March 24, 2013
HOUSTON – The TCU women’s tennis team saw its winning streak snapped at nine Sunday when Rice claimed a 5-2 win over TCU at the Owls’ Jake Hess Tennis Stadium.
The 33rd-ranked Horned Frogs slipped to 12-2 on the year and lost for the first time since Feb. 2. The No. 27 Owls improved to 13-4 and won for the first time in their last 13 attempts against TCU.
“It was tough, but playing a match like this will help us,” TCU coach Dave Borelli said. “I’m disappointed we lost and played so poorly at the beginning. My hats off to Rice, they played well. We made a match of it and tried to come back. Monika and Federica played well and that’s good, but we’ve got to get better in doubles. It’s a long year and we’ve got a lot of matches ahead of us. We’ve just got to regroup and get better.”
Rice won all three doubles matches to open the match with a 1-0 lead. No. 30-ranked Natalie Beazant and Dominique Harmath bettered TCU’s No. 42-ranked tandem of Millie Nichols and Olivia Smith, 8-6, for Rice’s first win.
The Owls followed with an 8-6 win at No. 3 doubles to clinch the point, then won the match at No. 2 doubles in a tiebreaker. The loss at No. 1 snapped a seven-match winning streak for Nichols and Smith.
As singles began, Rice won first sets on four of the six courts and looked in position to run away with the match. The Frogs refused to go quietly, though, notching wins at Nos. 5 and 6 singles to keep this interesting.
Federica Denti claimed a 7-6, 6-1 win at No. 5 to score TCU’s first point before Monika Sirilova added a 6-3, 7-5 triumph for TCU’s second point. The win at No. 6 made the score 3-2 in favor of Rice.
No. 65-ranked Stefanie Tan and No. 104-ranked Simona Parajova forced third sets at Nos. 2 and 3, respectively, but were unable to get over the hump in either set as the Owls closed out a 5-2 win in the match.
Smith, ranked 79th, fell for the first time this season at No. 1 singles, 6-0, 6-4. The Bath, England, natve slipped to 10-1 on the year.
TCU returns to action March 27 when it travels to Baylor. The Frogs are 2-0 in Big 12 play.
No. 27 Rice 5, No. 33 TCU 2
No. 1 – #59 Natalie Beazant (RICE) def. #79 Olivia Smith (TCU), 6-0, 6-4
No. 2 – #105 Dominique Harmath def. #65 Stefanie Tan (TCU), 6-2, 3-6, 7-6 (5)
No. 3 – Liat Zimmerman (RICE) def. #104 Simona Parajova (TCU), 6-2, 3-6, 6-4
No. 4 – Katie Gater (RICE) def. Millie Nichols (TCU), 6-1, 6-4
No. 5 – Federica Denti (TCU) def. Kimbely Anicete (RICE), 7-6, 6-1
No. 6 – Monika Sirilova (TCU) def. Solomiya Zinko (RICE), 6-3, 7-5
No. 1 – #30 Natalie Beazant/Dominique Harmath (RICE) def. #42 Millie Nichols/Olivia Smith, 8-6
No. 2 – Katie Gater/Liat Zimmermann (RICE) def. Kelsey Sundaram/Stefanie Tan (TCU), 9-8
No. 3 – Daniela Trigo/Solomiya Zinko (RICE) def. Simona Parajova/Monika Sirilova (TCU), 8-6
Rice 13-4; National ranking #27
TCU 12-2; National ranking #33
Order of finish: Singles (1,4,5,6,3,2); Doubles (1,3,2)