TCU Completes First Fall Weekend


Sept. 24, 2017

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FORT WORTH, Texas – The TCU women’s tennis team kicked-off the 2017 fall season by hosting the inaugural Big 5 Challenge this weekend at the Bayard H. Friedman Tennis Center in Fort Worth and took on opponents from Virginia Tech, Virginia, Georgia and Michigan.

The Horned Frogs had two players make the championship of their respective flights as Donika Bashota and Aleksandra Zenovka finished runner-up in Flights 1 and 3, respectively, with losses to ranked players. Zenovka had the match of the day on Sunday as the senior battled for over three hours and 40 minutes against No. 105 Marta Gonzalez of Georgia before ultimately dropping the match 7-6 in the third set. Bashota picked up a huge singles win over the weekend as she upset No. 10 Elena Christofi of Georgia, 6-0, 4-6, 10-6 to end the day on Friday.

Four freshmen also saw action on the Bernard J. ‘Tut’ Bartzen varsity courts for the first time in their careers with Aleksa Cveticanin going 3-0 in singles while Stevie Kennedy went 3-1. Elizabeth Tedford and Meredith Roberts were the other newcomers also in action as they each picked up wins in singles and doubles.

Quotes from the Weekend
Head Coach Lee Taylor Walker
“The inaugural Big 5 Challenge turned out to be everything we hoped it would be. It takes a combination of things to pull off such a quality event - quality teams and coaches participating, great facility and an enthusiastic and supportive community and staff. We are so fortunate to have all of these aspects and I couldn't be more grateful.

“In terms of our team’s performance, I think we are a little ahead of what I forecasted. Aleksandra (Zenovka), Donika (Bashota) and Aleksa (Cveticanin) proved they are ready to compete with the majority of nationally ranked players. This was good to see and I really like how they handled some high pressure situations. I think Stevie (Kennedy) had a little breakthrough against Lera Patiuk from Michigan and I am hopeful she can build on that. Meredith (Roberts) and Elizabeth (Tedford) displayed some really solid doubles skills and we are going to need them in that area this year so I'm excited to start building on that now. Alexis (Pereira) showed flashes of the high level we know she's capable of, but is going to have to figure out what it's going to take to get her over the hump. I am confident she's going to get it going soon because we want her senior year to be the best year she has ever had. Overall, just a great experience for our team and it really helps me and Ben (Stapp) to see them compete in some quality matches so we know the next steps we need to take developmentally.”

Big 5 Challenge Results
Singles Flight 1
#118 Donika Bashota (TCU) def. Elena Cerezo-Codina (VT): 3-6, 6-2, (10-4)
#118 Donika Bashota (TCU) def #10 Elena Christofi (UGA): 6-0, 4-6, 10-5
#6 Kate Fahey (UM) def #118 Donika Bashota (TCU): 6-3, 6-4
Flight 1 Singles Championship: #34 Rosie Johanson (UVA) def. #118 Donika Bashota (TCU) 6-0, 1-6, 6-2

Singles Flight 2
#122 Aleksandra Zenovka (TCU) def. Caroline Daxhelet (VT): 7-5, 6-0
#122 Aleksandra Zenovka (TCU) def Annette Goulak (UGA): 6-7, 6-4, 10-3
Aleksa Cveticanin (TCU) def. #115 Chiara Lommer (UM): 6-4, 1-6, 7-5

Singles Flight 3
Nika Kozar (VT) def. Meredith Roberts (TCU): 6-2, 6-0
Aleksa Cveticanin (TCU) def. Morgan Coppoc (UGA): 3-6, 6-4, 10-8
Aleksandra Zenovka (TCU) def. Alex Najarian (UM): 6-2, 6-3
Flight 3 Singles Championship: #105 Marta Gonzalez (UGA) def. #122 Aleksandra Zenovka (TCU): 6-7 6-3 7-6

Singles Flight 4
Aleksa Cveticanin (TCU) def. Nina Sorkin (VT): 6-2, 7-5
Katarina Jokic (UGA) def. Meredith Roberts (TCU): 6-3, 6-3
Bella Lorenzini (UM) def. Alexis Pereira (TCU): 6-4, 6-4
Stevie Kennedy (TCU) def. Nika Kozar (VT): 7-6, 6-3

Singles Flight 5
Katherine Butler (VT) def. Alexis Pereira (TCU): 0-6, 6-3, (10-3)
#105 Marta Gonzalez (UGA) def. Stevie Kennedy (TCU) 6-2 6-1
Stevie Kennedy (TCU) def. Lera Patiuk (UM): 6-0, 6-4
Elizabeth Tedford (TCU) def Katherine Butler (VT): 6-4, 1-6, 11-9

Singles Flight 6
Stevie Kennedy (TCU) def. Luisa Uscocovich (VT): 6-0, 6-1
Vivian Wolff (UGA) def Elizabeth Tedford (TCU): 6-4, 6-3
Laura Patterson (UGA) def Elizabeth Tedford (TCU): 6-2, 6-2
Alexis Pereira (TCU) def Nina Sorkin (VT): 6-3, 6-3
Meredith Roberts (TCU) def Luisa Uscocovich (VT): 6-2, 6-3

Doubles Flight 1
#35 Aleksa Cveticanin/Donika Bashota (TCU) def #53 Elena Cerezo-Codina/Caroline Daxhelet (VT): 7-6
#34 Elena Christofi/Morgan Coppoc (UGA) def. #35 Aleksa Cveticanin/Donika Bashota (TCU): 6-1
Alex Najarian/Chiara Lommer (UM) def. Alexis Pereira/Meredith Roberts (TCU): 6-4

Doubles Flight 2
Alexis Pereira/Meredith Roberts (TCU) def. Katherine Butler/Nina Sorkin (VT): 6-4
Mariana Gould/Katarina Jokic (UGA) def. Meredith Roberts/Alexis Pereira (TCU): 6-4
Laura Patterson/Vivian Wolff (UGA) def. Aleksandra Zenovka/Elizabeth Tedford (TCU): 7-6
Elizabeth Tedford/Meredith Roberts (TCU) def. Lizzie Baker/Camille Favero (UVA): 6-2
Stevie Kennedy/Alexis Pereira (TCU) def. Teodora Radosavljevic/Maya Das (UVA): 6-1

Doubles Flight 3
Aleksandra Zenovka/Elizabeth Tedford (TCU) def. Nika Kozar/Luisa Uscocovich (VT): 6-4

Up Next
TCU will hit the road for the 2017 Riviera/ITA Women’s All-American Championships that will run from Sept. 30 to Oct. 8 at the Riviera Tennis Club in Pacific Palisades, Calif.


 

 

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