TCU Bounced By Bears
April 2, 2014
FORT WORTH, Texas - The No. 56 TCU women's tennis team came close to an upset of No. 16 Baylor, but fell just short and dropped the match 4-3 on Wednesday night at the Bayard H. Friedman Tennis Center.
The Horned Frogs (10-10, 3-3 Big 12) posted three victories over ranked opponents on the Bernard J. `Tut' Varsity Courts, but the Lady Bears (15-6, 4-0 Big 12) proved to be too much in the end.
Baylor took control of the doubles competition from the start and picked up an 8-4 win on court two. The other two courts continued to battle and Simona Parajova and Monika Sirilova were tied 6-6 with Alex Clay and Blair Shankle on court three. The duo were then broken by the Lady Bears, who held serve to clinch the doubles point.
The bright spot in doubles action came on court one, as Stefanie Tan and Seda Arantekin posted their second victory over a ranked opponent this season with an 8-5 take down of No. 40 Victoria Kisialeva and Jordaan Sanford. The duo are now 9-3 in dual matches and 4-2 in conference matches.
In singles action, Baylor went ahead 2-0 in the match with a win on court six, but TCU rebounded with Sirilova dominating on court five. The senior shut down Makenzie Craft and notched a straight-set 6-2, 6-0 win to put the Frogs on the board.
The Lady Bears didn't waiver much longer and won in straight sets on court three, before sealing the match victory with a win on court four. Arantekin dropped the first set to No. 103 Shankle at No. 4 singles, but rebounded by taking the second set 6-4. The freshman could not hold onto the advantage and fell in the final set to give Baylor the match.
TCU did not stop fighting, as Tan and Parajova each had to battle nationally ranked opponents on courts one and two, respectively. No. 121 Parajova was trailing the entire first set to No. 74 Ema Burgic, but broke back to tie the match at 6-6 and force a tiebreaker. The Slovakia native kept up the momentum and won the tiebreaker 7-1 to win the set. Parajova did not let up and won the final set 6-3 to up her win total to a team-leading 14 in dual matches and four in conference matches.
The final match showcased No. 59 Tan and No. 34 Kiah Generette on court one, as the two split the first two sets and forced a super tiebreaker third set. The two nationally ranked players traded points back and forth, before Generette double faulted with Tan leading 10-9 to give the junior her 10th victory over a ranked opponent this season.
TCU will hit the road for its next Big 12 matchup, by traveling to Lubbock, Texas to take on Texas Tech on Saturday, April 5 at 11 a.m.
Tennis Match Results
#16 Baylor 4, #56 TCU 3