No. 19 Lady Raiders March Past No. 44 Missouri, 6-1
Elizabeth Ullathorne picked up a straight-set win over Missouri's Nina Pantic, 6-4, 6-0, at No. 1 singles.Photo Gallery
April 20, 2012
LUBBOCK, Texas - And the band played on.
Texas Tech (17-4, 7-1 Big 12) moved one step closer to its first ever Big 12 Conference women's tennis championship, as the No. 19 Lady Raiders cruised past No. 44 Missouri (10-10, 2-6 Big 12), 6-1 Friday night at the McLeod Tennis Center.
"I could not be happier about our performance tonight," said Lady Raider head coach Todd Petty. "I thought we played really well. I think the girls responded well knowing what was on the line."
The Lady Raiders took a half-match lead on No. 6 Texas (13-6, 6-1 Big 12), who face No. 46 Oklahoma on Saturday at noon. Texas Tech can close out the season with at least a share of the conference title on Sunday when the Lady Raiders host Iowa State (4-16, 1-6 Big 12) at 10:30 a.m. at the McLeod Tennis Center.
Friday began with a sweep of doubles for Texas Tech, as No. 28 Kenna Kilgo and Samantha Adams cruised to an 8-4 win over Nina Pantic and Jamie Mera. Nikki Sanders and Caroline Starck rolled by Maria Christensen and Annemijn Koenen, 8-3, and Rashmi Teltumbde and Elizabeth Ullathorne topped Ashleigh Chiaf and Alex Clark, 8-3.
Ullathorne broke the school record for doubles wins in the spring, as she notched her 20th of the semester. She broke the 21-year old record set by Amy Ryon in 1991. Ullathorne is 20-3 in doubles this spring.
Kilgo ran the team score to 2-0 after tripping up Koenen, 6-2, 6-2. It was Kilgo's 26th singles win of the season, setting the new single-season singles standard for freshmen at Texas Tech. Adams' 25 wins last season was the top mark by a Lady Raider.
Caroline Starck then added a 6-2, 6-0 win over Mera at No. 4 singles and Sanders defeated Chiaf, 6-1, 6-4 to give Texas Tech the clinching fourth point. Starck (25-8), Sanders (23-5) and Kilgo (26-8) have combined for 74 wins this season, including going a combined 48-8 in dual matches this season.
Ullathorne then cruised past Pantic in straight sets (6-4, 6-0) at No. 1 singles and No. 120 Teltumbe dropped Clark, 6-3, 6-4, at No. 3 singles.
No. 102 Adams lost in a third set super tiebreaker to Christensen, 5-7, 7-6 (9-7), 1-0 (10-3) to close out the match.
"We are one step closer to making history for these girls," said Petty. "You always say, `we are just looking one match ahead,' well this is the last one. We have gotten to the end of the road and it has gotten us to a great place.
"Iowa State is going to come in hungry and we know that. We just have to have the exact performance that we had tonight if we are going to get it done."
Admission to Sunday's match is free to the public. There will be free food and giveaways as Texas Tech continues its march towards its first-ever conference crown in women's tennis.
#19 Texas Tech 6, #44 Missouri 1
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