Horned Frogs Overpower K-State
April 11, 2014
FORT WORTH, Texas – The No. 54 TCU women’s tennis team blanked No. 71 Kansas State, 7-0, on Friday afternoon at the Bayard H. Friedman Tennis Center.
The Horned Frogs (11-11, 4-4 Big 12) were dominant from start to finish against the Wildcats (8-12, 2-5 Big 12) and swept up all three doubles and all six singles matches.
TCU began the match with seniors Millie Nichols and Monika Sirilova pairing up on court three in doubles and easily picking up an 8-1 victory over Maria Panaite and Liv Cirnu. The Frogs clinched the doubles point a little bit later, as Simona Parajova and Sofiko Kadzhaya dropped Palma Juhasz and Iva Bago on court two with an 8-5 defeat.
The final court in doubles would be a battle, as Stefanie Tan and Seda Arantekin had to battle back to a tiebreaker after finding themselves trailing. The tiebreaker was an easy challenge for the duo, as they won 7-3 to finalize the doubles sweep for TCU.
The lead for the Frogs would quickly go up to 2-0, as No. 119 Parajova made quick work of Juhasz 6-1, 6-3 on court No. 2. Parajova continues to lead the team with a 16-2 record, along with a 6-2 conference record. TCU would make it one step closer to sealing the match, with Sirilova winning in straight sets on court five with a 6-4, 6-0 win over Cirnu.
No. 50 Tan pulled off a come from behind victory on court one over No. 38 Petra Niedermayerova to seal the match for TCU. The junior dropped the first set 6-3, before winning 12 of the next 14 games to win in three sets and defeat her 11th ranked opponent this season.
The final three courts would all need to go three sets, as the Frogs dropped all the first sets on courts three, four and six. Kadzhaya rebounded from her first-set loss to win the next two 6-3, 6-1, while Arantekin won a tiebreaker in the third set 7-5 to put TCU ahead 6-0.
Returning to singles for the first time since February, Nichols was down a set and trailing 4-1 in the second, before mounting a comeback to win the set 7-5. Nichols kept the momentum going and downed Bago 6-3 in the final set for the win.
TCU will wrap up its regular season home schedule on Sunday, April 13 with a match against Kansas at 10 a.m., at the Bayard H. Friedman Tennis Center. This will be the final home match for seniors Nichols and Sirilova.
Tennis Match Results
#54 TCU 7, #71 Kansas State 0