Adams And Kilgo Look To Make History At NCAA Championships|
May 22, 2012
“Everybody at this point is good,” said Lady Raider head coach Todd Petty. “UCLA is a very solid team. It is a tough first round. If we advance we will have a matchup with Notre Dame again in the second round.
“Kenna and Sam have had good practices leading up to being here and are excited about being here. They have proven throughout the year that they can beat anyone in the country.”
It is a historic day in Lady Raider Tennis, as the duo are just the fourth and fifth Lady Raiders to participate in the NCAA Individual Championships. The doubles tandem of Annemarie Walson and Paula Brigance were the first Lady Raiders to advance to the NCAA Championships, while Zana Zlebnik advanced in singles in 1998.
Walson and Brigance lost in the first round to Danielle Durak and Julie Kaczmarek from William and Mary in 1988. Zlebnik defeated Arizona State’s Karin Palme, 6-4, 6-1, before falling to Kylie Hunt of Kansas, 6-2, 6-3 in the Round of 32 in 1998.
Adams and Kilgo are 25-7 on the season and 8-1 against ranked opponents. The duo won the Big 12 Conference positional championship at No. 1 Doubles and are 9-1 in their last 10 matches.
Dolehide and Montez are 19-4 and 4-3 against ranked opponents and have played primarily No. 2 doubles for the Bruins.
If the Lady Raiders move on to the Round of 16, it could set up a rematch of earlier this season, when Kilgo and Adams downed then-No. 2 Kristy Frilling and Shannon Mathews of Notre Dame. The Tech tandem toppled Frilling and Matthews, 9-7, in Honolulu, Hawai’i. But before that could happen, No. 8 Frilling and Matthews must defeat Stanford’s No. 24 duo of Stacey Tan and Ellen Tsay.
ALL-AMERICA ON THE LINE