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Former TTU Coach Virginia Brown chosen to ITA Women's Collegiate Tennis Hall of Fame

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TEMPE, Ariz. – Former Texas Tech women's tennis head coach Virginia Brown was named to the Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) Hall of Fame Class of 2016 announced earlier this week.

Brown served as head coach of the Lady Raiders over a three-year stretch from 2000-02. She is joined by Alycia Moulton, Gretchen Rush and Jane Goodman in the four-member class. The 2016 ITA Hall of Fame induction ceremony will take place on Saturday, November 12 at the McCormack-Nagelson Tennis Center on the William & Mary University campus located in Williamsburg, Virginia.

"We're extremely happy for Virginia Brown and her induction announcement into the ITA Women's Collegiate Tennis Hall of Fame," Texas Tech women's tennis head coach Todd Petty said. "She is a genuine legend and has done a great deal for the sport of tennis in West Texas over her highly-decorated career. The Texas Tech tennis family celebrates her many years of accomplishments and thank her for a job well done."

Before her 40-year coaching career, Brown was an accomplished player winning the Texas State doubles championships from 1958 to 1962. In 1959, she also won the Texas Intercollegiate Doubles Championship. In 1963, Brown competed at Wimbledon.

Brown's first coaching job was at Odessa College in 1963, where she remained until 1980. From 1974 to 1988, she also coached the women's team at the University of Texas Permian Basin and served as UTPB Athletic Director between 1987 and 1988.

Brown was named the NAIA Coach of the Year in 1985 and NJCAA Coach of the Year six times (1969, 1970, 1976, 1978, 1980 in women's and 1980 in men's). She captured a total of 14 National Junior College Team Championships (eight women's and six men's) from 1967 to 1980 and wrapped up her career as Texas Tech's head coach from 2000-02.

Texas Tech has coming off consecutive 20-win seasons for the first time in program history fueled by a program-record 25 victories during the 2016 season. The Lady Raiders have picked up back-to-back NCAA Sweet 16 appearances.

Texas Tech is slated to return its top seven players which recorded every dual match victory last season. Sarah Dvorak, Felicity Maltby, Gabriela Talaba and Alex Valenstein secured All-Big 12 Second-Team honors in 2016.

Visit www.TexasTech.com for the latest news and information on the women's tennis program. Fans also can follow the program on its social media outlets at www.Facebook.com/TechWomensTennis and @TexasTechTennis on Twitter.

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