Lady Raiders Off To Best Start In 27 Years

Nikki Sanders picked up her 88th career singles win on Sunday against New Mexico.

February 16, 2014

LUBBOCK, Texas – No. 19 Texas Tech notched another win in its belt on Sunday, as the Lady Raiders defeated New Mexico, 6-1, at the McLeod Tennis Center.

The win improved Texas Tech to 8-1 on the season. It is the best start to a season in 27 years. The last time the Lady Raiders began the season 8-1 was in 1987, when Texas Tech started the season 16-1. It is also the third best start in program history. The 1984 Lady Raiders began the season 11-0.

The nationally-ranked tandem of Samantha Adams and Kenna Kilgo began the day with an 8-5 win over Natasha Smith and Dominique Dulski. New Mexico responded with Lizette Blankers and Michaela Bezdickova topping Nikki Sanders and Rashmi Teltumbde, 8-4.

The doubles point was decided when Lynn Kiro and Sarah Toti dropped Susan Baklini and Emily Olivier, 8-4.

No. 110 Sanders picked up a straight-set win over Smith, 6-2, 6-1, and Adams cruised past Dulski, 6-2, 6-4, to give Texas Tech a 3-0 lead. Sanders improved to 16-5 on the season and 88-24 for her career at Texas Tech, while Adams is now 12-6 on the season and 74-56 for her career. Sanders now has the second-most victories in the modern era, while Adams ranks fifth.

No. 115 Kilgo edged Blankers, 6-4, 7-5 to secure the eighth win of the season for the Lady Raiders. Rashmi Teltumbde extended the lead to 5-0 with a 6-4, 6-3 win over Bezdickova.

New Mexico grabbed its only point of the day, when Merideth Hopson puled past Lynn Kiro, 6-3, 6-2. Beatriz Machado Santos closed out the scoring for Texas Tech, as she defeated Emily Olivier, 6-4, 6-7, 1-0.

Texas Tech must now turn its sights on the Blue Gray National Tennis Classic in Montgomery, Ala., beginning Friday. The No. 19 Lady Raiders are the second highest-ranked team in the field that features No. 16 Alabama, No. 20 Auburn, No. 23 Rice, No. 29 Oklahoma State, No. 34 Yale, No. 43 Illinois and No. 66 Yale.  

#19 Texas Tech 6, New Mexico 1
Feb 16, 2014 at Lubbock, Texas (McLeod Tennis Center)

1. #115 Kenna Kilgo (TT) def. Lizette Blankers (UNM) 6-4, 7-5
2. Rashmi Teltumbde (TT) def. Michaela Bezdickova (UNM) 6-4, 6-3
3. #110 Nikki Sanders (TT) def. Natasha Smith (UNM) 6-2, 6-1
4. Meredith Hopson (UNM) def. Lynn Kiro (TT) 6-3, 6-2
5. Samantha Adams (TT) def. Dominique Dulski (UNM) 6-2, 6-4
6. Beatriz Machado Santos (TT) def. Emily Olivier (UNM) 6-4, 6-7, 1-0

1. #37 Samantha Adams / Kenna Kilgo (TT) def. Natasha Smith / Dominique Dulski (UNM) 8-5
2. Lizette Blankers / Michaela Bezdickova (UNM) def. Nikki Sanders / Rashmi Teltumbde (TT) 8-4
3. Lynn Kiro / Sarah Toti (TT) def. Susan Baklini / Emily Olivier (UNM) 8-4
New Mexico 6-2, #19 Texas Tech 8-1
Order of finish:
Doubles (1,2,3); Singles (3,5,1,2,4,6)
T-3:16 A-200




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