LUBBOCK, Texas – No. 28 Oklahoma State battled back from a 3-2 deficit to top No. 35 Texas Tech, 4-3, in the first round of the Big 12 Men’s Tennis Championships on Friday at the Friedman Tennis Center.
“Words cannot describe how difficult this one is. I have never experienced anything like this,” said Red Raider head coach Tim Siegel. “Tied 3-3 and leading 5-0 in the third set and last match on … You just have to give credit to OSU. They pulled it out. Hopefully we will hear our named called on Tuesday.”
Texas Tech (13-10) had taken a 3-2 lead with two matches to play. Tech freshman Jolan Cailleau fell, 5-7, 6-4, 6-3 to OSU’s Chris Haworth. The Cowboy win tied the match at 3-3.
The match would come down to No. 4 singles where a pair of freshmen would battle it out. For Texas Tech is was Belgium native Maxime Hinnisdaels, while Cowboy would rely on German Lucas Gerch.
Hinnisdaels picked up a break at 3-2 in the first set to set the tone and capture a 6-3 win. The second set was a seesaw battle, as each stayed on serve. Gerch held on for a 7-6 win after capturing the tiebreaker, 7-3. So it would come down to the third set.
Tech’s Hinnisdaels opened with a 1-0 lead and added a break. He repeated the sequence and suddenly led, 5-0 in the third. Gerch staved off four match points and proceeded to win seven straight games to take a 3-6, 7-6 (7-3), 7-5 win for the match and the victory for Oklahoma State.
The day started with Oklahoma State cruising to the doubles point, as No. 16 Jakob Sude and Arjun Kadhe topping Felipe Soares and Hugo Dojas, 8-3 at No. 1, while Gerch and Sebastian Sachs topped Hinnisaels and Johan Willems, 8-5, at No. 2. No. 3 doubles was abandoned with OSU’s Brady Bohrnstedt and Chris Haworth leading Cailleau and Francisco Zambon, 7-5.
Texas Tech answered quickly when No. 99 Dojas upset No. 88 Sachs, 6-2, 6-2, followed by Willems’ 6-2, 7-5 win over Bohrnstedt at No. 5.
OSU tied the match, 2-2, when Kadhe pulled past Zambon at No. 3, 6-4, 6-4, but No. 64 Soares answered with a 7-6 (7-3), 6-4 win over No. 70 Sude to give Texas Tech back the lead, 3-2, and set up the final dramatics.
Now the Red Raiders will await the NCAA Selection Show on Tuesday to see if Texas Tech lands its 13th all-time NCAA appearance.
Big 12 Championships First Round
#28 Oklahoma State 4, #35 Texas Tech 3
Fort Worth, Texas (Freidman Tennis Center)
1. #64 Felipe Soares (TT) def. #70 Jakob Sude (OSU) 7-6 (7-3), 6-4
2. #99 Hugo Dojas (TT) def. #88 Sebastian Sachs (OSU) 6-2, 6-2
3. Arjun Kadhe (OSU) def. Francisco Zambon (TT) 6-4, 6-4
4. Lucas Gerch (OSU) def. Maxime Hinnisdaels (TT) 3-6, 7-6 (7-3), 7-5
5. Johann Willems (TT) def. Brady Bohrnstedt (OSU) 6-2, 7-5
6. Chris Haworth (OSU) def. Jolan Cailleau (TT) 5-7, 6-4, 6-3
1. #16 Jakob Sude/Arjun Kadhe (OSU) def. Felipe Soares/Hugo Dojas (TT) 8-3
2. Lucas Gerch/Sebastian Sachs (OSU) def. Maxime Hinnisdaels/Johann Willems (TT) 8-5
3. Brady Bohrnstedt/Chris Haworth (OSU) def. Jolan Cailleau/Francisco Zambon (TT) 7-5
Records: #28 Oklahoma State 21-6; #35 Texas Tech 13-10.
Order of finish: Doubles (1,2); Singles (2,5,3,1,6,4)
Seeds: #4 Texas Tech vs. #5 Oklahoma State