LUBBOCK, Texas – The No. 6 Women's Tennis team advanced to the NCAA Sweet 16 for the third straight year as Texas Tech defeated No. 44 Denver, 4-1, at the McLeod Tennis Center Saturday afternoon.
The Lady Raiders, now 26-4 on the year, broke the school record for most team wins in a single season.
Denver opened the match with a 6-1 victory on court one of doubles as No. 17 Julia O'Loughlin and Maureen Slattery defeated No. 26 Sabrina Federici and Sarah Dvorak.
Texas Tech captured the doubles point with back-to-back wins on courts two and three, taking a 1-0 lead into singles play.
Federici gave the Lady Raiders a 2-0 lead with a 6-0, 6-4 win on court four, marking her 15th dual match win of the season.
Junior Katelyn Jackson battled to a 7-6 win in tiebreaks (10-8) in her opening set before taking six straight games in set two.
Biana Mok gave Denver their only point as she defeated sophomore Alex Valenstein 7-5, 6-3.
After dropping her first set 3-6, junior Gabriela Talaba clinched the match for the Lady Raiders with a 6-1, 6-3 win in sets two and three.
The Lady Raiders head to Athens, Ga., for the NCAA Division I Championships. Tech is set to face No. 11 Auburn in the Sweet 16 round on Friday, May 19.