Kelsey Sundaram and TCU begin Big 12 play Friday.
March 14, 2013
FORT WORTH – TCU’s women’s tennis team opens play in its fifth conference in program history Friday when it travels to West Virginia before traveling to Iowa State on Sunday.
First serve in TCU’s historic first Big 12 match Friday is set for 12 p.m. CST. Sunday’s match with the Cyclones is an 11 a.m. CST first serve. The 27th-ranked Horned Frogs are 9-1 on the year and winners of six in a row. The Mountaineers are 4-7, while Iowa State is 5-6 and faces Baylor on Friday.
Both matchups will mark the first time in program history that TCU has faced West Virginia or Iowa State. TCU is 2-1 all-time when beginning play in a new conference, claiming wins in their inaugural WAC and Mountain West matches, but dropping their Southwest Conference opener. Conference USA did not host regular-season matches.
TCU begins Big 12 play as the third-highest ranked league team in the ITA team standings. Texas Tech leads the league at No. 21 and Oklahoma State is just ahead of the Frogs at No. 26. Oklahoma (No. 28), Baylor (No. 36), Texas (No. 39) and Kansas State (No. 42) round out the Big 12’s ranked teams.
Three Frogs are ranked in the ITA singles rankings with sophomore Stefanie Tan checking at 65th. Senior Olivia Smith, who is 9-0 this spring, is ranked No. 79, while sophomore Simona Parajova holds the No. 104 spot.
In doubles, Smith and Millie Nichols comprise the nation’s No. 42-ranked doubles squad, which is the sixth-highest ranked tandem in the Big 12. The Frog duo is 7-1 on the year and has won seven-straight matches.
Neither West Virginia, nor Iowa State has any ranked singles or doubles players.
Friday’s match kicks off a six-match road trip for the Frogs. TCU played eight of its first 10 matches at home. Live stats for Sunday’s match are available at cyclones.com, while no live stats are available for Friday’s match.