April 25, 1997
Texas Tech Women Knocked Out of Big 12 Tournament
Red Raiders Lose to Sixth-Ranked Texas
SAN ANTONIO, Texas - The Texas Tech women's tennis team lost to sixth-ranked Texas 5-1 in the second round of the inaugural Big 12 Conference Tournament Friday in a match that was played indoors in San Antonio due to inclement weather.
The Texas Tech women finish the season with a 10-11 overall record, while conference champion Texas improved to 20-5. Texas won the earlier match between the two teams by a 7-2 score on Jan. 31 in the Texas Tech Athletic Training Center.
The dual match was moved from the Penick-Allison Tennis Center on the University of Texas campus indoors to Thousand Oaks Tennis Center in San Antonio due to inclement weather. All of the men's and women' matches in the tournament were moved indoor sites throughout Austin, San Marcos, New Braunfels and San Antonio.
Freshman Amanda Earhart was the Red Raiders' lone singles winner, posting a hard-fought 7-6 (6), 5-7, 6-3 win over Laura Berendt. The remaining five singles matches ended up in favor of the Lady Longhorns, all in straight sets.
"Texas has a great team," assistant coach Mary Dailey said. "We entered the match with a lot of momentum after winning two in a row over nationally-ranked Oklahoma State, but it was clear that we were not going to be able to take the upset today. This loss does no, in any way take anything away from the way we were able to progress this season. One day, hopefully sooner than later, we will be able to win matches like this against great teams."
Texas will face the winner of fourth-seeded Kansas and fifth-seeded Colorado Saturday in the tournament semifinals.
Texas 5, Texas Tech 1