The Longhorns in action at the Texas Tennis Center in this file photo. [RALPH BARRERA / AMERICAN-STATESMAN]

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Texas men’s tennis team falls in Lubbock

Posted April 19th, 2018

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The Texas men’s tennis team suffered a 4-3 setback Thursday, dropping three singles contests and the doubles point to Texas Tech in Lubbock.

Ilgiz Valiev topped Rodrigo Banzer 6-7 (2), 6-2, 6-0 in a comeback victory to clinch the match for the No. 32 Red Raiders.

“Tough day,” UT head coach Michael Center said. “We had trouble executing in doubles and then struggled to finish some opportunities in singles. Texas Tech played great at the end. We need to regroup and get ready for Baylor on Sunday.”

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Texas Tech fought back to earn the doubles point after dropping one set, 6-1. Harrison Scott and Christian Sigsgaard put No. 15 Texas in the lead briefly with their win over Connor Curry and Valiev.

Texas Tech won two straight doubles contests, however, to take a 1-0 lead overall.

Colin Markes won 6-2, 6-1 over Matheus Leite to tie the match before Adrian Ortiz put Texas up 2-1. Ortiz defeated Artem Kapshuk 6-1, 6-4.

Sigsgaard made it 3-1 with his 6-1, 6-2 win over Alex Sendegeya. That would be the last victory for Texas on the day.

Curry won 6-3, 6-1 over Leonard Telles before Tommy Mylnikov tied the match at 3-3 with a 6-4, 6-4 win over Scott.

The Texas men’s tennis team finishes the Big 12 regular season with Baylor on Sunday beginning at 2 p.m. in Waco.

The Longhorns host the Big 12 Championships next week at the Texas Tennis Center.

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