March 5, 2013
FORT WORTH – TCU’s 19th-ranked women’s tennis team returns to action Wednesday when it makes the short trek to Arlington to take on UT Arlington.
First serve is set for 3 p.m., from the Mavericks’ UTA Tennis Center. The Horned Frogs are 7-1 on the year and have won four-straight matches. TCU’s lone loss came to Alabama, who is currently ranked sixth. UTA is 1-4 on the year.
The Frogs and Mavericks are meeting for the third-straight season and the 16th time in the history between the two programs. TCU has claimed all 15 of those matchups, including last year’s 6-1 win in Fort Worth. TCU is 7-0 when facing UTA in Arlington.
In this week’s version of the ITA team rankings, TCU rose to No. 19 and is inside the top 20 for the first time since March 18, 2008. The Frogs are the highest-ranked team in the Big 12 ahead of Texas Tech (23), Oklahoma State (28), Baylor (29), Kansas State (36), Texas (38) and Oklahoma (40).
“It’s nice for a week to be the highest ranked team in our conference,” TCU coach Dave Borelli said. “Obviously our league is very good and it will be fun to compete against those teams in the coming weeks. We’re honored to be where we are, but we’ve still got work to do.”
Senior Olivia Smith has been TCU’s top performer in singles, racking up a 7-0 record this season and climbing to No. 50 in the ITA singles rankings. Sophomores Stefanie Tan (5-2) and Simona Parajova (5-3) are ranked 54th and 95th, respectively.
In doubles, TCU is 17-5 overall this season and has dropped the doubles point just once. Millie Nichols and Smith are 7-1 this spring and are ranked 37th in the ITA doubles rankings. Federica Denti and Kelsey Sundaram, as well as Gabi Barbosa and Parajova, are 5-2.
After playing its first seven matches at home, TCU is playing its second-straight road match. Seven of TCU’s next eight matches are away from Fort Worth.