Parajova Garners Big 12 Player of the Week
March 18, 2014
FORT WORTH, Texas – TCU women’s tennis student-athlete Simona Parajova has been named the Big 12 Women's Tennis Player of the Week for matches played from March 11-17, as announced by the league office on Tuesday.
This is the first career honor for Parajova, who becomes the first Horned Frog to earn the distinction since TCU joined the league prior to the 2012-13 season.
Parajova remains undefeated at the No. 2 singles position and leads the team with an 11-0 record in dual matches. The reigning Big 12 No. 3 singles champion, she has not lost a match since Nov. 8, 2013, and has won eight of her 11 matches in straight sets.
After defeating two ranked opponents in the fall, the junior picked up her first victory over a ranked opponent in dual matches on March 14. Parajova was down a set to No. 114 Elizabeth Begley of Texas and came back to win a tiebreaker in the second set and a super tiebreaker in the third set for the win. She has been instrumental in the team’s three-match winning streak, including upset victories over No. 63 North Florida and the No. 22 Longhorns to open conference play.
The Slovakia native has paired up with Monika Sirilova in doubles action and the duo have picked up the first win in doubles in all three matches. Parajova opened the week with an easy win over Joanna Nalborska of Louisiana Tech and then clinched the win over North Florida with a three-set victory over Esther Zuniga. She capped off the week with the win over Begley to give TCU its first win over Texas since 2010.
TCU will continue Big 12 play by hitting the road for the next four matches. The Frogs will first travel to Stillwater, Okla., to take on Oklahoma State on March 21 at 5 p.m., before heading to Norman, Okla., to take on Oklahoma on March 23 at noon. TCU will wrap up the road trip by traveling to Ames, Iowa to face Iowa State on March 28 at 3 p.m., and Morgantown, W.Va., to play West Virginia on March 30 at 9 a.m.