead on Texas Tech’s Maxime Hinnisdaels and Francisco Zambon, but the Tech duo won four of the next five games to tie the set at 5-5. The two tandems then traded serve, making it 6-6. Louisville got the break at 7-6 and won the match on serve to give the Cardinals the first point of the day.
Hinnisdaels made the lead short-lived, as the Texas Tech freshman cruised past Luis Elizondo at No. 5, 6-1, 6-1, to the match, 1-1. Soares then used a straight-set win over Wagner, 6-3, 6-2 at No. 1.
Louisville tied the match, 2-2, after Simich held off Willems, 3-6, 6-3, 6-1, at No. 4.
No. 101 Dojas jumped out to a 4-1 lead in the first, only to see Stiefelmeyer battle back to tie it 5-5. Dojas then picked up the break and served for the first set victory, 7-5. The Texas Tech sophomore quickly took the lead in the second set en route to a 7-5, 6-3 victory at No. 2, giving Texas Tech a 3-2 lead with two matches on the court.
Cailleau and Zambon were each locked in battle, but Zambon was knotted with Gornet, 4-6, 7-5, 2-2 when the match was abandoned after Cailleau’s heroics.
Texas Tech will now return to action on March 29, when the Red Raiders host No. 73 Denver at 1 p.m. at the McLeod Tennis Center.
#37 Texas Tech 4, #26 Louisville 2
Lubbock, Texas (McLeod Tennis Center)
1. Felipe Soares (TT) def. Albert Wagner (UL) 6-3, 6-2
2. #101 Hugo Dojas (TT) def. Seb. Stiefelmeyer (UL) 7-5, 6-3
3. Francisco Zambon (TT) vs. Alex Gornet (UL) 4-6, 7-5, 2-2, unfinished
4. Chris Simich (UL) def. Johann Willems (TT) 3-6, 6-3, 6-1
5. Maxime Hinnisdaels (TT) def. Luis Elizondo (UL) 6-1, 6-1
6. Jolan Cailleau (TT) def. Michael Lippens (UL) 1-6, 6-3, 7-5
1. Felipe Soares/Hugo Dojas (TT) def. Seb. Stiefelmeyer/Van Damrongsri (UL) 8-2
2. Albert Wagner/Chris Simich (UL) def. Carlos DiLaura/Johann Willems (TT) 8-2
3. Alex Gornet/Jeffrey Brown (UL) def. Maxime Hinnisdaels/Francisco Zambon (TT) 8-6
Records: #26 Louisville 13-5; #37 Texas Tech 10-5
Order of finish: Doubles (2,1,3); Singles (5,1,4,2,6)