Weekend Preview: Women's Tennis

Monika Sirilova

Monika Sirilova

March 27, 2014

FORT WORTH, Texas – The No. 57 TCU women’s tennis team will continue action on the road with matches at Iowa State on Friday, March 28 and at West Virginia on Sunday, March 30.

The Horned Frogs (8-9, 1-2 Big 12) will first head to Ames, Iowa to face the Cyclones (8-9, 0-4 Big 12) on Friday at 3 p.m., before traveling to Morgantown, W.Va. to faceoff with the Mountaineers (3-12, 0-4 Big 12) on Sunday at 9 a.m., CST.

TCU Noteables
TCU is hoping to stop a two-game losing skid after dropping matches to Oklahoma State and Oklahoma last weekend. Stefanie Tan and Simona Parajova both earned singles rankings this week, with Tan checking in at No. 59 and Parajova earning a ranking of No. 121.

Parajova leads the team with an 11-2 record, with all of her matches coming at No. 2 singles, while Tan has been holding down the top spot for the Frogs with a 10-3 record. Sofiko Kadzhaya has started Big 12 play undefeated and sits at 3-0, while Monka Sirilova is 2-1 in conference matches.

Tan and Seda Arantekin have the best record in doubles for the team at 6-3, while the duo are 5-3 at No. 1 doubles.

Scouting the Opponents
Iowa State has struggled with the beginning of Big 12 play and are hoping to snap a five-game losing streak. The Cyclones have two players with nine wins on the season in Meghan Cassens (9-7) and Emma Waites (9-6). Ksenia Pronina has played at No. 1 singles all year for Iowa State and is 8-9 on the season.

West Virginia is also battling a losing streak, with freshmen Oana Manole and Kaja Mrgole leading the squad with seven wins a piece in singles. Manole and Mrgole team up in doubles action for a mark of 6-6 and are the only members of the Mountaineer squad to earn a regional ranking, after checking in at No. 9 in the Mid-Atlantic Region.

All-Time Series
This will only be the second time the TCU will face both Iowa State and West Virginia in program history. The Frogs faced both opponents last spring on the road, with the team earning a 6-0 victory over the Cyclones and a 4-3 win over the Mountaineers.




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