Lady Raiders Earn Fourth-Straight NCAA Regional Selection|
April 29, 2013
LUBBOCK, Texas - The Texas Tech women's golf team earned its fourth-straight postseason selection Monday evening as the Lady Raiders were picked to the Central Regional during the NCAA Selection Show.
The Lady Raiders will be the No. 7 seed in the regional that will be held May 9-11 at the Jimmie Austin OU Golf Club in Norman, Okla. It is the highest seeding Tech has received in head coach JoJo Robertson's four seasons.
"We're obviously excited to be heading to the postseason for a fourth-straight year," Robertson said. "This team has done a great job in getting us to this point where we have another chance to make it to nationals which something we've been working towards all year. Hopefully we can put together three good days of solid golf."
After narrowly missing out on a trip to the NCAA Championships a year ago, the Lady Raiders will look to finish among the top eight advancing squads in the 24-team field that also features three other Big 12 Conference schools in No. 2 seed and host Oklahoma as well as 10th seeded Iowa State and 15th seeded TCU.
Duke highlights the regional as the Blue Devils earned the No. 1 seed after claiming the Atlantic Coast Conference title a few weeks ago. Florida, Washington and Arizona State rounded out the top-five seeds followed by UC Davis at No. 6 and then North Carolina State and Michigan State as the No. 9 and 10 seeds.
A trip to Norman and the Jimmie Austin OU Golf Club is a familiar one for the Lady Raiders, who have competed in the Suzie Maxwell Berning Classic hosted by Oklahoma in each of the past two seasons. Tech finished the 2012 tournament held this past fall in fourth place after finishing second and just a few strokes back of the Sooners a year earlier.
"We're should be very familiar with the golf course having played there the last two years," Robertson said. "This is a course we've had success on in the past, so we were pretty thrilled to see we were heading to Norman. Regionals is a different type of golf tournament, but if we go out and play the way we're capable of then we should be fine."
Tech's four-straight trips to the postseason also mark the longest streak in program history, surpassing the previous high of three-consecutive NCAA Regional appearances from 1999-2001.
The Lady Raiders fell just shy of advancing to the NCAA Championships in each of the last two seasons with a pair of ninth-place finishes. Tech's only appearance at the national tournament came in 1996 when the Lady Raiders finished 12th in the 20-team field.
The NCAA Championships will be held May 21-24 at the University of Georgia Golf Course in Athens, Ga.
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