Both Tennis Teams Win at Home

Both squads posted 4-3 victories on Tech's home court.

LUBBOCK, Texas - The No. 12 Texas Tech men's tennis team beat No. 39 Texas Christian University, 4-3, and the unranked women's team upset the No. 50 Missouri Tigers, also 4-3, in home court matches.

The Red Raiders are now 18-1 for the spring season.

Tech depended on it's single matches after losing the double's point early on. The Red Raiders came through in the top four single matches. At number one, Radek Nijaki defeated Fabrizio Sestini, 6-4, 6-4. In the second slot, Sophomore Bojan Szumanski battled in the clinch match, coming out on top against Jacopo Tezza, 4-6, 7-5, 6-1. Jakob Paulsen won at number three singles beating Radu Barbu, 6-3, 6-1. In the fourth hole, Esat Tanik beat Rafael Abreu, 6-4, 6-4. At number five, Michael Innerebner fell to Jacob Martin, 6-3, 6-3. In sixth place, Adrian Prpic lost in the super tie breaker to Jordan Freitas, 2-6, 6-2, 7-6.

The Red Raiders lost doubles at number one and number three. Adrian Prpic and Esat Tanik teamed up to defeat Jacopo Tezza and Radu Barbu in the second slot, 8-5. At number one, Radek Nijaki and Bojan Szumanski fell to Farbrizio Sestini and Farael Abreu, 8-5. In the third hole, Jacob Martin and Jordan Freitas teamed up to defeat Jakob Paulsen and Michael Innerebner, 8-4.

"Considering last night's loss with it being indoor and against a very good team," said head coach Tim Siegel, "the win today at home, on Easter Sunday, was probably one of the best days we have had. TCU has Top 20 talent. For us to win the way we did today shows a lot about our team. I am as happy for Cari Groce's (TTU women's tennis head coach) as I am for my team. Today was the best day for Texas Tech tennis."

The Red Raiders look forward to hitting the courts on Wednesday, March 30. Tech will face another Big 12 opponent, Oklahoma, at 1:30 p.m. on Wednesday at the McLeod Tennis Center in Lubbock, Texas.

Men's Tennis Match Results McLeod Tennis Center Lubbock, Texas

No. 12 Texas Tech - 4 No. 39 Texas Christian University – 3

Doubles

1. No. 13 Fabrizio Sestini/Rafael Abreu (TCU) d ef. Radek Nijaki/Bojan Szumanski (TTU), 8-5

2. Adrain Prpic/Esat Tanik (TTU) def. Jacopo Tezza/Radu Barbu (TCU), 8-5

3. Jacob Martin/Jordan Freitas (TCU) def. Jakob Paulsen/Michael Innerebner (TTU), 8-4

Singles

1. Radek Nijkaki (TTU) def. No. 20 Farbrizio Sestini (TCU), 6-4, 6-4

2. No. 23 Bojan Szumanski (TTU) def. Jacopo Tezza (TCU), 4-6, 7-5, 6-1

3. Jakob Paulsen (TTU) def. Radu Barbu (TCU), 6-3, 6-1

4. Esat Tanik (TTU) def. Rafael Abreu (TCU), 6-3, 6-4

5. Jacob Martin (TCU) def. Michael Innerebner (TTU), 6-3, 6-3

6. Jordan Freitas (TCU) def. Adrian Prpic (TTU), 2-6, 6-2, 7-6

LUBBOCK, Texas - The Texas Tech women's tennis team roped in a big win against conference opponent No. 50 Missouri when the Lady Raiders upset the Tigers, 4-3 to give the team a 5-8 spring season, 2-2 in Big 12 conference.

The Lady Raiders gained a lead early on in the match after winning two of their three doubles matches. At number two doubles, Cigdem Duru and Janet Durham defeated Yelena Olshanskaya and Erika Josbena, 8-3. In slot three, Erin Hunter and Katja Kovacic beat Hana Kraftova and Charlotte Bellis, 8-4. Tara Browning and Lakann Wagley fell at number one doubles to Katka Sevcikova and Carolyn Kramer, 8-3.

Tech came through in three of their singles matches. Tara Browning proved to be strong at number three defeating Yelena Olshanskaya, 6-4, 6-5. At position six, Lakann Wagley came out on top against Carolyn Kramer, 6-3, 6-4. Freshman Janet Durham played tough stretching her matches into three. Durham won 6-1 in the first set, but lost to Hana Kraftova 2-6 in the second set. Durham was down in the third set, but came back to beat Kraftova in the clinch match, 6-1, 2-6, 6-5. The Lady Raiders lost at number one, four and five singles matches. We have been waiting for this," stated head coach Cari Groce. "This is a huge breakthrough for our team. They have worked hard and they knew if they stayed positive and kept working it would happen, they would come out with the win. These girls certainly deserve a big win like this against a Top 50 team."

The Lady Raiders will continue Big 12 action at home on Wednesday, March 30. Tech will face No. 9 Texas at 5 p.m. They will continue next weekend, Sat., April 2, and Sun., April 3. The Lady Raiders will face No. 52 Colorado at 12:00 p.m. on Saturday and Kansas at 11 a.m. on Sunday. All matches are scheduled to be played at the McLeod Tennis Center in Lubbock, Texas.

Women's Tennis: Texas Tech vs. No. 50 Missouri

Lubbock, Texas

McLeod Tennis Center

Texas Tech - 4 No. 50 Missouri – 3

Doubles

1. Katka Sevcikova/Carolyn Kramer (Missouri) def. Tara Browning/Lakann Wagley (TTU), 8-3

2. Cigdem Duru/Janet Durham (TTU) def. Yelena Olshanskaya/Erika Josbena (Missouri), 8-3

3. Erin Hunter/Katja Kovacic (TTU) def. Hana Kraftova/Charlotte Bellis (Missouri), 8-4

Singles

1. Katka Sevcikova (Missouri) def. Cigdem Duru (TTU), 6-3, 6-4

2. Janet Durham (TTU) def. Hana Kraftova (Missouri), 6-1, 2-6, 6-5

3. Tara Browning (TTU) def. Yelena Olshanskaya (Missouri), 6-4, 6-5

4. Erika Josbena (Missouri) def. Erin Hunter (TTU), 6-2, 6-1

5. Lubica Nadasska (Missouri) def. Katja Kovacic (TTU), 7-5, 6-4

6. Lakann Wagley (TTU) def. Carolyn Kramer (Missouri), 6-3, 6-4


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