1997 Season Review
The 1997 season marked a new era for women's tennis at Texas Tech as Tim Siegel took over both the men's and women's programs as the Director of Tennis. His first order of business was to hire Mary Dailey to assist with the women's program. From that beginning, the Red Raiders went on to a record-setting season.
Texas Tech won a school-record five conference matches and earned four wins over nationally ranked opponents, including a 5-4 victory over 37th-ranked Colorado- the Buffaloes' first Big 12 loss of the season. The squad also achieved another first in winning its first round match of the Big 12 Tournament against No. 40 Oklahoma State. Freshman Amanda Earhart (14-6) recorded a seven-match winning streak and won nine of her last 10 matches. She also teamed with All-Big 12 Conference singles performer senior Eva Eguiguren (11-10) to compile an impressive 11-5 overall doubles record. Junior Christine Van Regenmorter (13-4), also finished the season strong, winning 10 of her last 11 matches.
The Red Raiders also led the league in First Team Academic All-Big 12 recipients as Tech had six players honored for academic excellence.Sophomore Amanda Earhart, who finished 14-6 last year, returns to the lineup in top form. Earhart, who also teamed at the top of the doubles lineup, will play at No. 2 singles this season.Senior Christine Van Regenmorter proved to be valuable after transferring in from Modesto J.C. last year. She returns to the lower or middle portion of the lineup with a highly successful 13-4 singles record from a year ago.
Sophomore Lakshmi Ravindra, a First Team All-Big 12 Academic First Team selection last year, returns to the squad in the middle of the singles and doubles lineups.