April 26, 2013
NORMAN, Okla. – TCU’s women’s tennis team fell in the quarterfinals of the Big 12 Championships 4-2 to Oklahoma State Friday at the Headington Family Tennis Center.
“I was disappointed,” TCU head coach Dave Borelli said. “We have lost some of our confidence with all these close losses. Credit to Oklahoma State, they played well and were looking to get back for our win at their place earlier this season. In the Big 12 every match is tough, and we looked mentally fatigued today.”
With singles starting the match, the Horned Frogs found themselves in an early 1-0 hole after a loss at No. 4 singles. TCU’s Big 12 champion at No. 3 singles, Simona Parajova, rose up to equal the team score with a 6-2, 7-5 win over OSU’s CC Sardinha.
TCU was able to take a 2-1 lead after a comeback at No. 1 singles by Stefanie Tan. Ranked No. 52 in the ITA singles rankings, Tan dropped the first set to No. 63 Malika Rose of the Cowgirls. However, Tan stormed back with convincing wins the next two sets to take the match 2-6, 6-3, 6-1.
Oklahoma State recovered with three straight wins to close out the match. At No. 6 singles, Millie Nichols was able to win the second set after dropping the first set to OSU’s Karyn Guttormsen, but was taken out in the third to give the Cowgirls the win 6-3, 2-6, 6-3.
Olivia Smith won her first set at No. 2 singles over Meghan Blevins. After dropping the second, Smith got out to an early lead in the third set but Blevins was able to come back and get the win 3-6, 6-4, 6-4.
After missing out on last weekend’s matches against Texas Tech and Texas, Federica Denti made her return at No. 5 singles against OSU’s Maria Alvarez. Denti took a first-set tiebreak, but Alvarez rebounded to defeat Denti 6-7 (6), 6-1, 6-3 to win the match for the Cowgirls.
“Federica played well, she just lacked match sharpness,” Borelli stated. “She is still a little rusty from the long lay-off.
“We have to move on to NCAAs,” Borelli concluded. “A win today probably would have guaranteed us a No. 2 seed. Hopefully we can still get a No. 2 seed somewhere, otherwise we will take a No. 3 seed and be ready to go. Hopefully the seniors can finish strong, and our returning student-athletes embrace the competition ahead.”
The Horned Frogs will find out their NCAA Championships fate Tuesday at 4:30 p.m. The selection show will be streamed on NCAA.com.
No. 5 Oklahoma State 4, No. 4 TCU 2
No. 1 – No. 52 Stefanie Tan (TCU) def. No. 63 Malika Rose (OUS), 2-6, 6-3, 6-1
No. 2 – Meghan Blevins (OSU) def. No. 113 Olivia Smith (TCU), 3-6, 6-4, 6-4
No. 3 – Simona Parajova (TCU) def. CC Sardinha (OSU), 6-2, 7-5
No. 4 – Kanyapat Narattana (OSU) def. Monika Sirilova (TCU), 1-6, 2-6
No. 5 – Maria Alvarez (OSU) def. Federica Denti (TCU), 6-7 (6), 6-1, 6-3
No. 6 – Karyn Guttormsen (OSU) def. Millie Nichols (TCU), 6-3, 2-6, 6-3
Oklahoma State: 14-7 (5-4 Big 12); National Ranking #32
TCU: 17-6 (6-3 Big 12); National Raking #27
Order of Finish: Singles (4,3,1,6,2,5) Doubles (Not Contested)