No. 20 Texas Tech Stuns No. 12 Baylor, 4-3|
Nikki Sanders, who has won 13 straight secured the win with her victory at No. 5 Singles.
March 1, 2012
LUBBOCK, Texas - No. 20 Texas Tech did the improbable on Thursday, the Lady Raiders upended No. 12 Baylor, 4-3, in the Big 12 Conference opener in women's tennis.
"I am so proud of our team," said Texas Tech head coach Todd Petty. "I think we got some confidence last year against Texas and again against Ole Miss this season. It let the team know that they can compete against Top 20 competition."
The win is the biggest in program history. Texas Tech entered the match with its first-ever Top-20 ranking. It previous best wins were against No. 23 Texas last season and No. 23 Ole Miss earlier this year.
Texas Tech (9-2, 1-0 Big 12) started the day by winning the doubles point over Baylor (11-4, 0-1). Early on, Baylor secured the first doubles win at No. 2, but Texas Tech answered when Elizabeth Ullathorne and Rashmi Teltumbde battled to a win at No. 3.
The point came down to a battle between Texas Tech's No. 47 tandem of Kenna Kilgo and Samantha Adams against Baylor's No. 46 duo of Ema Burgic and Nicole Kosakowski. The Lady Raiders won the the tiedbreakers to secure a 9-8 (11) win.
"The doubles point was huge for us," added Petty. "I do not know if I have been involved in a doubles point that meant so much. When you look back, it decided the match. It was a huge win for Kenna and Samantha."
Baylor would soon tie the match, when No. 32 Nina Secerbegovic picked up a straight set win over Adams at No. 2. Texas Tech's Kilgo answered with a straight set win at No. 6, but Baylor's No. 9 Diana Nakic topped No. 122 Elizabeth Ullathorne in straight sets to tie the match at 2-2.
Texas Tech then saw Teltumbde battle back against No. 47 Sona Novakova, 3-6, 6-3, 6-4 to give the Lady Raiders a 3-2 lead with two matches on the court.
Lady Raider Nikki Sanders, who entered the day on a 12-match winning streak, secured the win with a 6-1, 5-7, 6-0 victory over Baylor's Megan Horter. Caroline Starck was not as lucky as she fell to Baylor's Burgic, 3-6, 7-5, 7-5.
With the win, Texas Tech snaps Baylor's 13-match conference winning streak. The Lady Bears had won 69 of their last 70 matches against Big 12 opponents. Texas Tech had not beaten Baylor since upending the then-No. 28 Lady Bears, 5-2, on Apr. 13, 2002. It is also just the second win for Texas Tech over Baylor since 1991.
Texas Tech returns to action on Wednesday in California, when the Lady Raiders take on Cal Poly.