Lady Raiders Kick Off Big 12 Action
March 20, 2008
LUBBOCK, Texas - After splitting a pair of matches in their conference opener, Texas Tech women's tennis will return home to host the 2007 Big 12 defending Champions, No. 3 Baylor. Match time is set for noon on Sat., March 22, at the McLeod Tennis Center.
Showcasing some of the premier athletes in college tennis today, the Big 12 Conference continues to have several of the top women's tennis programs in the country. Five teams are currently ranked in the ITA top 75, including No. 3 Baylor, No. 17 Texas, No. 27 Texas A&M, No. 61 Nebraska, and No. 67 Colorado.
Playing in the No. 1 singles spot for the squad is sophomore Samantha van der Drift. The DeZilk, Holland native enters her second season at No. 1 for the Raiders, and will also play in the No. 1 doubles spot with teammate Janet Durham. Filling the No. 2 and No. 3 positions this season is a pair of exceptional freshmen, Lubbock-native Kelsy Garland and Simone Templeton, respectively. The two will also play in the No. 3 doubles spot this weekend where they currently hold a 2-0 record.
Rounding out the bottom half of the line-up includes a series of veteran stand-outs. Both senior Durham and sophomore Kerryn Potgieter lead their team in singles with a 9-3 record on the season, playing the four and five positions for Tech, respectively. Finishing off the line-up in singles will be sophomore Maria Jose Andres, while Potgieter doubles with Brenna Jackson at No. 2 for the first time this season.
Baylor is 15-1 in dual matches this spring, 2-0 in conference, and is led by four nationally-ranked singles players and two ranked doubles teams. Last year Tech was swept, 7-0, in Waco on the Bears home courts. The Lady Bears ended 2007 with an impressive campaign clinching the Big 12 season and tournament Championships, and advancing to the Sweet 16 of the NCAA Tournament.
Match-day promotions include free water bottles and t-shirts, free pizza, and several promotions in between doubles and singles matches sponsored by the Tech Marketing Department. Live updates will be available via the team's Web site, for more information log on to www.texastech.com for more details.