Montgomery, Alabama. – Late Saturday night, the Texas Tech Red Raiders wrapped up the Blue-Gray Tennis Classic with a comfortable 4-3 victory over the world No. 38 Alabama Crimson Tide.
Overall, Tech went 1-2 in the tournament with two losses to No. 36 Auburn 4-2 and Tulane 4-3. Ole Warin and Tyler Stewart These two wins for Wallin were his first ranked wins of the year, thus leading the Red Raiders with two singles wins each. In addition, Reed Collier, Lorenzo Esquici and Sebastian Abboud All collected singles victories in the competition.
TTU 1, Auburn 4 Summary:
Texas Tech was playing the No. 36 Auburn Tigers (8-2) in the first round of the Blue-Gray Classic. Both teams played singles first due to a rain delay at the start of the competition.
Auburn won courts 1, 4 and 6 to take a 3-0 lead. Red his Raiders took the lead when Stewart scored his set victory straight over Yang his Galka with his 7-5 6-2 score. However, Auburn closed out the game when Alejandro Moreno scored a comeback win on Court 2 to give the Tigers a 4–1 win.
Collier was involved in a fight with Will Nolan on Court 3 when the match was concluded. Collier dropped the first set his 6-1 before forcing a third set where he won the second 6-3. Collier’s match remained unfinished when Red his raiders led him 6–5 in the third and final set.
TTU 3, Tulane 4 Summary:
Tulane (3-4) finished second to the Red Raiders in the consolation round. Starting with the doubles, the Red Raiders scored his points in doubles for the eighth time this season, giving Green his 1–0 advantage against his wave.
Dimitrios Azoidis Collier paired up on Court 1 to face Tulane’s Luka Petrovic and Billy Suarez. The Red Raider duo would take the match by a score of 6-3, giving Tech a slight advantage.
Aboud and Stewart’s tandem then beat Luc Hoymans and Benji Jacobson 6-4 on the third court to give Tech a 1-0 lead. on court 2, Peter Paulak and Franco Rivero When play ended, they were tied 4-all with Fynn Kuenkler and Sam Scherer.
Tulane quickly evened the scores with a singles win on Court 2. But Wallin recorded his first ranking of the season after beating No. 74 Kenkler 6-2, 7-6 (3) on Court 1 to retake the lead 2-1. Green Wave tied it again after Suarez won the match on Court 3.
Stewart scored another impressive win for the Red Raiders when he took on Hoymans on Court 5. The Midlander won the first set easily with his 6-1 before falling in the second by a score of 6-4. He came back and won the match with his thrilling three-set victory of 6-1, 4-6, 6-3.
Tulane again tied the game at 3-3 when Rafael de Alba won on Court 6. Azoidis came down to Court 4 locked in a tough match against Alex Bansira. Azoidis topped the first set by a score of 6-3 before Bansira leveled it with his 6-4 second set. The Green Wave player came back to win the third set 7-5 and he won the match 4-3 for Tulane.
TTU 4, Alabama 3 Summary:
At nightcap, Texas Tech (6-6) will take on SEC foes and ranked No. 38 Alabama (8-5). He took an early 1-0 lead when the Crimson Tide scored his points in the doubles after winning both Courts 1 and 2 by his 6-2 scores.
The exciting singles line-up continues, with two games in a row ending with a one-point difference. Alabama won 2-0 as Lorne Jones beat Stewart on Court 4. Collier, however, defeated Matthias Ponce de Leon on Court 3 in straight sets 6-4 6-4, giving Red some life to his Raiders.
For the Crimson Tide, No. 51 Enzo Aguiado made the most of the Libero on Court 2, giving Alabama a 3-1 advantage. Tech needed to win to win – and they did just that.
Wolin recorded his second consecutive ranked victory over 2022 SEC Freshman of the Year, No. 94 Philippe Planinsec, with gritty scores of 2-6, 7-5, 6-2 on Court 1 . Abboud made his first singles appearance since February 6, picking up where he left off, with a 7-5 6-3 win over Yair in straight sets over Salouk.
