May 21, 2013
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FORT WORTH - TCU sophomore Stefanie Tan will take part in the NCAA Women's Tennis Singles Championship beginning Wednesday with a match-up against Sofie Oyen of Florida. Tan and Oyen will square off at 9 a.m. at the Khan Outdoor Tennis Complex in Urbana, Ill. The match will be live streamed by the University of Illinois on their Athletics Department website here.
"I am excited for Stefanie," TCU head coach Dave Borelli said. "She had a really good year for a sophomore. This week is a big step for her development. If she plays as well as she can, she is capable of beating anybody."
Oyen, a junior for the Gators, was marked as a No. 9-16 seed when the selections were released three weeks ago.
Tan, a sophomore from Bishan, Singapore, is the 18th woman in TCU history to qualify for the postseason singles competition. The Horned Frogs' last NCAA Championships singles entry was Nina Munch-Soegaard in 2010. TCU was represented in the NCAA Championships doubles tournament at the NCAA Championships last season by Millie Nichols and Olivia Smith.
Tan, ranked No. 44 in the ITA Singles Rankings currently has a 22-10 singles record in 2012-13, with a 16-7 mark in the spring season. She spent the majority of 2013 at No. 1 singles, recording a 15-6 record. Tan has seven wins over ranked opponents on the season, including a win over then No. 11 Petra Niedermayerova of Kansas State.
During TCU's NCAA Team Championships campaign, Tan started out with a 6-1, 6-4 win over Kseniya Bardabush of North Texas to help the Horned Frogs advance to the second round. Against Texas A&M, Tan was up against No. 4 Cristina Sanchez-Quintanar. Tan won the first set 6-4 and the duo were battling out a 5-5 second set when the Aggies clinched the team victory, leaving the No. 1 singles showdown unfinished.
Oyen, ranked No. 17 in the ITA Singles Rankings, has been a key cog to the No. 1 Gators' team with her play at No. 2 singles. Oyen boasts an overall record of 28-8 on the season, including a 15-5 record in the spring dual meet season. She went 8-1 against SEC competition. A native of Belgium, Oyen has lost her last two singles matches going into the singles tournament, falling to foes from Cal and Stanford. She will also be competing in the doubles tournament with her partner Lauren Embree.
A win for Tan tomorrow would advance her to the second round, where she would face the winner of Hanna Mar of Duke and Samantha Vickers of Tulsa.