Trio Garners All-Big 12 Honors
May 6, 2014
FORT WORTH, Texas – The Big 12 Conference announced its 2014 All-Big 12 tennis teams on Tuesday afternoon, with juniors Stefanie Tan and Simona Parajova being named to the All-Big 12 Singles team, while Sofiko Kadzhaya was named Big 12 Newcomer of the Year.
Tan was named to the All-Singles Team for the second year in a row, while Parajova earned her first singles distinction of her career. In her first season as a Horned Frog after arriving in January, Kadzhaya earns the schools first Newcomer of the Year award. The All-Big 12 tennis teams and awards are selected by the league’s head coaches, who are not allowed to vote for their own student-athletes.
This year, Tan was ranked as high as No. 30 in the ITA singles poll and finished the regular season with a 31-8 record. Tan faced 18 ranked opponents at No. 1 singles and posted 11 wins over those opponents. The Singapore native recorded a 16-4 record on court one in dual matches and finished off the season going 7-1. Tan lost only two conference matches and was runner up for the No. 1 singles title in the Big 12.
The 2013 singles All-American, Tan will compete in singles competition at the NCAA Division I Women’s Tennis championships on May 21-26 at the Dan Magill Tennis Complex in Athens, Ga.
Parajova was named the 2014 No. 2 singles Big 12 champion with a 7-2 record, after claiming the conference singles crown at No. 3 a year ago. The Slovakia native posted a 17-2 record in dual matches and was 22-6 overall this season. Parajova recorded four wins over ranked opponents this year and had an 11-match winning streak from Jan. 18-March 14. The junior was the only Horned Frog to garner a weekly award from the Big 12 this season after being named Player of the Week on March 18.
Kadzhaya joined the team after transferring from the Ukraine and won her first two matches at No. 6 singles in January. The newcomer was a consistent contributor for TCU at doubles and singles and won her first six matches in Big 12 play. The redshirt freshman won eight matches overall in her first conference season and finished with an 11-10 record in singles and seven wins in doubles action.