Feb. 12, 2011
COLLEGE STATION, Texas – The No. 54 TCU women’s tennis team fell to 1-2 on the season with a 6-1 loss at Texas A&M at the George P. Mitchell Tennis Center in College Station, Texas.
The 33rd-ranked Aggies, behind the strength of 17th-ranked singles player sophomore Nazari Urbina, were too much for TCU. A&M (3-2) won the doubles point, along with five singles matches, though two came via modified super-tiebreaker formats.
“We had a lot of opportunitites early in the match,” TCU coach Dave Borelli said. “It’s going to be tough all year. We’ve got a tough schedule and we’re going to keep playing good teams.”
The Horned Frogs got their lone point from junior Gaby Mastromarino. She was a 6-0, 6-0 winner over Janelle Cuthbertson at No. 5 singles. The Tequesta, Fla., native is 3-0 this season in singles.
Despite the Aggies winning the doubles point, TCU did pick up a win at No. 1 doubles. The Frog tandem of Federica Denti and Katariina Tuohimaa improved to 3-0 this season with an 8-6 dismantling of A&M’s Cuthbertson and Chrsiti Liles.
However, the win came after Texas A&M had put a point on the board with victories at No. 3 and 2 doubles. TCU’s Maria Babanova and Idunn Hertzberg fell 8-2 at the hands of Stephanie Davidson and Christi Potgieter in the first match finished at No. 3 doubles.
Morgan Frank and Urbina of Texas A&M followed with an 8-4 win over Mastromarino and Olivia Smith at No. 2 doubles to clinch the point for the Aggies.
A&M extended its lead to 2-0 when Liles picked up a 6-1, 6-0 win over TCU’s Shalini Sahoo at No. 4 singles. Mastromarino’s win at No. 5 singles followed for the Frogs, but A&M was able to clinch the match with wins at Nos. 6 and 1 singles.
At No. 6 singles, Hertzberg fell 6-1, 6-3 to Texas A&M’s Davidson to make the match 3-1 in favor of the Aggies. Texas A&M turned to its star at No. 1 singles for the match-clinching point as the 17th-ranked Urbina proved too much for Tuohimaa and claimed a 6-4, 6-2 win.
The Aggies picked up their other two points in third-set super tiebreakers after the needed four points had been earned. At No. 2 singles, No. 102 Frank of A&M needed three sets to down Denti, 7-5, 4-6, (10-7). Potgieter followed by downing TCU’s Smith, 7-6 (5), 3-6, (10-7) at No. 3 singles.
“I feel like we competed well, but we just made a few too many errors,” Borelli said. “The girls are staying positive and we’ve got a lot of upside. We just have to keep working hard and improving as we progress through the season.”
TCU returns to action Feb. 23 in a 6 p.m. matchup at SMU.
Feb. 12, 2011
George P. Mitchell Tennis Center
College Station, Texas
#33 Texas A&M 6, #54 TCU 1
1. #17 Nazari Urbina (TAMU) def. Katariina Tuohimaa (TCU) 6-4, 6-2
2. #102 Morgan Frank (TAMU) def. Federica Denti (TCU) 7-5, 4-6, 1-0 (10-7)
3. Christi Potgieter (TAMU) def. Olivia Smith (TCU) 7-6 (7-5), 3-6, 1-0 (10-7)
4. Christi Liles (TAMU) def. Shalini Sahoo (TCU) 6-1, 6-0
5. Gaby Mastromarino (TCU) def. Janelle Cuthbertson (TAMU) 6-0, 6-0
6. Stephanie Davidson (TAMU) def. Idunn Hertzberg (TCU) 6-1, 6-3
1. Federica Denti/Katariina Tuohimaa (TCU) def. Janelle Cuthbertson/Christi Liles (TAMU) 8-6
2. Morgan Frank/Nazari Urbina (TAMU) def. Gaby Mastromarino/Olivia Smith (TCU) 8-4
3. Stephanie Davidson/Christi Potgieter (TAMU) def. Maria Babanova/Idunn Hertzberg (TCU) 8-2
TCU 1-2; National ranking #54
Texas A&M 3-2; National ranking #33
Order of finish: Doubles (3,2,1); Singles (4,5,6,1,2,3)