COLLEGE STATION, Texas – Jackson Cobb and Alex Sendegeya advanced to the doubles finals at the ITA Texas Regionals over the weekend at the George P. Mitchell Tennis Center on the Texas A&M campus.
Cobb and Sendegeya worked their way to an 8-5 victory over UTSA's Gabriel Bugiga and Juri Reckow in the quarterfinals.
"An awesome win today for Jackson and Alex," Texas Tech head coach Brett Masi said. "They came out early and got up on those guys. Then, they had some chances in the second set, but we weren't able to convert. I was proud of how they kept it together and came up clutch at the end of the match. I'm excited they get a chance to win the tournament tomorrow."
The duo raced out to a 5-0 advantage against Colin Markes and Adrian Ortiz of Texas in the opening set of their semifinal matchup. After the Longhorns pulled within 5-3, Cobb held his serve at love to tuck away the first set.
The two teams held serve in the first five games of set two before trading breaks during the sixth and seventh games. Markes and Ortiz forced a winner-take-all super tiebreaker with another break which enabled to capture the second set by a 7-5 margin.
Texas Tech jumped out to a 5-3 edge in the breaker after a Sendegeya blistering return forced a Texas volley into the net. The Red Raiders had a pair of match points erased via a three-point run by the Longhorns to make it 10-9. Texas Tech responded with a three-point flurry of its own fueled by a Cobb backhand which forced an error on a volley, a Texas double fault and a Cobb ace to close out the 12-10 triumph.
"We stayed tough throughout this match," Texas Tech assistant coach Daniel Whitehead said. "I felt like we were the more aggressive team. I thought Jackson and Alex both went for their shots in the big moments and played with great energy."
The Red Raiders will take on Texas A&M's Jordi Arconada and Kevin Lam at 10 a.m. CT on Monday in the finals. The winner secures a spot in the ITA National Fall Championships on November 1-5 in Indian Wells, California. Texas Tech has played in the ITA fall event during each of the last two seasons.
Singles action was highlighted by Matheus Leite who reached the Round of 16 in his ITA Texas Regionals debut. The Brazilian outlasted Jan Simon Vrbisky of SMU by a 3-6, 7-6 (4), 6-1 margin. Leite won five of his 10 matches during the fall in three sets. He was downed by eventual finalist and No. 40 Johannes Schretter of Baylor by a 6-2, 0-6, 6-1 score line.
Pyry Hyrkkönen bounced back from an opening round setback to make the consolation finals. He dismissed Abilene Christian's Hunter Holman 7-5, 6-1 in addition to a hard-fought 6-0, 5-7, 1-0 (10-3) decision over Johnny Goodwin of Texas.
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2017 ITA Texas Regionals Results – Saturday, October 21
Singles Main Draw – Round of 32
Matheus Leite (Texas Tech) defeats Jan Simon Vrbisky (SMU): 3-6, 7-6 (4), 6-1
No. 68 Jimmy Bendeck (Baylor) defeats Jackson Cobb (Texas Tech): 6-1, 6-0
No. 86 Leonardo Telles (Texas) defeats Alex Sendegeya (Texas Tech): 7-5, 6-2
John Mee (Texas) defeats Artem Kapshuk (Texas Tech): 6-1, 6-2
Singles Main Draw – Round of 16
No. 40 Johannes Schretter (Baylor) defeats Matheus Leite (Texas Tech): 6-2, 0-6, 6-1
Doubles Main Draw – Quarterfinals
Cobb/Sendegeya (Texas Tech) defeats Gabriel Bugiga/Juri Reckow (UTSA): 8-5
Singles Consolation – Round of 32/Round of 16/Quarterfinals
Pyry Hyrkkönen (Texas Tech) defeats Hunter Holman (Abilene Christian): 7-5, 6-1
Pyry Hyrkkönen (Texas Tech) defeats Francisco Bendana (Incarnate Word): Withdrawal
Pyry Hyrkkönen (Texas Tech) defeats Johnny Goodwin (Texas): 6-0, 5-7, 1-0 (10-3)
Doubles Consolation – Quarterfinals
Oscar Janglin/Eric Rutledge (Rice) defeats Bloss/Kapshuk (Texas Tech): 8-7 (4)
Guanarteme Nuez/Mauricio del Rio (UTA) defeats Hyrkkönen/Leite (Texas Tech): 8-6
2017 ITA Texas Regionals Results – Sunday, October 22
Doubles Main Draw – Semifinals
Cobb/Sendegeya (Texas Tech) defeats Colin Markes/Adrian Ortiz (Texas): 6-3, 5-7, 1-0 (12-10)
Singles Consolation – Semifinals/Finals
Pyry Hyrkkönen (Texas Tech) defeats Eduard Simo (UTA): Withdrawal
Kevin Lam (Texas A&M) defeats Pyry Hyrkkönen (Texas Tech): Withdrawal
2017 ITA Texas Regionals Schedule – Monday, October 23
Doubles Main Draw – Finals
Cobb/Sendegeya (Texas Tech) vs. Jordi Arconada/Kevin Lam (Texas A&M)