Tan Drops First Round NCAA Match
May 21, 2014
FORT WORTH, Texas – TCU women’s tennis player Stefanie Tan ended her junior season with an opening round loss to No. 57 Caroline Doyle of Stanford at the NCAA Singles Championships on Wednesday afternoon at the Dan Magill Tennis Complex in Athens, Ga.
No. 41 Tan came out slow in the first set and dropped it to Doyle 6-1, but did not let that hinder her, as she fought back in the second set.
The Singapore native was ahead 5-4, before Doyle broke Tan’s serve and held for a 6-5 lead. Tan held serve to send it into a tiebreaker, but then found herself trailing 4-1 to open the tiebreaker. Tan slowly chipped away at the lead and won seven of the next nine points to take the tiebreaker and send the match into the deciding third set.
The come back was short lived for Tan, as the Cardinal freshman took control of the final set for a 6-1 victory to move onto the second round with the final scores reading 6-1, 6-7(6), 6-1.
With the loss to Doyle, Tan now completes a very successful third season at TCU. Tan finished with 31 victories, which is the eighth most in a single season in program history, and defeated 11 ranked opponents this season. Tan went 7-2 in conference play and was runner-up for the No. 1 singles title, while also earning spot on the All-Big 12 Singles Team for the second year in a row.
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