May 4, 2010
FORT WORTH—Horned Frog tennis players Kayla Duncan and Christopher Price have been named TCU Student-Athletes of the Week for helping their respective squads win Mountain West Conference championships over the past weekend.
Both TCU tennis teams posted three straight victories over the weekend in Las Vegas to earn their third MWC tournament titles in only five years as league members. The women have now won six MWC titles overall when factoring in regular-season championships, while the men boast five.
Duncan, a sophomore from Winston-Salem, N.C., stepped up in the clutch for the TCU women’s team during Saturday’s 4-3 title-clinching victory over San Diego State. Her thrilling three-set victory over the Aztecs’ Julia Wais at No. 3 singles, 6-1, 5-7, 7-6 (5), proved to be the difference in the Frog win. Duncan went 2-1 overall during the weekend in singles, also downing UNLV’s Nives Pavlovic on Friday, 6-1, 7-5. In doubles, she paired with junior Katariina Tuohimaa to post a 2-1 showing that included a victory over UNLV’s 58th-ranked tandem of Kristina Nedeltcheva and Jana Albers.
Price combined to go 5-0 in singles and doubles play for the Frog men’s team, including the title-clinching win at No. 4 singles in straight sets Saturday against SDSU’s Luis Rattenhuber, 7-6 (10), 6-2. The Houston, Texas, native posted an earlier win in singles over Utah’s Benita Suriano in Thursday’s quarterfinal match, 6-4, 6-3. In doubles, Price continued his recent successful roll with junior partner Emanuel Brighiu. The pair, now ranked No. 43 nationally, went 3-0 over the weekend and has now won nine straight matches overall.
Both Frog teams earned automatic bids to the NCAA Championships by nabbing the MWC’s tournament titles.