March 3, 2012
FORT WORTH – TCU’s women’s tennis team won its second-straight match Saturday afternoon with a 5-2 win over Princeton at the Bayard H. Friedman Tennis Center.
The 49th-ranked Horned Frogs improved to 6-3 on the year, while No. 55 Princeton dropped to 5-6. TCU has won both of the meetings between the two private institutions all-time.
“I thought the kids did a great job today,” TCU coach Dave Borelli said. “I thought all of them stepped up. A couple of kids had a rough time, but they’ve won matches other times when others haven’t played as well. I was really proud of Simona. She played despite injury because others were hurt and was able to win singles and doubles.”
TCU opened the match with wins at Nos. 2 and 3 doubles to take a 1-0 lead. TCU’s No. 3 duo, Gaby Mastromarino and Simona Parajova, ran their record to 5-0 this spring with an 8-3 triumph over Joan Cannon and Monica Chow.
Federica Denti and Kelsey Sundaram clinched the doubles point for the second-straight match with their 8-6 win over Katherine Flanigan and Katie Goepel. The Frog tandem is 5-3 this spring.
After Princeton briefly tied the match, Sundaram put TCU back on top with a 6-2, 6-2 win over Cannon at No. 6 singles. Denti pushed the Frog advantage to 3-1 when she won the third time this week. Her 6-0, 6-3 downing of Goepel at the fourth singles spot improved her season mark to a team-best 6-1.
Freshman Stefanie Tan scored the winning fourth point for the Frogs at No. 1 singles. The Bishan, Singapore, native won her second-straight match in 6-4, 6-2 fashion over Hilary Bartlett.
Parajova picked up TCU’s fifth and final point when she took care of Flanigan at No. 3 singles. The Frog freshman was a 6-4, 6-3 winner and is 5-3 in singles this spring.
TCU returns to action March 11 when Marquette visits the Friedman Tennis Center. First serve is set for noon.
MATCH RESULTS – No. 49 TCU 5, No. 55 Princeton 2
No. 1 – Stefanie Tan (TCU) def. Hilary Bartlett (Princeton), 6-4, 6-2
No. 2 – #116 Lindsay Graff (Princeton) def. Olivia Smith (TCU), 6-3, 6-3
No. 3 – Simona Parajova (TCU) def. Katherine Flanigan (Princeton), 6-4, 6-3
No. 4 – Federica Denti (TCU) def. Katie Goepel (Princeton), 6-0, 6-3
No. 5 – Monica Chow (Princeton) def. Gabi Barbosa (TCU), 6-2, 6-0
No. 6 – Kelsey Sundaram (TCU) def. Joan Cannon (Princeton), 6-2, 6-2
No. 1 – #37 Hilary Bartlett/Lindsay Graff (Princeton) def. Gabi Barbosa/Olivia Smith (TCU), 8-1
No. 2 – Federica Denti/Kelsey Sundaram (TCU) def. Katherine Flanigan/Katie Goepel (Princeton), 8-6
No. 3 – Gaby Mastromarino/Simona Parajova (TCU) def. Joan Cannon/Monica Chow (Princeton), 8-3
TCU 6-3; National ranking #49
Princeton 5-6; National ranking #55
Order of Finish: Singles (5,6,4,1,3,2) Doubles (1,3,2)
Weather: 60F, Breezy, Partly Cloudy.