STILLWATER, Okla. – No. 37 Texas Tech won five the hard way, as the Red Raiders upset No. 24 Oklahoma State, 5-2, Friday night at the Greenwood Tennis Center.
“This is one of the biggest wins I have ever been associated with,” said Red Raider head coach in his 21st season at the helm of the program. “We gave away the doubles point, but came back and battled better than we have all season. I was so upset with our performance in doubles, especially at No. 1. But I was real pleased with how they responded in singles.
“Our top two guys (Felipe Soares and Hugo Dojas) were fantastic. I am so proud of these guys. To beat a Top 25 team on the road in their first-ever match outdoors in their new facility is such a tremendous feeling.”
After starting the season 5-5, the Red Raiders have now won eight of their last nine matches, With the win, Texas Tech improves to 11-18 all-time against Oklahoma State, but the Red Raiders have won the last six meetings with the Cowboys. OSU now leads the series in Stillwater, 4-3.
With the match tied 5-5 at No. 3 doubles, OSU’s Brady Bohrnstedt and Chris Haworth won the last three games to take the match, 8-5, against Tech’s Jolan Cailleau and Francisco Zambon. In an almost identical fashion, the Red Raiders’ Felipe Soares and Hugo Dojas led 5-4 at No. 1, only to see No. 21 Ajun Kadhe and Jakob Sude, pull out an 8-6 win.
Tech’s lone doubles win came at No. 2, where Maxime Hinnisdaels and Johann Willems edged Lucas Gerch and Sebastian Sachs, 8-6.
But after the intermission, a different Texas Tech team returned to the court. The Red Raiders took the first set in four of six matches.
Hinnisdaels was the first Red Raider to get on the board, as the freshman picked up a straight-set win over Gerch, 7-6 (7-5), 6-3, tying the match, 1-1.
OSU retook the lead, as Kadhe topped Zambon, 6-4, 6-2, but again the Red Raiders answered. #115 Dojas evened the score with a 6-4, 6-4 win over Sachs at No. 2.
The freshman Willems gave Tech the lead for good with a 6-3, 7-6 (10-8).
With a 3-2 lead and two matches left on the court, the upset was in sight for the Red Raiders. Both Soares and Cailleau went to a third set. #105 Soares upset #86 Sude, 6-3, 6-7 (10-12), 6-3 at No. 1, followed close behind by Cailleau’s 4-6, 7-5, 7-5 win over Nikoli Ferrigno at No. 6. For Soares, it was his 20th victory of the season as a Red Raider.
Texas Tech will now travel to Norman to face No. 4 Oklahoma on Sunday at 1 p.m. at the Headington Family Tennis Center.
The Red Raiders close out the regular season next weekend when Texas Tech hosts No. 56 TCU on Friday at 6 p.m. and No. 7 Texas on Saturday at 6 p.m.
#37 Texas Tech 5, #24 Oklahoma State 2
Stillwater, Okla. (Greenwood Tennis Center)
1. #105 Felipe Soares (TT) def. #86 Jakob Sude (OSU) 6-3, 6-7 (8-10), 6-3
2. #115 Hugo Dojas (TT) def. Sebastian Sachs (OSU) 6-4, 6-4
3. Arjun Kadhe (OSU) def. Francisco Zambon (TT) 6-4, 6-2
4. Maxime Hinnisdaels (TT) def. Lucas Gerch (OSU) 7-6 (7-5), 6-3
5. Johann Willems (TT) def. Brady Bohrnstedt (OSU) 6-3, 7-6 (10-8)
6. Jolan Cailleau (TT) def. Nicolai Ferrigno (OSU) 4-6, 7-5, 7-5
1. #21 Arjun Kadhe/Jakob Sude (OSU) def. Hugo Dojas/Felipe Soares (TT) 8-6
2. Maxime Hinnisdaels/Johann Willems (TT) def. Lucas Gerch/Sebastian Sachs (OSU) 8-6
3. Brady Bohrnstedt/Chris Haworth (OSU) def. Francisco Zambon/Jolan Cailleau (TT) 8-5
Records: #37 Texas Tech 13-6, 1-1 Big 12; #24 Oklahoma State 20-4, 1-2 Big 12.
Order of finish: Doubles (3,1,2); Singles (4,3,2,5,1,6)