Lady Raiders Set to Tee Off NCAA Central Regional Thursday|
May 8, 2013
LUBBOCK, Texas - For JoJo Robertson, Thursday is a date her team has been looking forward to since early August.
Texas Tech, making its fourth-straight postseason appearance, will tee off the NCAA Central Regional Thursday morning with the first of three rounds at the Jimmie Austin OU Golf Club in Norman, Okla.
"We're very excited and looking forward to getting started Thursday morning," said Robertson, who is the only coach in school history to lead a team to the postseason in four-straight seasons. "We've played this course many times, so I think our team knows what to expect. Hopefully it will be a good week for us."
The Lady Raiders are the No. 7 seed in the 24-team field that will be looking to finish among the top eight squads advancing to the NCAA Championships. Tech has moved on to the national tournament just once previously in school history which came in 1996.
Robertson will send out a veteran lineup in seniors Kim Kaufman and Gabby Dominguez, juniors Beverly Mendoza and Hannah Arnold and sophomore Elin Arvidsson. All five players have played in the postseason at least once in their respective careers.
"It really is just like any other event," Robertson said. "We just have to be in the top eight and don't have to do anything we haven't done this season. We need three consistent rounds and good play from everybody and we should be fine."
The Lady Raiders, who will be making their 15th Regional appearance in school history, have finished a spot shy of advancing in each of the last two seasons with a pair of ninth-place finishes. The two performance matched Tech's highest finish ever at a Regional from 1996 when 11 teams advanced to the national tournament.
Despite not advancing as a team, Kaufman and Dominguez concluded last year's NCAA West Regional as the top two individuals on non-advancing teams, garnering the duo a trip to the NCAA Championships where they both finished tied for eighth and earned honorable mention All-America honors.
Mendoza will be the first Lady Raider to see the No. 1 tee box Thursday morning as she will open the three-day, 54-hole tournament at 7:30 a.m.