No. 15 Texas Tech Notches Landmark Win Against Texas
Caroline Starck's 92nd career victory secured the win over Texas on Saturday.
April 6, 2013
AUSTIN, Texas – She’s not big enough to be a heavyweight prizefighter, but she played like one on Saturday.
Caroline Starck battled Lana Groenvynvck for the final point of the day and pulled out a 3-6, 7-6 (7-1), 6-3 win, as No. 15 Texas Tech stunned No. 24 Texas, 4-3, at the Penick-Allison Tennis Center.
It was the Lady Raiders’ first-ever win in Austin and only the second win over Texas for the Texas Tech program. Todd Petty has led the Lady Raiders to both victories. The first came in Lubbock in 2011.
“I am so happy for these girls,” said Texas Tech head coach Todd Petty “They laid it on the line. What was impressive is that they played from behind all day and won the match. They committed to not giving in to a great team like Texas. We were able to stick it out and win the match.”
With the match tied, 3-3, it came down to Starck, who had lost the first set. But she battled back and won the second frame in a tiebreaker to send it to a third. Leading 4-3, she got the break and served for the match and the win.
“No matter what point Caroline is in the match, she knows how to find a way to win” added Petty. “She has the it factor. She is a true winner.”
It was Starck’s 92nd career singles win and probably the biggest one of her career.
Texas Tech trailed at both No. 2 and No. 3 doubles but managed to fight back and won both matches to sweep the doubles and pick up the match’s first point of the day.
Starck and Elizabeth Ullathorne also started slow, as Lina Padegimaite and Annat Rabinovich began the match with a 4-1 lead. Tech’s No. 3 duo pulled the match to within one, 5-4, and then pulled past and into the winner’s circle with the 8-6 win.
Texas looked as though it would run away with the match in singles, as No. 50 Addison topped Kilgo, 6-1, 6-0 at No. 2 singles, while No. 41 Ellis upended No. 117 Adams, 6-3, 6-1, giving Texas a 2-1 lead.
Begley then defeated Ullathorne, 6-1, 6-3 to put the Longhorns in a commanding 3-1 lead with three matches remaining.
Sanders picked up a straight set win over Padegimaite, 6-3, 6-3, at No. 5 and suddenly it was 3-2 with two matches remaining.
Teltumbde then methodically topped Scott at No. 3, 6-3, 7-5 and suddenly it was tied 3-3.
The match would be decided by Starck, a senior, and Groenvynvck, a freshman. The senior won on Saturday.
Texas Tech returns to action Friday in Manhattan, Kan., against Kansas State at 1 p.m.
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