No. 15 Baylor Holds Off Charge By No. 21 Texas Tech For 4-3 Win|
Nikki Sanders won both of her matches on Sunday in Waco.
January 27, 2013
WACO, Texas – Last season Texas Tech did the impossible, as the Lady Raiders became the first school to unseed Baylor as reigning champions of the Big 12 Conference, who won the league title for seven straight years.
Fast forward a year later and a rivalry has blossomed.
No. 15 Baylor battled back from a 3-2 deficit to top No. 21 Texas Tech, 4-3, at the ITA Kickoff Weekend at the Hurd Tennis Center.
The Lady Raiders came to play, as the No. 33 tandem of Nikki Sanders and Rashmi Teltumbde cruised at No. 2 doubles to an 8-2 win over Jordaan Sanford and Kiah Generette. Tech’s Samantha Adams and Kenna Kilgo followed suit with an 8-3 win over Ema Burgic and Victoria Kisialeva to give the Lady Raiders the doubles point. Elizabeth Ullathorne and Caroline Starck were leading 6-5 against Alex Leatu and Megan Horter, 6-5, when the match was abandoned because the point was won.
Baylor answered at the start of singles, as No. 16 Burgic topped No. 49 Adams, 6-2, 6-0 at No. 1.
Texas Tech answered with Sanders’ 6-1, 6-4 win at No. 6 and Dynka’s 6-4, 6-3 win at No. 5, which gave the Lady Raiders a 3-1 lead with three matches remaining.
Sanford cut the margin to 3-2, when she got past Teltumbde, 7-5, 6-3 at No. 3 singles.
Kilgo battled back from a 7-6 loss in the first set against Megan Horter at No. 2 to tie the match with a 6-3 in in the second. In the third, Horter broke away at 2-2 to secure the win, 7-6 (7-0) 3-6, 6-2 and tie the match at 3-3.
The deciding point was determined at No. 4 singles, where Baylor’s Generette won the first set, 6-3. Tech’s Ullathorne battled to take the second, 6-3. The third was a battle, as the two built up a 4-4 tie. Ullathorne then went up 5-4, but Generette proceeded to win the next three games to secure the set and match for Baylor.
Baylor is now one of 16 teams invited to the ITA Indoor National Championship in Charlottesville, Va.
Texas Tech returns to action next weekend in Tucson, Ariz., when the Lady Raiders face No. 30 Arizona and No. 56 Sacramento State.
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