TCU Off and Running at ITA Regionals

Millie Nichols returns a shot during action on day one of the USTA/ITA Regionals.

Oct. 17, 2013

FORT WORTH, Texas - The TCU women's tennis team opened up competition at the USTA/ITA Texas Regional Championships on Thursday at the Bayard H. Friedman Tennis Courts.

The Horned Frogs have three doubles teams moving onto the Round of 16, while four student-athletes are into the Round of 32 in singles action.

The day got started off with two wins in doubles action with Mimi Fotopoulos and Monika Sirilova defeating Kelsey Rebin and Taryn Strahl of Incarnate Word 8-1. Seda Arantekin and Millie Nichols began the tournament with a win as well by shutting out Christel Amsallen and Didi Fatchikova of UT Pan American 8-0.

After receiving a bye to start the doubles bracket, Simona Parajova and Stefanie Tan opened play with an 8-3 win over Karen Martinez and Madeleine Mortimore of Sam Houston State. Fotopoulos and Sirlova continued their winning ways by winning a close 8-7 matchup with Vaszilisza Bulgakova and Macie Elliott of SMU. Arantekin and Nichols also won their afternoon match with an 8-1 victory over Micah Hermsdorf and Brittney Reed of Abilene Christian.

Arantekin, Nichols and Fotopoulos all found victory in the first round of singles play. Arantekin won the first set against Agustina Valenzuela of UNT, but dropped the second set 5-7, before taking the final set 7-5.

Nichols had to battle back in her match after losing the first set 6-1, but won the next two sets 6-1 and 6-2 to take the win. Fotopoulos had an easy sweep over Reblin of Incarnate Word with a 6-0, 6-0 win.

After receiving byes, Tan and Parajova opened singles action with straight set wins. Tan found a 6-2, 6-0 victory over Olivia Battye of Sam Houston State, while Parajova defeated Kamilla Galieva of UNT 6-1, 6-0. Playing under the lights, Arantekin and Nichols won their final matches of the day with Arantekin beating Jane Stewart of Rice 6-3, 6-3, while Nichols defeated Ana Sofia Cordero of UNT 6-1, 6-0.

Action on the Bernard `Tut' Varsity Courts will resume tomorrow at 9 a.m., with a recap and results available at following the completion of the competition.

USTA/ITA Texas Regional - TCU Results
Round of 64
Mimi Fotopoulos/Monika Sirilova-TCU d. Kelsey Reblin/Taryn Strahl-UIW: 8-1
Seda Arantekin/Millie Nichols-TCU d. Christel Amsallem/Didi Fatchikova-UTPA: 8-0

Round of 32
Simona Parajova/Stefanie Tan-TCU d. Karen Martinez/Madeleine Mortimore-SHSU: 8-3
Mimi Fotopoulos/Monika Sirilova-TCU d. Vaszilisza Bulgakova/Macie Elliott-SMU: 8-7
Seda Arantekin/Millie Nichols-TCU d. Micah Hermsdorf/Brittney Reed-ACU: 8-1

Round of 128
Seda Arantekin-TCU d. Agustina Valenzuela-UNT: 7-5, 5-7, 7-5
Millie Nichols-TCU d. Hristina Dishkova-SMU: 1-6, 6-1, 6-2
Mimi Fotopoulos-TCU d. Kelsey Reblin-UIW: 6-0, 6-0
Blair Shankle-BU d. Monika Sirilova-TCU: 6-1, 6-2
Beatriz Santos-TTU d. Hanna Victorsson-TCU: 6-3, 6-2

Round of 64
Simona Parajova-TCU d. Kamilla Galieva-UNT: 6-1, 6-0
Seda Arantekin-TCU d. Jane Stewart-RU: 6-3, 6-3
Millie Nichols-TCU d. Ana Sofia Cordero-UNT: 6-1, 6-0
Stefanie Tan-TCU d. Olivia Battye-SHSU: 6-2, 6-0
Kiah Generette-BU d. Mimi Fotopoulos-TCU: Retired (injury)




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