Big 12 Championships Preview: Women's Tennis

Simona Parajova

Simona Parajova

April 24, 2014


FORT WORTH, Texas – In the first Big 12 Championship hosted on the TCU campus, the No. 52 TCU women’s tennis team will begin the 2014 Big 12 Tennis Championships with No. 22 Texas on Friday, April 25 at 3 p.m., at the Bayard H. Friedman Tennis Center.

The Horned Frogs (12-11, 5-4 Big 12) enter the championships as the No. 6 seed, while the Longhorns (11-11, 6-3 Big 12) are the No. 3 seed. All TCU Faculty, Staff and students with a valid TCU ID can attend the championships for free.

Tickets for all other fans can be purchased at the gate or online at GoFrogs.com. For all-session passes, tickets for adults are $15, while youth, students and seniors are only $10. Single session tickets can be purchased for $5 for adults or $4 for youth, students and seniors.

TCU Noteables
TCU is playing for the first time in two weeks after ending the season on a two-match winning streak with a 7-0 shut down of Kansas State and a 5-2 victory over Kansas on senior day.

Stefanie Tan is the only ranked player for the Frogs at No. 52 and the junior is 8-2 in the last 10 matches. Tan has posted 31 wins this season and only seven losses, while also defeating 11 ranked opponents. The Singapore native is 16-3 at No. 1 singles, while also posting 10 wins in doubles action with partner Seda Arantekin.

Simona Parajova was named the No. 2 Big 12 singles champion this past week and it marks the second year in a row the Slovakia native claimed a conference singles title after being named No. 3 singles champion last spring. The junior is 17-2 in dual matches and 22-6 overall with four wins over ranked opponents.

Scouting the Longhorns
Texas enters Friday’s contest having won nine Big 12 Championship tournaments including the last two. The Longhorns have also reached the finals of the Big 12 Championships a league-leading 16 times in the 17-year history of the event.

Texas recently claimed three conference singles titles, with No. 15 Breaunna Addison winning her second in a row with a perfect 8-0 record and winning 16 of the last 17 sets at No. 1 singles. The sophomore has only lost four matches this season and they have all been to top 10 ranked opponents. 

Ned Koprcina won the No. 4 singles position and was the third Longhorn in a row to win the crown. Pippa Horn was the final champion at No. 5 singles. Two other Texas players are ranked in the singles polls with No. 104 Ratnika Batra and No. 120 Elizabeth Begley. Batra is 12-5 in dual matches, while Begley is 13-8, including five straight wins to close out the regular season.

All-Time Series
Texas holds the series record lead with a 22-6 record, as the teams have split the last five meetings. The Frogs pulled off the upset when they opened Big 12 play with a 5-2 victory over Texas in March. The Longhorns claimed a 4-3 decision last year and a 5-2 win in 2008, but TCU won a 4-3 matchup in 2010 and a 4-0 shutout in 2006. Before the Frogs' win in 2006, TCU had not beaten Texas since 1991.

 

 


 

 


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