LUBBOCK, Texas – No. 34 Texas Tech is looking to set a new attendance mark Friday at 5 p.m., as the Lady Raiders host No. 65 Kansas at the McLeod Tennis Center. Admission is free.
“This is an important weekend for us,” said Texas Tech Lady Raider head coach Todd Petty. “We have the opportunity to close out the season with a pair of wins against ranked opponents. I cannot thank this senior class for what they have meant to our program.”
Texas Tech has set up several chances to win cash, prizes and giveaways, as well as providing pizza to all fans.
The Lady Raider all-time attendance record was set last season, when 573 people attended the Texas Tech-Baylor match. It was the second-most attended match of the season nationally.
Leading the way for Texas Tech is a trio of seniors in Samantha Adams, Nikki Sanders and Rashmi Teltumbde. This is the final weekend to see the winningest senior class in program history. These three have been a part of two trips to the NCAA Championships, as well as two Big 12 Conference regular season titles. Over the last four seasons, Texas Tech has gone 34-4 (89.5 percent) at the McLeod Tennis Center, including 6-1 this season.
Overall this senior class is 71-28 (71.7 percent), eclipsing the mark set by the 1987 senior class, who went 67-23 (74.4 percent).
Individually, Sanders is second all-time in career wins with 95. With a pair of singles wins this weekend, she could become the winningest player in program history. Currently, former teammate Caroline Star holds the mark at 96-40. Sanders is 95-29 in four seasons at Texas Tech, including 31-1 at McLeod Tennis Center.
Adams and Teltumbde are also equally accomplished, as Adams is the most decorated player in program history. Teltumbde has created a culture of winning in doubles since her arrival. Adams is a Tech legacy, as her father played for Tech during the late 1970s. Despite never playing together, both Adams and Teltumbde are two of the winningest doubles players in program history.
Another storyline includes freshman Lynn Kiro and her streak of 12 straight singles wins, as well as her 24-6 record this season. She is 7-0 in Big 12 play.
But then there is the old standby, that Friday’s match is against your former team, as the Jayhawks are headed up by former Lady Raider assistant Todd Chapman.
But in the end, for the Lady Raiders, it is about getting another step closer to its school-record third straight trip to the NCAA Championships.