Texas Tech Upsets Oklahoma State
Texas Tech does it again! They managed to pull off their second upset in 2 days. Yesterday, in the quarterfinals of the Big 12 tournament, Texas Tech, the last seed, upset #3 seed and #6 team in the country, Baylor. Today, they knocked Oklahoma State, the #2 seeded team and the #8 team in the country.
Texas Tech will not make it into the NCAA tournament if they do not win the Big 12 Championships. They NEED the automatic bid that comes with winning this tournament. You can tell that this changes the way that Texas Tech plays their game. You can feel their sense of urgency and their desire to win. They want it.
Today was no different.
Oklahoma State stole the doubles point by taking lines 2 & 1 respectively. Texas Tech shrugged the loss and the 0-1 deficit off and immediately switched gears into singles.
Oklahoma State took line 5 but Tech came back and won the next 3 singles matches at lines 4,3 & 2. 4. On line 4, Connor Curry crushed Oklahoma State's, Tristan Meraut 6-0. It was a great start, but it's difficult to keep that kind of edge and Meraut took the second set 6-3. Curry found his groove again and took the third set and the match 6-3 to put The Red Raiders on the board.
Alex Sendegeya was the next Red Raider to come up with a W for the team. He upset #110 Lucas Gerch in a crazy 7-6 (7-4), 1-6, 6-1 match.
On line 2, #79 Bjorn Thomson took out #103 Arjun Kadhe 3-6, 6-4, 6-4. It wasn't that cut and dry though. Bjorn had to "fight a lot of demons" this match coach Masi said. Thompson had 3 match points up 5-3 but he let Kadhe in for a second and found himself in a tight 5-4 match. Thompson could have let the bad ref calls get to him but he kept his cool and closed out the match 6-4 in the third.
The final point came from #29 Jolan Cailleau on line 1. He took out Baylor's #15 Juan Benitez yesterday and downed #24 Julian Cash in a three setter that went 6-7 (8-10), 6-4, 6-1 today. He'll face #1 Cam Norrie in the final against TCU but with the wins he's been having and the way he's been playing, don't count Cailleau out just yet.
Texas Tech will face #1 seed, TCU, in the finals tomorrow at 11:00 am.