No. 11 Men’s Tennis sweeps Texas Tech, 7-0

Austin – No. 11 Men’s Tennis swept Texas Tech, 7-0, in the first half of a doubleheader on Sunday at the Texas Tennis Center. 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.

Texas took the doubles point with wins at Nos. 2 and 3, and followed it with singles wins by sophomore No. 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. Five of the six wins finished in straight sets with only No. 4 completed in a third-set superbreaker.

After doubles, Spizzirri was first off the singles court with an efficient 6-2, 6-2 win over Olle Wallin. The first set stayed on serve to a 3-2 lead for Spizzirri with the last game beginning a 4-0 run for the win. In the second, both players held their opening serve starting with Spizzirri, who then went on a 3-0 run for a 4-1 lead. The next two games were also on serve, but Spizzirri broke again on a deuce point to claim the match. The deuce game had been only the second of the match after 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. Both sets of that match played out in the exact same fashion with the first three games staying on serve to give Collier a 2-1 lead, but both times, Bailly set out on 5-0 runs to win and make it a 3-0 Texas overall lead. Much like Spizzirri’s, the match only had 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 up with the clinch by downing Piotr Pawlak, 6-3, 6-2, at No. 6. The first three games of the match all went to deuce with Pawlak grabbing the first two on a break and a hold. Huang then held on the last of them and broke back to even it before holding for 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 to get back within 3-2, Huang put together another 3-0 run after that to win.

After the clinch, Braswell was next off the court 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 his deuce point win with a break for 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 for a 2-1 lead, starting a streak of five-straight breaks between the players that left Braswell with a 4-3 edge. Two of Arevalo’s breaks in that stretch came at deuce at 2-2 and 3-3. Braswell then broke the streak with a hold for 5-3 before closing on serve at 6-4 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 win over Franco Ribero. The first seven games of that match stayed on serve for a 4-3 lead for Harper before the last three were all breaks, with the first of Harper’s coming at deuce for 5-3 on his way to the win. In the second set, Harper held and then broke on a deuce point for a 2-0 lead, but Ribero used two breaks to come back with a 3-0 run that included a deuce-point hold. Harper put it back on serve with a deuce-point break, but Ribero immediately got one of his own di lui 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 hold for the 6-0 Texas lead.

That left the match at No. 4 still on 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 out to a 3-1 lead with a break at 2-1. He extended to 4-2, but Azoidis held on a deuce point to start a 3-0 run for a 5-4 lead. The last three games stayed on serve to a tiebreaker where Woldeab won the first two points. Azoidis answered with 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 Woldeab’s turn for a 3-0 run for 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 stayed on serve starting with Woldeab to 3-3, but Azoidis secured the only break for a 4-3 lead that he maintained to a 6-4 win. In the superbreaker, neither player held more than a one-point advantage until Woldeab broke an 8-8 tie with consecutive points to complete the sweep for Texas.

Earlier in doubles, 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 start a 4-0 run to a 5-2 lead. The Red Raiders took one more game on serve, but Spizzirri rifled an ace up the middle on match point in the following game.

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

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. The last three games had been breaks with Texas Tech getting the last one on a deuce point.

The matches at No. 1 and No. 2 both had medical timeouts, including Ciamarra for Texas at No. 1, and Valiev for Texas Tech at 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

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

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