Red Raiders Reach Milestone

<p>For the first time in school history, the Texas Tech men's tennis team is in the top 10 nationally. There is only one other Big 12 program in the top 10 – Baylor, ranked No. 1 currently. Tech's 18-1 season and 0-1 conference record led to a two-spot improvement in the ITA Division One list.

The Red Raiders have beaten No. 20, Texas A&M-Corpus Christi; No. 19, Clemson; and No. 13 Washington. A point-per-match computer formula provides the rankings on a weekly basis throughout the season.

The Red Raiders go back into action against No. 59 Oklahoma in a 1:30 p.m. match in Lubbock.

"Oklahoma has a good team," head coach Tim Siegel said. "OU is 10-1. It's a very important match for us." His Red Raiders finished a tough weekend – starting with a 1-4 loss against No. 11 Oklahoma State – by a 4-3 win over Texas Christian University Sunday. Bojan Sumanski defeated Jacopo Tezza for the decision , 4-6, 7-5, 6-1.

Following that match the Techsans travel to Austin to play 27th –ranked Texas in Austin Friday, and then will meet Texas A&M, currently ranked 15th, April 9 in College Station at 6 p.m.

Baylor, 4-0 in conference play, has gone through 17 matches undefeated this season; OSU is 2nd in the league at 3-1. Texas and Texas A&M are tied at third: undefeated and unbeaten, they have yet to start league play; Tech and Oklahoma have a loss apiece and Colorado and Nebraska have two losses each in Big 12 matches.

Tech's No. 1 Singles' player, Radek Nijaki, owns third place in the league with a 1-0 season record; Oklahoma State's 3-1 Mark Van Elder leads the conference. Second and fourth spots belong to Balor's Benjamin Becker, 2-0, and Benedikt Dorsch, 1-1.

The Red Raiders kicked off their season February. 3 against Texas Southern with a 7-0 win; they posted a 5-1 victory against Hardin Simmons in Abilene Feb. 10. Tech earned a 7-0 win over Oral Roberts February 11, and a 5-1 win the same day against Centenary before beating Abilene Christian in back-to-back matches, 7-0 in Abilene February 12 and 4-1 in Lubbock February 16. Against UT Pan American February 19, the Red Raiders won 7-0 again, repeating the feat against McMurry February 23. They won against Washington in Washington, 4-3, then completed that West Coast road trip with a 4-3 win over Oregon.

Tech has also won against Southeastern Louisiana, the University of Alabama at Birmingham, South Alabama, and Purdue in road matches, as well as at Fresno State. In home games this year the Red Raiders' only loss came March 26 at the hands of OSU.

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