Aggies Face Texas Tech in First NCAA Appearance

Courtesy of NMSU

LAS CRUCES, N.M.– The New Mexico State women’s tennis team will take on Texas Tech in the first round of the 2015 NCAA Regional Championships on Friday at 4 p.m. (MT) in Lubbock, Texas.

The Aggies, who are coming off their first Western Athletic Conference Championship victory, go into their first NCAA tournament dual-match with a 13-10 overall record.

Senior Susana Alcaraz and junior Ashvarya Shrivistava, who both earned first team All-WAC honors this season, led the Aggies in singles play with 13 victories in the No. 1 and No. 2 spots respectively.

Junior Erika Castillo Lopez added 11 wins while senior Denise Van Der Ben finished with nine wins on the season.

Freshman Rimpledeep Kaur has had a stellar inaugural season going 8-7 in the No. 2 and No. 3 spots.

In doubles’ play, NM State was led by Alcaraz and Castillo who are currently 10-7 overall and 8-6 in the No. 1 spot. The Aggies top paring also earned first team All-WAC honors.

The No. 16 seeded Red Raiders go into the opening round with a 19-6 overall record and as runners-up in the Big 12.

Kenna Kilgo went 6-7 in the No. 1 spot for Texas Tech and is expected to face Shrivistava. Kilgo is also a part of the Red Raiders top doubles team that went 8-4 this season.

Sarah Dvorak and Lynn Kiro lead Texas Tech in singles’ victories, both of them tallying 15.

This will be the first meeting between both teams since the 2003 season when the Red Raiders picked-up a 4-3 victory over the Aggies.

The winner will advance to the second round and will face the winner of the first round match-up between New Mexico and LSU, which will also be played in Lubbock.

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