No. 15 Lady Raiders Win Eighth Straight Match, Stay Perfect|
Caroline Starck won her 94th career match to lead No. 15 Texas Tech to its eighth straight win.
April 14, 2013
LAWRENCE, Kan. – Wind forced the No. 15 Lady Raiders indoors, but it did not matter as Texas Tech cruised past Kansas, 6-1, to stay perfect in Big 12 play at the Jayhawk Tennis Center on Sunday.
Texas Tech improved to 17-4 overall and 7-0 in the Big 12 Conference. It marks the third consecutive season that head coach Todd Petty’s Lady Raiders have won seven league matches and the first time in school history that Texas Tech has won at least 17 match in three consecutive seasons. Texas Tech won 18 matches in 2011 and 19 matches in 2012.
The Lady Raiders have also won eight straight matches for the first time since 2011. It is the fourth longest winning streak in program history – 1984 (11), 1987 (10), 1983 (9), 2011 and 2013 (8).
The Lady Raiders’ win, combined with TCU’s loss to Oklahoma, gives Texas Tech sole possession of first place with two matches remaining. Tech travels to Fort Worth on Friday to face TCU at 2 p.m. and closes out the season against Baylor at the McLeod Tennis Center on Sunday at 2 p.m.
The day started with No. 13 Samantha Adams and Kenna Kilgo holding off Kansas’ Maria Belen Ludueña and Paulina Los, 8-6, at No. 1. Then Anastasija Trubica and Victoria Khanevskay snapped Texas Tech’s Caroline Starck and Elizabeth Ullathorne’s 11-match winning streak at No. 3, with an 8-6 win.
It took a come from behind win from Rashmi Teltumbde and Nikki Sanders at No. 2 doubles to drop the Jayhawk tandem of Dylan Windom and Maria Jose Cardona, 8-6, and secure the doubles point for the 20th time this season.
Sanders and Kilgo then rolled to straight set victories to give Texas Tech a 3-0 lead. It was Sanders 21st win of the season, while Kilgo notched her 19th.
Teltumbde gave Tech its 17th win of the season as she defeated Los, 6-3, 6-4 at No. 3.
Kansas finally got on the board when Windom came back to defeat Ullathorne, 1-6, 6-3, 6-1 at No. 4.
Adams used a supertiebreaker to knock of Ludueña, 3-6, 6-3, 1-0 (11-9) at No. 1, while Starck closed out the match with a straight set win over Khanevskay, 6-1, 6-1. It was Starck’s 20th win of the season and the 94th victory of her career. She has now won 20 singles matches for four consecutive years.
#15 Texas Tech 6, Kansas 1