TCU Falls at No. 24 Washington
March 1, 2014
FORT WORTH, Texas – The No. 61 TCU women’s tennis team could not hold on and fell 4-3 in a hard fought match to No. 24 Washington on Saturday at the Nordstrom Tennis Center in Seattle, Wash.
The Horned Frogs (5-6) built a lead in the match after taking all three doubles matches, but the Huskies (9-2) used strong singles play to rebound from the doubles point loss to win the match.
“It is hard to win a match when you only have five people and the deciding match comes down to your walk-on on court six,” coach Dave Borelli said. “We played well and we played great in doubles. Tatum (Nowlin), our walk-on, played great on court three in doubles to win that point. We’ve had bad luck and we have to keep our heads up. We can’t count on Stefanie (Tan) and Simona (Parajova) to win every match. Stefanie came up against a very good player and it is tough when you are playing without two of your top four players in the lineup.
“It was a good effort against a top 25 team. We are going to have to keep plugging along and hopefully our goal is that somewhere in the middle of conference season, get back and hopefully into the tournament. It was tough going in without two players in your lineup, but I thought we did a great job in spite of that.”
TCU picked up the doubles point for the third match in a row, as all three pairs were victorious. Simona Parajova and Monika Sirilova got the first win for the Frogs, as the duo downed Grace Ysidora and Natali Coronel 8-6. Just minutes later, Stefanie Tan and Seda Arantekin clinched the doubles point for TCU with an 8-3 win of their own on court one over Elianne Douglas-Miron and Riko Shimizu.
Despite the point already being won, the match on court three was played out as Sofiko Kadzhaya and Tatum Nowlin picked up their first doubles win of the season with an 8-7(2) downing of Julija Lukac and Andjela Nemcevic.
Washington got on the board after Sirilova retired on court five and increased their lead to 2-1 after No. 111 Douglas-Miron defeated No. 53 Tan 6-1, 6-3. The Huskies set themselves up with a 3-1 lead, as Lukac overtook Kadzhaya 6-4, 6-2 on court three.
The match was not over and TCU battled back with Parajova claiming a 7-5, 6-3 win on court two to put the match at 3-2. Arantekin evened out the match at 3-3 with a 6-1, 7-6(5) win on court four to make the final decision come on court six.
Nowlin found herself up a set on court six, but could not stop a comeback from Coronel, who won the three-set match 4-6, 6-2, 6-3 to seal the win for Washington.
TCU will return home for the next four matches by hosting North Texas on Mar. 5 at 2 p.m., before welcoming Louisiana Tech and North Florida for a double header on Mar. 11 at 10 a.m. and 3 p.m., respectively. The Frogs will conclude the home stand with its Big 12 opener against Texas on Mar. 14 at 2 p.m.