LUBBOCK, Texas – No. 53 Texas Tech took No. 10 Mississippi State to the brink on Friday at the McLeod Tennis Center, but two points in a third set tiebreak were the difference, as the Bulldogs edged the Red Raiders, 4-3.
“What an incredible college tennis match,” said Red Raider head coach Tim Siegel. “There is such a fine line between winning and the feeling like someone punched you in the gut.”
Texas Tech jumped out to an early lead, capturing doubles with wins at No. 1 with Hugo Dojas and Maxime Hinnisdaels and at No. 2 with Felipe Soares and Johann Willems.
It quickly escalated to 3-0 for the Red Raiders when Texas Tech’s Jolan Cailleau defeated Tassilo Schmid, 6-3, 6-2, followed by Francisco Zambon’s 6-3, 6-5 win over Rishab Agarwal.
Mississippi State got on the board with a 6-4, 6-5 win at No. 3, as Jordan Angus topped Hinnisdaels.
“It was such a close match,” added Siegel. “We led 3-0 in matches and could have won all six first sets. I felt like we were controlling the match at No. 1 and we let it slip away.”
At No. 1, Florian Lakat flipped the momentum as he held on for a three-set victory over Tech’s No. 101 Felipe Soares.
Zach White tied the match at 3-3, as the Bulldog out-lasted Johann Willems, 6-5, 4-6, 6-3, at No. 4.
The match came down to No. 2, where No. 39 Malte Stropp battled against Tech’s No. 65 Hugo Dojas. Stropp took the first set, 6-5, but not before Dojas answered with a 6-3 win in the second.
Dojas and Stropp traded serve and it was suddenly, 2-2, Then Dojas battled back to tie the match at 5-5, sending it to a tiebreaker. The two traded points until it was 5-5. Stropp went ahead 6-5 and set the ball left Dojas for the win.
“At No. 2, Hugo dug a big hole in the third set and when it got to five-all in the tiebreaker I thought we would be the ones celebrating,” said Siegel. “It was a great effort. We are a young team that will continue to mature as the season goes along.
Texas Tech will now face Rice on Sunday at 9 a.m. at The Falls Tennis and Athletic Club. Admission is free and open to the public. The match was originally set for 1 p.m. at the McLeod Tennis Center, but impending weather has moved the match indoors.
Texas Tech 3
Jan 31, 2014 at Lubbock, Texas (McLeod Tennis Center)
1. Florian Lakat (MSU) def. #101 Felipe Soares (TT) 3-6, 6-3, 6-2
2. #39 Malte Stropp (MSU) def. #65 Hugo Dojas (TT) 6-5, 3-6, 7-5
3. Jordan Angus (MSU) def. Maxime Hinnisdaels (TT) 6-5, 6-4
4. Zach White (MSU) def. Johann Willems (TT) 6-5, 4-6, 6-3
5. Francisco Zambon (TT) def. Rishab Agarwal (MSU) 6-3, 6-5
6. Jolan Cailleau (TT) def. Tassilo Schmid (MSU) 6-3, 6-2
1. #33 Hugo Dojas/Maxime Hinnisdaels (TT) def. #52 Jordan Angus/Malte Stropp (MSU) 6-3
2. Felipe Soares/Johann Willems (TT) def. Florian Lakat/Tassilo Schmid (MSU) 6-5
3. Zach White/Rishab Agarwal (MSU) def. Francisco Zambon/Carlos DiLaura (TT) 6-4
Records: #10 Mississippi State 5-0; #53 Texas Tech 2-2
Order of finish: Doubles (1,3,2); Singles (6,5,3,1,4,2)
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