March 23, 2013
FORT WORTH - TCU's women's tennis team continued its run of solid play with a 4-0 win over Houston on Saturday at Houston Country Club.
The 33rd-ranked Horned Frogs improved to 12-1 with the win and won ninth-straight match. The Cougars slipped to 12-6 on the year with the loss. TCU also improved to 29-7 all-time in matches against Houston.
TCU won the doubles point to open the match but not without a stiff test from Houston. The Cougars struck first at No. 3 doubles, but TCU's No. 2 duo of Stefanie Tan and Kelsey Sundaram returned the favor with an 8-5 win over Elena Kordolaimi and Jo Garvey.
Houston put up a good fight against TCU's No. 1 duo of Millie Nichols and Olivia Smith, but the 42nd-ranked Frogs duo was able to dismiss Charlotte Phillips and Rocio Martin Fernandez, 8-6, to take a 1-0 lead in the match.
No. 65-ranked Stefanie Tan wasted no time making it a 2-0 TCU lead with her 6-1, 6-2 win over Kordolaimi at No. 1 singles. Monika Sirilova followed with her third-straight singles win, a 6-1, 6-0 triumph over Dionne Sanders to make TCU's lead 3-0.
No. 104 Simona Parajova clinched the Frog match win with her 6-1, 6-4 downing of Fernandez at No. 4 singles. It was the fifth-straight win for the sophomore from Zvolen, Slovakia and ran her spring mark to 10-3.
The remaining three singles matches were called to a halt after TCU clinched the win with the Nichols and Denti leading by a set at Nos. 4 and 5 singles, respectively. No. 79-ranked Smith was in a third set at No. 2 singles.
TCU returns to action Sunday when it faces Rice. First serve is set for 11 a.m. from the Owls' Jake Hess Tennis Stadium.
MATCH RESULTS - #33 TCU 4, Houston 0
No. 1 - #65 Stefanie Tan (TCU) def. Elena Kordolaimi (UH), 6-1, 6-2
No. 2 - #79 Olivia Smith (TCU) vs. Celia Fraser (UH), 6-0, 3-6, 1-1, unfinished
No. 3 - #104 Simona Parajova (TCU) def. Rocio Martin Fernandez (UH), 6-1, 6-4
No. 4 - Millie Nichols (TCU) vs. Maja Kazimieruk (UH), 7-5, 3-2, unfinished
No. 5 - Federica Denti (TCU) vs. Charlotte Phillips (UH), 6-2, 3-0, unfinished
No. 6 - Monika Sirilova (TCU) def. Dionne Sanders (UH), 6-1, 6-0
No. 1 - #42 Millie Nichols/Olivia Smith (TCU) def. Charlotte Phillips/Rocio Martin Fernandez (UH), 8-6
No. 2 - Federica Denti/Kelsey Sundaram (TCU) def. Elena Kordolaimi/Jo Garvey, 8-5
No. 3 - Celia Fraser/Maja Kazimieruk (UH) def. Simona Parajova/Monika Sirilova (TCU), 8-4
TCU 12-1; National ranking #33
Order of finish: Singles (1,6,3); Doubles (3,2,1)