The Morning Stake: January 25th


Women Headed to ITA National Indoor Championships. The women are headed to the ITA National Indoor Championships with a 4-1 win over Illinois yesterday afternoon. The women’s team is 2-0 on the year and now have a chance to compete for a national ITA indoor title. Here’s head coach Todd Petty on the win:

“I thought we grew throughout the tournament,” Texas Tech head coach Todd Petty said. “Today, we played better in singles that we did yesterday. That’s because we invested more emotionally. This was a goal we set out to accomplish was to be the first team in program history to qualify for ITA National Indoors. These girls wanted to set that up and go do that. They were able to protect home court really well. I thought the freshmen (Felicity Maltby and Alex Valenstein) really grew up at the end. I mean Maltby being able to clinch a couple of matches in row. We’ve been having trouble closing matches in the fall and being able to do that this weekend was huge for our confidence.”

Men Also Headed to ITA National Indoor Championships. That’s right, the men are also headed to the ITA National Indoor Championships after beating #21 Florida yesterday in Austin. The men’s team is 8-0 on the year and here’s head coach Brett Masi on the win:

“It’s a huge win for us to come back and beat a program like Florida which has a lot of great tradition and history,” Masi said. “The biggest thing that I see from our team is that if one guy can’t do it that day someone else can step up and do it. A match like today and the way we were able to win shows our players how good this team can be. We have great senior leadership and a lot of depth. I’m proud of our guys for battling through adversity and finding a way to win.”

Lady Raiders Basketball

Lady Raiders Fall to Kansas State. Another tough loss as Texas Tech managed just 11 points in the first half, only 4 points scored in the 2nd quarter and went 15 minutes without scoring a single point, as the Lady Raiders fell to Kansas State, 65-53. Ryann Bowser led the way with 15 points and Dayo Olabode and Ivonne CookTaylor each had 13 in the losing effort. Head coach Candi Whitaker:

“We got the people we want shooting the shots, and I thought most of them were pretty open,” Texas Tech head coach Candi Whitaker said. “It was one of those things where this team really feeds off each other and we just couldn’t buy a basket.”


Clark at the Senior Bowl. CBS Sports’ Dane Brugler will be watching Le’Raven Clark closely in this year’s Senior Bowl, which is January 30th:

Groomed at left tackle in the Texas Tech offense, Clark was asked to retreat off the snap and his technique faces a learning curve under pro coaching at the Senior Bowl and once he is drafted. But he has the wide base, moldable frame and lower body flexibility required to start in the NFL, showing terrific knee bend and weight transfer in his kickslide. Once his upper body mechanics catch up, Clark projects as a NFL starter at tackle or guard.

Miscellaneous. Via the DMN, OU back-up sophomore quarterback Cody Thomas is forgoing football to focus just on baseball which means that Oklahoma won’t have another scholarship quarterback on the team other than Baker Mayfield and true freshman Austin Kendall. Kyler Murray is a transfer and will have to sit out the 2016 season . . . also via the DMN, Southern Miss head coach Todd Monken left suddenly to take the offensive coordinator job at Tampa Bay and Bruce Feldman speculates that TCU co-offensive coordinator Doug Meacham could be a candidate. Meacham has thrown his hat in the ring for other jobs this offseason, including Texas State, Tulane, North Texas and the TAMU OC job . . .

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