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The Incredible State of Texas Tech Athletics

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Football and basketball drive Texas Tech athletic pride, but other sports are performing well and should make us proud.

Bob Donnan-USA TODAY Sports

For many of the Viva the Matadors’ readers, football and basketball are all that matters. It’s the sole reason of visiting the site and following our beloved Texas Tech Red Raiders. But the truth is that there are many other sports with incredible seasons going on. The true state of our athletic department is incredible, and Kirby Hocutt deserves all of the credit. Let’s take a peak around campus to see what everyone else is doing:

Texas Tech Tennis:

The men’s tennis team is ranking no. 10 in the country and just beat no. 8 Oklahoma. The team set a regular season mark for the most wins by any Tech team, and still have opportunities to take down Texas and TCU.

The women’s tennis team is ranked no. 14 in the country and continue to crush their Big XII foes. They recently took down Oklahoma State, and still travel to two opponents they should beat in West Virginia and Iowa State before the Big XII championships.

Texas Tech Golf:

Seven student athletes from the Texas Tech men's and women's golf programs were named to the 2016 Academic All-Big 12 Golf Teams. The women’s golf team of note has the second-ranked women’s golfer in the Big XII, Gabby Barker. Gabby was at one point this season the number one ranking women’s collegiate golfer in the country. Tech has four of the top 22 women’s golfers in the Big XII and continue to win, including their recent win at the Red Raider Invitational at the Rawls Course.

Texas Tech Women’s Soccer:

The women’s soccer team has been on an incredibly successful run over the past couple years with consective trips to the playoffs. While the season is in the fall, Tech currently is 4-0 in the five-game spring schedule. They just defeated LSU 4-1, and will look to stay perfect against TCU April 23.

I understand football drives this university’s athletic pride, but it’s worth following other sports to understand what an embarrassment of riches we currently have in coaches and student athletes.