No. 34 Lady Raiders Blank No. 65 Kansas|
April 11, 2014
LUBBOCK, Texas - For four years, Nikki Sanders has done nothing short of just win.
On Friday night, the Texas Tech senior did just that, as Sanders led the No. 34 Lady Raiders to a 7-0 win over No. 65 Kansas in front of 467 fans at McLeod Tennis Center.
The 467 fans is the fifth largest crowd nationally at a women's collegiate tennis match this season.
"To win every match against a Kansas team like that is a testament to the mental side of the game today," said Lady Raider head coach Todd Petty. "Today's matches could have gone three sets or the one that did go three sets we could have lost. To be able to close out some matches that were very close is not a true testament on how close this match was.
"(Former Texas Tech assistant Todd) Chapman has done a great job with them," added Petty. "We had to play one of our better matches to have the score we had today."
For Sanders it was her 96th career victory, as the senior improved to 96-29 overall. More impressively, Sanders is 32-1 all-time at the McLeod Tennis Center with just one match remaining at home for her.
"That is impressive," said Petty of Sanders. "She is the first one to tell you that she has had some bumps in the road this year and I feel like she is finding herself right at the right time. The record she is going surpassed belonged to Caroline Stark and she was an absolute beast. That tells you what type of player she is. Her record at home coupled with what she has meant to this program is a huge part of the success we have had."
The day started with doubles, where the Lady Raiders picked up wins at No. 2 and No. 3 to secure the point. Sanders and Rashmi Teltumbde improved to 5-2 in Big 12 play and 16-7 overall with an 8-4 win over Kansas' Maria Jose Cardona and Belen Luduena at No. 2.
Sanders followed doubles with her win over Los, 6-2, 6-0 at No. 4 and Machado Santos followed close behind with a 6-1, 6-3 win at No. 6 over Nastya Trubich to give the Lady Raiders a 3-0 lead.
Freshman sensation Lynn Kiro then ran her win streak to 13 straight with a 6-2, 6-2 victory over Luduena at No. 3. She is now 26-6 on the season. She is closing in on the modern era freshman record for wins, which was set by Kilgo in 2012. Kilgo went 28-9 that season.
"I just think it is Lynn being good," said Petty of Kiro's win streak. "She has filled the billing of what she was supposed to be. There are at least two or three more levels she can jump. She has gotten over the nerves and is playing to her ability."
Teltumbde held on for a 6-2, 7-5 win over Cardona at No. 2, after leading 6-2, 5-0, while Kilgo battled back in the second set after trailing 5-2, to win 7-5, 7-6 (7-2) at No. 1 singles.
Adams closed out the match with a three-set come-from-behind win over Morgan Barnhill, 3-6, 6-4, 6-2. It was the senior's 21st win of the season and the 84th of her career.
Texas Tech will close out the regular season on Sunday at noon, as the Lady Raiders host Kansas State at noon at the McLeod Tennis Center for Senior Day. The Lady Raider will say goodbye to Adams, Sanders and Teltumbde, who are the winningest senior class in program history.
#34 Texas Tech 7, #65 Kansas 0