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LUBBOCK, Texas – No. 17 Texas Tech went toe to toe with one of the nation's elite tennis program, but came up just short, as No. 15 Duke edged the Lady Raiders, 4-3, in the second round of the NCAA Championships Sunday at the McLeod Tennis Center.
Duke will now face No. 1 Florida on Friday at 10 a.m. at the Khan Outdoor Tennis Complex on the Campus of the University of Illinois in the Round of 16.
For just this third time this season, Texas Tech started the day by losing the doubles point. It came in an odd way. Duke, who was playing with just five players due to several injuries, forfeited No. 3 doubles.
The Blue Devil tandem of Hanna Mar and Mary Clayton jumped on Texas Tech's No. 16 team of Samantha Adams and Kenna Kilgo, got separation and picked up an 8-4 win at No. 1.
Texas Tech's No. 2 squad of Nikki Sanders and Rashmi Teltumbde saw a 2-2 tie turn into an early deficit that they could never climb out of, as Marianne Jodoin and Annie Mulholland picked up the 8-4 win for Duke and the first point of the day.
Texas Tech then added a quick point of its own in singles, as Duke forfeited its match at No.6 singles to Caroline Starck. Starck closed out her Texas Tech as the winningest player in the modern era with 96 career singles wins.
With the score tied 1-1, Nikki Sanders put Tech in front, 2-1 with a fast-paced 6-0, 6-1 win over Nicole Lipp at No. 5. It was Sanders 73rd career win, including a perfect 27-0 mark in matches played in Lubbock.
Duke evened the score, 2-2, after Mulholland held off a late rally by Kilgo at No. 3, for a 6-3, 7-5 win.
Tech's Teltumbde looked all but out at No. 2, as Duke's No. 106 Mary Clayton took the first set, 6-3, but the Lady Raider junior, picked up the second set, 6-2 and then added the third, 6-4, and Texas Tech led, 3-2.
The Lady Raiders needed just one of the final two matches to make an historic run to Urbana and the Round of 16.
Texas Tech's No. 80 Samantha Adams opened up her match with No. 29 Hanna Mar like no other match all year. She jumped out to a 5-2 lead in the first, only to watch Mar take the next two games and pull within one, 5-4, but Adams served fir the victory in the first set.
Adams hung tight with Mar early in both the second and third sets, only to watch Mar pull away for the eventual, 4-6, 6-3, 6-3 win at No. 1, tying the match, 3-3, with one match left.
Texas Tech's Elizabeth Ullathorne and Duke's Jodoin were locked in a battle. The first set was long and drawn out, point for point, but in the end, Ullathorne survived for an amazing 7-6 (7-4) victory in the first stanza. Jodoin immediately chimed back with a 6-2 win in the second, sending the third match of the day to the third set and fittingly the last match on.
First it was 1-1 and then 2-2, but then Jodoin got a break and held on for the win for the Blue Devils, as she won, 6-7 (4-7), 6-2, 6-3.
Texas Tech closes out the season 20-6 on the season, equaling the most wins in program history. The three seniors, Starck, Ullathorne and Sandra Dynka close out their careers as the winningest players in program history.
Texas Tech will now send the doubles tandem of Adams and Kilgo to the NCAA Doubles Championships which begin play on May 22 in Urbana, Ill., on the campus of the University of Illinois.
TEXAS TECH HEAD COACH TODD PETTY:
"I am very proud of how we put ourselves in a position to win, especially after playing so poorly in the doubles. I felt like that was what cost us today. In singles, I think if we were able to finish off some of those first sets quicker, we could have carried that momentum into the second sets. I felt like we let them hang around and then the match started getting a little bit tighter. With the caliber of players that Duke has, they could have run away with those top four singles positions. I was impressed with the way we were able to stick it out. We made it competitive in every position and when you do that, more times than not, you are going to win. Duke has that experience of playing to get into the Sweet 16 and that probably played against us.
COLLEGE OF CHARLESTON HEAD COACH ANGELO ANASTOPOULO:
"It all started with our doubles play. Going into the match, we knew that doubles was definitely one of their stronger points, and I think that we stole the doubles point. I could tell that Texas Tech was a little bit nervous, and our girls took advantage and jumped on them right away. We got off to good starts in doubles, and played doubles to win. Singles was just a battle. For Hanna [Mar] and Marianne [Jodoin] to lose the first, it kind of sums up our season. It shows how much heart we have, and how much pride our girls have in what they are doing. It was great to see. Especially at the end for Marianne there, because she was in that same situation at ACCs, and that's the last bit of recall that she has, so that's a tough situation to be in, but I just told her to keep focusing on points, don't worry about anything else. She did a great job of that at the end, she stayed aggressive and played as smart as she had played the entire match. To comeback after losing the first set was great for everybody."
NCAA Championships Second Round
#15 Duke 4, #17 Texas Tech 3
May 12, 2013 at Lubbock, Texas
(McLeod Tennis Center)
1. #29 Hanna Mar (DUKE) def. #80 Samantha Adams (TT) 4-6, 6-3, 6-3
2. Rashmi Teltumbde (TT) def. #106 Mary Clayton (DUKE) 3-6, 6-2, 6-4
3. Annie Mulholland (DUKE) def. Kenna Kilgo (TT) 6-3, 7-5
4. Marianne Jodoin (DUKE) def. Elizabeth Ullathorne (TT) 6-7 (4-6), 6-2, 6-3
5. Nikki Sanders (TT) def. Nicole Lipp (DUKE) 6-0, 6-1
6. Caroline Starck (TT) def. No player (DUKE), by forfeit
1. Mary Clayton/Hanna Mar (DUKE) def. #16 Samantha Adams/Kenna Kilgo (TT) 8-4
2. Marianne Jodoin/Annie Mulholland (DUKE) def. Nikki Sanders/Rashmi Teltumbde (TT) 8-4
3. Caroline Starck/Elizabeth Ullathorne (TT) def. No player/No player (DUKE), by forfeit
Duke 16-9; National ranking #15
Texas Tech 20-7; National ranking #17
Order of finish: Doubles (3,1,2); Singles (6,5,3,2,1,4)
NCAA Championships Second Round