WTEN Preview: ITA All-Americans
Sept. 30, 2016
FORT WORTH, Texas – The TCU women’s tennis team will continue fall action by taking part in the first national championship during the fall, the Riviera Women’s ITA All-American Championships, in Pacific Palisades, Calif, from Oct. 1-9.
The Horned Frogs will have three players compete in pre-qualifying singles, while Donika Bashota earned a spot in the qualifying singles draw. Two doubles pair earned entry in the pre-qualifying doubles draw, with the No. 18 pair of Seda Arantekin and Caroline Wegner taking part in the main draw of doubles.
"To have four singles players and three doubles teams represented in the first national championship of the year is great and what we want to consistently start having year in and year out,” head coach Lee Taylor Walker said. “It is certainly a great place to travel and compete and we will have a lot of fun, but unlike the last few years where just being in the tournament was a highlight, we are now prepared to do some damage and come away with several victories and possibly even a national championship.
“Seda (Arantekin) and Caroline (Wegner) earned a spot in the main draw, which means they are only four to five matches away from a national title. That is pretty special and something we want to take full advantage of. The other girls have some work to do, but are also very capable of putting a streak of matches together. The competition will be tough, but everyone here is good. Our preparation the last two weekends was very solid and we are all feeling confident about our level at the moment."
Last weekend, Wegner won two titles by taking the singles crown in Flight B at the Little Rock Invitational, while also capturing the doubles title with partner Arantekin. In singles action, Wegner posted wins over opponents from Arkansas, Kansas and West Virginia. The No. 18 ranked pair of Wegner and Arantekin also easily handled all three opponents in doubles to cruise to the crown.
Bashota and Olaya Garrido-Rivas were also in action at the Rice Invitational as the duo paired up for the first time this season to win the doubles title in Houston. The duo opened the weekend by upsetting the No. 27 ranked pair of Allie Michaud and Taylor Russo of Auburn, 6-3, before defeating a pair from Alabama and a final 7-5 victory over another Auburn duo to take the title. No. 57 Bashota also scored another ranked victory by downing No. 120 Julia O’Loughlin of Denver, 6-2, 6-2, in singles action.
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