Women’s Tennis Earns Four ITA Region Awards

Women’s Tennis Earns Four ITA Region Awards

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TEMPE, Ariz. – The Texas Tech Women’s Tennis team took home four ITA regional awards, the ITA announced Monday evening. 

Head Coach Todd Petty was named the Wilson/ITA Coach of the Year for the second straight year and third time in his career. Associate Head Coach Ric Mortera was named the ITA Assistant Coach of the Year for the second straight year. 

Sophomore Felicity Maltby secured the program’s second ITA Player to Watch award while junior Sabrina Federici became the first Lady Raiders to earn the ITA/Cissie Leary Award for Sportsmanship.

Petty and Mortera has guided the Lady Raiders to another historic season including a program single-season record of 26 wins. Texas Tech has been ranked inside the Top 15 all season, a new best in school history. The Lady Raiders also tied a program high ranking of fifth in the ITA rankings this season. Under Petty and Mortera’s guidance, Texas Tech won its first Big 12 regular season and tournament championship in school history. The Lady Raiders earned their highest seed (No. 6) in the NCAA Tournament and advanced to the Sweet 16 for the third straight season. 

Maltby joins Samantha Adams (2012) as Tech’s ITA Texas Region Player to Watch recipient. She has posted a 14-8 record in the No. 2 position during dual matches and has a 5-5 record when facing nationally ranked opponents. Earlier this season, Maltby defeated No. 8 Sydney Campbell of Vanderbilt (6-2, 2-6, 6-1) in three sets during the opening round of the ITA Indoor Nationals.  

Federici is the first Texas Tech player to earn the ITA/Cissie Leary Award for Sportsmanship. She was selected team captain by her teammates, participates in the Tech leadership program and takes leadership classes during every semester she has been at Tech. On the court, Federici has posted a 15-1 record in dual matches including an undefeated record at the No. 5 position. 

The Lady Raiders continue their historic season as they face No. 11 Auburn during the Round of 16 at the NCAA Championships in Athens, Ga., on Friday. First serve is set for 11 a.m. CT.

Visit www.TexasTech.com for the latest news and information on the women's tennis program. Fans also can follow the program and live match updates on its social media outlets at www.Facebook.com/TechWomensTennis and @TexasTechTennis on Twitter.

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