Lobos Shoot Down #58 Red Raiders 4-3
March 3, 2013
LUBBOCK, TEXAS – The Lobos knew they were going up against some tough odds facing Texas Tech on their home court. After all, the Red Raiders are ranked 58th in the country and were undefeated at home with a record of 5-0, until today.
With two heart-pounding tiebreak wins in both doubles and singles, the Lobos proved that no matter the odds they possess what it takes to beat a top-ranked team.
The day started off with doubles.
The doubles point rested on the winner of court number three now that the score was tied at 1-1.
James Hignett and Mads Hegelund teamed up together to battle against the duo of Hugo Dojas and Raphael Pfister. The two were neck and neck and were forced to play a tiebreak to decide the winner. UNM seized its opportunity and closed out the match in the tiebreak winning with a final match score of 9-8 (7-0).
In one of the most suspenseful matches played, UNM takes the lead in the match 1-0 and looked to keep the ball rolling in their favor for singles.
At number one singles, #103 Samir Iftikhar had a close first set against Manzini but didn’t let that happen again in the second set to take the match 6-4, 6-2.
At the number two spot, Phillips fell in two close sets against Dias with a score of 6-4, 7-5.
At the number three position, Berg faced Dojas to defeat him 6-1, 6-4.
At number four singles, Mitch McDaniels fell to Soares with a score of 6-3, 6-4.
At the number six spot, Mads Hegelund fell to Pfister with a score of 6-2, 6-1.
The last to finish was the matchup between Du Toit and Francisco Zambon at number five singles. Du Toit finished the first set strong winning in a close contest 6-4. Zambon came back from the break between sets seemingly unstoppable taking the set 6-1. The winner of the third set would not only decide the singles match but the dual match entirely.
Zambon still had some fire left in his game from the second set and was almost at the point of winning the third set at 5-1. Du Toit found some new energy and rallied back in one of the most intense comebacks ever to force a set tiebreak. Du Toit had won five straight games and kept the momentum in his favor to take the set with a final match score of 6-4, 1-6, 7-6 (7-3).
The Lobos improve to 6-7 overall and will travel back home to face DePaul and New Mexico State on March 8-9, 2013 at the Linda Estes Tennis Complex.
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