No. 19 Lady Raiders Look To Earn Share of Big 12 Title
Rashmi Teltumbde will look to lead Texas Tech to a share of its first-ever conference title.
April 19, 2012
LUBBOCK, Texas – This weekend has been 35 years in the making.
The No. 19 Texas Tech Lady Raider tennis team has the opportunity to win a share of the Big 12 title if they can sweep both matches this weekend.
The Lady Raiders (16-4, 6-1 Big 12) host No. 44 Missouri (10-9, 2-5 Big 12) on Friday at 6 p.m. and Iowa State (4-16, 1-6) on Sunday at 10:30 a.m. at the McLeod Tennis Center. If Texas Tech wins both matches, it will earn a share of its first conference title of any kind in women’s tennis. In the 35-year history of the program, no Lady Raider team has finished higher than fourth in the conference standings (2006 and 2011).
“We have a lot to play for this weekend,” said Lady Raider head coach Todd Petty. “As much as we have the opportunity to play for a conference title, we also have the opportunity to get ready for the Big 12 Championships.”
The Lady Raiders are in the midst of a historic run this season. Texas Tech could add to that run with a weekend sweep. The Lady Raiders would set a school record for conference wins (8) and record the second-most win in a season (18).
Leading the way for Texas Tech is the nationally-ranked duo of Samantha Adams (No. 102) and Rashmi Telumbde (No. 120). Adams has teamed with Kenna Kilgo this season to produce the No. 28 doubles tandem in the nation.
One of the keys to the success of the Lady Raiders this season has been the solid doubles play from top to bottom. Texas Tech has won 16 of 19 doubles points this season.
Adams and Kilgo are currently 21-7 on the season and 14-5 at No. 1 doubles. Teltumbde and Elizabeth Ullathorne have anchored the No. 3 doubles position, as the duo has gone 17-3 overall and 15-3 in dual matches. Sanders and Starck are 12-11 this season and 9-8 in dual matches.
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