AUSTIN, Texas - For the eighth time this season, the No. 36 Texas Tech men's tennis team lost by a score of 4-3 as it fell to No. 27 Washington on Friday in the first round of the NCAA Championships at the Penick-Allison Tennis Center on the campus of the University of Texas.
In doubles action, the Red Raiders (13-12) got on the board first as the No. 3 duo of Gonzalo Escobar and David Gonzalez easily defeated Tobi Obenaus and Alex Rosinski, 8-2. The Huskies (14-8) came back to even it up as their tandem of No. 87 Patrik Fischer and Jeeven Nedunchezhivan beat Tech's Michael Breler and Sinisa Markovic, 8-4, at No. 2. The doubles point came down to the remaining match at No. 1. Tech's 15th-ranked team of Raony Carvalho and Christian Rojmar broke serve first before the Huskies' 35th-ranked Derek Drabble and Martin Kildahl came back to break the Red Raiders. With the score tied at six all, Tech broke serve again to go up 7-6. In the final game, with Carvalho serving, Tech was victorious on its third match point winning 8-6 and clinching the doubles point for the Red Raiders.
Tech continued to dominate winning at both No. 1 and No. 2 singles to go up 3-0. Head coach Tim Siegel decided to flip-flop his No. 1 and No. 2 players prior to the start of the NCAA Championships as Markovic beat No. 43 Nedunchezhivan in straight sets, 6-0, 6-1, at No. 1, marking just his third match this season to play in the top slot. That moved No. 41 Carvalho to No. 2, where he defeated Fischer, 6-2, 6-1.
Tech needed just one more win at one of the remaining four spots but could not hang on to do so. All four went into the third set with Washington getting its first win at No. 3, as Kildahl was victorious over Escobar, 6-2, 2-6, 6-3. The Huskies then won at No. 4 as Drabble defeated Rojmar, 7-5, 1-6, 6-1, and then at No. 5 as Ryo Sekiguchi beat Breler, 2-6, 6-4, 6-1. Clinching the match for Washington was Obenaus as he knocked off Milos Kustudija, 1-6, 7-6 (2), 6-1, at No. 6.
"It's unbelievable," said Siegel. "We were about to win this match in two and a half hours, but we didn't get it done. That's the way the season went for us. You have to give credit to Washington though. They fought back and won."