MEMPHIS, Tenn. – The No. 25 Texas Tech men’s tennis team received three-set victories courtesy of Artem Kapshuk and Tommy Mylnikov to snatch a 4-3 comeback victory over Memphis on Saturday at the Racquet Club of Memphis.
The Red Raiders (11-2) have posted a 3-0 record in matches decided by 4-3 margin this season and have defeated Memphis (2-2) in back-to-back seasons.
Trailing 3-2, Texas Tech began its rally behind Kapshuk who dialed up a hard-fought 6-3, 3-6, 6-4 triumph over Jans Palllares on court five. Kapshuk won the last two games of the final set to push his winning streak to five consecutive matches.
Mylnikov used a similar formula en route to a 7-6 (2), 3-6, 6-4 victory against Ryan Peniston at the top of the lineup. He got an all-important break in the eighth game of the deciding frame. Then, he held serve to close out the match.
"It's always tough to win on the road," Texas Tech head coach Brett Masi said. "I don't feel like either team played their best tennis, and we need to make sure we play better next week if we think we can compete with A&M. With that said, very proud with how we played in doubles. Then, with Ilgiz and Artem did to get us the chance to win that fourth match. Tommy brought it home and played clutch to get us to the finish line. A big moment for him and all he's gone through."
Texas Tech grabbed the early 1-0 edge in doubles courtesy of the bottom of its lineup. Matheus Leite paired with Mylnikov for a dominant 6-1 win over Pallares and Marshall Sullivan at the No. 3 spot.
Kapshuk and Ilgiz Valiev won three of the last four games to claim a 6-3 victory over Peniston and Felix Rauch on the No. 2 doubles line.
When doubles play was stopped, Texas Tech’s Connor Curry and Alex Sendegeya held a 4-3 edge over Kai Lemke and Matt Story on court one.
The Tigers struck first in singles action as Lemke upended Sendegeya by a 6-0, 6-1 score line at the No. 3 position followed by Rauch taking down Leite 6-2, 6-2 on court six to make it 2-1.
Valiev provided the equalizer with a 6-3, 7-6 (5) win over Patzanovsky at the No. 4 slot to even the tally at 2-2. The Russian has strung together six consecutive singles victories.
Memphis regrouped and went 3-2 when Andrew Watson outlasted Curry 7-5, 6-3 on court two.
Texas Tech will conclude its stretch of three consecutive road weekends and takes on No. 7 Texas A&M next Sunday. First serve is set for 1 p.m. CT from the Downtown Club at the MET in Houston.
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No. 25 Texas Tech 4, Memphis 3
Feb. 3, 2018 at Memphis, Tenn. (Racquet Club of Memphis)
1 – Tommy Mylnikov (TTU) defeats Ryan Peniston (UM): 7-6 (2), 3-6, 6-4
2 – Andrew Watson (UM) defeats Connor Curry (TTU): 7-5, 6-3
3 – Kai Lemke (UM) defeats Alex Sendegeya (TTU): 6-0, 6-1
4 – Ilgiz Valiev (TTU) defeats Chris Patzanovsky (UM): 6-3, 7-6 (5)
5 – Artem Kapshuk (TTU) defeats Jan Pallares (UM): 6-3, 3-6, 6-4
6 – Felix Rauch (UM) defeats Matheus Leite (TTU): 6-2, 6-2
Order of finish: 3, 6, 4, 2, 5, 1
1 – Connor Curry/Alex Sendegeya (TTU) vs. Kai Lemke/Matt Story (UM): 4-3, unfinished
2 – Artem Kapshuk/Ilgiz Valiev defeats Ryan Peniston/Felix Rauch (UM): 6-3
3 – Matheus Leite/Tommy Mylnikov (TTU) defeats Jan Pallares/Marshall Sullivan (UM): 6-1
Order of finish: 3, 2
Texas Tech: 11-2; National Ranking: No. 25