Preview: TTU, Texas State & UTRGV


Feb. 2, 2018


FORT WORTH, Texas – The start of five straight home matches for the TCU women’s tennis team will begin this weekend as they welcome No. 8 Texas Tech on Saturday, Feb. 3 and Texas State and UTRGV on Sunday, Feb. 4 to the Bayard H. Friedman Tennis Center.

The Horned Frogs (2-2) will begin the home stand with the Red Raiders on Saturday at 1 p.m., before concluding the weekend with a doubleheader on Sunday with the Bobcats (0-2) at 10 a.m., and the Vasqueras (2-3) at 2 p.m. Admission is free all weekend and fans in attendance can enjoy free pizza courtesy of Buffalo Bros., served in between doubles and singles action.

TCU Notables
TCU is coming off two battles against ranked teams at the ITA Kick-Off Weekend where they dropped a 4-3 decision to No. 23 Ole Miss before falling 4-1 to No. 22 Arizona State. Freshmen Stevie Kennedy and Aleksa Cveticanin were each able to pick up ranked victories in singles last weekend to mark the first of their careers.

Kennedy, along with senior Aleksandra Zenovka, leads the team with 12 wins in singles. Kennedy is a perfect 2-0 in dual matches while Marie Norris also boasts the same mark. In doubles, Donika Bashota and Elizabeth Tedford hold a 2-0 mark at the No. 1 position and a 3-0 record overall in dual matches.

Scouting the Red Raiders
Texas Tech is sitting at 3-0 and ranked No. 8 in the Oracle/ITA poll to start the season after getting a 4-1 win over Washington and sweeps of Saint Mary’s and Wichita State. Four players are undefeated in singles matches during dual action this season while the Red Raiders have only dropped one doubles match. Gabriela Talaba holds the team’s highest ranking at No.5 in the singles poll, while Felicity Maltby sits at No. 23 and Katelyn Jackson is at No. 123. Sarah Dvorak and Sabrina Federici hold the team’s only doubles ranking at No. 21.

Scouting the Bobcats
Texas State is looking for its first win of the season after dropping matches to Texas and Texas A&M. Rishona Israel-Lewis holds four wins in singles action while Alex Jones and Andrea Fuchs each have three victories. In doubles, Ana Perez and Julia Navajo-Melendez hold a team-best three wins this season.

Scouting the Vasqueras
UTRGV dropped decisions to Texas and Texas A&M to open the season but have rebounded with sweeps of Prairie View A&M and Texas A&M-Kingsville. Dominique Ibarra leads the team with seven wins in singles action including a 3-1 mark in dual match play. In doubles, Dominique Esparza and Emma Louise Tranberg pair up for one of the only doubles wins this season.

All-Time Series Records
TCU and Texas Tech will be facing off for the 35th time in program history on Saturday and for the second straight year in a nonconference match. The Frogs hold the overall advantage in the series at 28-6 with three wins in the last five meetings. TCU is 16-1 against the Red Raiders when facing each other in Fort Worth. The teams will also face-off as conference foes later this season on March 31 in Lubbock.

The match on Sunday against Texas State marks the eighth meeting all time with TCU and the first since 2012. The Frogs are perfect in the overall series at 7-0 and Sunday will be the seventh time the teams have faced off in Fort Worth. Texas State is coached by TCU All-American Tory Plunkett.

Sunday’s match will be the first meeting all-time between TCU and UTRGV.

Live Results
Live video of the match can be found at PlaySight.com, with final results and a recap available at GoFrogs.com following the completion of the competitions. In-match updates can also be found by following TCU women's tennis on twitter (@TCUWomensTennis).


 

 

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