No. 18 Lady Raiders Rout Wyoming, Texas State

Nikki Sanders moved into ninth all-time and second in the modern era with 83 career wins.

January 18, 2013

LUBBOCK, Texas - No. 18 Texas Tech began 2014 seemingly right where it left off last season - winning.

The Lady Raiders cruised to a pair of 7-0 wins over Wyoming and Texas State at the McLeod Tennis Center on Saturday to open the 2014 spring season.

It marked the seventh consecutive season that the Lady Raiders have opened the season with a win, including 6-0 under Texas Tech head coach Todd Petty.

The Lady Raiders began the day with a 7-0 win over Wyoming, which started with a sweep of doubles.

Texas Tech's No. 25 Samantha Adams and Kenna Kilgo improved to 9-2 on the season with a 6-2 win over Dorottya Jonas and Veronica Popovici. The tandem has combined to go 56-19 over the last three seasons.

Rashmi Teltumbde and Nikki Sanders edged out Wyoming's Jessica Parizher and Alena Vasilyeva, 6-4, while Tech newcomers Sarah Toti and Lynn Kiro defeated Christa Gecheva and Alma Espinosa, 6-1.

Sanders then picked up her 82nd career win while playing No. 2 singles with a straight-set victory over Jonas, 6-1, 6-2. Tech's No. 92 Kiro then bested Gecheva, 6-1, 6-0 at No. 4, while Teltumbde cruised past Parizher, giving the Lady Raiders a commanding 4-0 lead and sealing the win.

Adams followed with a 6-2, 6-2 victory over Silviya Zhelyazkova, while No. 58 Kilgo topped Popovici at No. 1 singles, 6-3, 6-2. Toti closed out the match with 7-5, 6-2 win over Espinosa.

In the nightcap, the No. 18 Lady Raiders blanked Texas State, 7-0, with solid double play once again leading the way at the McLeod Tennis Center.

Sanders and Teltumbde, who have combined to go 28-10 as a tandem over the last two years, cruised by Texas State's Monica Pieratt and Shannon Beckett, 6-1. No. 25 Adams and Kilgo then bested the Bobcats' Jessica Kahts and Ana Laura Gutierrez at No. 1 doubles, 6-2, to secure the point.

Adams improved to 6-6 on the season, while picking up her 69th career win against Texas State's Katy Collins, 6-0, 6-2. The two wins Saturday moved Adams into 16th on the all-time career wins list at Texas Tech.

Freshman Samantha Czarniak Rego then gave Tech a 3-0 lead with a 6-0, 6-0 win over Pippa Carr at No. 6. Teltumbde then clinched the victory with a 6-0, 6-1 win over Pieratt at No. 2.

No. 92 Kiro and No. 58 Kilgo each picked up their 10th wins of the season to extend the lead to 6-0, before Sanders added her 10th victory of the season with a 6-2, 6-4 win over Beckett to finalize the 7-0 route.

The No. 18 Lady Raiders return to action on Saturday in Lincoln, Neb., for the ITA Kickoff Weekend hosted by the University of Nebraska. Texas Tech faces No. 16 Vanderbilt at 3 p.m. The winner will take on either No. 25 Nebraska or No. 20 Georgia Tech for the right to advance to the ITA National Team Indoor Championship in Charlottesville, Va.

#18 Texas Tech 7, Wyoming 0
Jan. 18, 2014 at Lubbock, Texas (McLeod Tennis Center)

1. #58 Kenna Kilgo (TT) def. Veronica Popovici (WYO) 6-3, 6-2
2. Nikki Sanders (TT) def. Dorottya Jonas (WYO) 6-1, 6-2
3. Rashmi Teltumbde (TT) def. Jessica Parizher (WYO) 6-2, 6-1
4. #92 Lynn Kiro (TT) def. Christa Gecheva (WYO) 6-1, 6-0
5. Samantha Adams (TT) def. Silviya Zhelyazkova (WYO) 6-2, 6-2
6. Sarah Toti (TT) def. Alma Espinosa (WYO) 7-5, 6-2

1. #25 Samantha Adams / Kenna Kilgo (TT) def. Dorottya Jonas / Veronica Popovici (WYO) 6-2
2. Rashmi Teltumbde / Nikki Sanders (TT) def. Jessica Parizher / Alena Vasilyeva (WYO) 6-4
3. Sarah Toti / Lynn Kiro (TT) def. Christa Gecheva / Alma Espinosa (WYO) 6-1
Wyoming 0-1, #18 Texas Tech 1-0
Order of finish:
Doubles (3,2,1); Singles (2,4,3,5,1,6)
T-1:40 A-320

#18 Texas Tech 7, Texas State 0
Jan. 18, 2014 at Lubbock, Texas (McLeod Tennis Center)

1. #58 Kenna Kilgo (TT) def. Jessica Kahts (TXST) 6-2, 6-2
2. Rashmi Teltumbde (TT) def. Monica Pieratt (TXST) 6-0, 6-1
3. Nikki Sanders (TT) def. Shannon Beckett (TXST) 6-2, 6-4
4. #92 Lynn Kiro (TT) def. Ana Laura Gutierrez (TXST) 6-1, 6-0
5. Samantha Adams (TT) def. Katy Collins (TXST) 6-0, 6-2
6. Sam Czarniak Rego (TT) def. Pippa Carr (TXST) 6-0, 6-0

1. #25 Samantha Adams / Kenna Kilgo (TT) def. Jessica Kahts / Ana Laura Gutierrez (TXST) 6-2
2. Nikki Sanders / Rashmi Teltumbde (TT) def. Monica Pieratt / Shannon Beckett (TXST) 6-1
3. Lynn Kiro / Sarah Toti (TT) vs. Katy Collins / Eva Dench (TXST) unfinished
Texas State 0-1, #18 Texas Tech 2-0
Order of finish:
Doubles (2,1,3); Singles (5,6,2,4,1,3)
T-1:55 A-150




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