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WVU Two Steps in Texas

  • By Christopher Pharis
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  • April 06, 2017 02:05 PM
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MORGANTOWN, W.VaThe West Virginia University tennis team continues its Big 12 Conference schedule with a tour through Texas, taking on No. 30 TCU on Friday, April 7, and No. 5 Texas Tech on Sunday, April 9.  
 
“It is another great weekend for us to continue to work and continue to get better,” said fourth-year coach Miha Lisac. “Hopefully we can get back to being a little healthier than we were last weekend.”
 
The Mountaineers (4-11, 0-5 Big 12) enter the weekend after dropping two matches last week to No. 25 Texas (4-0) on Friday and No. 14 Baylor (4-0) on Sunday. Junior Habiba Shaker leads the Mountaineers in singles play with an 8-5 record at the No. 1 slot. Junior Lyn Yuen Choo and sophomore Paula Goetz pace WVU in doubles action, with a 4-3 record this spring. Goetz has recorded a team-high eight doubles wins in the spring campaign.
 
TCU heads into the contest with a 10-7 overall record after splitting a pair of conference matches last weekend against No. 41 Oklahoma (4-1) and falling to No. 9 Oklahoma State (4-2).
 
Senior Seda Arantekin leads the Horned Frogs in singles play and is ranked No. 73 in the latest Oracle/ITA singles rankings. She has a 9-5 record in dual matches this spring, including a 5-1 record at No. 2. The tandem of Donika Bashota and Olaya Garrido-Rivas lead TCU in doubles action with a 6-1 record in the spring campaign, and rank No. 11. Garrido-Rivas is also ranked No. 81 in doubles play with Arantekin.  
 
Friday’s match will be held at the Bayard H. Friedman Tennis Center in Fort Worth, Texas, and is slated to begin at 6:30 p.m. ET. Live stats will be available here. Fans are also able to stream the game live by clicking here.
 
Texas Tech remains the lone unbeaten team in conference play after dropping No. 9 Oklahoma State (4-2) on Friday and No. 41 Oklahoma (4-2) on Sunday. The Lady Raiders have an 18-3 record in dual matches this spring.
 
Three Lady Raiders are listed in the latest Oracle/ITA singles rankings. Junior Gabriela Talaba ranks No. 10. Teammates Felicity Maltby (No. 56) and Alex Valenstein (No. 118) also boast national rankings. In doubles play, three Texas Tech duos rank in the top 100. Sarah Dvorak and Sabrina Federici rank No. 29, while Talaba and Maltby come in at No. 56. Freshman Alba Cortina-Pou and Valenstein rank No. 68.
 
The contest between WVU and Texas Tech on Sunday will take place at the McLeod Tennis Center in Lubbock, Texas. First serve is at 12:30 p.m. ET. Live stats from Sunday’s match can be found here.
 
Full recaps of each day’s action will be available at WVUSports.com.
 
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