Tech Bounces Back After Long Road Trip With Win
March 22, 2009
LUBBOCK, Texas - The Texas Tech women's tennis team bounced back after the long road trip today at the McLeod Tennis Center as they dominated the Cyclones of Iowa State, 6-1, as Samantha van der Drift tied for the most wins in program history.
"I felt like we played a very solid match in singles. We started a little slow in doubles, but we played very solid in singles, head coach Todd Petty said. "I was very please with the way we rebounded after a long road trip to come out here and have to play a conference match coming off the road."
The Lady Raiders (6-9, 1-3) began the day in strong form by sweeping the doubles matches and taking the first point of the match. The No. 1 duo of van der Drift and Kelsy Garland were on top of their game as they quickly defeated Erin Karonis and Kara Hickey, 8-4.
Minutes after the first match ended Tech clinched the doubles point as Kerryn Potgieter and Stefanie Peana cruised by Maria Fernanda Marcedo and Marie-Christine Chartier in the No. 2 match, 8-2. The third and final doubles match was again dominated by Tech as Natalie Leitch and Simone Templeton knocked off Liza Wischer and Tessa Lang, 8-4.
Tech continued its strong play in the singles matches by taking the five of the six matches in straight sets. No. 3 Templeton grabbed the first singles point as she destroyed Lang in straight sets, 6-1, 6-2. Just seconds later, Peana grabbed Tech's third point of the day as she blew by Wischer, 6-1, 6-1.
The Lady Raiders secured the victory over the Cyclones as No. 6 Potgieter took down Hickey with no problems, 6-2, 6-2. The No. 4 match took an unexpected turn as Tech's Leitch was up 6-3, 2-1 but due to injury was forced to retire. The match gave Chartier the Cyclone's first and only point of the day.
No. 1 player van der Drift kept her hot streak alive as she pounded Karonis, 6-0, 6-4. The win puts van der Drift in a tie with Janet Durham for the most wins in program history with 74.
"I think this was a big win for Sam [van der Drift] to tie it on. She had lost to this girl previously twice in a row and to do it in dominate fashion to win 6-0, 6-3 was a good match for her," Petty said. "She is starting to gain some confidence she is 2-2 in her last four matches and has been a leader on and off the court."
The No. 2 match was a real nail-biter in the first set. Garland fell behind 4-1 early but fought back and forced the set into tiebreak winning 7-6. Garland rode the confidence gained off of the set to blow by Fernanda Mercedo, 6-0, taking the sixth and final point of the day.
Tech returns to action tomorrow at 11 a.m. against Nebraska at the McLeod Center. The match was moved from its originally scheduled time of 12 p.m.