LUBBOCK, Texas – The Texas Tech Red Raider men's tennis team announced its 2013-14 schedule today. The slate features four fall events and 24 regular season spring matches, including a possible 17 opponents that appeared in the 2013 NCAA Championships.
“I am excited to get started,” said head coach Tim Siegel. “I think this is the kind of schedule we need to get back to the NCAAs. I really am excited to coach and develop this young team. We will have only two juniors and the rest of the team is made up of freshman and sophomores. I cannot wait for our first practice.”
The Red Raiders return four letterwinners from last season’s squad that finished 15-11 and No. 50 nationally.
Texas Tech will open the fall season at the Midland Racquet Club Collegiate Invitational on Sept. 13. The Red Raiders are also slated to compete at the Rice Fall Invitational (Sept. 27-29), the ITA Texas Regional Championships (Oct. 19-22) and the Texas Fall Invitational (Oct. 25-27).
The Red Raiders will open the spring season with a doubleheader on Jan. 18 against UTSA and Prairie View A&M, who won the Southwestern Athletic Conference title last season.
Texas Tech will then hit the road for the ITA Kickoff Weekend in Los Angeles, where the Red Raiders will face No. 62 Nebraska. The winner will advance to face either No. 2 UCLA or No. 65 Wisconsin for a spot at the ITA Indoor National Championships.
Tech will return home to host No. 11 Mississippi State (Jan. 31) and Rice (Feb. 2) at the McLeod Tennis Center before heading on an eight-match road trip.
The Red Raiders will travel to Coral Gables, Fla., to face No. 55 Miami (Feb. 7) and No. 74 South Florida (Feb. 9) and then compete in the prestigious Blue Gray National Invitational, which features Alabama, Auburn, Boise State, Clemson, Mississippi State, Princeton and Virginia Commonwealth.
Texas Tech will close out the road swing with matches at Wichita State (March 1), New Mexico (March 7) and a neutral site match against BYU in Albuquerque, N.M. (March 8).
The Red Raiders will then host five matches over 14 days in late March, as No. 47 Louisville, No. 56 Indiana, No. 58 Denver, No. 61 Georgia State and New Mexico State head to Lubbock.
Texas Tech will open the Big 12 Conference season with three straight road matches against No. 12 Baylor (Apr. 5), Oklahoma State (Apr. 11) and Oklahoma (Apr. 13).
Siegel’s squad concludes the regular season with home matches against in-state rivals No. 23 Texas (Apr. 18) and No. 38 TCU (Apr. 20).