Feb. 22, 2013
FORT WORTH – TCU’s women’s tennis team rolled in doubles and held off an Arizona rally in singles to drop the Wildcats, 4-3, on Friday afternoon at the indoor facility of the Bayard H. Friedman Tennis Center.
The 28th-ranked Horned Frogs improved to 6-1 on the year with their third-straight win. Arizona, ranked 30th, slipped to 6-4 on the year. It was TCU’s first win in six tries all-time against Arizona.
“I guess I can call them the cardiac kids,” TCU coach Dave Borelli said. “The key is the doubles. We’re playing great doubles and that was the difference again today. I’m really proud of Kelsey. She used to play that way at Arkansas and pull that kind of stuff off. It’s good to see the magic come back.”
For the second-straight match, TCU needed third-set heroics in the deciding match to claim the win. This time it was senior Kelsey Sundaram who provided the clinching point at No. 6 singles, following the lead of senior Olivia Smith, who did the same last Sunday.
After claiming the first set 6-3, Sundaram dropped set two, before rolling through the third at 6-1 while battling lower leg cramps. The Chennai, India, native bettered Arizona’s Inge Hendrikx in the match.
In doubles, TCU was dominant once again, claiming all three matches. The No. 3 duo of Gabi Barbosa and Simona Parajova was first to win, knocking of Akilah James and Susan McRann, 8-2.
TCU’s top tandem of Millie Nichols and Smith gave TCU a 1-0 lead when they took care Shayne Austin and Lacey Smyth, 8-2, for their sixth-straight win. Sundaram and Federica Denti added an 8-5 triumph over Hendrikx and Kim Stubbe at No. 2.
As singles got underway, the Wildcats grabbed a 2-1 lead with straight-set wins at Nos. 1 and 5 singles. Smith, who ran her season mark to 6-0, evened the score at 2 with her 6-2, 6-4 dismissal of Stubbe at No. 2 singles.
Denti made it 3-2 in favor of the home team when she gutted out a 6-0, 7-6 (7) win over Stubbe at No. 4 singles. Arizona added a win at No. 3 singles to tie the match at 3 before Sundaram clinched TCU’s win.
TCU returns to action Feb. 27 when it travels to North Texas. First serve is set for 2 p.m. in Denton, which will be TCU’s first road match of the season.
MATCH RESULTS – No. 28 TCU 4, No. 30 Arizona 3
No. 1 – #108 Lacey Smyth (Arizona) def. #50 Stefanie Tan (TCU), 6-3, 6-3
No. 2 – Olivia Smith (TCU) def. Kim Stubbe (Arizona), 6-2, 6-4
No. 3 – Laura Oldham (Arizona) def. #115 Simona Parajova (TCU), 3-6, 6-3, 7-5
No. 4 – Federica Denti (TCU) def. Akilah James (Arizona), 6-0, 7-6 (7)
No. 5 – Shayne Austin (Arizona) def. Monika Sirilova (TCU), 6-0, 6-0
No. 6 – Kelsey Sundaram (TCU) def. Inge Hendrikx (Arizona), 6-3, 5-7, 6-1
No. 1 – Millie Nichols/Olivia Smith (TCU) def. Shayne Austin/Lacey Smyth (Arizona), 8-2
No. 2 – Federica Denti/Kelsey Sundaram (TCU) def. Inge Hendrikx/Kim Stubbe (Arizona), 8-5
No. 3 – Gabi Barbosa/Simona Parajova (TCU) def. Akilah James/Susan McRann (Arizona), 8-2
TCU 6-1; National ranking #28
Arizona 6-4; National ranking #30
Order of finish: Singles (5,1,2,4,3,6); Doubles (3,1,2)
Match played indoors