TCU Kicks-Off Fall Season

Sept. 19, 2016

FORT WORTH, Texas – The fall season for the TCU women’s tennis team got underway this past weekend as the team collected multiple individual victories between the Duke Bonk Invite in Durham, N.C., and the Racquet Club Collegiate Invitational in Midland, Texas.

Newcomer and No. 57 Donika Bashota made it to the finals of the Yellow Draw in Durham before dropping a tough three-set battle to No. 9 Belinda Woolcock of Florida, 6-4, 5-7, 6-2, in the closing match of the tournament. Two other Horned Frogs scored at least two wins in North Carolina with No. 114 Seda Arantekin picking up straight-set wins over Cassie Mercer of Virginia (6-1, 6-1) and Makenna Jones of North Carolina (6-3, 6-4). Marie Norris finished with two victories over the weekend with a 6-4, 6-3 win over Alyssa Smith of Duke and a 6-2, 6-4 win over Ansley Speaks of Furman to cap off the tournament.

Four other student-athletes for TCU made their way to Midland, Texas for the Racquet Club Collegiate Invitational with two players earning spots in the round of 16 in singles. Junior Aleksandra Zenovka posted wins over Sophia Intert of UTEP (6-4, 6-1) and Lisa Andersson of Nebraksa (6-2, 6-4) to make her way to the round of 16. Sofiko Kadzhaya also picked up two straight victories by downing Yacira Rubio of Texas State (6-3, 7-6) and Katerina Matysova of Nebraksa (6-3, 6-4).

Quotes from the Weekend
Head Coach Lee Taylor Walker
“The positives from the weekend are that I feel we were the most fit team at both locations. To have nine players compete in all matches and remain injury free and feel strong afterwards is levels above where we've been in years past at this point. Another positive is that the spirit and morale of everyone is really high and upbeat right now. Sometimes during the fall season it is hard to get this, but I feel this group understands the significance of improving in these tournaments and getting strong results to deepen their belief to accomplish their goals this year. What we need to improve quickly in order for it to benefit us this next weekend is for everyone to understand the situations that give them the most problems and create new mental processes in order to perform better in those situations. We had several matches with opportunities to either convert breaks, or win the set or match, and the situation got the best of us mentally and emotionally and lowered our performance. We've got to address that this week." 

Duke Bonk Invite Results
Women’s Doubles (Blue)
Anna Rasmussen/Janina Braun (VCU) def .#18 Seda Arantekin/Caroline Wegner (TCU): 8-4
Cassie Mercer/Meghan Kelley (UVA) def. #18 Seda Arantekin/Caroline Wegner (TCU): 8-5
#18 Seda Arantekin/Caroline Wegner (TCU) def. Rachael James-Baker/Chloe Ouellet-Pizer (UNC): 9-7

Women’s Doubles (Black)
Donika Bashota/Marie Norris (TCU) def. Eric Susi/Teodora Radosavljevic (UVA): 8-7(4)
Jessie Aney/Alexa Graham (UNC) def. Donika Bashota/Marie Norris (TCU): 8-1
#19 Belinda Woolcock/Josie Kuhlman (UF) def. Donika Bashota/Marie Norris (TCU): 8-5  

Women’s Singles (White)
Adriana Reami (NC State) def. #114 Seda Arantekin (TCU): 7-6 (4), 6-4
#114 Seda Arantekin (TCU) def. Cassie Mercer (UVA): 6-1, 6-1
#114 Seda Arantekin (TC) def. Makenna Jones (UNC): 6-3, 6-4  

Women’s Singles (Black)
Chloe Gullickson (UVA) def. Caroline Wegner (TCU): 6-2, 6-3
#32 Yolimar Ogando (Miami) def. Caroline Wegner (TCU): 6-3, 6-1
Caroline Wegner (TCU) def. Skylar Holloway (LSU): 6-3, 6-2  

Women’s Singles (Yellow)
#57 Donika Bashota (TCU) def. Anna Rasmussen (VCU): 6-7(4), 6-2, 6-2
#57 Donika Bashota (TCU) def. Hunter Bleser (UVA): 6-3, 6-3
#9 Belinda Woolcock (UF) def. #57 Donika Bashota (TCU): 6-4, 5-7, 6-2  

Women’s Singles (Gold)
Marie Norris (TCU) def. Alyssa Smith (Duke): 6-4, 6-3
#31 Jessie Aney (UNC) def. Marie Norris (TCU): 6-4, 6-3
Marie Norris (TCU) def. Ansley Speaks (Furman): 6-2, 6-4  

Women’s Singles (Red)
Camille Favero (UVA) def. Alexis Pereira (TCU): 6-0, 6-3
Claudia Wiktorin (NC State) def. Alexis Pereira (TCU): 6-1, 6-2
Alejandra Cisneros (NC State) def. Alexis Pereira (TCU): 6-1, 7-5

Racquet Club Collegiate Invitational Results
R64: Aleksandra Zenovka (TCU) def. Sophia Intert (UTEP): 6-4, 6-1
R64: Maria Kononova (UNT) def. Madison Tedford (TCU): 6-4, 4-6, 6-2
R64: Sofiko Kadzhaya (TCU) def. Yadira Rubio (Texas State): 6-3, 7-6
R64: Olaya Garrido-Rivas (TCU) def. Catherine Ragon (UAB): 6-4, 6-4
R32: Aleksandra Zenovka (TCU) def. Lisa Andersson (Nebraska): 6-2, 6-4
R32: Sofiko Kadzhaya (TCU) def. Katerina Matysova (Nebraska): 6-3, 6-4
R32: Rachana Bhat (UNM) def. Olaya Garrido-Rivas (TCU): 5-7, 6-3, 7-6
R16: Maria Kononova (UNT) def. Aleksandra Zenovka (TCU): 6-2, 7-6
R16: Tamuna Kutubidze (UNT) def. Sofiko Kadzhaya (TCU): 7-5, 6-2

Singles Consolation
R32: Madison Tedford (TCU) def. Diana Wong (UNM): 2-6, 6-1, 10-6
R16: Pippa Carr (Texas State) def. Madison Tedford (TCU): 6-1, 7-6

Anna Spengler/Katya Lapayeva (Lamar) def. Aleksandra Zenovka/Madison Tedford (TCU): 8-3

Extra Matches
Olaya Garrido-Rivas (TCU) def. Jeannie Lozowski (Nebraska): 6-4, 7-6
Aleksandra Zenovka (TCU) def. Claire Reifeis (Nebraska): 6-1, 6-4
Sofiko Kadzhaya (TCU) def. Lisa Andersson (Nebraska): 6-1, 6-2
Katerina Matysova (Nebraska) def. Madison Tedford (TCU): 6-1, 6-4



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