Jan. 27, 2018
FORT WORTH, Texas – The No. 24 TCU women’s tennis team wrapped up competition at the ITA Kick-Off Weekend on Saturday night by dropping a 4-1 decision to No. 22 Arizona State at the Greenwood Tennis Center in Stillwater, Okla.
The match started with the doubles point all coming down to a tiebreaker on court two after Donika Bashota and Elizabeth Tedford scored a 6-3 victory over No. 28 Savannah Slaysman and Tereza Kolarova to even up the doubles battle. The Horned Frogs (2-2) could not convert as the Sun Devils (2-1) were able to take the final doubles match to go up 1-0 in the match.
Stevie Kennedy was able to put TCU on the board with the first ranked victory of her career as she downed No. 83 Slaysman in straight sets at the No. 5 position to improve to 2-0 this season in dual matches. The Frogs could not come back on the other courts as Arizona State took three straight matches to take the overall team victory.
Quotes from the Match
Head Coach Lee Taylor Walker
“Arizona State is a quality team and I certainly don't want to take anything away from them. Coach Sheila (McInerny) is a legend and Coach (Matt) Langley has added a lot to their program as well, so first congratulations to them. However, I'm very disappointed in the immaturity we showed tonight. There are several teams historically and currently that have had great success with freshmen, so using the freshman card is just an excuse I want to avoid all year long. We had leads on every court at times and we crumbled with negativity, self-implosion and indecisiveness. Tennis is a sport filled with momentum changes and lots of situations of anxiety. A player has to train these situations prior to competition and hardwire them into their brain so that it overrides the anxiety under pressure and they can freely perform successfully under pressure. We will be spending all our time this week on situational awareness and having a game plan that is sharp and ready for anything that comes. I'm looking forward to having a top-10 team on our home courts. It's time for us all to take it up another level.”
Arizona State vs TCU
Jan 27, 2018 at Stillwater, Okla
(Greenwood Tennis Center)
#22 Arizona State 4, #24 TCU 1
1. Donika Bashota (TCU) vs. Ilze Hattingh (ASU) 7-5, 0-6, 3-3, unfinished
2. Lauryn John-Baptiste (ASU) def. #59 Aleksandra Zenovka (TCU) 6-1, 6-3
3. Nicole Fossa Huergo (ASU) def. #71 Aleksa Cveticanin (TCU) 6-4, 4-6, 7-5
4. Marie Norris (TCU) vs. Tereza Kolarova (ASU) 6-4, 6-6 (6-6), unfinished
5. Stevie Kennedy (TCU) def. #83 Savannah Slaysman (ASU) 6-2, 6-4
6. Sasa Klanecek (ASU) def. Meredith Roberts (TCU) 6-4, 6-0
1. Donika Bashota/Elizabeth Tedford (TCU) def. #28 Savannah Slaysman/Tereza Kolarova (ASU) 6-3
2. Lauryn John-Baptiste/Ilze Hattingh (ASU) def. Aleksa Cveticanin/Meredith Roberts (TCU) 7-6 (7-3)
3. Nicole Fossa Huergo/Sasa Klanecek (ASU) def. Aleksandra Zenovka/Marie Norris (TCU) 6-1
Arizona State 2-1; National ranking #22
TCU 2-2; National ranking #24
Order of finish: Doubles (3,1,2); Singles (5,2,6,3)
TCU will head home for five straight matches as they will welcome Texas Tech for a nonconference match on Saturday, Feb. 3 at 1 p.m., at the Bayard H. Friedman Tennis Center before facing Texas State and UTRGV in a doubleheader on Sunday, Feb. 4 at 10 a.m., and 2 p.m., respectively.