Lady Raiders Open Big 12 with Tough Stretch
March 11, 2009
LUBBOCK, Texas - The Texas Tech women's tennis squad, coming off its defeat of its highest-ranked team in school history, starts Big 12 play with a tough stretch against No. 47 Texas A&M, No. 5 Baylor and No. 32 Texas.
No. 62 Tech has not played a match in over a week, but the last win is still being felt over a week later. The win over No. 21 TCU is the highest-ranked opponent the program has ever defeated.
The first match for the Lady Raiders will be versus Texas A&M in College Station, Texas, at 5 p.m. The Aggies are 5-5 on the season and have No. 98 Morgan Frank with a record of 6-4 in singles play.
The following day Tech will face a talented No. 5 Baylor squad in Waco, Texas at 1 p.m.. The Bears are 6-4 on the season and have four players ranked in the top 100 of the Intercollegiate Tennis Association singles poll.
The Lady Raiders hosts the Texas Longhorns on Sunday at the McLeod Center at 12 p.m. The Longhorns are 5-4 on the season and riding a three-match win streak.
The win over No. 21 TCU was clinched by No. 6 player Kerryn Potgieter and it improved her record to 4-4 on the season. The duo of Potgieter and Stefanie Peana (1-2) earned their first win of the season with an 8-6 victory during the TCU match.
Freshman Peana is 4-3 in singles action on the season and will play the No. 4 position this week to start Big 12 action. Freshman Natalie Leitch has shown improvement throughout the season. Playing most of the season at the No. 3 position she sits at 3-5 on the season
Tech's No. 1 doubles pairing of Samantha van der Drift and Kelsy Garland moved to No. 57 in the doubles rankings by ITA. The duo is 5-3 on the season and currently on a two match winning streak. Garland has the best singles record on the team this season. She is on a four match win streak and is 6-2 on the season.
No. 1 van der Drift is 4-4 in dual matches this season and Simone Templeton is also 4-4. Templeton and Leitch are 3-1 in doubles play and have won their last two matches.
Live results of the match with Texas A&M can be seen at www.aggieathletics.com and results of the Baylor match can be found at www.baylorbears.com. Fans can follow live stats of the Texas match at www.texastech.com.
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