Red Raiders Fall Short to Bears, 4-3
Back on March 31, the Red Raiders notched their first victory against the Bears since 1996, with a commanding 6-1 win.
The second time around would not be as easy as the first.
It was déjà vu after the doubles as the exact same duos for the Red Raiders garnered wins – 19th ranked Gonzalo Escobar and Raony Carvalho, and Jeff Bryan and Gabriel Wanderley.
With the 1-0 lead in hand, the Red Raiders needed just three wins in singles play to clinch the match and secure their spot in Sunday's Big 12 Tournament title match.
That was easier said than done.
Tech and Baylor traded wins in singles play as the Red Raiders notched wins in the No.3 spot to take a 2-0 lead, but Baylor answered back with wins in the No. 6 and 2 spot to tie the match up.
The Red Raiders got a big win from Escobar at the No. 1 spot, where he upset No. 16 Mate Zsiga 6-2, 6-3, notching his second win against Zsiga this season, to give Tech a 3-2 lead.
Winning that final match would be the challenge.
The last two matches going on both went to the third set, and would not favor the Red Raiders in the end.
Wanderley, despite battling back in the second set to split the games, fell short in the third set losing his match 2-6, 7-5, 3-6. This knotted everything up at three apiece.
The match came down to Vitor Manzini and Diego Galeano at the No. 4 spot.
Each set was decided on a tiebreaker, including the third set that decided the match.
The first tiebreaker went in favor of the Red Raiders, but the other two did not, ending the Red Raiders run in the Big 12 Tournament.
Tech will now wait to hear their placement in the NCAA Tournament. The announcement will be made Tuesday.
The Bears will face top-seeded Oklahoma in the Big 12 Tournament Title match on Sunday, which is slated for a noon start.
Lady Raiders Fall to Longhorns for Second Time this Season, 4-1
After getting by Missouri on Friday in the quarterfinals, the Lady Raiders were faced with the only team that defeated them in the regular season as the obstacle to get through en route to the Big 12 Tournament title match – Texas.
The Longhorns (16-7) dropped the Lady Raiders on April 15 in Austin, 4-2, which was Tech's lone loss in Big 12 play, and continued that hot play on Saturday.
The Lady Raiders (19-5) came out and got the doubles point, giving them the early lead, but were unable to hold off the Longhorns in singles.
Tech did not notch a win in singles play as Texas found victories at the No. 1, 2, 4 and 6 spots, which is all they needed. The Longhorns won all those matches in straight sets.
With the loss the Lady Raiders will not wait to see their place in the NCAA Tournament, which will be announced on Tuesday during the selection show.
The Longhorns will play No. 3 Texas A&M in the Big 12 Tournament Title match which is set for noon on Sunday.
Red Raiders Within Reach of Big 12 Title Entering Final Round
The Big 12 Tournament field for men's golf is littered with teams ranked in the Top 30, including the No. 1 Texas Longhorns.
Despite not being ranked in the Top 30, and throwing a lineup of four freshman and one junior onto the course this weekend, Texas Tech head golf coach Greg Sands finds his squad in contention heading into the final day.
The No. 46 Red Raiders will enter Sunday's final round of action sitting in third place 10 strokes behind No. 15 Texas A&M, who sit in first place, and one shot behind No. 1 Texas, who is in second.
Clement Sordet is leading the way for the Red Raiders, as he is 1-under par for the tournament after shooting a solid 70 on Saturday.
Sordet's performance was followed up by Matias Dominguez, who has shot 74 in the last two rounds, to put him at 1-over par for the tournament after shooting a 69 on Friday in round one.
Finley Ewing IV, the lone junior competing, climbed the standings with a par performance on Saturday.
The Red Raiders, who had a two-stroke lead after round one, will try and make up some ground on Sunday and claim the programs first ever Big 12 Tournament title.
Tech tees off at 8:18 a.m. and will be paired with Oklahoma.
Lady Raiders sit in Seventh after Second Round
A day after finishing ninth in the first round of the Big 12 Women's Golf Tournament, the Lady Raiders were able to make up some much-needed ground on Saturday.
No. 28 Texas Tech was able to pull itself up to seventh place, just six shots behind No. 30 Texas, who sits at sixth, and seven shots behind No. 11 Texas A&M at fifth place.
Kim Kaufman improved on her first round score by 12 strokes on Saturday by turning in a 73 for the day, which was the best score by a Lady Raider on the afternoon.
Deborah DeVilla also improved on her score by eight strokes to turn in a 75, and Gabby Dominguez stayed consistent turning in another round score of 79.
The Lady Raiders will try and continue their climb in the standings on Sunday as they are set to tee off at 8:56 a.m. and will be paired with Kansas State, who sits at eighth entering the final round.