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Carvalho, Escobar extend historic run

Posted: May 25, 2012 - 8:39pm  |  Updated: May 26, 2012 - 12:54am

Raony Carvalho and Gonzalo Escobar each earned all-America honors as singles players during the last three seasons.

On Friday, the senior duo became Texas Tech’s first all-American doubles team.

Carvalho and Escobar, ranked 18th in the nation, dominated California’s sixth-ranked team of Nick Andrews and Christoffer Konigsfeldt, 6-3, 6-1, to advance to the Elite Eight of the NCAA doubles championships at the Dan Magill Tennis Complex in Athens, Ga.

“This is my last tournament,” Carvalho said, “and I don’t think there’s a better way to finish. Just being able to accomplish this, being all-American in doubles is just amazing.”

Carvalho earned all-America singles honors in 2010, and Escobar earned the distinction Thursday after advancing to the Sweet 16. He lost to Duke’s Henrique Cunha, 4-6, 6-2, 6-1 on Friday, ending his program-best singles run in the NCAAs.

Tech’s doubles tandem will face USC’s second-ranked duo of Steve Johnson and Roberto Quiroz in the Elite Eight at 3 p.m. today.

Johnson and Quiroz led USC to its fourth consecutive NCAA team title earlier this week.

“We beat the sixth-best team in the country today, and tomorrow won’t be any different,” Carvalho said. “We just have to get on the court and play like we did today. Gonzalo and I are feeling good, and I don’t think there is anybody that we cannot beat.”

Women’s golf

Kim Kaufman and Gabby Dominguez finished tied for eighth in the NCAA women’s golf championships in Franklin, Tenn., becoming the first Tech women’s players to make the top 10 in the national tournament.

The Tech juniors were among five players to finish at 3-over-par 69, Dominguez after moving up the leaderboard with a final-round 69 Friday. Kaufman closed with a 72.

“They have prepared for this tournament all season, and it showed,” Tech coach JoJo Robertson said. “It was an exciting day, and I couldn’t be prouder of how they competed and played. This is huge for our program, and we look forward to continued success from both Kim and Gabby.”

Kaufman, from Clark, S.D., was in contention throughout. Dominguez, who played high school golf at Class 1A Chilton, was tied for 53rd after the second round before she surged the last two days.

Alabama won the national championship, leading from wire to wire in the 72-hole tournament, but barely holding off Southern Cal and LSU.

Oklahoma’s Chirapat Jao-Javanil won the individual NCAA title, shooting 6 under and winning by four shots over Alabama’s Brooke Pancake.

Tech was the only school in the 24-team field to have two players finish in the top 10.

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Congratulations, ladies.

Great job, Gabby and Kim. Congratulations on a fine season.

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