No. 15 Lady Raiders Clinch a Share of Big 12 Conference Regular Season Title
On the final day of the regular season last year, the Texas Tech women's tennis team got to do something that had never been done in program history – hoist the Big 12 Conference championship trophy.
Following a 4-3 victory against TCU, doing that for the second-straight season became more of a reality than just a dream for the No. 15 Lady Raiders as they secured at least a share of the Big 12 title with the victory.
The Lady Raiders (18-4, 8-0 in Big 12 play) cruised through doubles play wit No. 15 duo Samantha Adams and Kenna Kilgo beating Olivia Smith and Stefanie Tan, 8-2, followed by an 8-2 victory from Nikki Sanders and Rashmi Teltumbde at the No. 2 spot to secure the doubles point.
With a 1-0 lead against No. 25 TCU, the Lady Raiders turned to singles play to try and secure at least a portion of the regular season title.
After notching a victory at the No. 5 spot, but then dropping singles matches in the No. 2 and No. 3 slots, Tech and TCU were all tied up at 2-2.
Needing just two more points to win the match, the Lady Raiders got those from the No. 3 and No. 1 spots in the lineup.
Teltumbde put Tech one step closer with her 6-3, 0-6, 6-4 victory against Simona Parajova in the No. 3 spot and then 93rd -ranked singles player Adams propelled the squad to their second-straight title.
Adams pulled the upset beating 45th-ranked Stefanie Tan 2-6, 6-4, 6-3 securing the victory for the Lady Raiders.
This upset marked the biggest of Adams' career since defeated 26th-ranked Aeriel Lewis of Texas last season.
Tech would drop the final singles match to push the final score to 4-3.
The Lady Raiders will try and become the second team in the last three seasons to run the table in Big 12 play and Tech will try to accomplish that feat against the team that did it last.
Baylor ran the table in 2010, and the Lady Bears will be the team to beat on Sunday to complete that for the Lady Raiders in 2013.
Lady Raiders and the No. 28 Lady Bears are set for a 2 p.m. first serve for Sunday at the McLeod Tennis Center.
No. 22 Lady Raider Golf Leads at Big 12 Championships
If someone was basing their pick of a team that would be leading after the first round of the Big 12 Conference championships in Iowa off last years results, one might go with Oklahoma.
The Sooners winning the 2012 crown, finishing the tournament 64-over par, and winning the title after being in fourth after day one.
But on this day it was the team that finished 7th in last years Big 12 Championship taking the top spot after the first round of the 2013 tournament – Texas Tech.
No. 22 Tech closed out the first round of the Big 12 Championships leading the field with a 28-over par score. The Lady Raiders hold a one-stroke lead over No. 17 Oklahoma State and a three-shot lead over third place No.23 Baylor.
Senior Kim Kaufman led the field for Tech turning in a three-over day at the course, Kaufman bogeying the first, second and ninth hold and staying even on the rest with pars.
Fifth-ranked Kaufman's 3-over score was good enough for second overall trailing No. 59 Lauren Taylor of Baylor who shot two over in round one.
Other Lady Raiders doing well were senior Gabby Dominguez, shooting 6-over, which put her in a tie for sixth individually.
The Lady Raiders will be back out on the course on Saturday with tee time set for 11:40 a.m. as Kimmy Hill leads the Lady Raiders out in group 11.
Dominguez and Kaufman will tee off in the final two groups that are set to tee off at 12:10 p.m. and 12:20 p.m., respectively.