Pepperdine Grinds Out 6-1 Win over Texas Tech
March 14, 2012
MALIBU, Calif. – Jenson Turner and Sebastian Fanselow recovered from a 6-1 deficit to win and clinch the doubles point for the Pepperdine men’s tennis team, and the momentum carried over into singles as the Waves defeated Texas Tech, 6-1.
The win was the sixth-straight for Pepperdine, and improves the team’s record to 9-6 overall. The Red Raiders fall to 8-5 on the season.
Although the Waves won the doubles point, it was not without a strong challenge from the Red Raiders.
It appeared as though Texas Tech would win on court two, as Rafael Garcia and Vitor Manzini took a 6-1 lead against Fanselow (Essen, Germany/Kaplan College Prep) and Turner (Woodland Hills, Calif./Campbell Hall HS).
The Wave duo battled back and won five of the next six games to narrow the gap to one, 7-6.
The comeback appeared as though it would fall short, however, as Garcia and Manzini went up 40-love to give themselves three match points.
Again, Fanselow and Turner were resilient and scored the next five consecutive points to knot the match at 7-7. The Waves rode the momentum to a 9-7 victory to clinch the doubles point.
Texas Tech avoided the sweep by winning the No. 1 match in the tiebreaker.
In singles, Finn Tearney (Wellington, New Zealand/Wellington College) won the first set 6-2 before his opponent, Raony Carvalho was forced to retired due to injury two games into the second frame.
Turner gave the Waves a 3-0 lead after defeating Raphael Pfister, 6-1, 6-2.
After winning 7-5 in the first set tiebreaker, Mousheg Hovhannisyan (North Hollywood, Calif./Continental Academy) put away the match with a 6-2 triumph versus Manzini in the second frame to secure the team win for Pepperdine.
Texas Tech got on the board when Gabriel Wanderley came from behind to edge Clarke, 1-6, 6-4, 6-4, but the Waves kept on rolling with wins from the No. 1 and No. 3 spots in the lineup.
Fanselow struggled in the first set and lost 6-3 to Escobar, but found his rhythm and took the final two stanzas 6-3, 6-3.
Alex Llompart (Carolina, Puerto Rico/San Juan Educational School) rallied late in the first set to win 7-1 in the tiebreaker, but Garcia bounced back in set two to force a third. Llompart was able to get himself back on track and won 6-3 to conclude the afternoon’s action.
Next up, Pepperdine hosts Nebraska on Tuesday, March 20 and Washington on Wednesday, March 21. Admission to the Ralphs-Straus Tennis Center is free and both matches begin a 1 p.m.
#8 Pepperdine 6, #22 Texas Tech 1