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Todd Petty led tje Lady Raiders to a Big 12 Comferce title in 2011.

April 24, 1008

LUBBOCK, Texas - Texas Tech Lady Raider head coach Todd Petty joined elite company on Tuesday, as he became just the third coach in Big 12 Conference history to win the women's tennis Coach of the Year Award in back-to-back seasons.

Petty joins former Texas A&M coach Bobby Kleinecke and Baylor's Joey Scrivano as the only coaches in league history to win the award in consecutive years.

"This is a special award since it is voted on by my peers," said Todd Petty. "I truly respect all of the coaches in our league.

"I have a group of young ladies and an amazing staff that should be commended for this award, including (assistant coach) Todd Chapman, (strength and conditioning coach) Katie Munger and (volunteer assistant) Kristen Rafael. This is a reflection of their hard work."

In his fourth season, Petty has led a gradual resurgence to a dormant program. Prior to this season, no Texas Tech team had ever finished better than fourth in conference play and Petty guided the Lady Raiders to their first-ever Big 12 championship. Along the way, he has engineered Texas Tech to several new records, milestones and plateaus, including winning 19 matches for the first time in 25 years and earning a ranking inside the Top 20 for the first time ever.

Other Texas Tech honorees on Tuesday were the standout doubles tandem of Kenna Kilgo and Samantha Adams. The Lady Raider duo is currently 25-7 on the season and ranked No. 19 nationally. It is the first time in Texas Tech history that a singles or doubles ranking for the Lady Raiders has entered the Top 20. Adams and Kilgo are the ninth Texas Tech tandem to earn All-Big 12 doubles honors.

"I am very proud of Sam and Kenna," said Petty. "This honor is very well deserved. These young ladies have really put on some great performances at the No. 1 spot this season."

Adams and Kilgo were selected as one of the 32 doubles tandems to participate at the 2012 NCAA Women's Doubles Championships later this month in Athens, Ga. It is the first time that a doubles tandem has advanced to the NCAA since 1988.

Adams, who is ranked 117th nationally, earned her first All-Big 12 singles honor as well. In all, Adams now has three All-Big 12 honors after teaming with Kelsy Garland last season for All-Big 12 doubles honors.

Texas Tech begins play at the 2012 NCAA Championships in Coral Gables, Fla., on Friday at 9 a.m., when they face No. 37 Utah.




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