Lynn Kiro came onto the scene with a bang, as the native of South Africa won a Lady Raider modern era record 29 wins as a freshman. She also won 16 straight matches to close out her rookie campaign and then extended it to 20 straight after winning the first four matches of the fall. Look for Kiro to move from No. 3 and No. 4 last season to competing for No. 1 and No. 2 this season in singles.
SOPHOMORE (FALL 2014) Entered the fall ranked No. 83 nationall and No. 17 in the Texas Region ... finished the fall with a 7-3 singles record, including 3-1 against ranked opponents ... recorded a 4-4 doubles mark, going 1-2 with Kenna Kilgo and 3-2 with Sarah Dvorak ... became the first Lady Raider in program history to win four straight matches at the Riviera/ITA All-American Championships ... won three straight in pre-qualifying, followed by a 1-1 performance in qualifying at the All-American ... advanced to the Round of 32 at the USTA/ITA Texas Regional Championships ... went 2-1 in singles at the Ole Miss Fall Invitational ... teamed with Kilgo to go 1-2 at the All-American ... advanced with Dvorak to the quarterfinals at the Texas Regional Championships ... went 1-1 with Dovorak at the Ole Miss Fall Invitational ... picked up ranked win over No. 122 Maci Epstein of Virginia, No. 63 Joana Vale Costa of LSU and No. 72 Julie Jones of Ole Miss.
FRESHMEN (2013-14) Named First Team All-Big 12 Singles ... selected to the Academic All-Big 12 Rookie team ... teamed with Ana Beatriz Machado to win the No. 3 Doubles position title ... broke the school record for consecutive matches won in a season by winning her last 16 matches of the season ... notched a 3-1 record against ranked opponents ... secured ranked wins over No. 106 Ines Deheza (Texas A&M), No. 49 Dominque Harmath (Rice) and No. 59 Maya Jansen (Alabama) ... played primarily at No. 3 and No. 4 ... went 9-0 in Big 12 play, but did not win a position title because she was 5-0 at No. 3 and 4-0 at No. 4. It is required to have played at least six matches at one position to be eligible for the award ... went 8-3 in singles during the fall ... added a 2-2 record in doubles during the fall, going 0-1 with Nikki Sanders and 2-1 with Rashmi Teltumbde ... lost in the finals against teammate Kenna Kilgo on the Flight A singles championship at Houston's Cougar Classic ... ranked as high as No. 92 and went 6-1 in singles with a national ranking ... finished the season ranked No. 115 nationally and No. 17 in the Texas Region.
PRIOR TO TEXAS TECH Earned a spot on the South African Fed Cup squad in 2012 in Cairo, Egypt, where she went 1-1 in doubles with teammate Madrie Le Roux ... competed for South Africa on the Junior Fed Cup Team in 2011 in San Luis Potosi, Mexico ... has won five ITF singles titles and a pair of ITF doubles titles ... won her first national championship in her native South Africa in 2006, when she won the Under-14 title ... added back-to-back national titles in 2010 and 2011, when she secured the Under-18 national title ... her efforts earned her the No. 1 ranking in South Africa in both U14 and U18 ... earned a spot at the 2013 Junior Championships at Wimbledon ... ranked as high as No. 60 in the world as a junior and No. 8 in Africa ... ranked as high as No. 844 in singles and No. 744 in doubles by the WTA.
PERSONAL Full name is Lynn Liger Kiro ... born in 1995 in Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa ... her home is 9,051 miles from Lubbock, Texas and eight time zones east ... parents are Emmanuel and Josiane Kiro ... has one brother, Ike ... Ike also played tennis collegiately at the District of Columbia and New Jersey Tech ... last name pronounced KEY-roe ... a graduate of Penn Foster High School ... coached by Dermot Sweeney ... started playing tennis at age 8 ... favorite surface is hard court ... plays right handed with a double-handed backhand ... Business Management major.