LUBBOCK, Texas – The Texas Tech women's tennis team plays its first home match of the season on Saturday morning when it hosts No. 23 Arizona State at 10 a.m. at Lubbock Country Club. Due to the match being played indoors, no fans will be allowed at the event.
The Lady Raiders were originally scheduled to play Abilene Christian and New Mexico this weekend as well; however, with those matches being postponed to next weekend due to weather conditions, Tech's match against the Sun Devils will be the only competition on the schedule for the weekend. The new schedule for the next week or so looks like this:
Saturday, Feb. 13
10 a.m. – vs. No. 23 Arizona State
Saturday, Feb. 20
12 p.m. – vs. SMU
Sunday, Feb. 21
11 a.m. – vs. New Mexico
3 p.m. – vs. Abilene Christian
ABOUT THE LADY RAIDERS
The Lady Raiders are coming off a split last weekend in Houston, dropping a tough, 4-3 match at Rice on Saturday and sweeping Houston, 4-0, on Sunday. A handful of Lady Raiders are still undefeated in singles in dual play, including Lisa Mays (4-0), Olivia Peet (3-0) and Margarita Skriabina (2-0). Tech has used six different doubles teams in dual matches this season and is a combined 7-2 in those matches. Heading into the weekend, Texas Tech has one ranked singles player and one ranked doubles team in the latest Intercollegiate Tennis Association Rankings. In doubles, Kaitlin Staines and Nell Miller come in at No. 43. Staines also appears in the singles poll, slotted at No. 100.
ABOUT THE SUN DEVILS
Arizona State is 5-1 overall heading into this weekend's bout with the Lady Raiders. The Sun Devils have won four straight, including a pair of wins over Oklahoma and Kansas State in Tempe last weekend, and took their lone loss of the season in a 4-2 match against then-No. 23 Baylor during ITA Kickoff Weekend last month. Ranked No. 23 in the Intercollegiate Tennis Association team rankings, Arizona State is led by a pair of ranked singles players in No. 37 Ilze Hattingh and No. 115 Sammi Hampton. Hattingh and Tereza Kolarova are ranked No. 21 in doubles.
FLASHBACK TO 2020
Last season, one of the highlights of the Lady Raiders' shortened season came against the Sun Devils in Tempe, when Tech knocked off then-No. 26 Arizona State. After dropping the doubles point to start the match, the Lady Raiders picked up four singles wins—three of which came in three sets—to come back and clutch the win late.
LAST TIME OUT
The Texas Tech women's tennis team closed out its weekend with a 4-0 sweep at Houston on Sunday morning.
The Lady Raiders got on the board first, picking up wins on doubles courts two and three to take the doubles point and lead, 1-0, heading into singles play. Nell Miller and Margarita Skriabina were the first Lady Raiders to pick up a win, defeating Azul Pedemonti and Gabriela Giraldo, 6-2. Olivia Peet and Metka Komac clinched the doubles point for Tech.
The Lady Raiders quickly added to their lead in singles play, picking up straight-set wins by Skriabina and Kaitlin Staines to stretch their lead to 3-0 and put themselves a point away from the win. It was freshman Lisa Mays who clinched the win for the Lady Raiders, pulling out a three-set win over Mimi Kendall Woseley, 6-5, 4-6, 6-0.