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Gonzalo Escobar Named Big 12 Men’s Tennis Co-Player of the Week

Texas Tech senior Gonzalo Escobar has been named the Big 12 Conference men’s tennis co-player of the week for the week ending Apr. 22.

Escobar shared the award with Oklahoma’s Costin Paval.

Escobar earned the deciding victory over No. 15 Texas on Saturday night to lift the No. 22 Red Raiders to a 4-3 win over the Longhorns. It was Texas Tech’s first win over the Horns since 2008 and completed to first ever sweep of Texas, Texas A&M and Baylor in the same season for the Red Raiders in program history.

The senior from Ecuador is ranked No. 47 in the nation. He defeated the Longhorn’s No. 100 Daniel Whitehead, 6-3, 4-6, 7-6 (8-6).

This is the first time a Texas Tech athlete has been named player of the week in men’s tennis since Raony Carvalho won the award the week of March 23, 2010. Overall, it is the 13th time Texas Tech has claimed the honor.

The Red Raiders return to action on Saturday in the semifinals of the Big 12 Championships in College Station as the No. 2 seed. Texas Tech will face Baylor or Oklahoma State at 9 a.m. at the Mitchell Tennis Center.

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