LUBBOCK, Texas – High winds may have played a factor in the match, but not the outcome, as No. 29 Texas Tech blanked New Mexico State, 6-0, on Sunday at the McLeod Tennis Center.
“It was a good match under tough conditions,” said Texas Tech head coach Tim Siegel. “It was a good weekend overall. Now our sights are set on Baylor this weekend.”
The win was the seventh straight for the Red Raiders, who incidentally were 7-0 in the month of March. It marks just the second time in program history that Texas Tech has finished the month of March undefeated. The Red Raiders went 8-0 in 2010.
“There is no question that momentum is key,” added Siegel. “It’s a team and individual thing. Four of our next five matches are against teams inside the Top 20. We are looking forward to the challenge the Big 12 represents.”
Texas Tech’s seven-match winning streak marks the ninth time the Red Raiders have put together an effort like that in program history. Texas Tech also had big winning streaks in 1988 (10 matches), 1989 (nine matches), 1990 (nine matches and eight matches), 1995 (seven matches), 2003 (13 matches), 2005 (17 matches), 2008 (nine matches), 2010 (15 matches), 2014 (seven matches). Six of the nine streaks of seven or more wins have come in the Siegel Era.
Due to the high winds on Sunday, some in excess of 25 MPH, the match was moved to 10 a.m. from its original start time of 1 p.m. The two teams started with singles and agreed to only play doubles as a tiebreaker.
No. 95 Hugo Dojas got the day started for Texas Tech, as the sophomore throttled Strahinja Trecakov, 6-1, 6-2 at No. 2. Felipe Soares was right behind him with a 6-2, 6-3 victory at No. 1 over Marc Westgate and the Red Raiders led 2-0 just 70 minutes into the match.
Freshman Jolan Cailleau blanked Naveen Manivannan, 6-0, 6-0, at No. 6, while Johan Williams added a 6-4, 6-3 victory at No. 4 to give Texas Tech the win with its fourth point.
Maxime Hinnisdaels added a 6-4, 6-3 victory at No. 5 over Patrick Pfister to mark the fifth straight-set win of the day.
The sweep would be up to Francisco Zambon at No. 3. After taking the first set, 6-2, Zambon fell to Germain Degardin, 6-4 in the second, sending the match to a third set super tiebreaker. It looked as Degardin would spoil the shutout, leading 7-5. But Zambon reeled off five straight point to take the match, 6-2, 4-6, 1-0 (10-7).
The Red Raiders now turn their focus to Big 12 play, as Texas Tech travels to face No. 6 Baylor on Saturday at 6 p.m. in Waco. The Red Raiders will now run the gauntlet that is the Big 12, as they will face five straight ranked teams in Baylor, No. 21 Oklahoma State, No. 3, Oklahoma, No. 55 TCU and No. 11 Texas.