Lady Raider Tennis Advances to Big 12 Semifinals
Denise-Antonela Stoica clinches her ninth match for Texas Tech
LAWRENCE, Kan. – The No. 26 Lady Raider Tennis squad is headed to the Big 12 semifinals after capturing a 4-3 win over No. 29 Oklahoma on Friday.
Texas Tech (17-7) is moving on to the semifinals for the eighth straight year.
"I thought we played really well today, I thought our doubles point today was the best one of the season and obviously we needed it. Playing them a week ago, we knew they were going to be a lot better than they were in Lubbock because of the conditions," Head Coach Todd Petty said. "OU played amazing. I respect Audra, and the OU team to the max. We had to play our best tennis and it came down to the wire. I don't know if either team deserved to lose, but we are excited to get through it."
The Lady Raiders opened the match with back-to-back wins on doubles courts one and three to clinch the first point of the match. Doubles duo Nell Miller and Lana Rush cruised to a 6-2 victory over Jasmine Asghar and Oleksandra Korashvili on court one before Kennedy Bridgforth and Reagan Collins picked up a 6-3 win over Ivana Corley and Kianah Motosono on court three.
Oklahoma (16-8) tied the match at one-all with a win on court two to open singles play.
Freshman Olivia Peet picked up her 10th singles win of the season as she took down Motosono on court five for the second time. Peet cruised to a 6-2, 6-0 win, giving Tech the lead 2-1.
Senior Lana Rush captured Tech's third point of the match as she earned a 6-4, 6-2 win over Corley. The match marked her 15th singles win of the season and she is now 13-2 when playing at the No. 6 position this season.
The Sooners won two straight on courts one and three to tie the match at three-all and force the final match to finish.
Freshman Denise-Antonela Stoica earned a tough first set win over Asghar in tiebreaks. Asghar responded with a 6-4 second set win to force the final third set. Stoica turned up the heat and picked up a 6-4 victory to clinch the match.
Stoica has clinched nine matches for the Lady Raiders this season. She is 11-2 at the no. 4 position this season and recorded her 14th dual match win of the season.
The Lady Raiders are set to face top-seeded Texas in the semifinal round of the Big 12 tournament tomorrow at 3 p.m.
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