March 8, 2013
FORT WORTH – Before playing its next six matches on the road, TCU’s women’s tennis team hosts Wichita State on Saturday at the Bayard H. Friedman Tennis Center.
First serve is set for 10 a.m, with indoor or outdoor courts to be determined. No. 19-ranked TCU is 8-1 on the year and has won five-straight matches, including its last two on the road. The Shockers are 5-7 and have their last two matches.
TCU has won all four of the previous matchups all-time against WSU. The two schools last met on March 26, 2010, with TCU claiming a 4-3 win in Wichita. The three previous matches in the series were played in Fort Worth.
Colin Foster, who spent three years as an assistant for the TCU women’s tennis program, coaches the Shockers. He helped TCU to the NCAA tournament in 2007, 2008 and 2009. His assistant, Kewa Foster, is the former Kewa Nichols and older sister of TCU junior Millie Nichols. Kewa Foster was an all-conference performer at TCU.
Three Horned Frogs are ranked among the nation’s top 95 singles players with Olivia Smith leading the way at No. 50. She is 8-0 this spring, while Stefanie Tan (No. 54) is 6-2 and Simona Parajova (No. 95) is 6-3.
Smith and Nichols make up the nation’s No. 37-ranked doubles duo and have a 7-1 mark this spring, with each of those wins coming in their last seven matches. TCU has dropped the doubles point just twice this season and has won both of those matches overall.
After Saturday, TCU does not return home until April 5 and plays its next six matches away from Fort Worth. Live stats for Saturday’s match are available at the link at the top of this page.