Texas Tech Tennis Duo Finishes Second in NCAA Tournament
Juniors Felipe Soares and Hugo Dojas tied for the highest finish in the NCAA tennis Championships in program history as they finished second, falling to the No. 19 doubles team Lloyd Glasspool and Sorem Hess-Olesen in three sets (6-1, 3-6, 6-3) in the championship match in Waco, Monday.
Soares, who became the first Red Raider to ever reach the quarterfinal round of the singles tournament, used a strong service game to lead his team to a 6-3 second set victory to extend the match to a third set.
"We started the match really slow," Dojas explained. "We just didn't have much energy, didn't serve, return or volley well but we really picked it up in the second set which carried over into a tough third."
But the Longhorn duo broke Soares’ serve to take a 5-3 advantage ni the third set,an advantage they would not relinquish on the way to the championship.
"It's so tough when you're this close," head coach Tim Siegel said. "But I am so proud of our guys. They had a great year: top 20 team, beat the No. 1 team in the nation (Oklahoma) as a team. These two guys, though, they will be seniors next year and they are really going to make Texas Tech proud. I'm already looking forward to it."
Soares and Dojas became the second Red Raider duo in the past three seasons to finish second in the tournament. The team of Raony Carvalho and Gonzalo Escobar finished runner up in 2012.