LUBBOCK, Texas – The Texas Tech men's tennis team revealed its 2017-18 schedule which features 13 dual matches against 2017 NCAA Tournament teams announced Wednesday by head coach Brett Masi.
The Red Raiders have earned six of the program's nine wins over ITA Top 10 opponents and consecutive runner-up finishes at the Big 12 Championships during Masi's first two seasons. Texas Tech captured a No. 32 ITA final ranking last season and has been rated among the ITA's Top 35 on nine occasions since 2005.
The Red Raiders square off with 13 opponents who were ranked inside the final edition of the ITA's Top 50 rankings in 2017. Of those 13 opponents, 11 won at least one match at the 2017 NCAA Tournament sparked by national champion Virginia along with NCAA Elite Eight participants Texas and TCU. The two Big 12 members visit the McLeod Tennis Center on April 20 and April 22, respectively. Texas Tech has won 19 of its 24 home matches under Masi.
"It's a very challenging schedule for the guys this upcoming season," Masi said. "We're excited about getting the opportunity to play 11 home matches in front of our loyal fans during the spring. Also, we have two great trips to Hawaii and San Diego where the guys will have a lot to look forward to with awesome competition at both events. I feel we have the type of schedule that could place us toward the top of the country if we're able to care of business on the court."
Texas Tech's fall tournament schedule includes the Midland Invitational (Sept. 15-17), the John Breaux Cajun Tennis Classic (Sept. 22-24) hosted by Louisiana-Lafayette and the Rice Invitational (Sept. 29-Oct. 1).
The Red Raiders also are slated to compete at the Saint Francis/ITA All-American Championships (Sept. 30-Oct. 9) hosted by Tulsa and the ITA Texas Regionals (Oct. 19-23) hosted by Texas A&M as part of the fall season.
The singles and doubles champions from the ITA Texas Regionals will secure automatic bids to the Oracle/ITA National Championships (Nov. 1-5) at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden in California. Texas Tech has been represented at the national fall event in back-to-back seasons with Hugo Dojas and Felipe Soares securing the 2015 doubles title.
The Red Raiders will make their home debut with five matchups against UTSA (Jan. 15), Abilene Christian (Jan. 15), Louisiana-Lafayette (Jan. 19), UTRGV (Jan. 21) and New Mexico (Jan. 21) during the month of January.
Texas Tech also will play host to Indiana (Feb. 23), Rice (March 4), Northwestern (March 28) and Tulsa (April 11) in nonconference action. The Red Raiders travel to Memphis (Feb. 3) and Tulane (Feb. 25) in addition to neutral site meetings with Texas A&M (Feb. 11) and Iowa (March 12).
The Red Raiders learned back in June their destination for ITA Kickoff Weekend (Jan. 27-28) and opening round tilt with Virginia, the three-time defending NCAA Champions. The four-team pod also features Columbia and Ole Miss with the winner punching its ticket to the ITA National Team Indoor Championships (Feb. 16-19) in Seattle hosted by the University of Washington.
Texas Tech will open the dual match season at the Rainbow Warrior Classic (Jan. 6-8) hosted by Hawaii. The four-team event also includes Florida State and Sacramento State. The Red Raiders also will return to the San Diego Spring Break Tournament (March 15-17), an event Tech won in 2016. The matchups for the 8-team field announced at a later date.
Texas Tech five-match Big 12 schedule has home dates against Texas (April 20) and two-time defending Big 12 champion TCU (April 22) coupled with road tilts at Oklahoma State (April 6), Oklahoma (April 8) and Baylor (April 14). The Big 12 Championships will be hosted by Texas from April 27-29.
The Red Raiders are slated to return four of six members of their singles lineup from last season sparked by Bjorn Thomson, Alex Sendegeya and Connor Curry who accounted for 43 of the team's 67 singles victories during dual match play between the No. 2, No. 3 and No. 4 positions.
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