Women's Tennis Starts Season 2-0
Jan. 18, 2014
FORT WORTH, Texas – The No. 30 TCU women’s tennis team earned two team victories with a 7-0 win over Syracuse and a 5-2 win over UT Arlington on Saturday at the Bayard H. Friedman Tennis Center.
The Horned Frogs (2-0, 0-0 Big 12) started the day off by sweeping all the matches against the Orange (0-2, 0-0 ACC) and improving the all-time series record against Syracuse to 2-0. TCU came back in the afternoon and defeated the Mavericks (0-1, 0-0 Sunbelt), as the Frogs stayed undefeated at 17-0 against UT Arlington in the series record.
“Well, I thought we played really well in doubles all day. I think our new addition, Sofiko (Kadzhaya), is a very good player and we are just starting her in the lower lineup because we don’t really know where she fits in yet,” coach Dave Borelli said. “I was pleased with a couple comebacks in a few matches and it is unfortunate when you play the super tiebreaker in the third. It is tough and it stifles the momentum when we won the second sets pretty easily and then dropping the super tiebreaker.
“Overall, I think today went really great. We played well and we have a long way to go, but the chemistry and work ethic of the team is very good. No matter the results, this was the best week of practice I have had with a group of kids and it was a lot of fun. As long as we keep that up, that is all that matters.”
Stefanie Tan and Simona Parajova got TCU started off by taking the first doubles match, 6-3, against Aleah Marrow and Rhiann Newborn at the No. 2 position. Mimi Fotopoulos and Monika Sirilova sealed the doubles point for the Frogs by defeating Amanda Rodgers and Breanna Bachini at the No. 3 position, 6-4.
TCU proved to have no problems against Syracuse in singles action, as the Frogs swept all six matches. Parajova found herself trailing early in the first set against Maddie Kobelt, but bounced back to win the tiebreaker and win the second set for her first victory of the spring season at the No. 2 position.
Millie Nichols was the first TCU player to test out the super tiebreaker in place for today’s match, as the senior won the first set 7-5 against Marrow, but dropped the second set 6-3 to force the tiebreaking third set. Nichols was victorious and claimed a 10-8 decision in the final set to win the match.
In the afternoon match against UT Arlington, Parajova and Tan once again won the first doubles match for the Frogs with a 6-2 victory over Astrid Gehre and Angeles de los Rios at the No. 2 position. Just a few minutes later, Nichols and Seda Arantekin earned their first doubles victory of the season with a 6-1 win at the No. 1 position over Elizabeth Thoms and Ekaterina Tugarinova, as TCU claimed the doubles point.
Parajova had an easier matchup against the Mavericks in singles action and easily claimed a win over Giada D’ortona 6-1, 6-0 at the No. 2 position. Newcomer Sofiko Kadzhaya earned her second singles win of the season with a 6-3, 6-3 win over Tugarinova and No. 30 Stefanie Tan clinched the win for the Frogs with a 6-4, 6-2 win over Thoms at the No. 1 position.
In the final three singles matches, all three TCU players were forced into the super tiebreaker third set. Nichols dropped her first set against de los Rios, 6-1, and won a tiebreaker in the second set to send the match into the third set. Down 9-7 and facing match point, Nichols secured four straight points to win the set 11-7 and the match.
The Horned Frogs will next see action in Pacific Palisades, Calif., as TCU competes in the ITA National Kick-Off on Jan. 24-26. TCU is seeded No. 2 and will compete against No. 3 UC Irvine to open the tournament, with the winner moving on to face either UCLA or San Diego.
MATCH RESULTS – No. 30 TCU 7, Syracuse 0
MATCH RESULTS – No. 30 TCU 5, UT Arlington 2