Men's Tennis Team Breaks into Top 25 in Nation

<p>The 14-0 Texas Tech men's tennis team achieved its highest ranking in head coach Tim Siegel's tenure when the most recent ITA College Tennis Rankings for Division I carried the Red Raiders at the No. 23 spot in the nation Tuesday.

Tech's ranking skipped 11 notches upward since last week, when the Red Raiders held down No. 34. The poll was the first computerized ranking of the season; for the previous rankings this season, votes from the eight regional chairs determined placement.

The Red Raiders' next match is Thursday against Purdue in Malibu, Califonia. Following that bout with the No. 54 Boilermakers, Tech travels to Fresno for a match against No. 46 Fresno State on March 20. They face Clemson March 21 in Fresno.

In their last action Tech beat No. 53 TAMU-Corpus Christi 4-2 in the finals of the 37th Annual HEB Collegiate Team Championships. En route to the crown Tech had beaten No. 30, South Alabama 4-2 in a semifinal match earned by beating Southeastern Louisiana 4-1 and Alabama Birmingham 4-0.

During the tournament Tech sophomore Bojan Szumanski, who hails from Opole, Poland, posted two wins in No. 2 singles matches. He was named the Big 12 Men's player of the week March 7.

The Texas Tech Women's Tennis team is on the road again after having traveled to Manhattan, Kansas March 3 for the opening match in the Big 12 Conference season. The overall outcome of the meet went the Wildcats' way 5-2.

In singles action, Tech's only win came at the No. 4 position when Erin Hunter defeated Judith Diaz, 6-3, 6-3. For number one, Maria Rosenberg overcame Cigdem Duru , 6-3, 6-0, and at No. 2 KSU's Tamar Kvaratskhelia outplayed Janet Durham, 6-1, 6-1. In the third slot Jessica Simosa battled through three games before overcoming Tara Browning, 7-6, 5-7, 6-4.

Tereza Prochazkova defeated Katja Kovacic for the five-slot match in three games, 2-6, 6-2, 6-1. Fernanda Da Valle defeated Lakann Wagley, 7-6, 6-0 in the sixth position.

In doubles matches the Lady Raiders took away an undefeated mark as Tara Browning and Lakann Wagley outplayed Maria Rosenber and Tamar Kvaratskhelia, 8-4, and Cigdem Duru and Janet Durham defeated Jessica Simosa and Judith Diaz, 9-7. Erin Hunter and Katja Kovacic topped Tereza Prochazkova and Fernanda Da Valle, 8-4.

The Lady Raiders entered the match 2-5 over the spring following tough competition in their non-conference matches including a 2-1 victory at the UNLV Lady Rebel Classic, where they lost to No. 3 New Mexico but beat both Cal State Northridge and Northern Arizona. Tech comes off of a 2-1 weekend in Las Vegas, Nev. at the UNLV Lady Rebel Classic. Tech lost to No. 3- New Mexico, but defeated Cal State Northridge and Northern Arizona.

K-State is 2-3 for the season and 8-5 against Tech. In the meeting last season, the Wildcats fell to the Lady Raiders, 4-3, in Lubbock, Texas.

Tech's ladies next play March 16-18; they face Southern Mississippi, Florida Atlanta and Florida International.

After those matches Tech will return home to host six Big 12 contests. They play Iowa State, Nebraska, Missouri, Texas, Colorado and Kansas in Lubbock before returning to the road.

Tech will travel to Waco for league action against Baylor April 4, then meet Texas A&M in College Station April 9 and journey to Oklahoma to wrap the Big 12 spring season on the road, with an April 15 match in Stillwater against the Oklahoma State Cowgirls before a season finale the next day in Norman. The Big 12 Tournament begins April 28 in Austin.

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