TCU Battles Into Quarterfinal Rounds at ITA Texas Regionals

Olivia Smith

Olivia Smith

Oct. 22, 2011


FORT WORTH – TCU’s women’s tennis team continued its run of success Saturday at the USTA/ITA Texas Regional Championship on the courts of the Bayard H. Friedman Tennis Center.

The Horned Frogs advanced a doubles team (Millie Nichols and Olivia Smith) and a singles participant (Simona Parajova) into the quarterfinal round of the respective draws.

No. 6-seed Nichols and Smith were victorious in the morning session when they handed Melissa Hadad and Jessica Kahts of Texas State an 8-2 loss. With their win, the Frog duo advanced to the quarterfinal round for a Sunday morning matchup with fourth-seeded Cierra Gaytan-Leach and Noel Scott of Texas.

Also in the morning session, red-hot Federica Denti and Kelsey Sundaram battled Texas Tech’s Nikki Saners and Carolina Starck before falling 8-6. In the consolation draw, Parajova and Stefanie Tan picked up an 8-2 win.

In the singles session, TCU got three wins in the Round of 32 against only two losses to highly-seeded opponents. No. 10 Tan knocked off UTEP’s Rebecca Calvillo, 6-1, 6-1, Smith dropped eighth-seeded Dominique Harmath of Rice (3-6, 6-3, 6-3), while Parajova added a 6-1, 6-0 win over No. 16 Kseniya Bardabush of North Texas.

Parajova then added a huge win the Round of 16 when she knocked off UT’s No. 6 Krista Damico, 4-6, 7-6, 7-1. She will face No. 4 Diana Nakic of Baylor in Sunday’s quarterfinal round.

Tan dropped a gritty three-set decision (6-2, 4-6, 7-5) to top-seeded Marta Lesniak of SMU before Smith fell 6-2, 6-2 to No. 13 Starck in the Round of 16.

TCU returns to action Sunday at the USTA/ITA Texas Regional Championship at the Bayard H. Friedman Tennis Center.

USTA/ITA Texas Regional Championship – Fort Worth, Texas
Round of 32
No. 10 Stefanie Tan (TCU) def. Rebecca Calvillo (UTEP), 6-1, 6-1
Olivia Smith (TCU) def. No. 8 Dominique Harmath (Rice), 3-6, 6-3, 6-3
Simona Parajova (TCU) def. No. 16 Kseniya Bardabush (North Texas), 6-1, 6-0
No. 3 Cristina Sanchez-Quintanar (Texas A&M) def. Federica Denti (TCU), 7-5, 6-1
No. 4 Diana Nakic (Baylor) def. Millie Nichols (TCU), 6-1, 6-0

Round of 16
Parajova (TCU) def. No. 6 Krista Damico (Texas), 4-6, 7-6, 6-1
No. 1 Marta Lesniak (SMU) def. No. 10 Tan (TCU), 6-2, 4-6, 7-5
No. 13 Carolina Starck (Texas Tech) def. Smith (TCU), 6-2, 6-2

Consolation Third Round
Charlotte Phillips (Houston) def. Molly Welsh (TCU), 6-1, 6-0

Consolation Fourth Round
Kris Roberts (SMU) def. Gaby Fernandez (TCU), 6-1, 6-1

Round of 16
No. 6 Millie Nichols/Olivia Smith (TCU) def. Melissa Hadad/Jessica Kahts (Texas State), 8-2
Nikki Sanders/Carolina Starck (Texas Tech) def. Federica Denti/Kelsey Sundaram (TCU), 8-6

Consolation Third Round
Simona Parajova/Stefanie Tan (TCU) def. Isabelle Jonsson/Stefanie Peana (UTSA), 8-2
Natalie Hand/Kavya Menon (UTSA) def. Gaby Fernandez/Molly Welsh (9-7)



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