Tech Cruises to 6-1 Victory Over Kansas State

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April 3, 2009

LUBBOCK, Texas - Texas Tech women's tennis proved to be too tough for their opponents and the windy conditions Friday at the McLeod Tennis Center, demolishing the Kansas State Wildcats, 6-1.

The Wildcats secured the first point of the day taking the doubles matches 2-1. Kansas State's No. 1 duo of Nina Sertic and Antea Huljev jumped out to an early lead over Tech's Samantha van der Drift and Kelsy Garland and never looked back, winning, 8-4. The van der Drift/Garland duo dropped to 12-6 (5-2 Big 12) on the year with the loss.

The No. 2 contest secured the doubles point for the Wildcats and was never close as Mariya Slupska and Natasha Vieira breezed by Kerryn Potgieter and Stefanie Peana, 8-4.

Despite the third match's outcome having no impact on the overall score, the Lady Raiders were able to take one win away from the doubles matches. The No. 3 duo of Simone Templeton and Natalie Leitch defeated Petra Chuda and Katerina Kudlackova of Kansa State with ease, 8-5.

After a rough start in the doubles matches, the Lady Raiders, (8-10, 3-4), fought back sweeping the Wildcats in the singles matches, 6-0.

The Lady Raiders bounced back strong in the singles as they collected four points in the first four matches. Tech's top seed, van der Drift, was never phased by the windy conditions as she swept Huljev in straight sets, 6-2, 6-3. Soon after, Tech grabbed its second point of the day with No. 5 Peana topping Kansas State's Chuda, 6-2, 7-6(7).

The No. 2 match was a battle towards the end as the wind picked up, but Garland proved to be too strong. Garland moved to 11-7 on the year in singles matches as she took down Sertic in straight sets, 6-3, 7-6(7). Moments later the victory was official as No. 4 Leitch cruised by Kudlackova in straight sets, 6-3, 7-5.



Tech's No. 3 seed, Templeton, dropped the first set but was able to force a third with a win in the second. Templeton showed her determination as she snuck by Slupska to win the match and the fifth point for the Lady Raiders, 3-6, 7-5, 6-2.

In the No. 6 match Coach Petty scratched Potgieter in a last-minute decision and replaced her with senior Kyla Coleman. Coleman showed her veteran experience and perseverance as she battled until the end. Coleman lost the first set but fought back hard to win the second and third sets, clinching the sweep of the singles matches and grabbing the sixth and last point of the day for the Lady Raiders, 3-6, 6-3, 6-2.

Tech will play its final home match of the season on Sunday at 11 a.m. against Kansas. The Lady Raiders will honor seniors van der Drift and Coleman prior to the match.

Texas Tech 6, Kansas State 1

Doubles (1,2*,3) 1.Nina Sertic/Antea Huljev (KSU) def. Samantha van der Drift/Kelsy Garland (TTU), 8-4

2.Mariya Slupska/Natasha Vieira (KSU) def. Kerryn Potgieter/Stefanie Peana (TTU), 8-4

3.Simone Templeton/Natalie Leitch (TTU) def. Petra Chuda/Katerina Kudlackova (KSU), 8-5

Singles: (1,5,2,4#,3,6) 1. Van der Drift (TTU) def. Huljev (KSU), 6-2, 6-3

2. Kelsy Garland (TTU) def. Sertic (KSU), 6-3, 7-6(7)

3. Simone Templeton (TTU) def. Slupska (KSU), 3-6, 7-5

4. Natalie Leitch def. Kudlackova (KSU), 6-3, 7-5

5. Stefanie Peana (TTU) def. Chuda (KSU), 6-2, 7-6(7)

6. Kyla Coleman (TTU) def. Vieira (KSU), 3-6, 6-3, 6-2


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