AUSTIN, Texas – No. 19 Texas men’s tennis earned the doubles point and won four singles matches en route to a 5-2 defeat of Texas Tech to close out the regular season on Sunday afternoon at Penick-Allison Tennis Center.
“We had to fight really hard to get this win,” head coach Michael Center said. “I am happy that our four seniors could win their last match at home. The temperature was hot today, so our high level of fitness really helped us prevail late in the match. We still can play better but we are happy that it is a win.”
Texas (15-7, 3-2 Big 12) concludes its home schedule with an 8-2 record and will be the No. 3 seed in next week’s Big 12 Championship in Norman, Okla. The Longhorns now lead the all-time series with the Red Raiders, 63-6-2. Texas Tech falls to 15-10 and 1-4 Big 12 play this season.
Prior to the match, head coach Michael Center presented the team’s four seniors Chris Camillone, Ben Chen, Alex Hilliard, and Daniel Whitehead with commemorative gifts in honor of their hard work and dedication to the team over the last few years.
“We always want the seniors to go out on a good note,” Center said. “Daniel just fought through his match, Chen did a good job, and Chris did a good job at finishing the match at doubles today. They all contributed and I was happy to see those guys walk out of here with a win.”
At No. 2 doubles Camillone and Sudanwa Sitaram defeated Texas Tech’s Hugo Dojas and Raphael Pfister, 8-5. UT’s top two singles players, Lloyd Glasspool and Soren Hess-Olesen, fought back from a 7-4 deficit, winning five straight games on their way to a 9-7 comeback victory to clinch the doubles point and give Texas a 1-0 lead.
At No. 1 doubles, the Longhorns and Red Raiders traded games before Chen and Whitehead tied it up at 8-8 to force a tiebreaker. Texas Tech’s duo of Jeff Bryan and Felipe Soares won the tiebreaker 7-3.
Chen made the most of his Senior Day at No. 6 singles. At 4-4 in the first set, Chen won six straight games en route to a 6-4, 6-3 defeat of Gabriel Wanderley. His win gave the Horns a 2-0 dual match lead. Chen remains undefeated (3-0) in dual-match play at the sixth singles spot.
Hugo Dojas defeated 118th-ranked Sudanwa Sitaram in a tight 7-6 (5), 7-5 contest to get Texas Tech its first point on the board, cutting the Longhorn lead to 2-1.
The final four singles matches all took third sets to propel Texas to a 5-2 win over Texas Tech.
At No. 3 singles, 93rd-ranked Daniel Whitehead earned his Senior Day win, fighting back from a 7-5 first-set loss to win the next two sets 6-2, 6-4 over Raphael Pfister. Whitehead’s victory extended the Texas lead to 3-1.
Lloyd Glasspool, who has won 17 of his last 19 singles matches, overcame a tight 7-5 loss in the first set to win a second-set tiebreaker 7-6 (5), and top Tech’s Felipe Soares 6-2 in the third set, clinching the match victory for the Longhorns. Glasspool improves to 16-4 in dual-match play with the win.
The Red Raiders’ Francisco Zambon defeated David Holiner 2-6, 6-3, 7-5 at No. 5 singles. Soren Hess-Olesen, ranked 40th in the nation, closed out the Texas victory with a 6-4, 2-6, 6-4 win at No. 1 singles. Hess-Olesen has now won five of his last seven singles matches.
The Longhorns return to action Friday, April 26 in Norman, Okla., for Big 12 Championship. Texas will be the No. 3 seed.
No. 19 Texas 5, No. 46 Texas Tech 2
Sunday, April 21, 2013
Austin, Texas – Penick-Allison Tennis Center
1. Jeff Bryan / Felipe Soares (TTU) def. Ben Chen / Daniel Whitehead (UT) - 9-8(6-3)
2. Chris Camillone / Sudanwa Sitaram (UT) def. Hugo Dojas / Raphael Pfister (TTU) - 8-5
3. Lloyd Glasspool / Søren Hess-Olesen (UT) def. Vitor Manzini / Gabriel Wanderley (TTU) - 9-7
Order of finish: 2, *3, 1
1. #40 Søren Hess-Olesen (UT) def. Vitor Manzini (TTU) - 6-4, 2-6, 6-4
2. Lloyd Glasspool (UT) def. Felipe Soares (TTU)- 5-7, 7-6(5), 6-2
3. #93 Daniel Whitehead (UT) def. Raphael Pfister (TTU) - 5-7, 6-2, 6-4
4. Hugo Dojas (TTU) def. Sudanwa Sitaram (UT) - 7-6(5), 7-5
5. Francisco Zambon (TTU) def. David Holiner (UT) - 2-6, 6-3, 7-5
6. Ben Chen (UT) def. Gabriel Wanderley (TTU) - 6-2, 6-3
Order of finish: 6, 2, 3, *2, 5, 1