March 15, 2013
MORGANTOWN, W.Va.--The 27th-ranked TCU women's tennis team posted its first Big 12 victory in its inaugural conference match Friday, dropping West Virginia by a 4-3 count at the Ridgeview Racquet Club.
The Horned Frogs improved to 10-1 overall on the season while running their winning streak to seven-straight matches. The Mountaineers dropped to 4-8 overall.
TCU swept the doubles point before holding off a strong challenge from West Virginia to win in the final singles match of the afternoon. The Frogs rested their top doubles duo of junior Millie Nichols and senior Olivia Smith as well as singles regulars Smith and senior Kelsey Sundaram.
Junior Monika Sirilova clinched the win for TCU in the final match of the afternoon, as she cruised to a 6-1, 6-1 victory over Irinka Toidze at No. 6 singles. The Frogs had led by a 3-1 count to open singles play on the strength of quick decisions by sophomore Simona Parajova at No. 2 over Hailey Barrett (6-0, 6-2) and Nichols at No. 3 over Ikttesh Chahal (6-4, 6-2).
Audrey Wooland and Vivian Tsui helped the Mountaineers rally with wins at Nos. 1 and 5 singles. Wooland posted an upset victory over 65th-ranked TCU sophomore Stefanie Tan (6-4, 4-6, 6-4), and Tsui downed junior Gabi Barbosa (6-3, 6-3). Sirilova followed by clinching the TCU victory.
"I put our girls in situations where they really had to fight today," head coach Dave Borelli said. "I had a lot of confidence that we could sit some of our players, and others who filled in would step up. We did that today. West Virginia played well and made it a tight match. Millie and Simona both performed well, and Monika was the hero. She played her best of the year.
"It's great to get our first Big 12 win, but honestly we've been playing teams from this conference for years now. It is exciting to get a win in our first conference match, but it's just one of many we will play this spring."
TCU got off to a fast start, winning all three doubles matches to earn the first point of the afternoon. Barbosa and senior Frederica Denti opened the day with an 8-2 victory over Tsui and Toidze at No. 3 doubles, and Sirilova and Parajova followed with an 8-4 decision in the No. 2 slot against Mathis and Wooland. Tan and Sundaram made it a Frog doubles sweep with a hard-fought 8-7 (3) win at the No. 1 position against Chahal and Barrett.
TCU continues its Big 12 schedule on the road Sunday when it travels to Ames, Iowa, to take on Iowa State at 11 a.m.
No. 27 TCU 4, West Virginia 3
March 15, 2013
Morgantown, W.Va. (Ridgeview Racquet Club)
No. 1: Audrey Wooland (WVU) def. No. 65 Stefanie Tan (TCU), 6-4, 4-6, 6-4
No. 2: No. 104 Simona Parajova (TCU) def. Hailey Barrett (WVU), 6-0, 6-2
No. 3: Millie Nichols (TCU) def. Ikttesh Chahal (WVU), 6-4, 6-2
No. 4: Emily Mathis (WVU) def. Federica Denti (TCU) 7-5, 6-1
No. 5: Vivian Tsui (WVU) def. Gabi Barbosa (TCU), 6-3, 6-3
No. 6: Monika Sirilova (TCU) def. Irinka Toidze (WVU), 6-1, 6-1
Order of Finish: 2, 4, 3, 1, 5, 6
No. 1: Tan/Sundaram (TCU) def. Chahal/Barrett (WVU), 8-7 (7-3)
No. 2: Sirivolva/Parajova (TCU) def. Mathis/Wooland (WVU), 8-4
No. 3: Barbosa/Denti (TCU) def. Tsui/Toidze (WVU), 8-2
Order of Finish: 3, 2, 1