LUBBOCK, TX – The No. 14 Texas Tech men's team is making its fourth-straight appearance in the NCAA Championships as it was selected as the No. 14 seed overall and the No. 1 seed at the Norman, Okla., region and will take on the region's No. 4 seed Wichita State on Fri., May 14.
The other first round match in the region will feature second seed No. 20 Oklahoma against third seed No. 40 Tulsa. It is the first meeting between the Red Raiders and the Shockers this season. Tech has not played Tulsa in 2010, while it has beaten Oklahoma three times this year.
This year's appearance in the NCAA Championships is the fifth time in the last six years and ninth overall in the program's history. All nine appearances have come under head coach Tim Siegel.
"I'd be lying if I didn't say I was disappointed at not hosting," said Siegel. "Our team had a tremendous regular season and thought we had a great opportunity to host. Only one of the top 16 teams won't us and that's us, but we are not going to let this affect our preparation and our mindset. It's a very tough region. Wichita State is very talented team and we've beaten Oklahoma three times, but all three were very close, and Tulsa is a very dangerous."
In the latest Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) rankings, sophomore Raony Carvalho is No. 17 in singles, while sophomore Gonzalo Escobar is No. 37. The doubles team of Carvalho and sophomore Rafael Garcia are also ranked 17th nationally.