Lady Raiders Set to Serve Up 2008|
Jan. 24, 2008
LUBBOCK, Texas - The Texas Tech Women's Tennis Team will kick off its spring schedule this weekend by hosting three opponents. Play begins Sat., Jan. 26, with Texas State at 10 a.m. and Texas-Pan American at 3 p.m. at the McLeod Tennis Center. The team will cap off the weekend on Sunday with Air Force at noon.
The Lineup With only four returners from the 2007 roster, the Lady Raiders anticipate positive results from this season's squad. Leading the team is senior Janet Durham and junior Samantha van der Drift, who received a preseason ITA/FILA singles ranking of 115. Sophomores Maria Jose Andres and Kerryn Potgieter are also among the veterans returning this year.
The new talent on the court includes seven players from both Texas and overseas. Hailing from the Lone Star State are Kyla Coleman (Levelland), Kelsy Garland (Lubbock), Laura Ring (Friendswood) and Simone Templeton (Austin). Templeton comes to Tech with experience as she transferred from Oregon where she received a medical red-shirt last season. Adding to the tradition of a culturally diverse tennis program, Ingrid Ballus (Barcelona, Spain), Leah Roberts (Wrexham, United Kingdom) and Gozde Unkaya (Instanbul, Turkey) also add to this season's roster.
Cari Groce is in her fifth season as the head coach of the Lady Raider tennis program. Last season Groce coached her team to an 11-11 record and finished tied for seventh in conference play. She was also honored by the USTA/ITA with the Community Service Award-Texas Section and the 2006 Campus Recreation Award for her program's continued support and promotion of tennis within the Lubbock community.
Another new face to this year's team is assistant coach Todd Petty. Petty comes to Lubbock after serving as the head coach at Rider High School in Wichita Falls, Texas. During his collegiate career, Petty was named to the Southland All-Conference team in both 1999 and 2000 at Texas-San Antonio. After transferring to Midwestern State, he was named to the 2002 Lone Star Conference All-Academic team and named an ITA Academic All-American.
Scouting the Opponents As the Lady Raiders ready themselves for dual play, the team looks forward to some good competition on the weekend. This will be the first meeting in duals play between Texas Tech and Texas State. TSU begins its season in Lubbock as it plays Air Force tomorrow and the Lady Raiders on Saturday. Tech leads the series against bothTexas-Pan American, 1-0, and Air Force, 6-2, after sweeping the Falcons last season 7-0.
All matches are scheduled to be played outdoors, however back-up weather plans will result in play being moved indoors to the Lubbock Country Club. For complete results and live stats, visit the women's tennis page at www.texastech.com.