Women's Tennis Falls to SMU, 4-2, at NCAA Regionals
May 15, 2004
COLLEGE STATION, Texas - The 25th-ranked TCU women's tennis team's season came to an abrupt end Saturday afternoon as the Frogs came up on the short end of a 4-2 score against No. 42 SMU at the George P. Mitchell Tennis Center on the Texas A&M campus. The Frogs end the season with a 17-8 overall record, 3-2 versus Conference USA opponents. SMU advances its record to 18-10 and will play the winner of the Texas A&M/Southern match on Sunday afternoon.
TCU started doubles play with a victory at No. 3 as senior Saber Pierce and freshman Jenn Chay, teaming up for the first time, captured an 8-3 win over Svetlana Kouzmenko and Allison Leuszler. SMU's second team of Lynsie Jones and Nadia Vaughan defeated junior Paige Brown and sophomore Gloriann Lopez by the same score to even the match. Senior Paty Aburto and junior Karla Mancinas, playing No. 1, fell in a hard-fought 9-8(10) match to Kit Carson and Jenny Langer, giving the Mustangs an early 1-0 lead.
SMU earned two more points with wins at Nos. 6 and 3 before Aburto, ranked No. 59 by the ITA, defeated No. 79 Kouzmenko in straight sets, 6-3, 6-4, at one singles. The Frogs picked up their only other point when Pierce, playing No. 2, downed Carson, 6-1, 6-7(6), 6-1 to finish her TCU career on a 15-match winning streak. The Mustangs clinched the match with the 7-6(4), 7-6(4) win at No. 5 by Jones.
Complete results of the match can be found below.
Senior Paty Aburto's season has not finished yet, though, as she will begin play at the NCAA singles championship in Athens, Ga. on May 24. She is the first TCU women's tennis player since Rene Simpson in 1988 to earn a berth in the 64-player tournament.
#42 SMU 4, #25 TCU 2
Record: #25 TCU (17-8, 3-2 C-USA); #42 SMU (18-10)
Singles (6, 3, 1, 2, 5)
Doubles (3, 2, 1)