April 7, 2013
FORT WORTH – TCU’s women’s tennis team kept to its winning ways Sunday with a 7-0 shutout of Kansas at the Bayard H. Friedman Tennis Center.
The 35th-ranked Horned Frogs improved to 16-2 on the year and 5-0 in the Big 12 with the win. Kansas saw its record slip to 8-8 and 0-5 in the league. Dating back to last season, TCU has won its last 12 conference matches.
“It’s good to be tied at the top of the standings,” TCU coach Dave Borelli said. “We’ve got four matches to play and every match is tough. It’s up to us. If we play well, we can make good things happen. That’s all I want to focus on for these next few weeks. I’m really proud of the way the kids played today.”
Olivia Smith and Stefanie Tan picked up their first win of the season as doubles partners, nabbing an 8-1 triumph over Maria Jose Cardona and Dylan Windom at No. 1 singles. The duo was playing together for just the second time this season.
Gabi Barbosa and Monika Sirilova followed with an 8-5 downing of Victoria Khaevskaya and Anastasija Trubica on the third singles court. Their win gave TCU a 1-0 lead as the Frogs won the doubles point for the first time in three matches.
As singles got underway, Federica Denti quickly ran the Frog advantage to 2-0 with a 6-0, 6-1 downing of Windom at No. 4 singles. The Bellano, Italy, native won for the second time this weekend and took care of Windom in less than hour.
Sirilova’s ninth-straight win and fifth in Big 12 play made it 3-0 in favor of the home team as she dropped Trubica, 6-1, 6-2, at No. 5 singles. After opening the spring on a three-match skid, Sirilova has upped her season mark to 9-3.
Simona Parajova clinched the match for TCU with her 6-3, 6-4 win at the expense of Paulina Los on court three. The sophomore from Zvolen, Slovakia, stayed perfect in Big 12 play at 5-0 and improved to 14-3 overall this spring.
Kelsey Sundaram continued to pour it on, taking down Khanevskaya, 6-0, 6-4 at No. 6 singles for TCU’s fifth point. No. 71-ranked Tan made the score 6-0 for TCU with her 6-3, 6-3 bettering of Cardona at No. 1 singles.
No. 75-ranked Smith polished off the Frog sweep when she battled back from a tough first set for a 2-6, 6-4, 6-2 win over Maria Belen Luduena at No. 2 singles. Smith snapped a four-match skid and improved to 11-4 this spring.
The Frogs return to action Friday when they travel to Oklahoma State. First serve is set for 3 p.m.
MATCH RESULTS – No. 35 TCU 7, Kansas 0
No. 1 – #71 Stefanie Tan (TCU) def. Maria Jose Cardona (KU), 6-3, 6-3
No. 2 – #75 Olivia Smith (TCU) def. Maria Belen Luduena (KU), 2-6, 6-4, 6-2
No. 3 – Simona Parajova (TCU) def. Paulina Los (KU), 6-3, 6-4
No. 4 – Federica Denti (TCU) def. Dylan Windom (KU), 6-0, 6-1
No. 5 – Monika Sirilova (TCU) def. Anastasija Trubica (KU), 6-1, 6-2
No. 6 – Kelsey Sundaram (TCU) def. Victoria Khanevskaya (KU), 6-0, 6-4
No. 1 – Olivia Smith/Stefanie Tan (TCU) def. Maria Jose Cardona/Dylan Windom (KU), 8-1
No. 2 – Paulina Los/Maria Belen Luduena (KU) def. Federica Denti/Kelsey Sundaram (TCU), 8-7 (2)
No. 3 – Gabi Barbosa/Monika Sirilova (TCU) def. Victoria Khanevskaya/Anastasija Trubica (KU), 8-5
TCU 16-2, 5-0 Big 12; National ranking #35
Kansas 8-8, 0-5 Big 12
Order of finish: Singles (4,5,3,6,1,2); Doubles (1,3,2)