Women's Tennis Team Headed for Big 12 Tournament|
April 23, 2008
LUBBOCK, Texas - The Texas Tech Women's Tennis Team took a few days to focus on their singles play as they prepared for the 2008 Big 12 Championships in College Station, Texas. The team will face the No. 8 seed Oklahoma in the first round on Thurs., April 24, at 10 a.m. at the George P. Mitchell Tennis Center.
In conference play this season, the Lady Raiders went 4-7 tying for eighth place giving them the ninth seed overall in the tournament. Tech is 11-11 in dual matches this season, including key wins over ranked teams such as Nevada, SMU and Kansas.
As years past, the Lady Raiders are renowned for their exceptional performance in doubles. This season Tech has clinched 12 doubles points, including seven in Big 12 play. Returning to the top spot for Tech this season is the No. 41-ranked pair of Janet Durham and Samantha van der Drift who held a 6-3 conference record at No. 1, 7-3 overall. Playing the No. 2 spot is senior catalyst Brenna Jackson and sophomore Kerryn Potgieter. The two have a 6-4 combined record at both the No. 1 and 2 positions. Rounding out as the final doubles team is the freshman duo of Kelsy Garland and Simone Templeton, who although hit a rough patch this past weekend, have notched in six conference wins at No. 3.
Playing in the No. 1 singles spot for Tech for the first time this season will be senior Durham. Durham is Texas Tech's all-time winningest doubles player with 88 career victories, but has also positioned herself as second in career singles victories and has a season record of 19-10 playing in the top four positions for the Lady Raiders. Moving to the No. 2 spot will be van der Drift, while the Garland, Templeton and Potgieter fill out No. 4, 5, and 6, respectively. Making her first appearance this season at No. 6 will be Jackson, who last season posted a 3-5 conference record, 11-13 overall.
Last time out against the Sooners at home, the Raiders took the early lead by clinching the double point in the No. 1 and 3 positions. OU retaliated by winning five straight singles matches, as Tech's Templeton was the lone Red Raider to find a singles win on the day. The Sooners lead the series over Tech, 10-6, going into Thursday's match.
Live stats will be available via http://www.aggieathletics.com/specialsites/2008big12tennis/. For more information and a complete tournament bracket, log on to the women's tennis page at www.big12sports.com.