Texas Tech Men’s Tennis Downs Fighting Irish on St. Patrick’s Day
It may have been on the verge of sacrilege and was certainly ironic, but Texas Tech tennis Head Coach Tim Siegle was delighted to see his No. 24 Red Raiders score a 4-3 win over the No. 36 Fighting Irish of Notre Dame on St. Patrick’s Day at the Eck Tennis Center in South Bend, Indiana.
"First of all, it was just another incredible effort by our guys," said Red Raider head coach Tim Siegel. "After losing the doubles point, you saw this team rally back to beat a really good Notre Dame team on their home court. This Notre Dame beat No. 14 Northwestern and No. 31 Oklahoma State and lost a close match to No. 2 Illinois."
The win comes on the heels of the Red Raiders jumping from No. 34 in the ITA Top 75 poll to No. 24. Texas Tech has now defeated three straight opponents inside the ITA Top 40 for the first time since 2010.
The Red Raiders are now 8-4 against ranked teams this season and have topped No. 31 San Diego (W, 5-2), No. 30 Indiana (W, 4-1) and No. 36 Notre Dame (W, 4-3) in a span of five days.
Texas Tech freshman Connor Curry won his fourth straight match as the Red Raiders’ No.6 player defeating Nicholas Montoya 2-6, 6-1,6-3.
The Red Raiders have now won 15 matches in a season for the eighth time under head coach Siegel and the 27th time in program history.
1. #22 Quentin Monaghan (ND) def. #43 Felipe Soares (TT) 7-6 (7-3), 6-3
2. Hugo Dojas (TT) def. Eddy Covalschi (ND) 6-3, 6-4
3. Alex Sendegeya (TT) def. Josh Hagar (ND) 6-2, 6-1
4. #109 Jolan Cailleau (TT) def. Eric Schnurrenberger (ND) 6-2, 6-3
5. Alex Lawson (ND) def. Francisco Zambon (TT) 6-4, 6-4
6. Connor Curry (TT) def. Nicolas Montoya (ND) 2-6, 6-1, 6-3
1. #8 Billy Pecor / Alex Lawson (ND) vs. #24 Felipe Soares / Hugo Dojas (TT) 5-4, unfinished
2. #14 Eddy Covalschi / Josh Hagar (ND) def. Alex Sendegeya / Jolan Cailleau (TT) 6-3
3. Quentin Monaghan / Dougie Barnard (ND) def. Connor Curry / Francisco Zambon (TT) 6-4