The 15th-ranked Texas Tech Lady Red Raiders assured themselves of no worse than a share of the Big 12 regular-season tennis title with a 4-3 win over TCU on Friday in Ft. Worth.
The Red Raiders are an undefeated 8-0 in conference play with one league match remaining, against Baylor next Sunday at Texas Tech. This is the second straight tennis title for Texas Tech. By defeating Baylor in their final conference match this season, the Lady Red Raiders will become the the first school to go through the women’s conference schedule undefeated since Baylor in 2010.
Texas Tech has now won nine consecutive matches in 2013. That is the second longest winning streak in the history of Red Raiders’ women’s tennis. The Lady Raiders put together a 10-match winning streak in 1987.
Texas Tech and TCU, ranked 25th in the country coming into Friday’s match, split the six singles matches and the Red Raiders took all three of the doubles points. The Red Raiders have now won 21 of their last 22 doubles matches. This was only the second home loss for TCU in 11 home matches this season. TCU is now tied with Texas, both with 6-2 conference records, for third place in the league standings.
Next Sunday’s match between Texas Tech and Baylor will pit the top two teams in the conference. The Lady Bears are in second place with a 7-1 record in Big 12 play.