WTEN Earns Multiple Rankings
Jan. 5, 2017
FORT WORTH, Texas – The TCU women’s tennis team had two singles players and one doubles team earn national rankings in the first Oracle/Intercollegiate Tennis Association polls of the 2017 spring season as announced by the ITA this week.
In the singles poll, Seda Arantekin is the highest ranked player as she checked in at No. 75. Arantekin was previously ranked No. 114 in the preseason poll in September and went on to post seven singles wins during the fall season. Marie Norris rounds out the singles rankings at No. 115 which is the first career ranking for the sophomore. Norris went 7-3 in the fall and advanced to the quarterfinals of the ITA Texas Regional Championships presented by Oracle. The duo are also ranked in the Texas region at No. 6 and 11, respectively.
“Seda has gotten better each semester over the last two and half years,” head coach Lee Taylor Walker said. “I am confident we can get her back to where she left off last spring and even to greater heights. She’s a big time player that loves match days and I look forward to seeing her competitiveness one final semester to end her fantastic career.
“Marie was playing some of her most consistent tennis before getting injured. Last year she was put at No. 1 when we really didn’t have someone ready for that position. It was a great learning experience for her and I think she will handle the top girls well this year. She’s matured a lot and we are really pumped to see her get going this spring.”
On the doubles side, Donika Bashota and Olaya Garrido-Rivas picked up the lone doubles nationally ranking as the duo sit at No. 16 after posting three straight wins during the fall and winning the Rice Invitational. The pair earned a Texas region ranking at No. 3 while, Arantekin and Caroline Wegner sit at No. 10 in the region rankings.
“Olaya and Donika surprised a lot of us this fall by really competing well and meshing together to create a wonderful chemistry and high level on court,” Walker said. “With their baseline power, athleticism and overall competitive toughness I think they can beat anyone.”
TCU begins its third season under the direction of Walker on Jan. 13 with the start of the TCU Invitational at the Bayard H. Friedman Tennis Center that will run until Jan. 15. The Horned Frogs return seven letterwinners and welcome two newcomers.
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