No. 18 Texas Tech To Face No. 16 Vanderbilt

No. 92 Lynn Kiro and the No. 18 Lady Raiders face No. 16 Vanderbilt on Saturday at 10 a.m.

January 23, 2014


LINCOLN, Neb. - With a 2-0 record under their belt, No. 18 Texas Tech will look to improve on that mark against some of the toughest competition in the nation, as the Lady Raiders begin play at the 2014 ITA Kick-off Weekend at the Nebraska Tennis Center.

In all, 60 women's collegiate tennis teams are vying for the right to advance from the 15 satellite events taking place this weekend. Three visiting schools will travel to each host site for a four-team tournament. The host school will meet the No. 4 seed, the No. 2 seed will play the No. 3 seed, and the winners will come back to play for a berth at the ITA National Team Indoor Championships.

Texas Tech will face No. 16 Vanderbilt (0-0) in the first round of the event on Saturday at 10 a.m., with the winner advancing to face the winner of No. 19 Georgia Tech (0-0) and No. 25 Nebraska (1-0), who will square off at 2 p.m. The two losing schools will meet in a consolation match at 10 a.m. on Sunday, while the winners will meet for the spot in the National Team Indoor Championships at 1 p.m.

The Lady Raiders (2-0) feature a roster with laden with experience, as five of the six spots in the singles rotation are filled by upperclassmen.

Leading the way is nationally-ranked junior Kenna Kilgo, who is No. 58 nationally and currently 10-2 this year. Kilgo has jumped right in and filled the No. 1 spot for the Lady Raiders. Kilgo is 59-26 over the last three seasons at Texas Tech. Her 59 wins rank 23rd all-time, while her career .694 winning percentage is eighth at Texas Tech.

Nikki Sanders and Rashmi Teltumbde are two seniors that have split time at the No. 2 and No. 3 positions this season. Sanders is 10-4 this season and has moved into second in the modern era and ninth overall with 83 career wins. Her 783 winning percentage ranks third all-time at Texas Tech. Teltumbde is 5-2 on the season and 34-24 in three seasons on the South Plains. Her .584 winning percentage ranks 19th all-time for the Lady Raiders.

Freshman sensation Lynn Kiro is holding down the fourth position for Texas Tech, as the native of Capetown, South Africa, has earned a No. 92 national ranking and has put together a 10-3 record this season to date. Kiro was one of the top 60 juniors in the world before coming to Texas Tech.

Samantha Adams is anchoring the No. 5 position. The senior from New Braunfels is 6-6 on the season and 2-0 in the spring. For her career, Adams is 69-53 overall and ranks 16th all-time in career wins.

Newcomers Sarah Toti and Samantha Czarniak Rego have split time at No. 6. Toti, a junior transfer from Tennessee, is 6-6 on the season, while Brazilian freshman Czarniak Rego is 5-7.

In doubles, the Lady Raiders are paced by the most decorated doubles tandem in program history - Adams and Kilgo. The duo is currently No. 25 nationally and is 10-2 on the season. Adams and Kilgo are in search of their third straight trip to the NCAA Championships. Adams and Kilgo are 57-19 over the past three seasons as a tandem. Individually, Adams has a career mark of 78-32 and ranks 12th in career doubles wins and 10th in winning percentage (.709). Kilgo is 59-20 and is 21st in doubles wins and fifth in career winning percentage (.757).

Anchoring the No. 2 spot, is the crafty team of Sanders and Teltumbde, who have compiled a 4-1 mark this season. The duo went 24-9 last season, including 17-6 at No. 2. Sanders is 17th all-time in doubles wins with 75 and 11th in career winning percentage. Teltumbde is 54-15 in doubles action. She ranks 25th in career wins and second all-time in career doubles winning percentage (.782).

Kiro and Toti seem to have a hold on the No. 3 position, as the duo holds a 6-2 mark this season. Overall, Kiro is 9-4 in doubles, while Toti is 10-4. Over the last two seasons, the No. 3 doubles position has been huge for the Lady Raiders, as Tech has won 86 percent of its matches and helped secure 38 doubles points.




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