LUBBOCK, Texas (Texas Tech Press Release) – Texas Tech’s wait is over, as the Lady Raiders have earned a No. 2 seed and are headed to Los Angeles.
No. 30 Texas Tech (17-8) joins No. 1 UCLA (21-2), who is the fifth seed in the NCAA Championships, as well as No. 35 Ole Miss (13-9) and Sacramento State (12-16).
The Lady Raiders will face third-seeded Ole Miss in the first round of the NCAA Championships at 10 a.m. PT at the Los Angeles Tennis Center. UCLA will host fourth-seeded Sacramento State at 1 p.m. on Friday. The two winners will meet on Saturday at 3 p.m. at the Los Angeles Tennis Center.
The Lady Raiders are one of five Big 12 Conference schools who have made the NCAA Championships, joining No. 14 Baylor, No. 18 Oklahoma, No. 22 Texas and No. 25 Oklahoma State. This is Teas Tech’s third straight NCAA appearance after not earning a bid during any of the first 35 years of the program. The Lady Raiders are 10-8 against ranked opponents this season.
Lynn Kiro (28-6), Nikki Sanders (26-10) and Samantha Adams (22-11) have each won 20 matches this season to pace Texas Tech. Kiro is currently riding a 15-match winning streak, which is tied with Sanders for the longest in program history. Sanders did it during the 2011-12 season.
Adams, Sanders and Rashmi Teltumbde are the winningest senior class in program history (74-29). Sanders and Adams are the two winningest players in the modern era of Lady Raider Tennis. Sanders has 188 career combined singles and doubles wins, while Adams has notched 175. Teltumbde has recorded the highest doubles winning percentage in program history.
Ole Miss finished tied for sixth in the Southeastern Conference with a 6-7 mark in league play. The Rebels lost four of their last six matches after being ranked as high as No. 24 nationally. The SEC had seven of its 14 schools qualify for the NCAA Championships.
The Lady Raiders and Rebels have met three times, with Ole Miss leading the series, 2-1. Last season, Texas Tech hosted Ole Miss in the first and second rounds of the NCAA Championships, but the two did not meet, as then No. 15 Duke topped the No. 37 Rebels, 4-1.
UCLA has won 13 of its last 14 matches and finished second in the Pac-12 Conference at 9-1. Its lone loss was to No. 4 Cal. In all, nine of the 11 Pac-12 schools made the NCAA Championships. Texas Tech and UCLA have only met once – a 1979 match the Bruins won, 6-0, in Tucson, Ariz.
Sacramento State just won its 13th straight Big Sky Conference Tournament title to earn a berth in the NCAA Championships. The Hornets have won 113 of their last 116 matches against Big Sky opponents. The Lady Raiders are 2-0 all-time against the Hornets.