TCU Slips Up Against Texas Tech

Feb. 3, 2018

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FORT WORTH, Texas – A tough battle at the Bayard H. Friedman Tennis Center went down on Saturday afternoon with the TCU women’s tennis team coming up just short to No. 8 Texas Tech, 4-2, on the Bernard J. ‘Tut’ Bartzen Varsity Courts in Fort Worth.

The Horned Frogs (2-3) went down early after the Red Raiders (4-0) were able to grab the doubles point, but rebounded in singles action. Stevie Kennedy put TCU on the board with her fourth straight victory to move to 3-0 in dual matches with a 6-0, 6-2 win over Alex Valenstein on court four. Marie Norris was able to capture the second point for the Frogs as the junior won 6-3, 6-3 over Sarah Dvorak on court five to improve to 9-1 in singles action this season.

The four other courts continued to battle it out after TCU went up 2-1, but Texas Tech proved to have the closing power as the won three straight courts to take the match, 4-2.

Quotes from the Match
Head Coach Lee Taylor Walker
“There are lots of positives from today. One is that Marie (Norris) is back playing at a high level and is healthy on court. We missed her last year and so glad she is back competing. Another positive was that we were winning every match out there at some point today. We still have to identify the moments in matches each player chokes, learn to talk openly about them and then devise strategies in our training that help them overcome these moments in stressful situations against top teams. The tennis shots are there for the most part. We will of course keep improving them, but the mental toughness under pressure needs to improve and that will continue to be our focus tomorrow. Congratulations to Texas Tech who earned a hard-fought win today."

Match Results
Texas Tech vs TCU
Feb 03, 2018 at Fort Worth, Texas
(Bayard H. Friedman Tennis Center)
#8 Texas Tech 4, TCU 2

Singles competition
1. #5 Gabriela Talaba (TTU) def. Donika Bashota (TCU) 7-5, 6-1
2. #23 Felicity Maltby (TTU) def. #71 Aleksa Cveticanin (TCU) 6-4, 4-6, 6-2
3. Sabrina Federici (TTU) def. #59 Aleksandra Zenovka (TCU) 7-6 (9-7), 6-2
4. Stevie Kennedy (TCU) def. Alex Valenstein (TTU) 6-0, 6-2
5. Marie Norris (TCU) def. Sarah Dvorak (TTU) 6-3, 6-3
6. Meredith Roberts (TCU) vs. Lana Rush (TTU) 6-7 (5-7), 6-4, unfinished

Doubles competition
1. Donika Bashota/Elizabeth Tedford (TCU) vs. #21 Sabrina Federici/Sarah Dvorak (TTU) 4-3, unfinished
2. Gabriela Talaba/Felicity Maltby (TTU) def. Aleksa Cveticanin/Meredith Roberts (TCU) 6-2
3. Lana Rush/Alex Valenstein (TTU) def. Marie Norris/Aleksandra Zenovka (TCU) 6-3

Match Notes:
Texas Tech 4-0; National ranking #8
TCU 2-3
Order of finish: Doubles (2,3); Singles (4,5,1,2,3)

Up Next
TCU will continue action at home by welcoming Texas State and UTRGV for a doubleheader on Sunday, Feb. 4. The Frogs will face the Bobcats at 10 a.m., before taking on the Vasqueras at 2 p.m.



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