CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. – The No. 25 Texas Tech men's tennis team was handed a 4-1 defeat by No. 23 Columbia during Sunday's championship round to conclude ITA Kickoff Weekend at the Boar's Head Sports Club on the University of Virginia campus.
The Red Raiders (10-2) had their nine-match winning streak come to a close, while Columbia (3-0) secured one of 16 spots to the ITA National Indoor Championships from Feb. 16-19 hosted by the University of Washington.
"A lot of back and forth during today's match," Texas Tech head coach Brett Masi said. "We had opportunities to capture the doubles point, and we had chances to close out sets early on in singles. Unfortunately, we couldn't get over that hump. Columbia has a very disciplined and very determined singles lineup. They stayed strong in their rallies and really punished the ball. We were a few points away from having a different outcome. I thought the boys played hard and played matches to the end. We weren't able to get it done against a better Columbia team today."
Courts one and two in doubles featured a pair of Top 35 matches, and the Lions were able to come out on top on both courts to secure the 1-0 lead.
No. 15 Victor Pham and Jackie Tang rattled off three of the last four games to secure a 6-3 decision versus No. 33 Connor Curry and Artem Kapshuk.
No. 31 Jack Lin and William Matherson controlled the last four points of the tiebreaker en route to a 7-6 (3) win over No. 29 Jackson Cobb and Alex Sendegeya.
Texas Tech's Matheus Leite and Tommy Mylnikov were on the verge of a tiebreaker win and held a 6-3 advantage against Adam Ambrozy and Michal Rolski when play was stopped.
Columbia received its second point courtesy of No. 122 Timothy Wang who ended Leite's eight-match winning streak by a 6-2, 6-2 margin.
The Red Raiders pulled within 2-1 when Ilgiz Valiev dialed up a 7-5, 6-0 triumph over Ambrozy on the No. 4 line. Valiev captured the last two games of set one and rolled to a bagel win during the second set.
Columbia answered from a pair of Top 40 singles players at the top two spots of the lineup to wrap up the 4-1 win. No. 19 Pham got past Mylnikov by a 6-1, 7-5 score line. Mylnikov held a 5-2 lead during the second set, but Pham finished with a five-game flurry for the victory.
No. 38 Tang was able to outlast Curry by a 4-6, 6-1, 6-2 margin at the No. 2 position. Unfinished matches were on courts three and five where Sendegeya and Kapshuk were both locked in tightly contested three-set battles.
Texas Tech will stay on the road for the next two weekends with matches at Memphis on Saturday followed by a neutral site meeting with No. 7 Texas A&M on Feb. 11 in Houston.
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No. 23 Columbia 4, No. 25 Texas Tech 1
Jan. 28, 2018 at Charlottesville, Va. (Boar's Head Sports Club)
2018 ITA Kickoff Weekend – Second Round
1 – No. 19 Victor Pham (CU) defeats Tommy Mylnikov (TTU): 6-1, 7-5
2 – No. 38 Jackie Tang (CU) defeats Connor Curry (TTU): 4-6, 6-1, 6-2
3 – Alex Sendegeya (TTU) vs. Jack Lin (CU): 2-6, 6-4, 2-3, unfinished
4 – Ilgiz Valiev (TTU) defeats Adam Ambrozy (CU): 7-5, 6-0
5 – Artem Kapshuk (TTU) vs. Austen Huang (CU): 6-1, 4-6, 2-2, unfinished
6 – No. 122 Timothy Wang (CU) defeats Matheus Leite (TTU): 6-2, 6-2
Order of finish: 6, 4, 1, 2
1 – No. 15 Victor Pham/Jackie Tang (CU) defeats No. 33 Connor Curry/Artem Kapshuk (TTU): 6-3
2 – No. 31 Jack Lin/William Matheson (CU) defeats No. 29 Jackson Cobb/Alex Sendegeya (TTU): 7-6 (3)
3 – Matheus Leite/Tommy Mylnikov (TTU) vs. Adam Ambrozy/Michal Rolski (CU): 6-6 (6-3), unfinished
Order of finish: 1, 2