WTEN NCAA Preview: Rice

May 12, 2017

FORT WORTH, Texas – For the third straight season and the 18th time in program history, the No. 27 TCU women’s tennis team will embark on postseason play as they head to Palo Alto, Calif., to take on No. 36 Rice in the opening round of the 2017 NCAA Division I Women’s Tennis Championship from May 13-14.

The Horned Frogs (13-9) are the No. 2 seed in a four-team pod and will face the No. 3 seed Owls (18-5) as the teams will kick-off action at Noon, CT. A win by TCU would set up a matchup with the winner of the match between No. 1 seed and host Stanford and No. 4 seed Idaho at the Taube Family Tennis Center. The host Cardinal have the No. 7 national seed going into the championship and the second round matchup will take place on Sunday, May 14 at 3 p.m., CT.

TCU Notables
TCU has won three of its final five matches of the regular season including a 4-1 upset of then-No. 7 Texas Tech in the home finale. The win over the Red Raiders marked the third straight season the Frogs have upset a top-15 opponent and the second time in the last three years the opponent has fallen inside the top-10. 

Seda Arantekin is the lone singles ranking at No. 61 and is the third alternate for the NCAA Singles Championship. Donika Bashota and Olaya Garrido-Rivas earned a spot in the NCAA Doubles Championship and hold the best doubles ranking at No. 19. Garrido-Rivas and Arantekin also pair up for a doubles ranking of No. 31.

Scouting the Owls
Rice returns to NCAA action for the sixth consecutive year and for the 10th time in school history. They have an overall record of 6-9 in NCAA play, including a 6-5 mark in five appearances under head coach Elizabeth Schmidt. The Owls have won their opening match in the tournament in each of the last five years. Lindsey Hodge leads Rice with 23 wins and a No. 84 singles ranking while Katherine Ip sits at No. 120 with 15 wins. Hodge also holds a doubles ranking of No. 87 with Wendy Zhang with the duo leading the way with an 11-5 mark at the top position.

Live Video & Results
Live video and live scoring of the matches can be found at StreamingTennis.com/Cardinal. Final results and a recap will be available at GoFrogs.com following the completion of the competitions. In-match updates can also be found by following TCU women’s tennis on twitter (@TCUWomensTennis).



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