April 9, 2010
FORT WORTH, Texas - The No. 73 TCU women's tennis team hit the road this weekend to battle San Diego State and No. 35 UNLV in a pair of Mountain West Conference showdowns at the Fertitta Tennis Complex in Las Vegas, Nev. Both matches are set to start at Noon, as the Horned Frogs will first face the Aztecs Friday, followed by the Rebels Saturday.
The Horned Frogs (6-12, 3-0 MWC) enter the match after snaring a 5-2 road win at No. 72 UC Irvine Wednesday. Senior Nina Munch-Soegaard has picked it up as of late, winning six of her last seven matches. The Amarillo, Texas native is tied for sixth place on the Frogs’ all-time career singles victories list with Angela Bartzen, boasting a 90-41 (.687) career singles record. The 2009 ITA All-American is six wins short of matching Teresa Dobson for fifth place honors.
Since joining the Mountain West Conference in 2005-06, TCU has compiled a 42-5 record against league opponents while garnering three regular season titles (2006, ‘07, ‘08) and a pair of tournament trophies (2006, ‘09). Head coach Jefferson Hammond has earned the league’s Coach of the Year honor in each of the last two seasons.
The Aztecs (7-9, 0-3 MWC) are riding a four-match losing streak into the weekend, dropping conference matches to UNLV, Utah and BYU, moving SDSU out of the latest ITA national rankings. The Aztecs have been as high as No. 42 in the team rankings and currently boast two players in the national singles listing in No. 50 Julia Trunk and No. 78 Alicia Aguilar.
TCU owns a 4-1 record against SDSU in the all-time series, taking four-straight leading into Friday’s action. The lone loss to the Aztecs came before the Frogs joined the MWC, falling by the score of 4-3 in 2003.
No. 35 UNLV (13-3, 2-1 MWC) split last weekend with a 4-3 win over BYU and a 4-3 loss to Utah. Senior Kristina Nedeltcheva paces the Rebels with an 11-5 record from the top court and boasts a No. 37 ranking in the ITA singles listing. Junior Jana Albers is also listed in the singles rankings at No.111 and owns 7-3 record this spring.
The Rebels have been the toughest team to beat for TCU since joining the MWC, as the Frogs are 4-3 against UNLV since the 2005-06 season. The two storied programs met in the 2008 and 2009 MWC Championships finale with the lower-seeded squad picking up the win. The Rebels upended the Frogs at the 2008 MWC Championships in Fort Worth, while the Purple and White took down UNLV in Albuquerque for the MWC tournament crown last season.