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Red Raider Tennis: West Texas Pro Classic Recap

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From September 26 through October 3, Texas Tech University hosted the West Texas Pro Classic at the McLeod Tennis Center. This competition brought together some of the most talented tennis players worldwide, leaving fans in significant anticipation to see where this competition took the Red Raiders Men’s and Women’s tennis teams.

Both the Texas Tech Red Raiders Men’s and Women’s tennis teams were present. Head coach Danny Whitehead currently leads the Men’s tennis team. This year is Whitehead’s third season with the program. The Women’s tennis team is currently led by head coach and director of tennis Todd Petty. This year is Petty’s 14th season with the program.

Red Raiders Men’s Tennis performs at West Texas Pro Classic

On September 26, Isaac Arevalo, Reed Collier, and Takeyasu Sekiguchi were the first players up from the Texas Tech Men’s Tennis team. They competed in singles matches. Collier and Sekiguchi were defeated, but Arevalo advanced to the next round. On September 27, Ilgiz Valiev entered a single match but was defeated after a hard-fought game.

On September 28, Arevalo and Collier entered a doubles match against the number 3 seeded doubles team. In an upset victory, Arevalo and Collier won the doubles match and advanced to the next round. Multiple other athletes from the Texas Tech Men’s Tennis team entered doubles matches. Francisco Vittar/Franco Riberos, Dimitrios Azoides/Ilgiz Valiev, and Takeyasu Sekiguchi/Alexander Richards also entered doubles matches. However, they were all defeated and didn’t advance.

On September 29, Vittar and Ribero each faced a single match, but they were both defeated. Arevalo and Azoides each faced a single match and won. They advanced to the quarter-final round in single matches. Arevalo and Collier went into their next doubles match and won again, allowing them to move to the semifinals in doubles matches.

On September 30, Arevalo and Azoides played their singles matches in the quarter-final round. Both played well but came up short. Arevalo finished with a score of 5-7, 6-4, 6-4. Azoides finished with a score of 7-6, 5-7, 3-6. Arevalo and Collier competed in their doubles match in the semifinal round but were also defeated. They ended their winning streak during that round with a score of 6-7, 1-6.

Red Raiders Women’s Tennis performs at West Texas Pro Classic

On September 26, Olivia Peet, Cristina Tiglea, and Bojana Marinkov were the first players up from the Texas Tech Women’s Tennis team. They competed in singles matches, with Peet and Markinov winning their matches and advancing to the next round. However, Tiglea lost.

On September 27, Peet faced another singles match and won. She advanced to the next round accordingly. Marinkov also competed in her singles match but was defeated. On September 28, Peet played her next singles match after having advanced but was defeated. Kailey Evans also competed in a singles match but lost.

On September 29, Metka Komac and Margarita Skriabina competed in the first round of main draw singles. Skriabina advanced to the next round with a final score of 6-2, 6-2 against the number one seed. However, Komac lost. On September 30, Skriabina entered her next singles match. She played well but lost.

Overview

In conclusion, the Red Raiders Men’s and Women’s tennis teams gave an extraordinary performance at the West Texas Pro Classic. Texas Tech University hosted the West Texas Pro Classic this year, giving Red Raider fans a rare opportunity to watch their home team face off against some of the best tennis players worldwide. These performances highlight the Red Raiders Men’s and Women’s tennis team’s athletic talent and show more to come later during their seasons.

The Red Raiders Men’s tennis team is currently competing at the ITA All-American Championships in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Likewise, the Red Raiders Women’s tennis team is currently competing at the Riviera/ITA All-American Championships in Pacific Palisades, California.

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Written by Campus Live Intern Jacob Lee

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