Going Back to Cali: Tech draws LMU in NCAA Tournament

LUBBOCK, Texas – For the 10th consecutive season, the Texas Tech women’s tennis program is headed to the NCAA Tournament.

Texas Tech (14-10) will open its run at the 2022 NCAA Tournament by clashing with Loyola Marymount of the West Coast Conference on Friday in Berkely. First serve is set for Noon (CT).

The Lady Raiders will open play in the NCAA Tournament in the State of California for the third consecutive season. Tech faced UNLV In the Los Angeles in 2018-19 before returning to LA for the 2021 NCAA Tournament. After defeating San Diego in the opening round, Tech fell to Elite 8 participant UCLA.

Tech women’s tennis has won its opening match in the NCAA Tournament in four of the last five tournaments that have been contested.

SCOUTING THE LIONS:LMU enters the weekend at 18-3 overall, after earning the first at-large bid in program history. In the opening round of the WCC Championships, LMU fell to San Diego 4-1. The loss snapped the Lions nine-match winning streak. LMU is currently ranked No. 23 in the country, and features one ranked player in Russian Veronika Mirashnichenko. The Moscow native is 14-1 this season and was ranked No. 74 in last week’s ITA rankings. Her lone loss was a three-set setback against Elysia Bolton of UCLA. LMU defeated the Bruins back on Jan. 26 and has four power-five wins this season. Tech and LMU have played a pair of common opponents. The Lions dropped UCSB 4-3 at home back on Feb. 25 and swept Arizona (4-0) at home on Mar. 9.

HEAD COACH TODD PETTY:“We’re excited to get in for the 10th straight season. This team has done a great job all year and have worked so hard. We’re a young team starting three freshmen, so it was awesome to see their reactions. This experience is why we do what we do. We’ve played so many big matches and close 4-3 matches, but we’ve done a great job of bonding and growing close. They’ve gotten stronger as athletes and conquered the fear of playing the big moments and that’s resulted in some big wins that allowed us to be in the position we’re in. We’re playing our best tennis at the right time and that’s all you can ask for going into tournament time. “

ON LMU:“LMU is really good. They knocked off UCLA earlier in the year and beat a couple of teams we played this season. They’re very strong at the top and coach Agustin [Moreno] does an amazing job with his team. We’ll make some calls and takes notes, but in postseason play it’s all about us and what we can do. We’ll need to handle the moment and our nerves. Half our team will be playing in the NCAA Tournament for the first time so it’s going to be about experiences and controlling what we can control. ”

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