LUBBOCK, Texas –Texas Tech's Raony Carvalho won a thrilling three-set match to cap a dramatic comeback for the No. 21 Red Raider tennis team as it beat No. 38 Nebraska, 4-3 in Lincoln, Neb.
"This was probably our best win all year," head coach Tim Siegel said after the match. "Considering we didn't have Rafeal Garcia and the way we won the final match was huge. It was a tremendous win for our guys and to beat Oklahoma last week and turn around and beat Nebraska was the most impressive stretch of our season so far. I think finishing third in conference will help put us into the top 20 in the NCAA."
Tech's No. 24 ranked Raony Carvalho dropped the first set to Nebraska's No. 68 ranked Christopher Aumueller 7-6 (10-8) but battled back to win the second 6-3. The deciding final set swayed Nebraska's way early as Amueller was up 4-1 in the final set and was up in the game 40 to love before Carvalho responded. With his back against the wall, Carvalho found his game and turned the final set around to win 7-5 and clinch the match for Tech.
"I thought Raony's (Carvalho) comeback was huge and it was a tremendous effort by him," Siegel said.
Nebraska (15-10, 1-4) started the match off by beating Tech (16-8, 3-3) at the No. 2 and No. 3 doubles position to take an early 1-0 lead. No. 43 ranked Gonzolo Escobar and Vitor Manzini won the final double match 9-7 over Nebraska's Christopher Amueller and Andre Stenger.
The Cornhuskers got a fast start in singles play winning the No. 4 singles match as Gabriel Wanderly fell 6-4, 6-2 as Nebraska took a 2-0 lead in the match.
The Red Raiders started their comeback as No. 23 ranked Escobar won the No. 2 singles match 6-2, 6-2 for his 14th win of the spring. Raphael Pfister evened the match at 2-2 with a 6-1, 7-5 victory over Nebraska's Sebastian Florczyk. Pfister is now 4-2 in Big 12 play.
"Gonzolo's win was probably his best match of the season and really gave us momentum," Siegel said.
In his first conference match of the season, Ryan Ybarra stepped up at the No. 6 position and defeated Nebraska's Robert Schulze, 6-4, 6-3, to give Tech a 3-2 lead.
Nebraska evened the match with a 7-6 (10-8), 6-1 victory at the No. 3 singles to leave the final point to the No. 1 singles.
Texas Tech will now shift its focus to the Big 12 Championship April 29-May 1 at the Baylor Tennis Center in Waco, Texas.