No. 3 Men's Tennis tops No. 15 Texas Tech, 4-0, advances to Big 12 finals
May 1, 2010
AUSTIN, Texas -- No. 3 Texas (24-2) nailed down a pair of doubles victories to claim the doubles point and added three singles victories from the bottom half of its singles lineup to emerge with a 4-0 win over No. 15 Texas Tech (21-5) Saturday in the semifinals of the 2010 Big 12 Championship at UT's Penick-Allison Tennis Center.
Texas advances to the finals of the Big 12 Championship for a fifth consecutive season. The top-seeded Longhorns will meet second-seeded Texas A&M in Sunday's Big 12 finals at 1 p.m. Central. The Aggies eliminated third-seeded Baylor by a 4-1 count in the other semifinal match.
Sunday's match will mark the third Big 12 finals meeting between the Longhorns and the Aggies. Texas A&M won the previous two meetings in 1998 and 2001.
Tied at four at second doubles, UT's Ed Corrie and Kellen Damico broke Tech's Gonzalo Escobar and Andre Stabile to assume a 5-4 lead. UT held and broke once more for a 7-4 lead and went on to an 8-5 win. At 3-all at first doubles, UT's Dimitar Kutrovsky and Josh Zavala broke Tech's Raony Carvalho and Rafael Garcia and went on to an 8-3 win to seal the doubles point for the Horns.
UT sophomore Jean Andersen pushed the Texas lead to 2-0 with a 6-3, 6-3 win over Stabile at fourth singles. UT's Zavala took the first set off of Tech's Vitor Manzini at fifth singles, 6-4 and outlasted him in a second-set tiebreaker, 7-3 to extend the Horns' lead to 3-0.
UT sophomore Vasko Mladenov finished off the Texas victory at sixth singles, where he dealt Tech's Raphael Pfister a 6-1, 7-5 defeat.
2010 Big 12 Championship - Semifinals
#1 Texas 4, #4 Texas Tech 0
Singles - Order of Finish: 4, 5, 6
Records: Texas 24-2; Texas Tech 21-5
On advancing to the Big 12 title match for a fifth straight year: We had to beat a top-15 team to advance today, and Texas Tech is an extremely talented team. For us to be playing in the (Big 12) title match for a fifth year in a row is quite an accomplishment. I think we'll be excited and ready to go tomorrow.
Texas Tech head coach Tim Siegel