No. 17 Texas Tech took the courts at Oklahoma on Thursday evening before opening up the Big 12 Championships on Friday.
Nikki Sanders has solidified the 4-5-6 rotation of the Lady Raider lineup. The Texas Tech junior has never lost a home match, going an impressive 26-0 at home over the past three seasons. She is also an equally impressive in league play, going 24-4 over the last three seasons. Sanders is currently riding an 11-match winning streak. In all, she is 54-10 in dual matches and 72-19 overall in singles play.
2012-13 (JUNIOR): Led Texas Tech to its second straight Big 12 title ... went undefeated (9-0) in singles in Big 12 play ... won the Big 12 No. 5 singles position title ... teamed with Rashmi Teltumbde to win the Big 12 No. 2 doubles position title with an 8-1 doubles record in league play ... She is currently 25-5 in singles and 18-3 in dual matches, including 12-2 at No. 5 ... she has been as impressive in doubles, as Sanders is 29-8 this season and 19-6 in dual matches ... her 29 doubles wins are the most by a Lady Raider since Annmarie Walson (37), Paula Brigance (33) and Cathy Carlson (29) each won at least 29 in 1988 ... Sanders and Teltumbde have tied the school record for most spring dual match wins at No. 2 doubles (18).
2011-12 (SOPHOMORE): Helped Texas Tech secure its first-ever Big 12 title ... recorded an amazing 26-6 record in singles, including a 20-3 mark in dual matches ... anchored the No. 6 position for the second consecutive season, notching a 15-2 mark in the spring ... the 15 wins are the fourth most wins in program history at the No. 6 position ... went 16-12 in doubles, including a 12-8 clip in dual matches primarily at No. 2 ... recorded a 15-11 record with Caroline Starck, 1-0 with Elizabeth Ullathorne and 0-1 with Samantha Adams.
2010-2011 (FRESHMAN): Finished the season 21-8 in singles, including 16-4 in dual matches ... went 13-3 at No. 6 ... the 13 wins at No. 6 are the fifth most wins in program history ... was 5-4 in singles in the fall ... was 24-7 in doubles overall, including 16-5 in dual matches ... teamed to go 21-7 with Caroline Starck, including 14-5 at No. 2 ... Sanders and Starck were 8-3 in league play ... also was 3-0 with Elizabeth Ullathorne in the fall.
PRIOR TO TEXAS TECH: Graduated in June 2010 from Ontario Christian High School in Ontario, California ... played for Sara Admiraal ... a four-star recruit by TennisRecruiting.net ... nationally ranked No. 30 by TennisRecruiting.net ... ranked No. 60 by the USTA ... in her 2010 Class, Nikki is ranked 46th and holds a No. 22 ranking in the state of California for the Lady Knights ... led Ontario Christian to the semifinals of the California Interscholastic Federation (CIF) in 2008 and 2009 ... league champions in 2008 and 2009 ... played in the CIF quarterfinals in 2009, MVP as sophomore, junior, and senior ... finalist of league finals in 2007, 2008 and 2009 ... active in the California Scholarship Federation and the Future Business leaders of America ... member National Honor Society.
PERSONAL: Born on January 8, 1992 in Montclair, California .. .parents are Edward Sanders and Haydee Salagan ... has three siblings, Britney, Alex and Alan ... sister, Britney plays tennis at Notre Dame ... majoring in the Texas Tech Pre-Med program in the College of Arts and Sciences ... in addition to tennis, Nikki enjoys spending time with friends and listening to music.