Groce and Team Bound for BYU|
Feb. 14, 2008
LUBBOCK, Texas - After two solid victories this past weekend, head coach Cari Groce and the No. 72-ranked Lady Raiders travel west for the second time this season for a pair of matches against Boise State and BYU. First up will be No. 49 Boise State on Fri., Feb. 15, at noon, followed by No. 58 BYU on Sat., Feb. 16, at 10 a.m. Both matches are scheduled at the BYU Tennis Complex in Provo, Utah.
A strong showing helped the Lady Raiders claim victory over the Mean Green on Friday narrowly missing the sweep with a 6-1 outing. The ranked Wolfpack from Nevada brought fierce competition and took an early advantage with the doubles point. Strong singles lineups from both squads held the match even at 3-3. Senior Janet Durham thrived off the home court advantage winning in three sets and claiming a team victory, 4-3.
A trio of players has proven particularly strong this season, all boasting undefeated records in singles competition. Freshman Kelsy Garland and sophomore Kerryn Potgieter hold 6-0 records, while freshman Simone Templeton sits steady at 7-0. Durham and sophomore Maria Jose Andres are strong in their abilities to play well, both contributing a clinching victory on the season. Tech's No. 1 pair of Garland and Junior Samantha van der Drift continues to win, now at 5-0 in dual play.
No. 49 Boise State meets Tech in Provo after clinching a win over Utah 4-3 on their home court last weekend. The nation's 81st ranked singles player, Bianca Jochimsen, is leading the Broncos charge, along with the No. 40 doubles pair of Polina Kokoulina and Pichitira Thongdach. No. 58 BYU has proven tough in the past for the Lady Raiders taking all previous meetings. They currently hold a record of 2-5, however, they also are a threat for Tech in both doubles and singles.