Lady Raiders Advance to Big 12 Tourney Semis

Texas Tech's start to the Big 12 Tourney was a little rough, but the Lady Raiders were able to notch another win and move on to the Big 12 Semis to face Texas.

It has been a long time since the Lady Raiders have been able to claim 19 wins in a single season – 25 years to be exact.

Top-seeded Texas Tech (19-4) was able to hold off a surging Missouri team, who beat Iowa State in opening round play of the Big 12 Conference Tourney on Thursday, downing the Tigers 4-1.

Tech got off on the right foot by coming out and grabbing the doubles point with wins from duos Elizabeth Ullathorne and Rashmi Teltumbde, who notched their 20th win as a team, and 28th-ranked Kenna Kilgo and Samantha Adams secured the doubles point with an 8-6 win.

With the doubles point in hand, all the Lady Raiders needed to do was win three singles matches and they would advance to the semifinals.

Once again the bottom half of the lineup for singles came through for the Lady Raiders as the top three struggled with Ullathorne dropping her match quickly falling, 6-1, 6-1, tieing the match up.

Despite Missouri fighting back to get one singles match, the Lady Raiders took care of business at the No. 4, 5 and 6 spots, which was all they needed to seal the win.

Tech got wins from Caroline Starck, Kilgo and Nikki Sanders to clinch the match and secure their spot in the semifinals.

Teltumbde and Adams did not finish their respective matches.

The Lady Raiders will now face the one team they did not beat in Big 12 play in the semis of the Big 12 tourney – Texas.

The Longhorns defeated the Lady Raiders 4-2 back on April 15 in Austin.

Texas is coming off a 4-1 win against Oklahoma State, the team that beat the Longhorns on the final day of the regular season, on Friday to advance to the semis to face off against the Lady Raiders.

First serve between No. 1 Tech and No. 4 Texas is set for 2 p.m. and the winner of the match will move onto the championship match on Sunday to face either No. 2 Baylor or No. 3 Texas A&M.

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