TCU Bows Out of ITA Regionals

Simona Parajova

Oct. 20, 2013

Final Stats

FORT WORTH, Texas - The TCU women's tennis team concluded competition at the USTA/ITA Texas Regional Championships on Sunday afternoon.

Simona Parajova and Stefanie Tan both won their first sets today, but could not hold on to the momentum, as both players dropped the next two sets to fall in the semifinals of the singles bracket.

"I am kind of in shock and to be honest, I am still a little bit stunned," coach Dave Borelli said. "I thought everything was under control and then the roof caved it.

"At one point, Stefanie won the first set and Simona was up a set and 4-1 in the second and then before you know it, everything fell apart. I think the other players didn't quit and we just let up a little bit and didn't keep the pressure on our opponents. It is kind of a tough situation where we should have had both kids in the finals and I give credit to the other players for coming back, but it was kind of a stunner today." 

Parajova started off her match strong against Cristina Stancu of Texas A&M by winning the first three points of the first set. The Slovakia native was broken on the next point, but took the next three points and won the first set 6-1. 

Parajova had her serve broken early in the second set, but broke back and took the next four points for a 4-1 lead. Stancu did not back down and won the next five points to take the second set as Parajova was forced into her first third set of the tournament.

Stancu continued to dominate into the third set winning the first 4 points and stretching her winning streak to 9 straight points in the match. Parajova would get on the board off her serve, but Stancu controlled the rest of the set by taking the next two points for a 6-1 win. 

Tan started off her match with a 4-2 lead in her first set, but was broken by Kiah Generette of Baylor, who came back to make it 4-4. The Singapore native would go on to win her serve to take a 5-4 lead and then broke Generette to take the first set 6-4. 

Tan found herself down early a couple of breaks in the second set, with Generette winning the first five points before breaking her serve to get on the board at 5-1. Generette broke right back to send it into the deciding third set, which she continued to dominate by taking the third set 6-1 and the match.

"I don't remember something happening like this is a long time, so we just have to pick up our britches and move on," Borelli said. "Simona served well which is wonderful and that is a positive out of the match, even though it was a match she should have won.

"Stefanie came up against a girl who really had nothing to lose. Stefanie is one of the top players now, so people are gunning for her and she is just going to have to learn to deal with playing in that circumstance as opposed to the underdog."

TCU will conclude their fall season by participating in four more tournaments, before opening spring action on Jan. 18 with home matches against Syracuse and UT-Arlington.

USTA/ITA Texas Regional - TCU Results

Kiah Generette-BU d. Stefanie Tan-TCU: 4-6, 6-1, 6-1
Cristina Stancu-TAMU d. Simona Parajova-TCU: 1-6, 6-4, 6-1



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