WACO, Texas – Texas Tech had an action-packed first day of play at the ITA Texas Regional Championships hosted by Baylor University at the Hurd Tennis Center, as the Red Raiders competed in 17 matches.
“Overall, it was a good first day for us,” said Red Raider head coach Tim Siegel. “Hugo (Dojas) had a big win today and (Francisco) Zambon had a good win today. Hinnisdaels advanced to the third round. We did a lot of good things today.”
Hugo Dojas led the way with an amazing straight-set upset of fifth seeded and No. 67 Harrison Adams of Texas A&M, 6-0, 6-4, after receiving a first round bye in the event. Adams was the first seeded player to fall in the event.
Also advancing was sophomore Felipe Soares, who is seeded ninth, after he upended TCU’s Rodolfo Bustamante, 6-4, 6-0 to advance to the Round of 32.
Five Red Raiders opened play in the Round of 128, but only one survived on Saturday – Francisco Zambon. The lone Junior on the squad outlasted Texas’ David Holliner, 6-3, 2-6, 6-4 to move on to the Round of 64 where he faced No. 83 Nick Chappell of TCU. Zambon battled Chappell to a third set, but came up short, 6-3, 2-6, 6-4.
Nicholas Melott, Andre Napolitano, Evan Nix and Carlos DiLaura all stayed alive on the consolation side and will continue play on Sunday in the backdraw.
In doubles action, Mellot and Nix topped Tucker Brown and Josip Smoljan of Incarnate Word, 8-4 in the Round of 64, giving Texas Tech four teams in the Round of 32. Mellot and Nix then ran into second seeded and No. 12 Harrison Adams and Shane Vinsant of Texas A&M, who topped the Red Raider duo, 8-2.
Napolitano and Soares survived Frenesco Migliano and Stefan Williams of Texas Arlington, 8-6, while Dojas and Hinnisdaels advanced with an 8-6 win over Diogo Casa and Yannick Yunger of UTSA, giving Texas Tech two teams in the Round of 16.
In all, seven singles players and three doubles teams are still in action on Sunday. Soares, Dojas and Hinnisdaels are in the main draw singles, while the tandems of Napolitano and Soares and Dojas and Hinnisdaels will look to advance to the quarterfinals.
Play resumes at 8 a.m. Sunday.
ITA TEXAS REGIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS
Round of 128
Francisco Zambon (TT) def. David Holliner (Texas), 6-3, 2-6, 6-4
Michael Feucht (Lamar) def. Nicholas Melott (TT), 6-2, 6-3
Andres Alfonzo (TCU) def. Andre Napolitano (TT), 6-2, 6-3
Trey Daniel (TCU) def. Evan Nix (TT), 6-3, 6-2
Ricardo Mayagoita (TAMUCC) def. Carlos DiLaura (TT), 7-5, 7-6 (7-3)
Round of 64
(9) Felipe Soares (TT) def. Rodolfo Bustamante (TCU), 6-4, 6-0
Hugo Dojas (TT) def. (5) #67 Harrison Adams (Texas A&M), 6-0, 6-4
(9) #83 Nick Chappell (TCU) def. Francisco Zambon (TT), 6-0, 2-6, 6-1
Maxime Hinnisdaels (TT) vs. Tomas Stillman (UTSA), 6-2, 4-6, 6-2
Round of 32
(9) Felipe Soares (TT) vs. Tucker Brown (Incarnate Word), Sunday, 9:30 a.m.
Hugo Dojas (TT) vs. Diogo Casa (UTSA), Sunday, 9:30 a.m.
Maxime Hinnisdaels (TT) vs. Lloyd Glasspool (Texas), Sunday, 9:30 a.m.
Andre Napolitano (TT) vs. Stefan Williams (UTA), 6-4, 6-4
Evan Nix (TT) vs. Joseph Bishop (UTPA), 6-2, 6-2
Carlos DiLaura (TT) def. Sebastian Job (UTPA), WO (Inj.)
Nicholas Melott (TT) vs. Jason Proctor (ACU), Sunday, 9:30 a.m.
Carlos DiLaura (TT) vs. Joel Rubio (UTSA), Sunday, 11 a.m.
Andre Napolitano (TT) vs. Gustavo Gonzalez (Rice), Sunday, 11 a.m.
Evan Nix (TT) vs. Daniel Armengol (UTA), Sunday, 11 a.m.
Round of 64
Nicholas Mellot / Evan Nix (TT) def. Tucker Brown / Josip Smoljan (Incarnate Word), 8-4
Round of 32
Michael Feucht / Jeandre Hoogenboezem (Lamar) def. Carlos DiLaura / Francisco Zambon (TT), 8-3
Andre Napolitano / Felipe Soares (TT) vs. Frencesco Migliano / Stefan Williams (UTA), 8-6
Hugo Dojas / Maxime Hinnisdaels (TT) vs. Diogo Casa / Yannick Yunger (UTSA), 8-6
(2) #12 Harrison Adams / Shane Vinsant (Texas A&M) def. Nicholas Mellot / Evan Nix (TT), 8-2
Round of 16
Andre Napolitano / Felipe Soares (TT) vs. Diego Galeano / Mate Zsiga (Baylor), Sunday, 8 a.m.
Hugo Dojas / Maxime Hinnisdaels (TT) vs. (5) Nate Lammons /Alex Sanders (SMU), Sunday, 8 a.m.