No. 22 Lady Raiders Host Denver at Lubbock Country Club

Samantha Adams enters the season ranked No. 49 nationally.

January 18, 2013

LUBBOCK, Texas – The first step in the defense of its 2012 Big 12 Conference title begins on Saturday, as the No. 22 Texas Tech women’s tennis team opens the season against the University of Denver at 4 p.m. at Lubbock Country Club.

“We are excited to get the season underway,” said Lady Raider head coach Todd Petty. “Denver is a quality opponent and provides a good test to see where we stand.”

Texas Tech returns all seven letterwinners from last season’s league championship squad. Leading the way is nationally-ranked Samantha Adams, who begins the spring ranked No. 49. Adams was 7-3 in the fall and went 2-3 against rank opponents.

Adams is the first Lady Raider to enter the spring ranked in singles since Irena Tereschenko was ranked No. 106 in 2004.

Also entering 2013 ranked is the doubles tandem of Nikki Sanders and Rashmi Teltumbde, who are No. 33 nationally in doubles. The duo was 7-2 in the fall, including 2-0 against ranked opponents.

Sanders and Teltumbde’s No. 33 ranking is the highest doubles ranking to begin the spring in school history. Adams and Kenna Kilgo entered last spring ranked No. 45, which was the previous best doubles ranking.

Last season, the Lady Raiders were 19-6 overall and 8-1 in Big 12 play en route to the team’s first Big 12 title and its first trip to the NCAA Championships.

Adams and Kilgo also earned a spot in the individual NCAA Doubles Championships, marking the first time since 1988 that a Texas Tech doubles squad had advanced to the NCAAs.

In all, Adams, Teltumbde and Elizabeth Ullathorne each garnered a spot in the ITA Top 125 singles rankings last season, solidifying the Lady Raiders’ top three spots in the rotation.

Another key will be senior Caroline Starck, who has compiled a 79-35 record and ranks eighth in career wins. She has won more matches than any Lady Raider over the last 25 years.

Senior Sandra Dynka and freshmen Sofya Malysheva, Kelli Hine and Kendall Warren will also vie for a spot in the rotation.





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