Oct. 9, 2017
FORT WORTH, Texas – After a successful weekend at home, the TCU women’s tennis team went on the road for the first time during the fall as four players competed in the HEB Invite in Waco, Texas this past weekend.
Senior Alexis Pereira along with freshmen Stevie Kennedy, Meredith Roberts and Elizabeth Tedford all picked up at least one singles and doubles victory during the weekend. Tedford and Roberts each made the round of 16 in singles, while the duo also paired up to make the semifinals in doubles. Tedford ultimately finished with a 3-1 mark in singles to lead the team with wins over opponents from Louisiana Tech and Houston. In doubles, Tedford and Roberts downed a pair from Tyler Junior College before taking an 8-4 win over the host pair from Baylor and then ultimately falling in the semifinals.
Quotes from the Weekend
Head Coach Lee Taylor Walker
“Each fall tournament gives us an indication of where we are in terms of whether we are close or far away from the level we need to be to win a Big 12 and NCAA Championship, or just in terms of realizing our own potential. Stevie (Kennedy) learned in her first round match the true level of physicality it will take to win at the top D1 level. I think prior to that match she probably didn't exactly know what it will take. But (Theresa) Van Zyl is tough and makes you earn it, and there were about five or six games in the second set that were extremely close where I felt Stevie experienced what it's going to take to compete at this level. That was very positive to see. Meredith (Roberts) lost two tough close matches against SEC lineup players that really could've gone either way, so similar to Stevie it was good for her to experience that and learn what it's going to take. Although we'd love to have pulled all three of those matches out, it's more important we learn from them now and keep improving so we can handle that level better in the spring."
HEB Invite Results
Singles Main Draw
RD32: Theresa Van Zyl (BU) def. Stevie Kennedy (TCU): 6-0, 6-2
RD32: Magda Adaloglou (MSU) def. Alexis Pereira (TCU): 6-1, 6-4
RD32: Meredith Roberts (TCU) def. Paulina Cota (LaTech): 6-1, 6-4
RD32: Elizabeth Tedford (TCU) def. Nadja Manjon Mihalic (LaTech): 7-5, 6-4
RD16: Eden Richardson (LSU) def. Meredith Roberts (TCU): 3-6, 6-2, 6-4
RD16: Angie Shakhraichuk (BU) def. Elizabeth Tedford (TCU): 6-1, 6-2
Stevie Kennedy (TCU) def. Laura Bernardos (UH): 6-0, 6-0
Lauren Alter (UH) def. Alexis Pereira (TCU): 7-6 (5), 7-6 (4)
Magda Adaloglou (MSU) def. Stevie Kennedy (TCU): 6-2, 6-3
Elizabeth Tedford (TCU) def. Karla De La Luz (LaTech): 6-1, 7-6(5)
Alexis Pereira (TCU) def. Sonia Chen (LaTech): 6-1, 6-3
Elizabeth Tedford (TCU) def. Laura Bernados (UH): 6-1, 2-6, 10-6
Isabel Iglesias (UK) def. Alexis Pereira (TCU): 6-1, 6-4
Justina Mikulskle (UK) def. Meredith Roberts (TCU): 7-6 (5), 6-3
Doubles Main Draw
RD16: Roberts/E. Tedford (TCU) def. Garibal/Khoury (TY): 8-6
RD16: Foster/Lavender (LSU) def. Kennedy/Pereira (TCU): 8-7
QF: Roberts/E. Tedford (TCU) def. Shakhraichuk/Van Zyl (BU): 8-4
SF: Arnold/Soli (TY) def. Roberts/E. Tedford (TCU): 8-5
Kennedy/Pereira (TCU) def. Perez/Luz Montalvo (LaTech): 8-4
TCU will welcome teams to the Bayard H. Friedman Tennis Center as the Frogs host the ITA Texas Regional Championships presented by Oracle from Oct. 13-17.