LUBBOCK, Texas – With so many storylines unfolding on Sunday, the centerpiece was No. 34 Texas Tech’s 6-1 victory over No. 71 Kansas State at the McLeod Tennis Center.
“I feel like this is a team peaking at the right time,” said Lady Raider head coach Todd Petty. “Early in the season, we were trying to find ourselves. Now we have the ability to make a statement. This team has come together at the right time and I think this is the best team I’ve had heading into the Big 12 Championships.”
The win for Texas Tech (16-7, 6-3 Big 12) improved Petty’s record to 94-54, giving him a career winning percentage of 63.5 percent. He now ranks No. 1 in career winning percentage at Texas Tech, passing Harrison “Mickey” Bowes, who won 63.4 percent (156-90) of his matches from 1979-89.
Senior Nikki Sanders passed former Lady Raider Caroline Starck as the modern era career wins leader with 97 victories. Sanders did it in amazing fashion, as she rolled past Amina St. Hill, 6-0, 6-0. She closes out her career at the McLeod Tennis Center with a 33-1 record and is 97-29 overall for her career. Sanders improved to 24-10 on the season.
Freshman Lynn Kiro extended her singles winning streak to 14 straight, as she dismantled Maria Panaite, 6-0, 6-1. She is now one victory from tying the school record of 15 straight established by Sanders in 2012. Kiro is 27-6 overall and 19-3 in dual matches, including a perfect 9-0 in Big 12 Conference play. Kiro is now one win away from tying Kenna Kilgo’s freshman and modern era record for victories in a season with 28, which she set in 2012.
Kilgo, a junior from Crawford, had her own success on Sunday, as she toppled No. 38 Petra Niedermayernova, 6-4, 7-6 (7-2) for the highest ranked win of her career. She is now 17-15 this season, and moved into 10th in modern era career singles with 66 wins.
Senior Rashmi Teltumbde also had an impressive showing at No. 2, as she bageled K-State’s Palma Juhasz, 6-0, 6-0. Teltumbde closed out the regular season 15-11 and 5-4 in Big 12 play.
Beatriz Machado Santos improved to 10-5 on the season and 4-1 at No. 6 with a 6-2, 6-0 win over Iva Bago.
The lone loss on the day came when senior Samantha Adams lost a heartbreaker in the third set to Livia Cirnu, 1-6, 7-6 (7-2), 1-0 (11-9).
In doubles, Texas Tech swept all three matches, as No. 47 Adams and Kilgo improved to 21-7 as a tandem with an 8-6 win over Niedermayerova and St. Hill at No. 1. Sanders and Teltumbde blanked Juhasz and Bago at No. 2, while Kiro and Machado Santos tripped Panaite and Cirnu, 8-2.
Adams, Sanders and Teltumbde leave Texas Tech as the winningest senior class in program history with 73-28 mark. Over the last four seasons, Texas Tech has gone 36-4 (90.0 percent) at the McLeod Tennis Center, including 8-1 this season.
With the regular season complete, Texas Tech will await next week’s final Big 12 results for seeding in the Big 12 Championships set for Apr. 24-27 in Fort Worth, Texas.
#34 Texas Tech 6, #71 Kansas State 1
Lubbock, Texas (McLeod Tennis Center)
1. Kenna Kilgo (TT) def. #38 Petra Niedermayerova (KSU) 6-4, 7-6 (7-2)
2. Rashmi Teltumbde (TT) def. Palma Juhasz (KSU) 6-0, 6-0
3. Lynn Kiro (TT) def. Maria Panaite (KSU) 6-0, 6-1
4. Nikki Sanders (TT) def. Amina St. Hill (KSU) 6-0, 6-0
5. Livia Cirnu (KSU) def. Samantha Adams (TT) 1-6, 7-6 (7-2), 1-0 (11-9)
6. B. Machado Santos (TT) def. Iva Bago (KSU) 6-2, 6-0
1. #47 Samantha Adams/Kenna Kilgo (TT) def. Petra Niedermayerova/Amina St. Hill (KSU) 8-6
2. Nikki Sanders/Rashmi Teltumbde (TT) def. Palma Juhasz/Iva Bago (KSU) 8-0
3. Lynn Kiro/B. Machado Santos (TT) def. Maria Panaite/Livia Cirnu (KSU) 8-2
Records: #71 Kansas State 8-12, 2-6 Big 12; #34 Texas Tech 16-7, 6-3 Big 12
Order of finish: Doubles (3,2,1); Singles (4,2,3,6,5)
T: 3:15. A: 315
NOTES: Nikki Sanders become the modern era career wins leader with her 97th career win.
Lynn Kiro runs her win streak to 14 straight, including 9-0 in Big 12 play.