FORT WORTH, Texas - The 2016 season came to an end for the No. 37 TCU women's tennis team as the Horned Frogs dropped a 4-0 decision at No. 7 Miami on Saturday afternoon in the NCAA Division I Women's Tennis Round of 32 at the Schiff Tennis Center in Coral Gables, Fla.
The day started with tightly contested doubles matches as the Horned Frogs (16-7) split the first two courts with the Hurricanes (21-5), but a late break proved to be the decider as Miami grabbed court three, 7-5, and the early 1-0 lead in the match.
TCU was able to snag the win in the first set on two courts, but Miami took the victory on the other four courts. The Hurricanes took the momentum from doubles and finished out courts six, one and five in straight sets to clinch the 4-0 win and move onto the Round of 16 at the championship.
Quotes from the Match Head Coach Lee Taylor Walker Opening Statement "Compared to last years Round of 32 match, this was a major step forward. Last year we were exhausted and felt a little hopeless from the first point. This year we were in position to win the doubles and several singles, but unfortunately we let it slip away. It was a match that was there for our taking and it really hurts. It feels like one we could've won 4-0 ourselves or even 4-3 after losing doubles. It just stings to everyone, but it's a good kind of hurt and a hopeful hurt. We believed and expected to win, and with seven of our eight players returning next year it will motivate us to do great things next year beyond the second round."
On senior Mia King and upcoming senior class "I'm super proud of her contribution to the TCU women's tennis program. She was an impact player in doubles and without her we wouldn't have won any doubles points. Being in and out of singles all year is not easy, but she did it with class, dignity and unselfishness from start to finish. We are grateful she will be here next year finishing up school to impact her wisdom and experience onto what will already be a mature team. Our junior class has an opportunity to dream big this summer. They're really good and they're capable of beating anybody in the country on any given day. I'm excited to hear what they come up with for their goals for next year.
On the year as a whole "Apart from tennis results, all year long we talked about having a bigger vision and impact on those surrounding TCU and Fort Worth. I reflect on all the relationships that have been built and the positive influence the girls have had, and I'm really proud of them and the direction the program is heading. Now it's time to support our men's team and help them bring home a national title."
Match Results TCU vs Miami May 14, 2016 at Coral Gables, Fla. (Neil Schiff Tennis Center) #7 Miami 4, #37 TCU 0
Match Notes: TCU 16-7, 6-3 B12; National ranking #37 Miami 21-5, 12-2 ACC; National ranking #7 Order of finish: Doubles (12,3); Singles (6,1,5) NCAA Team Championship Round of 32 Miami seeded No. 7, TCU seeded No. 33-48 Winner advances to the Sweet 16 in Tulsa, Okla.
Up Next With the loss to Miami, the TCU women's tennis team has concluded the 2016 season with an overall record of 16-7. The Frogs finished conference action with a 6-3 record and a tie for second place for the second straight season. The No. 30 pair of Seda Arantekin and Caroline Wegner are alternates for the NCAA Doubles Championship and will await to see if they are selected for the tournament that begins May 25.