Margarita Skriabina

LUBBOCK, Texas – The Texas Tech women's tennis team completed the upset of No. 23 Arizona State on Saturday in a 4-3 thriller at Lubbock Country Club.

 

With no Lisa Mays, who had started at the No. 1 singles spot in every match for the Lady Raiders so far this season, Texas Tech overcame a slow start in doubles to come back and take four of six singles matches to clinch the win.

 

The Sun Devils struck first, picking up wins on courts one and three to take an early 1-0 lead. When matches were suspended, Margarita Skriabina and Olivia Peet were tied at five apiece with Arizona State's Tereza Kolarova and Giulia Morlet.

 

The Lady Raiders gained momentum in singles, picking up three-straight wins to take a 3-1 lead over the Sun Devils.

 

Peet was the first Lady Raider to get on the board, knocking off Giulia Morlet, 6-1, 6-2, on line four to tie the match at one. The win moved Peet to 4-0 on the season in dual matches.

 

Kaitlin Staines earned a clutch win in the top singles spot as she defeated No. 37 Ilze Hattingh in three sets. After falling, 1-6, in her first set, Staines won the second set, 6-2, and the third, 6-0, to take the win and give the Lady Raiders the lead.

 

Skriabina followed suit shortly after with a 6-2, 7-5 win over Lauryn John-Baptiste to push her dual record to 3-0 this season.

 

After Arizona State picked up a pair of wins on courts two and six, the match was left to be decided on singles line five, where Metka Komac was in a battle with Marianna Argyrokastriti. Komac came up with the 1-6, 7-5, 6-3 win to clinch the win for Texas Tech.

 

The Lady Raiders will be back in action next weekend, when they host SMU, New Mexico and Abilene Christian at home.