LUBBOCK — Joel Rubio and Tomas Stillman each recorded singles victories, but it was not enough in a 5-2 setback to No. 51 Texas Tech in the season opener on Saturday at McLeod Tennis Center.
Rubio, who hails from Arnedo, Spain, edged Maxime Hinnisdaels in straight sets, 7-5, 7-5, at the No. 3 singles spot, while Stillman, a native of Harlingen, dispatched Johann Willems, 6-3, 6-4, at No. 4.
Earlier in the day, Rubio and Stillman teamed up for a doubles victory at the No. 2 position by downing Felipe Soares and Willems, 6-4. However, the Red Raiders took the doubles point by registering victories in the other two matches. The No. 33-ranked tandem of Hugo Dojas and Hinnisdaels posted a 6-3 win against Diogo Casa and Yannick Junger at the top spot, while Carlos DiLaura and Francisco Zambon defeated Kolby Kilgo and Boburjon Kamiljanov, 6-0.
The match moved to singles play, where Texas Tech scored wins at Nos. 5 and 6 and clinched the victory when No. 101 Soares topped Casa, 6-2, 6-3, at No. 1.
The Roadrunners will return to action next Saturday, Jan. 25, when they travel to College Station to face Texas A&M at noon.
#51 Texas Tech 5, UTSA 2
1. #33 Dojas/Hinnisdaels (TTU) def. Casa/Junger (UTSA) 6-3
2. Rubio/Stillman (UTSA) def. Soares/Willems (TTU) 6-4
3. DiLaura/Zambon (TTU) def. Kilgo/Kamiljanov (UTSA) 6-0
1. #101 Felipe Soares (TTU) def. Diogo Casa (UTSA) 6-2, 6-3
2. #65 Hugo Dojas (TTU) def. Yannick Junger (UTSA) 6-5, 6-3
3. Joel Rubio (UTSA) def. Maxime Hinnisdaels (TTU) 7-5, 7-5
4. Tomas Stillman (UTSA) def. Johann Willems (TTU) 6-3, 6-4
5. Francisco Zambon (TTU) def. Eric Buchalter (UTSA) 6-3, 6-2
6. Jolan Cailleau (TTU) def. Boburjon Kamiljanov (UTSA) 6-3, 6-4
Order of finish: Doubles (3,2,1); Singles (5,4,6,1,2,3)