No. 15 Lady Raiders Looking To Make History This Weekend|
April 18, 2013
FORT WORTH, Texas – When No. 15 Texas Tech (17-4, 7-0) hits the tennis courts on Friday against No. 25 TCU, it is the first step in the last leg of completing history for the Lady Raiders.
The Lady Raiders are looking to become the first school to run the table undefeated since Baylor in 2010, but more importantly, Texas Tech is looking to become the first school other than Texas or Baylor to win back to back Big 12 regular season titles in women’s tennis.
But for either of those things to happen, the Lady Raiders will have to get by No. 25 TCU (17-3, 6-1 Big 12) and No. 28 Baylor (13-13, 6-1 Big 12). TCU is 9-1 at home this season, while Baylor handed Texas Tech one of its four losses this season in January.
The Lady Raiders are riding an eight-match winning streak, which is the fourth longest in program history. A win over TCU would be the longest winning streak since winning 10 straight in 1987.
The Lady Raiders are led by No. 93 Samantha Adams, who is 15-17 on the season, but 6-4 in her last 10 matches. Kenna Kilgo (19-10) and Rashmi Teltumbde (13-10) anchor the No. 2 and No. 3 positions for Texas Tech.
The Lady Raiders feature the best 4-5-6 lineup in the Big 12 with Elizabeth Ullathorne (23-8), Nikki Sanders (21-5) and Caroline Starck (20-5).
But the marquee feature of the No. 15 Lady Raiders is their doubles play. Texas Tech has won 20 of 21 doubles points this season and 39 of 46 over the past two seasons. Anchoring doubles is the No. 15 tandem of Adams and Kilgo (20-7), who hold the top spot. No. 2 doubles is solidified by the duo of Teltumbde and Sanders (20-8), while Starck and Ullathorne (17-6) are locked in at No. 3.
TCU is led by No. 45 Stephanie Tan and No. 100 Olivia Smith. Millie Nichols has teamed with Smith to form the No. 54 doubles squad nationally.
The doubles point will be key when the Lady Raiders face Baylor, as Kilgo and Adams will square off against No. 17 Ema Burgic and Victoria Kisialeva. The Texas Tech duo cruised to an 8-3 win in January. Baylor won the top four singles matches, including three-set victories over Kilgo and Ullathorne.
At the Baylor match on Sunday at 2 p.m. at the McLeod Tennis Center, Texas Tech will look to set a new single-match attendance record for the Lady Raiders. Admission is free and there will be free pizza, a drawing for a tennis package, t-shirt giveaway, and a free kids clinic immediately following the match.