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The Morning Stake: Soares and Dojas Advance to Final Four; Women’s Golf Has Huge Day Two

Texas Tech is sending men’s tennis doubles players Felipe Soares and Hugo Dojas to the NCAA Final Four and women’s golf makes a huge move in day two, up to 9th overall.


Soares Loses in Singles; Soares and Dojas Advance to Final Four in Doubles. Well, Felipe Soares lost in the Sweet 16 round to Virginia’s Shane Ryan, but have no fear as Soares and Hugo Dojas defeated the top-ranked duo from Georgia, Austin Smith and Ben Wagland, 6-2, 6-3 to advance to the final four in doubles:

“The amount of energy these guys have played with throughout this tournament is amazing,” Siegel said. “Felipe and Hugo are volleying as well as they have all year long. They are so engaged, focused and they flat believe.”

I still can’t believe that Siegel was ever going to retire as he’s producing some incredibly awesome play from his players. In any event, Soares and Dojas will face Michigan State’s Harry Jadun and John Patrick Mullane today (at some point after a singles match).


Women’s Golf Makes a Move in Day 2. After a disappointing day one, shooting 31 over and in second to last place, the women’s golf team had the round of a lifetime, shooting just 6 over and is now in 9th place overall heading into day three. They’ll need to move up to 8th overall to qualify for match play on Tuesday. Freshman Gabby Barker tied with the low round of the day, shooting even par 72. Head coach JoJo Robertson:

Tech, after shooting a 31-over 319 in the first round to drop into second-to-last place, came out blazing on Saturday at The Concession Golf Club in the second round. The Lady Raiders recorded the day’s best team round with a 6-over 294 to shoot up the leaderboard 13 spots into ninth place heading into Sunday’s decisive third round.

“It’s incredible the way they bounced back,” she said. “That might be the lowest round I thought could possibly be shot out here all week. And for our team to do it is just awesome.”


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