Tech fell for the first time in 2022
COLLEGE STATION, Texas – Despite a singles victory from No. 1 player Isaac Arevalo and taking a pair of matches to three sets, the Texas Tech men’s tennis program fell to No. 12 Arizona, 4-1, Saturday afternoon at the Mitchell Tennis Center.
Arevalo earned the lone team point for the Red Raiders (3-1), as the junior defeated the Wildcats’ (4-1) Jonas Ziverts in straight sets (6-4, 6-1).
The Red Raiders got off to a slow start Saturday, dropping all three doubles matches, including a pair in tiebreakers.
With the doubles portion complete, the singles action got off to a good start as Arevalo, freshman Olle Wallin and Dimitrios Azoidis all secured opening set victories in singes action.
Wallin won the opening set 6-4 against Colton Smith before dropping the second set 6-3. The match was unfinished despite Wallin being up a break (4-2) in the decisive third set. Azoidis earned a similar 6-4 opening set win over Filip Malbasic before dropping the second set 6-1. His match was on serve at 2-1 before it was also deemed unfinished.
In the other two singles matches, Reed Collier fell 6-1/7-6, while Franco Ribero fell to No. 53 Herman Hoeyeraal six and four.
HEAD COACH DANNY WHITEHEAD:
“This was a tough match today, but we lost to a really good Arizona team. They’ve shown that they will be one of the best teams in the PAC-12 but also the country. I thought we played a lot better in doubles action than we did last weekend against SMU. We really had a chance to win it, as two of the three matches went to a tiebreaker. Doubles is really fast, and we didn’t do a good job of taking advantage of our opportunity. We went into the singles down 0-1, and we battled. We had chances to turn the result, winning on court one. But we came up just short on the one court which ended the match before we could finish the two matches that were in third sets. But we were battling really well, and we had our chances. We can’t dwell on this result for too long because we have a chance tomorrow to play a strong UCLA team. So, we’ll have to get up and get excited to compete the same way we did today.”
Texas Tech will try and salvage the final match of the weekend when they clash with No. 23 UCLA on Sunday. First serve from the Mitchell Tennis Center is set at 2 p.m.