No. 32 Lady Raiders Begin 3,600-Mile Road Trip|
Lynn Kiro and the Lady Raiders will play two matches in three days and cover over 3600 miles.
March 27, 2014
MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – The No. 32 Texas Tech will embark on the longest road trip of the season, as the Lady Raiders will travel 3,644 miles this weekend to get in a pair of Big 12 Conference women’s tennis matches.
Texas Tech travels Thursday to Morgantown, W.Va., for a noon ET match against West Virginia on Friday. The Lady Raiders will then fly to Des Moines, Iowa, on Saturday and drive to Ames, where they will face Iowa State on Sunday.
With a connecting flights in Dallas to Pittsburgh, it is 1,649 miles to Morgantown, before an 889-mile trek to get to Ames, followed by 1,106 miles to get back to Lubbock through Dallas.
“This is going to be a challenge on several front,” said Texas Tech head coach Todd Petty. “This much travel takes a lot out of you as a player. We will have to be mentally tough to get through these two matches.”
In the midst of the traveling, Texas Tech will face West Virginia on Friday. The Mountaineers have struggles this season, going 3-12 overall and 0-4 to start Big 12 play. West Virginia has been blanked, 7-0, in three of four league matches. The Mountaineers are led by Hailey Barrett (8-12) and Kaja Mrgole (13-14).
After Morgantown, the Lady Raiders will face Iowa State on Sunday at 11 a.m. The Cyclones are in the midst of a five-match losing streak and are 0-6 against ranked teams this season. Iowa State is led by Ksnia Pronina (13-13) and Sami Budai (13-9) in singles, while the duo has combined to go 11-5 in doubles.
For Texas Tech, Kenna Kilgo (13-14), Rashmi Teltumbde (12-9) and Nikki Sanders (19-10) have fortified the top of the singles lineup. No. 118 Lynn Kiro (22-5) and Samantha Adams (17-9) have anchored No. 4 and No. 5. The sixth spot has been split between Samantha Czarniak Rego (8-12) and Beatriz Machado Santos (8-5).
Sanders has accumulated the second-most wins in the modern era of Lady Raider Tennis with a career record of 92-29. With five regular season matches left, she could pass all-time wins leader Caroline Starck, who was 96-40 from 2010-13.
Kiro enters the weekend on a nine-match winning streak and is undefeated at No. 4 in league play at 4-0, while Adams has won four of her last five matches at No. 5.
Petty has shuffled the doubles lineup again, looking for the chemistry fit for the Lady Raiders. It has seemed to have worked in Oklahoma. After splitting Adams and Kilgo for three matches, the pair reunited last week at No. 1. Sanders and Teltumbde are a staple at No. 2, while the new combo of Kiro and Machado Santos have moved into the No. 3 position.
Adams and Kilgo are 16-7 this season as a tandem and 64-25 over the last three seasons, including a pair of trips to the NCAA Doubles Championships. Sanders and Teltumbde are 13-6 this season and 37-11 over the last two seasons.