LUBBOCK, Texas – Texas Tech’s Lynn Kiro won her 12th consecutive match, as the No. 32 Lady Raiders rolled past No. 56 TCU, 5-2, on Saturday at McLeod Tennis Center.
The Lady Raiders are 34-4 (89.5 percent) at the McLeod Tennis Center over the past four seasons, including 6-1 this season.
The South African freshman, who is ranked No. 118 nationally, had little trouble as she upended TCU’s Sofiko Kadzhaya, 6-0, 6-3 at No. 3 singles. She improved to 25-6 on the season and 7-0 in Big 12 Conference action. Not only has she won 12 in a row, Kiro has won 15 of her last 16 and is 16-3 in dual matches this season.
Kiro was not the only Lady Raider to come up Big for Texas Tech on Saturday, as seniors Samantha Adams and Nikki Sanders continued to climb the wins ladder on Saturday.
Adams dispatched Monika Sirilova, 6-3, 6-3 at No. 5, while Sanders outlasted Seda Arantekin, 6-2, 5-7, 1-0 (10-2). It was Sanders’ 22nd win of the season and Adams secured her 20th victory of the year. Sanders is second in the modern era in career wins with 95, sitting one victory behind Caroline Starck (2010-13), who was 96-40. Adams now has 83 career singles wins which ranks fourth in the modern era of Lady Raider Tennis.
The match started with a quick doubles win for Kiro and Beatriz Machado Santos, who crushed Simona Parajona and Monica Sirilova, 8-1, at No. 3. No. 38 Adams and Kenna Kilgo followed suit with an 8-4 win over Seda Arantekin and Stefanie Tan at No. 1. TCU picked up its lone doubles win at No. 2, with a 7-6 victory from Kadzhaya and Millie Nichols over Sanders and Rashmi Teltumbde.
Samantha Czarniak Rego cruised past Sandra Ibarra to give Texas Tech a 2-0 lead. But TCU answered at No. 2, when No. 121 Parajova upended Teltumbde, 6-3, 6-0.
Kiro’s victory gave Tech a 3-1 lead with three matches to play, followed close behind by Adams to seal the win for the Lady Raiders.
Sanders held on for a 6-2, 5-7, 2-0 (10-2) win over Arantekin at No. 4 to give Texas Tech a 5-1 advantage with one to play. Kilgo battled with No. 59 Tan, but the TCU netter outlasted Kilgo, 4-6, 6-3, 1-0 (10-4).
Texas Tech will now close out the regular season next weekend when they host No. 57 Kansas on Friday and No. 69 Kansas State on Sunday.
#32 Texas Tech 5, #56 TCU 2
Lubbock, Texas (McLeod Tennis Center)
1. #59 Stefanie Tan (TCU) def. Kenna Kilgo (TT) 4-6, 6-3, 1-0 (10-4)
2. #121 Simona Parajova (TCU) def. Rashmi Teltumbde (TT) 6-3, 6-0
3. #118 Lynn Kiro (TT) def. Sofiko Kadzhaya (TCU) 6-0, 6-3
4. Nikki Sanders (TT) def. Seda Arantekin (TCU) 6-2, 5-7, 1-0 (10-2)
5. Samantha Adams (TT) def. Monica Sirilova (TCU) 6-3, 6-4
6. Samantha Czarniak Rego (TT) def. Sandra Ibarra (TCU) 6-0, 6-1
1. #38 Samantha Adams/Kenna Kilgo (TT) def. Seda Arantekin/Stefanie Tan (TCU) 8-4
2. Sofiko Kadzhaya/Millie Nichols (TCU) def. Nikki Sanders/Rashmi Teltumbde (TT) 7-6
3. Lynn Kiro/Beatriz Machado Santos (TT) def. Simona Parajova/Monica Sirilova (TCU) 8-1
Records: #56 TCU 10-11, 3-4; #32 Texas Tech 14-7, 4-3.
Order of finish: Doubles (3,1,2); Singles (6,2,3,5,4,1)