Lady Raider Tennis on the Road for Three Matches this Week


LUBBOCK, Texas – The Texas Tech women’s tennis team hits the road for a trio of road matches in the Sooner State this weekend, as it travels to face Tulsa, No. 31 Oklahoma State and No. 32 Oklahoma beginning on Wednesday.
 
WEEKEND SCHEDULE
Wednesday, March 24
3 p.m. – at Tulsa
 
Friday, March 26
5 p.m. – at Oklahoma State
 
Sunday, March 28
1 p.m. – at Oklahoma
 
ABOUT THE LADY RAIDERS
Texas Tech is coming off a Big 12 split last weekend on the road, falling in a narrow, 4-3 match at Iowa State before recording a 7-0 sweep over West Virginia. The Lady Raiders are 11-4 overall and 4-1 in Big 12 play, and are slotted at No. 30 in the latest ITA team rankings.
 
Kaitlin Staines represents Tech in the ITA singles rankings, coming in at No. 100 in the preseason poll. Lisa Mays is 12-3 overall on the year, while Margarita Skriabina has been hot as well, going 12-0 in dual singles matches this season. Sophomore Nell Miller has won five matches in a row and nine of her last 10, competing primarily at the No. 4 line. Olivia Peet (6-2 in dual matches) and Metka Komac (5-3) round out the Lady Raider lineup.
 
Tech has been victorious in the four of the last five doubles points, led by strong showings from the Lady Raiders at the No. 1 line where Mays and Staines are 7-2 on the year and 1-0 against ranked foes.
 
EYEING THE OPPONENTS
The Tulsa Golden Hurricane enters Wednesday’s match with the Lady Raiders at 7-4 overall with a 2-0 mark in AAC play. Tulsa is coming off a 7-0 win over Oral Roberts on Saturday that followed a pair of in-state losses against Oklahoma and Oklahoma State earlier this month. The Golden Hurricane has played only one match away from home this season, and is 7-3 at the Case Tennis Center this year. Tulsa is receiving votes in the latest ITA team rankings, and is led individually by Martina Okalova (No. 86 in singles), who is paired with Vera Ploner to form the 22nd-ranked doubles team in the country according to the ITA.
 
The No. 31-ranked Oklahoma State Cowgirls are 6-7 so far this season coming off a couple of losses at No. 2 Texas and No. 11 Baylor. The Cowgirls have had a tough schedule thus far, with six of their seven losses coming to top-10 teams and all seven coming to top-25 opponents. Oklahoma State has four players in the ITA singles rankings in No. 24 Bunyawi Thamchaiwat, No. 54 Lisa Marie Rioux, No. 77 Ayumi Miyamoto and No. 105 Alana Wolfberg. Thamchaiwat and Miyamoto appear in the doubles rankings as well at No. 34.
 
No. 32 Oklahoma is 8-4 so far this year following losses at No. 2 Texas and No. 11 Baylor last weekend. Prior to that, the Sooners had won five in a row to open their March slate. Oklahoma is led by Carmen Corley, who is 7-5 this season in the No. 1 singles position and has picked up a pair of ranked wins on the year. Corley and her sister Ivana Corley are 7-2 at No. 1 doubles this season as well with two nationally-ranked wins.
 
LOOKING AHEAD
The Lady Raiders will take next weekend off before embarking on their final road trip of the year at SMU (April 8) and TCU (April 10).
 



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