LUBBOCK, Texas – For the first time in Texas Tech Women's Tennis history, junior Gabriela Talaba earned All-America honors following the 2017 regular season.
She received a Top 16 national seed in the NCAA Tennis Championships singles competition set for May 24-29 at the Dan Magill Tennis Complex in Athens, Ga., following the conclusion of the team championships.
This season, Talaba posted a 22-6 record during the regular season, including a school record setting 20-5 in the No. 1 position.
She tallied a 11-6 record vs. nationally ranked opponents, five wins coming against Top 12 opponents. Talaba defeated the highest ranked opponent in school history with a three-set comeback win over No. 4 Blair Shankle of Baylor (2-6, 6-3, 7-5) during league play.
Talaba helped her team to a Big 12 regular season and tournament title for the first time in school history and led the Lady Raiders to the Elite 8 of the ITA Indoor Nationals.
The Galati, Romania, native held a Top 10 ITA singles ranking for five straight weeks and earned a Top 16 seeding in the NCAA Tennis Championships as a singles player.
Talaba is one of the most decorated players in school history. With a 63-21 career record, she has the fourth best career win percentage (0.750) in school history.
She is a two-time All-Big 12 selection and earned the 2015 Big 12 Freshman of the Year award. Along with her on-court recognitions, Talaba is a two-time Academic All-Big 12 athlete and has earned a spot on the Dean's or President's List all four semesters she has attended Texas Tech.
Talaba looks to lead her team to the third straight Sweet 16 appearance and beyond as the Lady Raiders earned the program's sixth consecutive NCAA Championship berth under head coach Todd Petty.
Texas Tech will host Quinnipiac, Denver and Southern California for the first and second rounds of the NCAA tournament on May 12-13 at the McLeod Tennis Center.