No. 36 Ole Miss Upsets No. 26 Texas Tech, 4-3|
Freshman Lynn Kiro set the Texas Tech single-season wins mark with her 29th victory of the season.
May 09, 2014
LOS ANGELES, Calif. - It was a historic day to say the least, but in the end No. 26 Texas Tech was upset by No. 36 Ole Miss, 4-3, in the first round of the NCAA Championships at the Los Angeles Tennis Center.
With the score tied 3-3, the match came down to No. 2 singles for the match-wining point. Texas Tech senior Rashmi Teltumbde battled #97 Julia Jones to a hard-fought 7-6 (9-7) first set victory. The two stayed on serve in the second, before Jones picked up a late break for a 6-4 win, setting up the only third set of the match.
With the two tied at 1-1, Teltumbde and Jones traded breaks to get to 2-2, before Jones broke Teltumbde again. She held off the Texas The senior to go ahead 4-2. The two traded shots until Jones got the break to go up 5-2 and edged Teltumbde for the win, 6-7 (7-9), 6-4, 6-2.
"(Teltumbde) had the opportunity to win the second set," said Lady Raider head coach Todd Petty. "She was not getting outclassed by any means. It was just a point here or there and didn't get it done. The credit goes to Jones. She truly outplayed us there."
With the win, Ole Miss advances to the second round of the NCAA Championships to face No. 5 UCLA, who dispatched Sacramento State, 4-0, in the second match of the day.
The day started with the momentum in Texas Tech favor, as the Lady Raiders seemingly dominated the doubles play.
"I thought we played extremely good doubles and I thought it carried over into singles," added Petty. "We were leading at four positions and Ole Miss all of a sudden raised their level of play. If we would have finished those first sets, we could have gained some momentum to put the match away."
The most decorated doubles tandem in Texas Tech history - Samantha Adams and Kenna Kilgo - jumped out to a 5-1 lead at No. 1 doubles over Ole Miss' Erin Stephens and Iris Verboven. Adams and Kilgo did not look back, as the duo cruised to the 8-2 win. It was their 21st win of the season and the 91st doubles victory of Adams' career, a modern era Texas Tech record.
The freshmen tandem of Lynn Kiro and Beatriz Machado Santos toppled Jones and Zalina Khairudinova, 8-4, at No. 3 to give Texas Tech the doubles point. Texas Tech seniors Teltumbde and Nikki Sanders were aheadm 6-2, over Caroline Rohde-Moe and Marija Milutinovic, when the match was abandoned.
In the very early stages of singles play, Texas Tech was leading in the first set on five of six court and then Ole Miss woke up. Verboven defeated Machado Santos, 6-3, 6-3, at No. 6 to tie the team score at 1-1.
Stephens then bested Adams at No. 5 and the momentum shifted to the Rebels with a 2-1 lead. Ole Miss' Rohde-Moe then put the Rebels up 3-1 when she ousted Kilgo, 7-5, 6-4 at No. 1.
After winning the first set, 6-4, with a late break at No. 4 singles, Sanders dug herself out of a 5-3 hole in the second to send the set to a tiebreaker. Tech's winningest modern era player pulled out 6-4, 7-6 (7-4) victory over Mai El Kamash to cut Ole Miss' lead to 3-2. It was Sanders' 100th win of her collegiate career.
"Nikki is just so solid match in and match out," Petty said. "It was funny to see her do what she does so many times during her career. She gets down and fights back when she is about to lose in the second and wins the tiebreaker. She has done that so many times for us. Nothing gets to her."
With two matches still in play, No. 113 Kiro won her school record 16th straight singles match with a 7-5, 6-2 victory over Khairudinova at No. 3 to tie the match at 3-3. For Kiro, it was her 29th victory of the season, give the freshman the Texas Tech modern era single-season record for wins in a season.
"Lynn has been an absolute rock for us," said Petty. "She has played such good tennis. She is one that I expect could be an All-American by the time she graduates from Texas Tech."
That left Teltumbde and Jones to close out the match at No. 2.
Texas Tech closes out the season at 17-9 after appearing in a school-record third straight NCAA Championship.
"After the match, we thanked the seniors and then I put the obligation of the future of the program on the four returners," said Petty. "I said, `look, it is up to you guys now.' The talent is there for next year. As long as we take care of business, we have the chance to be right back in this situation and move forward."
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