No. 13 Texas Holds Off No. 21 Texas Tech's Late Rally|
April 28, 2012
COLLEGE STATION, Texas – Heading into Saturday’s Big 12 Women’s Tennis Championship semifinal at the Mitchell Tennis Center, the No. 21 Texas Tech Lady Raiders (19-5) had won eight of its last nine matches.
Texas Tech’s run for the Big 12 Championship title was halted by No. 13 Texas (16-7), 4-1, despite a late surge by the Lady Raiders. Texas Tech’s only two losses in the last 10 matches have been at the hands of the Longhorns.
Now the Lady Raiders, the 2012 Big 12 regular season champions, will find out on Tuesday where they will be headed for the 2012 NCAA Championships.
“We did some good things today, but you have to give credit to Texas,” said Lady Raider head coach Todd Petty. “They stepped up when they needed to.”
The day started out with a strong doubles effort from Tech’s No. 28 duo of Kenna Kilgo and Samantha Adams, who cruised past Lina Padegimaite and Noel Scott, 8-3, at No. 1 doubles. Then at No. 3, Elizabeth Ullathorne and Rashmi Teltumbde topped Elizabeth Begley and Aeriel Ellis, 8-4, to secure the doubles point for the Lady Raiders.
“I thought we played extremely good doubles, maybe as good as we have played all year long,” added Petty. “Our No. 1 team played fantastic and got off to an early lead. We were able to kind of separate ourselves at No. 3.”
Padegimaite secured Texas’ first point of the match, when she picked up a straight-set win at No. 4 over Starck, 6-4, 6-2. Ellis then topped Ullathorne, 6-2, 6-4, at No. 1 to give the Longhorns a 2-1 lead.
Tech’s Sanders then fell to Begley, 6-4, 6-3 at No. 6 and No. 67 Krista Damico topped No. 104 Samantha Adams, 7-5, 6-4 to close out the match.
The Lady Raiders were en route to securing points at No. 3 and No. 5 singles when the match was halted. Teltumbde had a 6-3, 4-6, 2-0 lead on Noel Scott and Kilgo was ahead of Gaytan-Leach, 7-5, 2-6, 4-1.
“I felt like we had some momentum going into singles and really we were in every single match early on, and they just kind of separated themselves there towards the end,” said Petty.
Texas Tech has had a remarkable season thus far, recording 19 wins for the first time in 25 year and winning its first-ever conference title in women’s tennis. Now the Lady Raiders will await another first, as they look to make their first NCAA appearance.
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