Weekend Preview: Women's Tennis

Monika Sirilova

Monika Sirilova

April 10, 2014

FORT WORTH, Texas – The TCU women’s tennis team will wrap up regular season play by hosting Kansas State and Kansas on Friday, April 11 and Sunday, April 13, respectively.

The No. 54 Horned Frogs (10-11, 3-4 Big 12) will first face the No. 71 Wildcats (8-10, 2-4 Big 12) on Friday at 2 p.m., before facing the No. 65 Jayhawks (11-8, 2-4 Big 12) at 10 a.m., on Sunday. The matches will serve as the final two regular season competitions at home for seniors Millie Nichols and Monika Sirilova.

TCU Noteables
TCU continues to be ranked in the national polls, coming in at No. 54, while Stefanie Tan and Simona Parajova hold national singles rankings. Tan checks in at No. 50 for the week, while Parajova is ranked No. 119.

The juniors are the only members of the team with double digit dual match records, with Parajova leading the way with a 15-2 mark and Tan recording a 14-3 mark. Tan has also defeated 10 ranked opponents on the season, while Parajova has taken down four. The duo, along with freshman Sofiko Kadzhaya, lead the team with 5-2 singles records in conference play.

Tan and doubles partner Seda Arantekin lead dual action with a 9-4 record, along with an 8-4 record at No. 1 doubles and two wins over ranked opponents.

Scouting the Opponents
Kansas is coming off two losses to Baylor and Texas last week, but not before notching two wins. Unranked senior Dylan Windom pulled off an upset over No. 74 Ema Burgic of Baylor and broke a three-match losing streak to ranked foes. Paulina Los was the only other Jayhawk to record a win with a straight-set victory over Makenzie Craft of Baylor. Los leads Kansas in dual matches with a 14-4 record, while Claire Dreyer posts a 10-2 mark. Maria Belen Ludeuna and Maria Jose Cardona lead the team in doubles with a 17-10 record, while Dreyer and Morgan Barnhill pair up for an 11-2 record.

Kansas State dropped two matches to top-25 foes last weekend with a 7-0 loss to No. 25 Texas and a 5-1 loss to No. 16 Baylor. Petra Niedermayerova is the only ranked players for the Wildcats and checks in at No. 38 after upsetting No. 34 Kiah Generette of Baylor in straight sets last weeks. Niedermayerova leads the team with a 13-3 record in dual matches and a 4-2 mark in conference play. The senior is the first Wildcat to reach 100 career singles wins in school history and has posted 33 wins over ranked opponents in her career.

All-Time Series
TCU and Kansas have only met once and it occurred last spring in the Frogs first season in the Big 12. TCU dominated in the first meeting with a 7-0 blanking of the Jayhawks. The Frogs are 4-0 over Kansas State, with all four meetings taking place in Fort Worth. In their first Big 12 meeting last spring, TCU was able to snag a 5-2 victory.

Live Results
Live results and a final recap of the matches against the Jayhawks and Wildcats can be found at GoFrogs.com. In-match updates can also be found by following TCU women’s tennis on twitter (@TCUWomensTennis).



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