Top 25 Showdown Set As Texas Tech Collides With OSU On Sunday

March 29, 2013


LUBBOCK, Texas – There is a lot riding on Sunday’s match between No. 18 Texas Tech and No. 25 Oklahoma State, as the two Top 25 squads look to stay atop the Big 12 standing in women’s tennis.

The Lady Raiders, who are riding a 16-match home winning streak, will host the Cowgirls at 1 p.m. on Easter Sunday in a match filled with Easter Egg hunts for the kids and games and prizes between singles and doubles.

“Oklahoma State is a quality team that has gotten better each year,” said Red Raider head coach Todd Petty. “They are very deserving of their ranking and we look forward to the challenge.”

A win on Sunday would be another in the squad’s quest for back-to-back Big 12 Conference titles, after winning the title in 2012. Texas Tech is currently 13-4 on the season and 3-0 in the Big 12, while Oklahoma State is 10-3 overall and 2-1 in the league heading into the weekend.

The Cowgirls travel to Norman, Okla., for the annual Bedlam match with the Sooners at 5 p.m. on Friday before heading to Lubbock for Sunday’s showdown.

Leading the way is nationally-ranked junior Samantha Adams, who is currently 117th in the nation in singles playing primarily the No. 1 position, while the tandem of Adams and Kenna Kilgo are ranked 27th at No. 1 doubles.

Oklahoma State has been paced by No. 60 Malika Rose, who also plays No. 1 singles. Rose is teamed with Kanyapat  Narattana in doubles and the duo is ranked 48th.

Last season, Texas Tech escaped with a 5-2 win against Oklahoma State in Lubbock, but it was closer than that. It took the doubles points and solid play at the bottom of the lineup to secure the win for the Lady Raiders. Petty sees that as the answer again on Sunday.

“I really think that this match comes down to solid doubles play and who wins the doubles point,” said Petty. “And I think how the bottom of the lineup plays will make an impact in the outcome of the match.”

Texas Tech has featured one of the best 4-5-6 lineups in the nation. The Lady Raiders are a combined 40-8 in dual matches this season from the bottom three spots in the lineup. Texas Tech has only lost at two of the three positions in the same match twice this season – No. 1 North Carolina (5-2) and No. 8 Alabama (4-3).

Solidifying those three spots on Sunday are Elizabeth Ullathorne (21-6), Nikki Sanders (17-5) and Caroline Starck (16-5).

The top three spots will be handled by Adams (13-15), Rashmi Teltumbde (10-10) and Kenna Kilgo (18-7).






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