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No. 41 Men's Tennis earns sweep at Tulsa

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TULSA, Okla. – The No. 41 Texas Tech men’s tennis team captured its third consecutive win and wrapped up non-conference action with a 4-0 sweep of Tulsa Friday at the Case Tennis Center. 

The Red Raiders (9-10) have pieced together a season’s best three-match winning streak before heading into Big 12 play where Texas Tech is scheduled to face five straight ITA Top 15 opponents. Tulsa (10-13) has dropped six matches in a row, five coming to ranked foes.  

“It was another great team effort for us tonight,” Texas Tech head coach Brett Masi said. “We got behind in doubles and were lucky to squeak that point out. We talked about it after and said we wanted to come out with a better edge to us in singles. We did that and were able to put them down. Give credit to Tulsa who fought hard. I thought Alex, Connor and Jackson did an excellent job of building leads and closing out sets. I’m happy for Jackson to get a big win and look forward to starting the main season next Friday night at home.” 

The doubles point was a tightly-contested affair as all three courts were decided by 6-4 margins. Texas Tech took the early 1-0 edge courtesy of triumphs on courts one and three.  

The Golden Hurricane struck first behind Dominic Bechard and Okkie Kellerman who won the last two games to edge out Jolan Cailleau and Carlos DiLaura at the No. 2 position. 

Facing a 4-0 deficit, Jackson Cobb and Alex Sendegeya mounted a furious comeback for the Red Raiders versus Jarod Hing and Daniel Santos on court three. The duo ripped off six straight games and clinched the match with a break on a Sendegeya crosscourt backhand ahead 40-0. 

The battle between two ranked teams at the top of the lineup featured No. 24 Connor Curry and Bjorn Thomson of Texas Tech against No. 54 Or-Ram Harel and Majed Kilani for Tulsa. 

After splitting the first six games, Curry and Thomson surged ahead with a break and a Curry hold to make it 5-3. The Tulsa pair countered with a hold, but Thomson was able to put a bow on the opening point off an overhead smash at 40-30.  

Curry pushed the Texas Tech advantage to 2-0 and worked his way to a 6-4, 6-4 victory over Hing in the No. 3 spot. He raced out to a 5-2 lead in the opening set and won three of the last four games in set two to improve to 9-3 in his last 12 decisions. 

The Red Raiders went ahead 3-0 after Cobb brought home a 6-2, 7-6 (5) win versus Mitchell Pritchard at the bottom of the lineup. It ended a five-match losing skid for Cobb. He the first three points and three of the last four points of the second-set tiebreaker. 

Moments later, Sendegeya tucked away a 6-1, 7-6 (5) decision over Bechard to secure the sweep on court four. He has clinched all three matches for the Red Raiders on their current winning streak. Sendegeya used a strong finishing kick and a 4-1 run to wrap up the breaker. 

When play was stopped, Texas Tech’s Pyry Hyrkkönen was tied with Daniel Santos 5-7, 6-4 in the No. 5 slot. The Red Raiders top two singles players, Jolan Cailleau and Bjorn Thomson, were down a set and a break in their matches. 

Texas Tech turns its attention to Big 12 opening weekend with matchups against No. 8 Oklahoma State (Friday – 5:30 p.m. CT) and No. 13 Oklahoma (Sunday – 3 p.m. CT) at the McLeod Tennis Center. Admission is free with free pizza while supplies last at all home matches.

Texas Tech 4, Tulsa 0
March 31, 2017 – Case Tennis Center (Tulsa, Okla.)


1 – No. 42 Jolan Cailleau (TTU) vs. No. 25 Or Ram-Harel (TU): 5-7, 3-5, unfinished

2 – No. 60 Bjorn Thomson (TTU) vs. Majed Kilani (TU): 6-7 (2), 1-3, unfinished

3 – Connor Curry (TTU) defeats Jarod Hing (TU): 6-4, 6-4

4 – Alex Sendegeya (TTU) defeats Dominic Bechard (TU): 6-1, 7-6 (5) 

5 – Pyry Hyrkkönen (TTU) vs. Daniel Santos (TU): 5-7, 6-4, unfinished

6 – Jackson Cobb (TTU) vs. Mitchell Pritchard (TU): 6-2, 7-6 (5)

Order of finish: 3, 6, 4

1 – No. 24 Connor Curry/ Bjorn Thomson (TTU) defeats No. 54 Or-Ram Harel/Majed Kilani (TU): 6-4

2 – Dominic Bechard/Okkie Kellerman (TU) defeats Jolan Cailleau/Carlos DiLaura (TTU): 6-4

3 – Jackson Cobb/Alex Sendegeya (TTU) defeats Jarod Hing/Daniel Santos (TU): 6-4 

Order of finish: 2, 3, 1

Tulsa (10-13)
Texas Tech (9-10); National Ranking – No. 41

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