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No. 16 Texas Tech women's tennis faces Boston University in NCAA Tournament opener


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The No. 16 Texas Tech women’s tennis team will begin its quest for a second straight NCAA Sweet 16 trip and takes on Boston University during Friday’s NCAA Tournament First Round at 5 p.m. CT from the McLeod Tennis Center.

The Lady Raiders (23-5) have won five of their last six matches and is coming off the program’s second consecutive appearance in the Big 12 Tournament Final. Boston University (12-8) has won the last three Patriot League championships, the most recent coming against Navy on April 24. The Terriers have collected 16 NCAA bids over the last 18 seasons.

Texas Tech has played host to the NCAA Tournament First and Second Rounds during three of the last four seasons and are one of eight sites to play host to both the men’s and women’s tournament this weekend.

Fans can purchase tickets on-site at the McLeod Tennis Center Ticket Trailer for $5 (adults) and $3 (youth – 12 and under). Mississippi State and Virginia Tech will begin the four-team NCAA Lubbock Regional with a 2 p.m. CT first serve on Friday. The two winners will battle Saturday at 4 p.m. CT with the advancing team securing their spot in the NCAA Round of 16 in Tulsa on Thursday, May 19.

"All three of these teams are extremely talented, but we’ve played the type of schedule to prepare ourselves for this moment," Texas Tech head coach Todd Petty said. "It’s not anything different from what we’ve seen all season, and that’s not taking away from our opponents. We’ve won some, and we’ve lost some. We have to stay consistent with our effort and our focus. If we’re able to accomplish those things and not get lost in the moment, we’ll be able to be there at the end of the match and have a shot to win."

The Lady Raiders have tucked away five of their last six doubles points and have dropped only four doubles decisions during that stretch. Gabriela Talaba and Alex Valenstein have anchored the No. 1 line and dialed up a 6-3 triumph over then No. 15 Breaunna Addison and Danielle Wagland of Texas. The duo picked up All-Big 12 Tournament honors and All-Big 12 Second-Team accolades.

"We need to stay focused on what we do in doubles," Petty said. "It’s not always about the result but about the intent in the way that we want to play. If we continue to stay positive and stay committed to it, we’ll have a good showing. That doesn’t always mean a win at this level. As long as we’re doing the right things, our hard work in that area is paying off."

Talaba and Valenstein along with Sarah Dvorak and Felicity Maltby captured All-Big 12 Second-Team honors in singles. The quartet amassed 61 of Tech’s 85 singles wins during the dual match season headed by Maltby who dialed up an impressive 20-2 mark mostly from the No. 4 position. 

Sabrina Federici has compiled a 15-2 dual match mark and claimed 11 of her 12 outings at the No. 5 slot. She has been dominant with 14 of her 15 victories coming in straight sets.

Katelyn Jackson has held down the bottom of the lineup over the last month and a half. She posted an 8-4 mark with five of those victories coming versus opponents from ranked teams.

"Having the last week off has been good for the players because it’s allowed them to clear their heads," Pety said. “Even though we lost to Oklahoma State in the Big 12 Tournament final, I was so proud of the way they played against Texas and TCU who we lost to during the regular season. They’re learning quickly, and they’re learning a lot along the way. They’ve been able to take something from every match and try to reapply it. I believe they’ll be able to do those same things this weekend. Whether or not that’s good enough to win, it’s a process. We’re excited to be home and see the culmination of the hard work the team has put in all season."
2016 NCAA Lubbock Regional

Friday, May 13 – First Round
Match 1: Mississippi State vs. Virginia Tech – 2 p.m. CT
Match 2: No. 16 Texas Tech vs. Boston University – 5 p.m. CT
Saturday, May 14 – Second Round
Match 3: Match 1 winner vs. Match 2 winner – 4 p.m. CT

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