TCU Continues to Roll at Regionals

Simona Parajova

Oct. 18, 2013

FORT WORTH, Texas - Three wins a piece from Stefanie Tan and Simona Parajova paced the TCU women's tennis team on the second day of the USTA/ITA Texas Regional Championships on Friday at the Bayard H. Friedman Tennis Center.

To begin the day, Parajova and Tan were victorious in doubles action over Dominique Harmath and Alison Ho of Rice with a score of 8-4, while Seda Arantekin and Millie Nichols won an 8-5 matchup over Natatli Beazant and Liat Zimmerman of Rice. Both doubles teams advanced to the quarterfinals that will take place Saturday morning at 10:30 a.m.

"Doubles was some of the best tennis I have seen us play this year," coach Dave Borelli said. "The kids played really well and I think our doubles are going to be really good this year."

After doubles, Parajova and Tan once again found success, this time in singles action. Both continued their streaks in the tournament with straight-set wins, with Parajova defeating Makenzie Craft of Baylor 6-2, 6-2, while Tan downed Paul Deheza of Texas A&M 6-1, 6-0.

Nichols and Arantekin would see their runs in the singles bracket end in the Round of 32, with Nichols falling to Victoria Kisialeva of Baylor 6-1, 6-2 and Arantekin losing to Elizabeth Begley of Texas 6-3, 6-1.

"Simona and Millie had real breakthroughs today and I think Millie is getting her confidence back," Borelli said. "Millie has had some injuries, but she has been playing some really good tennis lately. I think her confidence in doubles has come back and I think that will transfer and come out in singles play this year."

TCU's winning ways did not end there as Parajova and Tan won their Sweet 16 matches in the afternoon to advance to the quarterfinals tomorrow afternoon. The duo had lost to their opponents just a year ago at the same event, but defeated them both to move on in the tournament. Parajova claimed a 6-4, 6-1 victory over Natalie Bazant, while Tan won a 7-5, 6-0 decision over Sam Adams of Texas Tech.

"It was a tough day in the morning in singles, but the good thing is Stefanie and Simona advanced to the quarters and they beat people they lost to before," Borelli said. "The positive that we can take from today is that we did a real good job with things we have been working on, improving on our match play ability and the girls played some very good tennis, despite battling illness and injuries."

Action on the Bernard `Tut' Bartzen Varsity Courts will begin tomorrow at 10:30 a.m., with a recap and results available at following the completion of the competition.

USTA/ITA Texas Regional - TCU Results
Round of 16
Seda Arantekin/Millie Nichols-TCU d. Natalie Beazant/Liat Zimmermann-RU: 8-5
Simona Parajova/Stefanie Tan-TCU d. Dominique Harmath/Alison Ho-RU: 8-4
Nikki Sanders/Rashmi Teltumbde-TTU d. Mimi Fotopoulos/Monika Sirilova-TCU: 8-1

Round of 32
Simona Parajova-TCU d. Makenzie Craft-BU: 6-2, 6-2
Stefanie Tan-TCU d. Paula Deheza-TAMU: 6-1, 6-0
Elizabeth Begley-UT d. Seda Arantekin-TCU: 6-3, 6-1
Victoria Kisialeva-BU d. Millie Nichols-TCU: 6-1, 6-2

Round of 16
Simona Parajova-TCU d. Natalie Beazant-RU: 6-4, 6-1
Stefanie Tan-TCU d. Sam Adams-TTU: 7-5, 6-0




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