New Mexico Squeezes Past Lady Raiders|
Feb. 4, 2007
LUBBOCK, Texas - The Texas Tech women's tennis team was handed their second loss of the season at the hands of No. 41 New Mexico. The team now sits 3-2 overall, with two singles competitors on an undefeated streak.
In the No. 1 spot for the team is sophomore Samantha van der Drift, who is currently 4-0 in singles. She is followed by junior Janet Durham who leads the team in singles with a dominating 5-0 record. The No. 2 match-up showcased Lady Raider senior Lakann Wagley against New Mexico's nationally ranked Ola Abou-Zekry. The two sent the match into a third set were Abou-Zekry eventually pulled away for the win, 6-0.
The final match of the day featured Tech freshman Kerryn Potgieter against New Mexico junior Lucy Scott. Down 5-2 in the second set, Potgieter battled back and out-played New Mexico's Scott for the win in the third set.
"I was very pleased with Kerryn's play today as she played with a lot of heart," exclaimed head Coach Cari Groce. "It is important for our young players to step up and get those wins for the team, and finish their matches. For every player we recruit and give a scholarship to, we expect them to win."
The doubles point continued to haunt the Lady Raiders, as the Lady Lobos' one and two spots won 8-2, respectively. The No. 2 undefeated duo of Durham and van der Drift were Tech's only doubles win of the day, and boast a 3-0 overall record.
"We got off to a slow start in doubles, but we knew we had to get out there and position ourselves for the six singles points left," said Groce. "We tried to position ourselves with a tough non-conference schedule to help get us prepared. The matches are all going to be tough, and we need both the veterans and the rookies to step up and finish for the team."
The team takes a break next weekend after hosting the last five consecutive matches. They will return to action on Feb. 17, 2007, as they open conference play against Colorado. For complete results visit www.texastech.com.
Texas Tech, 3, New Mexico, 4
Singles: 1, 3, 4, 2, 6*, 5