It was my third freshman this season. Lorenzo Esquici Who won the Texas Tech match on Court 5? Against João Ferreira, Eskić took the lead in the first set when he scored a 7-6 (3) tiebreaker. But the Alabama player turned things around when he won the second set 6-2. The Brazilian took his 4-3 lead in the third set and won his two of his next three games, 7-6 (3) 2-6 6-4 to beat Tech’s 3-0. secured the victory.
Next, the Red Raiders head to Tempe, Arizona for the Arizona State Spring Break Tournament on March 10-12.
#44 TTU 1, #36 Auburn 4
1. #103 Tyler Stiss (AUB) def. Ole Warin (TTU), 6-2, 6-4
2. Alejandro Moreno (AUB) def. Franco Rivero (TTU), 5-7, 6-2, 6-1
3. Will Nolan (AUB) vs. Reed Collier (TTU), 6-1, 3-6, 5-6, incomplete
4. Finn Marget (AUB) def. Dimitrios Azoidis (TTU), 6-2, 6-1
Five. Tyler Stewart (TTU) Def. Jan Galka (AUB), 7-5, 6-2
6. Raul Dubai (AUB) def. Lorenzo Esquici (TTU), 3-6, 6-4, 7-6
order of finish: Singles (4, 1, 6, 5, 2)
#44 TTU 3, Tulane 4
1. Ole Warin (TTU) Def. #74 Finn Kuenkler (MTLN), 6-2, 7-6 (7-3)
2. Luka Petrovic (MTLN) def. Franco Rivero (TTU), 6-4, 6-4
3. Billy Suarez (MTLN) def. Reed Collier (TTU), 6-4, 1-6, 6-4
4. Alex Bansira (MTLN) def. Dimitrios Azoidis (TTU), 3-6, 6-4, 7-5
Five. Tyler Stewart (TTU) Def. Luc Hoymans (MTLN), 6-1, 4-6, 6-3
6. Rafael de Alba (MTLN) def. Lorenzo Esquici (TTU), 0-6, 6-2, 6-4
1. Dimitrios Azoidis/Reed Collier (TTU) Def. Luka Petrovic/Billy Suarez (MTLN), 6-3
2. Peter Paulak/Franco Rivero (TTU) vs. Fynn Kuenkler/Sam Scherer (MTLN), 4-4, unfinished
3. Sebastian Abboud/Tyler Stewart (TTU) Def. Luc Hoeijmans/Benji Jacobson (MTLN), 6-4
order of finish: Doubles (1, 3); Singles (2, 1, 3, 5, 6, 4)
#44 TTU 4, #38 Alabama 3
1. Ole Warin (TTU) Def. #94 Philip Praninsec (UA), 2-6, 7-5, 6-2
2. #51 Enzo Aguiado (UA) def. Franco Rivero (TTU), 6-3, 6-4
3. Reed Collier (TTU) Def. Matthias Ponce de Leon (UA), 6-4, 6-4
4. Lorne Jones (UA) def. Tyler Stewart (TTU), 6-3, 6-2
Five. Lorenzo Esquici (TTU) Def. Joao Ferreira (UA), 7-6 (7-3), 2-6, 6-4
6. Sebastian Abboud (TTU) Def. Yair Salouk (UA), 7-5, 6-3
1. Enzo Agiado/Philippe Planinsec (UA) def. Reed Collier/Ole Warin (TTU), 6-2
2. Germany’s Samofarov/Yair Salouk (UA) def. Peter Paulak/Franco Rivero (TTU), 6-2
3. João Ferreira/Mathias Ponce de Leon (UA) vs. Sebastian Abboud/Tyler Stewart (TTU), 3-2, incomplete
order of finish: Doubles (1, 2); Singles (4, 3, 2, 1, 6, 5)