Austin – No. 11 Men’s Tennis Swept Texas Tech, 7-0, at the Texas Tennis Center on Sunday in the first half of a doubleheader. The Win Evened The Longhorns’ record in Big 12 play at 1-1, and they will face UTRGV in the second half at 4:30 pm CT.
Nos at Wins with Texas Doubles Point. Sophomore No. 2 and 3, followed by singles wins. 66 Eliot Spizzirri at No. 3, freshman no. 19 Pierre-Yves Bailly at No. 2, and junior no. 124 Chih Chi Huang at No. 6 for the clinch. They then closed with wins by Sophomores No. 24 Micah Braswell at No. 1, Cleeve Harper at No. 5, and No. 85 Siem Woldeab at No. 4. Six of the five wins are finished with straight sets only. 4 A third-set superbreaker in completion.
After doubles, Spizzirri was the first off the singles court with an efficient 6-2, 6-2 win over Olle Wallin. The first set stayed on serve for a 3-2 lead with Spizzirri winning the game for a 4-0 run. In the second, both players held their opening serve with Spizzirri, who then went on a 4-0 lead for a 3-0 run. The next two games were also on serve, but Spizzirri broke again to claim a deuce point. The deuce game has only been in the second game since Spizzirri won the other in the opening game to bookend them. It marked the seventh-straight singles win for Spizzirri.
Bailly then matched Spizzirri’s score in his 6-2, 6-2 victory over Reed Collier. Collier a 2-1 lead, but both times, Bailly set out to win and make it 3-0. Texas overall lead. Much like Spizzirri’s, the match only had four deuce games with the first set of Bailly winning two, and Collier’s second of his games to win.
Huang was next up with a clinic by downing Piotr Pawlak, 6-3, 6-2, at no. 6. Pawlak grabbing the first two games with a break and a hold on the first two games. Huang then held a 3-2 lead for the last time holding them and broke even. Huang secured a deuce-point break and set out for service before the next two games. In the second, Pawlak held a 3-0 run for Pawlak’s next serve, but Huang used it on a break. Huang had a deuce-point break opportunity to extend his run, and while Pawlak held on to get within 3-2, Huang put together another 3-0 run to win that.
After the clinch, Braswell was next with a 6-4, 6-4 victory over the court. 109 at Issac Arevalo. 1. The first five games were to serve with each player winning a deuce point. Arevalo followed with a 4-2 lead for a break with his deuce point win, but Braswell responded with a 4-0 run to take the set. Braswell’s next break came with a 2-1 lead for a deuce point, and a 4-3 edge with left Braswell for the players between five straight straight breaks. Two of Arevalo’s breaks in that stretch came at 2-2 and 3-3. Braswell then broke the streak with a 5-3 lead to a 6-0 to give Texas a 5-0 lead.
Once again, back-to-back matches ended with the same score as Harper, also a 6-4, 6-4 win over Franco Ribero. The first seven games of that match stayed on serve for a 4-3 lead before Harper had the last three breaks, with the first of Harper’s coming at 5-3 on his way to the win. In the second set, Harper held and then broke a 2-0 lead for a deuce point, but Ribero used a 3-0 run that included two breaks to come with a deuce-point hold. A deuce-point break with Harper put it back on, but Ribero immediately got one of his own to regain the lead at 4-3. However, it was all Harper from there who went on a 3-0 run that included two breaks and a 6-0 Texas lead.
That left the match at no. 4 Still on the court where Woldeab and Dimitrios Azoidis had just split the first two sets with Woldeab taking his 7-6 (7), and Azoidis winning his, 6-4. In the first, Woldeab got 2-1 at the break with a 3-1 lead. He extended to 4-2, but Azoidis held a 5-4 lead for a 3-0 run to a deuce point. The last two games were a tiebreaker where Woldeab won the first two points. Azodeis answered the next two, and Woldeab briefly reclaimed the lead at 3-2, but Azoidis grabbed the next three for a 5-3 lead. It was then a 6-5 lead for a 3-0 run for Woldeab’s turn, and then two more for Azoidis picked up, another 3-0 stretch with Woldeab’s closed frame and the set. The second set of the first six games started with Woldeab going 3-3, but Azoidis secured the only break for a 4-3 lead that he maintained. In the superbreaker, neither player held more than a one-point advantage until the Woldeab broke an 8-8 tie with consecutive points to complete the sweep.
Doubles in the Earlier, the No. 58 pair of Spizzirri and Woldeab got off the court first with a 6-3 win over Azoidis and Ilgiz Valiev at No. 2. Texas Tech picked up an early break at 2-1, but Texas got it right back to a 4-0 run to a 5-2 lead. The Red Raiders took on one more game, but Spizzirri rifled an ace up the middle of the match point in the following game.
A few minutes later, Braswell and Huang clinched the point at The Longhorns with a 6-4 win over Collier and Wallin. 3. The Longhorns opened with two straight deuce point wins for a break and a lead for a hold. The Red Raiders got the break back later, even at 4-4, but Braswell and Huang immediately responded with another one to retake the lead and then win out for a deuce point.
In the remaining match, the No. 23 pair of Harper and senior Richard Ciamarra trailed Arevalo and Pawlak, 5-4, at no. 1 when play stopped. A deuce point on the last one getting the Texas Tech with breaks.
The matches at No. 1 and No. 2 both had medical timeouts, including Ciamarra for Texas at No. 1, and at Texas Tech for Valiev. 2. Both players finished doubles but were later dropped 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
Doubles – 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