Lady Raiders Win Five Of Nine Big 12 Position Titles

Caroline Starck was named in a Big 12 position champion in both singles and doubles.

April 23, 2013

LUBBOCK, Texas - Texas Tech swept five of the nine position titles in Big 12 Conference women's tennis, officials announced on Tuesday.

In all, six Lady Raiders were honored - Samantha Adams, Kenna Kilgo, Nikki Sanders, Rashmi Teltumbde, Caroline Starck and Elizabeth Ullathorne.

Sanders was named the position champion at No. 5 singles, while Starck claimed the title at No. 6 singles.

Sanders was perfect 9-0 in league dual matches, while the junior is 23-5 overall this season. Sanders has won 68 matches over the last three seasons and ranks 15th in career wins at Texas Tech.

Starck has earned her second straight title, after securing the No. 4 singles title last season. She was 8-1 in league matches and 21-6 overall. Starck is the winningest player in the modern era of Texas Tech with 95 career singles wins.

The Lady Raiders also won titles at all three doubles positions. This is the first time a school has don this in the Big 12 since Texas A&M did it in 2007.

Adams and Kilgo tied for the top spot at No. 1 doubles, sharing honors with Baylor's Ema Burgic and Victoria Kisialeva and Kansas State's Petra Niedermayerova and Karla Bonacic at 7-2. Adams and Kilgo are 21-8 overall and 18-5 this spring. This is the second straight season that Adams and Kilgo have been named the No. 1 doubles position champion.

Sanders and Teltumbde had the best record of any doubles tandem in the league, finishing with a 7-1 Big 12 record to edge out Texas' Aeriel Ellis and Elizabeth Begley. Sanders and Teltumbde have a team-best 22-8 record this season.

Starck and Ullathorne were 7-2 at No. 3 doubles, edging out C.C. Sardinha and Maria Alvarez of Oklahoma State, who were 6-2 this season. Starck and Ullathorne were 18-7 as a tandem this year. This is the second straight year Ullathorne has won the No. 3 doubles title. She teamed with Teltumbde to win the honor last season.

Texas Tech returns to action on Friday at 3 p.m. when they begin play in the quarterfinals of the Big 12 Championships in Norman, Okla.




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