LOS ANGELES – The No. 26 Lady Raiders' season came to an end as Texas Tech fell to UNLV, 4-3, in the opening round of the NCAA Tournament on Saturday.
Texas Tech (17-9) opened the match with wins on doubles courts two and three to earn the first point of the match. Senior Felicity Maltby and freshman Olivia Peet won six straight games to claim the 6-0 win on court two. Freshman Kennedy Bridgforth and Reagan Collins clinched the doubles point with a 6-2 victory on court three.
Freshman Nell Miller earned the first singles point of the match as she defeated Izumi Asano in straight sets (6-0, 6-3).
UNLV won three straight matches to take a 3-2 lead with wins on courts one, three and five.
Bridgforth tied the match at 3-all with her 3-6, 6-2, 6-3 comeback win on court four.
After dropping her first set, senior Lana Rush came back and earned a 6-4 win in set two to force a third set. Rush trailed 2-4 in the third set before forcing a tiebreaker. UNLV's Connie Li came out on top with a 9-7 tiebreaker set to clinch the win for the Rebels.
Felicity Maltby continues play at the NCAA Singles Championship in Orlando, Fla., on May 20-25.
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