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Big 12 Recap: Texas Tech Upsets Baylor

Big 12 Recap: Texas Tech Upsets Baylor
Photo: Greg Fulks
Texas Tech played some unbelievable tennis today. The #41 ranked team upset Baylor, the #6 ranked team in the nation for the second time in 2 weeks. Last time they won by a 4-3 margin. This time by a 4-2 margin… but the score does not reflect the excitement nor the level of play.

Texas Tech came out fired up. They snatched the doubles point by winning on lines 3 and 1. Baylor was not about to let the match slip away and took the first two singles points at lines 5 and 6. Texas Tech's #29 Jolan Cailleau, evened score by taking down Baylor's #14 Juan Benitez, in straight sets (6-3, 6-3). Texas Tech kept the momentum going and shortly after, Alex Sendegeya def. #59 Johannes Schretter 6-4, 6-3.

The match came down to lines 2 and 4 playing right next to each other. Both matches went to tiebreaks to fight for the last two dual match points. Texas Tech led 3-2 and only needed one of the tiebreaks to go their way. #79 Bjorn Thompson (Texas Tech) and  #44 Max Tchoutakian (Baylor) on line 2 kept trading the lead and Tchoutakian fought off multiple match points. Tchoutakian came back to win the second set tiebreak 12-10 to keep Baylor in the running for the dual match for another moment.

Less than 2 minutes later, Connor Curry closed out the match for Texas Tech on line 4 with a 7-4 win in the tiebreak over Baylor's, Jimmy Bendeck. There was so much chaos and excitement it took a minute for the team on court 2 to fully realize that the match was over and that The Red Raiders had won.

In order to make it to the NCAA tournament, Texas Tech will need to win the Big 12 Championships for the automatic bid into NCAAs. 1 match down, 2 more to go.

The Red Raiders will play the #2 seed, Oklahoma State, in the semifinal match on Friday April 28 at 10:00am. Can they pull off another upset?
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