LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) - Texas Tech shocked the men's doubles tournament last week by beating the University of Southern California's unbeaten duo in the NCAA Quarterfinals; but besides stunning the number two team in the nation, Raony Carvalho and Gonzalo Escobar became the first Texas Tech team to advance to the National Championship match(where they fell in straight sets to the number one team in the nation, Ohio State).
"The match I'll never forget was that win over USC," said head coach Tim Siegel. "These seniors have brought our [program] to another level...what it does is it solitifies Texas Tech."
"When you know this could go well[in the NCAA tournament], we just have fun," said Carvalho. "We did everything right, when we hit through our legs it would still go in - it was just special. I'm glad that this was my last week playing for Texas Tech."
From the Texas Tech Athletics Department:
The Texas Tech Red Raiders checked in at No. 23 in the final Intercollegiate Tennis Association Men's Top 25.
It marks the fourth time in the last five years that Texas Tech has finished in the Top 25. This is also the 20th consecutive season that Texas Tech has appeared in the ITA Top 75.
Texas Tech closed out the season 16-9, finished second in the Big 12 and advanced to the second round of the NCAA Championships.
The national individual rankings will be released next week.