Nr. 11 men’s tennis wins Texas Tech, 7-0

Austin – Nr. 11 men’s tennis swept Texas Tech, 7-0, in the first half of a doubleheader Sunday at the Texas Tennis Center. The victory equalized Longhorns’ record in Big 12 games with 1-1, and they face UTRGV in the second half at. 16:30 CT.

Texas took the double point with wins of No. 2 and 3 and followed it with singles victories of second place No. 66 Eliot Spizzirri on No. 3, first-year student No. 19 Pierre-Yves Bailly at No. 2, and junior No. 124 Chih Chi Huang at No. 6 to the clinch. They then closed with victories of second-year No. 24 students Micah Braswell at No. 1, Cleeve Harper at No. 5, and No. 85 Siem Woldeab at No. 4. Five of the six wins ended in straight sets with only No. 4 completed in a third set of superbreaker.

After doubles, Spizzirri was first out of the singles field with an effective 6-2, 6-2 victory over Olle Wallin. The first set remained on the serve for a 3-2 lead for Spizzirri with the final game starting a 4-0 run for victory. In the second, both players held their opening serve starting with Spizzirri, who then went on a 3-0 run to a 4-1 lead. The next two matches were also on serve, but Spizzirri broke again at a deuce point to claim the match. The Deuce game had only been the second of the match after Spizzirri won the second in the opening game to beat them on book. It marked the seventh single victory in a row for Spizzirri.

Bailly then matched Spizzirris’ score in his 6-2, 6-2 victory over Reed Collier. Both sets of that match played in exactly the same way, with the first three matches remaining on serve and giving Collier a 2-1 lead, but both times Bailly set out on a 5-0 run to win and make it a 3- 0 Texas overall lead. Much like Spizzirri’s, the match had only four deuce games, with Bailly winning two in the first set and Collier using them to win both of his games in the second.

Huang was next with the clinch by defeating Piotr Pawlak, 6-3, 6-2, as No. 6. The first three games of the match all went to twos, with Pawlak grabbing the first two at a break and a team. Huang then held the last of them and broke back to the equalizer before taking a 3-2 lead. The next two games were also on serve before Huang secured a deuce-point break and served out for the set. In the second, Pawlak held to begin it, but Huang used a break on Pawlak’s next serve for a 3-0 run. Huang had a deuce-point break opportunity to extend his run, and although Pawlak held on to come back within 3-2, Huang collected another 3-0 run after that to win.

After the clinch, Braswell was next from the field with a 6-4, 6-4 victory over No. 109 Issac Arevalo at No. 1. The first five games were on serve, with each player winning a deuce point. Arevalo followed up their deuce point victory with a break to a 4-2 lead, but Braswell responded with a 4-0 run to take the set. Braswell’s next break came on a deuce point to a 2-1 lead, starting a series of five straight breaks between the players, leaving Braswell with a 4-3 edge. Two of Arevalo’s breaks in that stretch came by deuce at 2-2 and 3-3. Braswell then broke the streak with a 5-3 lead before closing in on a 6-4 serve to give Texas a 5-0 lead.

Once again, back-to-back matches ended with the same score as Harper also constructed a 6-4, 6-4 victory over Franco Ribero. The first seven games of that match remained on serve for a 4-3 lead for Harper before the final three were all breaks, with the first of Harper’s coming after 5-3 on the way to victory. In the second set, Harper held and then broke on a deuce point to a 2-0 lead, but Ribero used two breaks to come back with a 3-0 run that included a deuce-point team. Harper put it back on serve with a deuce-point break, but Ribero immediately got one of his own to regain the lead at 4-3. However, it was all Harper from there as he went on a 3-0 run that included two breaks and a deuce-point team for the Texas lead of 6-0.

That left the match as No. 4 still on the field, with Woldeab and Dimitrios Azoidis having just split the first two sets, with Woldeab taking his 7-6 (7) and Azoidis winning his, 6-4. In the first, Woldeab came out to a 3-1 lead with a break of 2-1. He extended to 4-2, but Azoidis held on to a deuce point to start a 3-0 run to a 5-4 lead. The last three games remained on serve for a tiebreaker, with Woldeab winning the first two points. Azoidis responded with the next two, and Woldeab regained the lead at 3-2, but Azoidis grabbed the next three for a 5-3 lead. Then it was Woldeab’s turn for a 3-0 run to a 6-5 lead, and after Azoidis picked up two more, Woldeab closed the frame and the set with another 3-0 stretch. The first six games of the second set remained on serve, starting with Woldeab for 3-3, but Azoidis secured the only break for a 4-3 lead, which he maintained for a 6-4 victory. In the superbreaker, none of the players had more than one point advantage until Woldeab broke an 8-8 draw with consecutive points to complete the sweep for Texas.

Earlier in the doubles, No. 58 pair Spizzirri and Woldeab first came off the field with a 6-3 win over Azoidis and Ilgiz Valiev at No. 2. Texas Tech took an early break at 2-1, but Texas got it right back to start a 4-0 run to a 5-2 lead. The Red Raiders took another game on serve, but Spizzirri struck an ace up the middle at match points in the following game.

A few minutes later, Braswell and Huang got points for Longhorns with a 6-4 win over Collier and Wallin at No. 3. Longhorns opened with two straight two-point wins on a break and a team on the lead. The Red Raiders got the break back later and leveled it at 4-4, but Braswell and Huang immediately responded with another to take back the lead and then served a deuce point for the win.

In the remaining match, no. 23 pairs of Harper and senior Richard Ciamarra behind Arevalo and Pawlak, 5-4, as No. 1 when the game stopped. The last three games had been breaks where Texas Tech got the last one on a two-point.

The No. 1 and No. 2 matches both had medical timeouts, including Ciamarra for Texas as No. 1 and Valiev for Texas Tech No. 2. Both players finished doubles but were later pulled from the singles lineups.

# 11 Texas 7, # 40 Texas Tech 0

Singles – order of finish (3,2,6,1,5,4)
1. # 24 Micah Braswell (UT) def. # 109 Issac Arevalo (TTU) 6-4, 6-4
2. # 19 Pierre-Yves Bailly (UT) def. Reed Collier (TTU) 6-2, 6-2
3. # 66 Eliot Spizzirri (UT) def. Olle Wallin (TTU) 6-2, 6-2
4. # 85 Siem Woldeab (UT) def. Dimitrios Azoidis (TTU) 7-6 (7), 4-6, 1-0 (8)
5. Cleeve Harper (UT) def. Franco Ribero (TTU) 6-4, 6-4
6. # 124 Chih Chi Huang (UT) def. Piotr Pawlak (TTU) 6-3, 6-2

Double – order of finish (2,3)
1. # 23 Richard Ciamarra/Cleeve Harper (UT) vs. Issac Arevalo / Piotr Pawlak (TTU) 4-5, unf.
2. # 58 Eliot Spizzirri/Siem Woldeab (UT) def. Ilgiz Valiev / Dimitrios Azoidis (TTU) 6-3
3. Micah Braswell/Chih Chi Huang (UT) def. Reed Collier / Olle Wallin (TTU) 6-4

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