Pepperdine powers past Texas Tech
No. 8 Waves extend win streak to six by downing Red Raiders
MALIBU, Calif. -- Jenson Turner and Sebastian Fanselow recovered from a 6-1 deficit to win and clinch the doubles point for No. 8 Pepperdine, and the momentum carried over into singles as the Waves defeated 22nd-ranked Texas Tech 6-1.
The win was the sixth consecutive for Pepperdine, and improves the team’s overall record to 9-6. 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.
Hugh Clarke and David Sofaer put away an 8-4 decision on court three to tilt the scales in Pepperdine’s favor to open the afternoon.
It appeared as though Texas Tech would win on court two, as Rafael Garcia and Vitor Manzini took a 6-1 lead against Fanselow and Turner. The Wave duo battled back and won five of the next six games to narrow the gap to 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 a tiebreaker.
In singles, Finn Tearney 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 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 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 action.