No. 30 TCU Takes Out No. 38 UC Irvine

Simona Parajova

Jan. 24, 2014

Final Stats

FORT WORTH, Texas – A third set tiebreaker won by Simona Parajova sealed a 4-0 win for the No. 30 TCU women’s tennis team over No. 38 UC Irvine in the opening round of the ITA National Kick-Off in Los Angeles, Calif., Friday morning.

After securing the doubles point and two singles points for a 3-0 lead over the Anteaters (0-1, 0-0 Big West), the Horned Frogs (3-0, 0-0 Big 12) got the fourth and final point for the match victory with the win at the No. 2 singles spot.

Parajova easily won the first set over Franz Goettsching 6-1, but Goettsching battled back to win the second set 6-3 to send the match into the super tiebreaker third set. The junior from Slovakia did not let the match slip away and won the tiebreaker 10-3 to keep her undefeated singles record for the 2014 spring season intact.

“UC Irvine is a good team with some good players and we played so tight in doubles, but we were able to overcome that which is a good sign that you can still win matches even when you are a little tight,” coach Dave Borelli said. “In singles, we played really well and we are now up against a really good UCLA team tomorrow. The girls have all beaten someone better then who they are going up against tomorrow sometime in their lives and this presents a great opportunity for us to play UCLA at their place.”

TCU began the match with the newcomer combo of Mimi Fotopoulos and Sofiko Kadzhaya pairing up to take a 6-2 win at No. 3 doubles over Kat Facey and Brooke Schweyer. The other two doubles matches were closely contested as Parajova and Stefanie Tan had to fight off multiple match points at No. 2 doubles, before Millie Nichols and Seda Arantekin got a 7-6 (3) win at the No. 1 position over Ali Facey and Goettsching.

No. 30 Tan had an easier time at the No. 1 singles position and scored the second point for TCU with a 6-0, 6-1 win over Marivick Mamiit. Nichols notched the third point for the Horned Frogs with a 6-3, 6-2 win over A. Facey, before Parajova finished off the match with her win.

TCU moves on to face No. 5 UCLA tomorrow at 5 p.m., CST at the Los Angeles Tennis Center. The winner of the match will advance to the ITA National Indoor Championship at Boar’s Head Sports Club in Charlottesville, Va., on Feb. 7-10.

Live results of the match can be found at, with a recap and final results available on after the completion of the competition.

Tennis Match Results
#38 UC Irvine vs. #30 TCU
Jan 24, 2014 at Los Angeles, CA
(Los Angeles Tennis Center)

#30 TCU 4, #38 UC Irvine 0
Singles competition
1. #30 Stefanie Tan (TCU) def. Marivick Mamiit (UCI) 6-0, 6-1
2. Simona Parajova (TCU) def. Franz Goettsching (UCI) 6-1, 3-6, 1-0 (10-3)
3. Mimi Fotopoulos (TCU) vs. Sarah Gong (UCI) 6-4, 4-0, unfinished
4. Millie Nichols (TCU) def. Ali Facey (UCI) 6-3, 6-2
5. Sofiko Kadzhaya (TCU) vs. Kat Facey (UCI) 6-3, 3-3, unfinished
6. Seda Arantekin (TCU) vs. Sarah Stadfelt (UCI) 6-0, 6-5, unfinished

Doubles competition
1. Seda Arantekin/Millie Nichols (TCU) def. Ali Facey/Franz Goettsching (UCI) 7-6 (7-3)
2. Simona Parajova/Stefanie Tan (TCU) vs. Sarah Gong/Marivick Mamiit (UCI) 6-5, unfinished
3. Mimi Fotopoulos/Sofiko Kadzhaya (TCU) def. Kat Facey/Brooke Schweyer (UCI) 6-2

Match Notes:
UC Irvine 0-1; National ranking #38
TCU 3-0; National ranking #30
Order of finish: Doubles (3,1); Singles (1,4,2)
TCU advances to face UCLA on Saturday at 5:00 p.m., CST








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