May 14, 2017
FORT WORTH, Texas – A tough battle did not end in the No. 27 TCU women’s tennis team’s favor as they dropped a 4-2 decision to No. 6 Stanford in the 2017 NCAA Division I Women’s Tennis Second Round at the Taube Family Tennis Center in Palo Alto, Calif.
After dropping the doubles point, the Horned Frogs (14-10) rebounded by controlling the first part of singles play by taking the first sets on five of the six courts against the Cardinal (23-2). Senior Olaya Garrido-Rivas put TCU on the board by grabbing a straight-set win on court five to move to 18 singles wins on the season. Stanford took the win at No. 6 to go up a point, but No. 61 Seda Arantekin got her second straight ranked victory and third of the season with a 7-5, 7-6(4) win over No. 38 Caroline Doyle at the top position to even up the match at 2-2.
The final three courts in action were sent to the decisive third sets to decide the match as Stanford was able to come back on courts two and four and steal the matches to defeat TCU and move onto the Round of 16 at the NCAA Championship.
Quotes from the Match
Head Coach Lee Taylor Walker
"Well, this one is really hard. It was just such a bittersweet day that it's hard to describe all the emotions in my heart and mind. On one side, we are right here in this match and ready to take it and go to the Sweet 16. We were playing great, competing hard and handling ourselves with great composure and sportsmanship. It just felt like it was going to be our day the first two hours of singles. I could feel it. Everyone could feel it and so to lose just hurts and feels so sad and painful. That's how I feel about today, but then my mind quickly shifts to a more long term view. I think about the four seniors and I love them each dearly. They've given the program, and my personal family, and TCU more than I've given them. I couldn't be proud of the growth and development of each one of them. All I could do after the match was just hug them and tell them how proud I was of them. It's been an absolute privilege to coach them and learn and grow with them. I'll be forever grateful for this class. I wish we could've gotten it for them today, but regardless it was a giant step forward for our program today and they should be proud of how they elevated all of us.”
TCU vs Stanford
May 14, 2017 at Palo Alto, Calif.
(Taube Family Tennis Center)
#6 Stanford 4, #27 TCU 2
1. #61 Seda Arantekin (TCU) def. #38 Caroline Doyle (STAN) 7-5, 7-6 (7-4)
2. #28 Melissa Lord (STAN) def. Sofiko Kadzhaya (TCU) 3-6, 6-4, 6-4
3. #54 Taylor Davidson (STAN) vs. Aleksandra Zenovka (TCU) 4-6, 7-6 (8-6), 3-2, unfinished
4. #90 Caroline Lampl (STAN) def. Donika Bashota (TCU) 6-7 (3-7), 6-3, 6-2
5. Olaya Garrido-Rivas (TCU) def. Emily Arbuthnott (STAN) 6-4, 6-2
6. #71 Emma Higuchi (STAN) def. Caroline Wegner (TCU) 6-3, 6-2
1. #39 Emily Arbuthnott/Taylor Davidson (STAN) def. #19 Donika Bashota/Olaya Garrido-Rivas (TCU) 6-3
2. #46 Caroline Doyle/Melissa Lord (STAN) def. Alexis Pereira/Sofiko Kadzhaya (TCU) 6-3
3. Seda Arantekin/Caroline Wegner (TCU) def. Emma Higuchi/Caroline Lampl (STAN) 6-2
TCU 14-10; National ranking #27
Stanford 23-2; National ranking #6
Order of finish: Doubles (2,3,1); Singles (5,6,1,2,4)
With the loss to Stanford, that now concludes the team portion of the 2016-17 season for TCU. Garrido-Rivas and Donika Bashota earned an at-large bid to the NCAA Doubles Championship that starts on May 24 in Athens, Ga., at the Dan Magill Tennis Center on the campus of the University of Georgia while Arantekin is the third alternate for the NCAA Singles Championship.