WTEN Preseason Rankings Released


Sept. 13, 2017


FORT WORTH, Texas – The TCU women’s tennis team earned three singles rankings and one doubles ranking in the first Oracle/ITA national poll that was released this week.

Junior Marie Norris leads the pack with a No. 80 singles ranking while seniors Donika Bashota and Aleksandra Zenovka check in at No. 118 and No. 122, respectively. Bashota also pulls in a doubles ranking with newcomer Aleksa Cveticanin at No. 35.

"It is nice that coaches remembered the quality of player Marie (Norris) was before her back injury,” head coach Lee Taylor Walker said. “She was really getting momentum last fall before getting injured and we are confident her successful surgery and rehab this past summer will free her up to really have a great year. Aleksandra (Zenovka) was playing some of the best tennis of her college career this past May and we know she is only going to build from here. Watch for her to keep climbing all year long up the rankings. Donika (Bashota) was also getting a better understanding of her game identity last April and May and she will flourish this year. Her runner-up finish in summer nationals is an example of what's to come.

“Andreea (Rosca) was not listed in the freshman rankings because she arrives in January, but we know she is a top-5 freshman and that she can compete with anyone in the country. Aleksa (Cveticanin) could pair with Donika in doubles and do some real damage with her big aggressive game. She's also going to be one of the best freshman and overall players in the country this year and I forecast her being in these rankings soon if she can stay committed to her plan."

The selections for the 2017 ITA Women’s All-American Championships were also released with TCU earning spots in qualifying and pre-qualifying for singles and doubles. Bashota will play in the qualifying singles bracket, while Norris and Zenovka will have to make their way through pre-qualifying. Bashota was also selected for double action with Ceveticanin in pre-qualifying doubles.

The Horned Frogs are coming off a 2016-17 season where they reached their 18th NCAA Tournament and appeared in the second round for the third straight year. The team, under the direction of fourth-year head coach Walker, returns five letterwinners from a season ago, while also welcoming five newcomers.

 

 

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