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Tech Tennis earns spot in Regional Finals

(from Texas Tech Athletics)

NORMAN, Okla. – For the first time since 2018, the Lady Raiders are heading to an ITA Kickoff Regional Final after an exciting 4-2 finish over the Tulsa Golden Hurricanes on Saturday afternoon at the Headington Family Tennis Center.

Facing 3-seeded Tulsa (3-2) in the Norman Regional, Texas Tech (4-0) started off with another doubles point victory. First, Yekaterina Dmitrichenko and Camryn Stepp dominated on court three against the Tulsa pairing of Amy Leather and Myroslava Zelenchuk, winning the match 6-3.

Tulsa evened the doubles contest when Maria Berlanga and Lily Hutchings picked up a victory at court one against Metka Komac and Avelina Sayfetdinova, 6-4.

It all came down to court two, and for the second-straight match, it would be Olivia Peet and Cristina Tiglea who clinched the point for Tech. The Lady Raider duo would go on to defeat Laia Conde Monfort and Ana Naranjo Martinez by a 6-4 score to give Tech the lead.

Heading into singles with a 1-0 advantage, Tech would immediately get another point on the board when Tiglea posted her second win of the day after beating Lian Benedejcic on court four, 6-2, 6-1.

Tulsa then answered with two consecutive points after picking up wins on courts six and three.

It was coming down to the wire between the two teams, but Dmitrichenko pushed the momentum back into Tech;s favor when she picked up her first career dual singles win at court five over Zelenchuk by a 7-6 (4), 6-4 score.

The top two courts were battling it out as Peet would force a third set and a tiebreaker to extend the match, but it was Sayfetdinova, for the third time this season, to clinch the match for Tech.

The Moscow, Russia native rallied after being a set down to Berlanga to take the match at court two, 2-6, 7-5, 6-4, and push the Lady Raiders to the Regional Finals.

Tech is set to face No. 17 Oklahoma tomorrow at 2 p.m. for a spot in the ITA National Team Indoor Championships in Seattle.

SINGLES RESULTS
1. Olivia Peet (TTU) vs. Laia Conde Monfort (TLS), 3-6, 6-2, 6-6 (1-1), unfinished
2. Avelina Sayfetdinova (TTU) def. Maria Berlanga (TLS), 2-6, 7-5, 6-4
3. Lily Hutchings (TLS) def. Metka Komac (TTU), 3-6, 6-1, 6-2
4. Cristina Tiglea (TTU) def. Lian Benedejcic (TLS), 6-2, 6-1
5. Yekaterina Dmitrichenko (TTU) def. Myroslava Zelenchuk (TLS), 7-6 (7-4), 6-4
6. Amy Leather (TLS) def. Arina Oreshchenkova (TTU), 7-6 (7-2), 6-3

DOUBLES RESULTS
1. Maria Berlanga/Lily Hutchings (TLS) def. Avelina Sayfetdinova/Metka Komac (TTU), 6-4
2. Cristina Tiglea/Olivia Peet (TTU) def. Laia Conde Monfort/Ana Naranjo Martinez (TLS), 6-4
3. Camryn Stepp/Yekaterina Dmitrichenko (TTU) def. Amy Leather/Myroslava Zelenchuk (TLS), 6-3

Order of Finish: Doubles (3, 1, 2); Singles (4, 6, 3, 5, 2)

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