Jan. 18, 2013
FORT WORTH - TCU's women's tennis gets its 2013 season underway Sunday when it plays host to Nicholls State at the Bayard H. Friedman Tennis Center. First serve is set for 10 a.m.
The Horned Frogs are coming off an NCAA tournament appearance in 2012, their eighth in the past nine seasons. TCU also won the Mountain West regular season and tournament crowns in its final year in the league.
Sunday's matchup will be the third all-time between the Frogs and Colonels with TCU taking each of the first two. The squads last faced each other in 1996 with the Frogs claiming a 5-1 win in Fort Worth.
TCU enters the match ranked No. 35 in the preseason ITA team rankings. Nicholls State is unranked and takes on SMU on Saturday before making the trip to Fort Worth. The Colonels are coached by Meenakshi Sundaram, the father of TCU senior Kelsey Sundaram.
After losing just one player from its 2012 roster, TCU has a solid crop of returners for its inaugural season in the Big 12 Conference. A year ago, TCU's top doubles tandem of Millie Nichols and Olivia Smith qualified for the NCAA doubles championship.
Sophomore Stephanie Tan, who spent the majority of the season in the No. 1 spot of the singles lineup was the Mountain West Freshman of the Year and highlights the TCU returns that feature the top five of last season's singles lineup.
Senior returners for the Frogs are Federica Denti, Smith, Sundaram and Molly Welsh; Nichols and Gabi Barbosa are juniors, while Simona Parajova and Paulina Blanc join Tan as returning sophomores. Monika Sirilova is TCU's lone newcomer for the 2013 season.