TCU Drops Heartbreaker to Ole Miss

Jan. 26, 2018

Final Stats

FORT WORTH, Texas – In a battle that came down to the final court, the No. 24 TCU women’s tennis team could not complete a comeback as No. 23 Ole Miss came away with a 4-3 win in the opening round of the ITA Kick-Off Weekend on Friday afternoon inside the Greenwood Tennis Center in Stillwater, Okla.

After dropping the doubles point to the Rebels (2-0), the Horned Frogs (2-1) stormed back to take the opening set in three of the six singles matches. After going up 3-2 in the match with wins at the No. 2, No. 3 and No. 5 positions, TCU needed a fourth court to secure the match but Ole Miss was able to finish off the final courts in straight sets to take the victory, 4-3.

Aleksa Cveticanin and Marie Norris each picked up victories over ranked opponents on Friday. No. 71 Cveticanin was able to upend No. 62 Sabina Machalova, 6-4, 6-2, at the No. 3 spot for her first ranked win of her career while Norris downed No. 95 Tea Jandric, 6-1, 6-4, at the No. 5 position. Norris is now 8-1 on the season and riding a five-match winning streak.

Quotes from the Match
Head Coach Lee Taylor Walker
“Today was a good match for us to learn where we are. We certainly had opportunities to win the match, but Ole Miss played solid and came through in a tough match for the clincher. For Meredith (Roberts) to get that experience is invaluable for her. That will actually benefit her a great deal this spring. For our team, we have to remain calm and trusting of the work we have done and get ready for another tough one tomorrow. Our schedule is made up of matches that will feel like today. We have to love it and enjoy it and want it again and again and again win or lose."

Match Results
Ole Miss vs TCU
Jan 26, 2018 at Stillwater, Okla.
(Greenwood Tennis Center)
#23 Ole Miss 4, #24 TCU 3

Singles competition
1. #50 Arianne Hartono (OM) def. Donika Bashota (TCU) 7-6 (7-4), 6-3'
2. #59 Aleksandra Zenovka (TCU) def. #81 Natalie Suk (OM) 6-4, 6-1
3. #71 Aleksa Cveticanin (TCU) def. #62 Sabina Machalova (OM) 6-4, 6-2
4. Alexa Bortles (OM) def. Alexis Pereira (TCU) 6-3, 6-1
5. Marie Norris (TCU) def. #95 Tea Jandric (OM) 6-1, 6-4
6. Tereza Janatova (OM) def. Meredith Roberts (TCU) 7-5, 7-6 (7-0)

Doubles competition
1. Donika Bashota/Madison Tedford (TCU) vs. #13 Arianne Hartono/Alexa Bortles (OM) 3-4, unfinished
2. #22 Natalie Suk/Sabina Machalova (OM) def. Aleksa Cveticanin/Meredith Roberts (TCU) 6-4
3. #58 Anna Vrbenska/Tea Jandric (OM) def. Aleksandra Zenovka/Marie Norris (TCU) 6-1

Match Notes:
Ole Miss 2-0; National ranking #23
TCU 2-1; National ranking #24
Order of finish: Doubles (3,2); Singles (3,4,2,5,1,6)
ITA Kickoff Weekend first round match

Up Next
TCU will face the loser of the Oklahoma State and Arizona State match-up in the consolation match of ITA Kick-Off Weekend at 6 p.m., at the Greenwood Tennis Center in Stillwater, Okla., on Saturday, Jan. 27.



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