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Texas Tech's Soares falls in NCAA tennis singles opening round

Posted: May 25, 2016 - 5:31pm  |  Updated: May 26, 2016 - 12:01am

TULSA, Okla. — Felipe Soares of the Texas Tech men’s tennis team dropped a hard-fought 4-6, 6-0, 7-5 singles decision to No. 2 seed Roberto Cid of South Florida during Wednesday’s Round of 64 at the NCAA Singles Championships.

Soares jumped out to a 2-0 edge to start the third set. He erased a 15-40 deficit with forehand and backhand winners and took advantage of a Cid double fault to earn the early break. However, Cid responded with four of the next five games to snatch a 4-3 advantage.

Soares answered with another service break and a hold. At deuce on his serve, Soares stuck a pair of backhand volleys to go up 5-4. Cid fired back and reeled off the final three games to notch the 7-5 triumph. He advances to face Alabama’s Mazen Osama in Thursday’s Round of 32.

Soares and Hugo Dojas will begin defense of their 2015 NCAA doubles runner-up run and will meet North Florida’s Jack Findel-Hawkins and Yannick Zuern in Thursday’s Round of 32.

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