Horned Frogs return to action Friday
FORT WORTH – TCU’s women’s tennis team picked up a 4-3 win Sunday over Sam Houston State at the Bayard H. Friedman Tennis Center.
With the win, the No. 37-ranked Horned Frogs improved to 2-0 on the year, while SHSU slipped to 0-2. TCU has won all three of the meetings between the two programs all-time.
“I thought we played really well in the doubles,” TCU coach Dave Borelli said. “A couple of the kids struggled in the singles and I was surprised but it’s a long year and we’ll keep getting better. The positive was in the doubles. I was very happy with that. Sam Houston State played well in the singles, so you’ve got to give them credit.”
TCU got things going with a sweep of the doubles matches, as Gabi Barbosa and Simona Parajova were first to win, dropped Imke Jagau and Kayla Stevenson, 8-2 at No. 3 doubles. Federica Denti and Kelsey Sundaram clinched the doubles point with an 8-3 win over Sheridan Currie and Natalie Petaia.
With the point clinched, TCU’s top tandem of Millie Nichols and Olivia Smith added an exclamation point, scoring an 8-4 win at the expense of SHSU’s Nadia Dubyanskaya and Tanya Postnikova.
Parajova quickly made it 2-0 in favor of the Frogs with a 6-1, 6-0 win over Jagau at No. 1 singles. Smith followed suit to push the TCU lead to 3-0 with her 6-1, 6-1 triumph over Petaia at the third singles court.
After SHSU got on the board, Nichols put the match away for TCU with her 6-3, 6-2 win over Maddie Mortimore at No. 4 singles. SHSU’s remaining two wins came with the match already clinched for the Frogs.
TCU returns to action Feb. 1 when Old Dominion visits the Friedman Tennis Center. First serve is set for 2 p.m.
No. 37 TCU 4, Sam Houston State 3
No. 1 – Simona Parajova (TCU) def. Imke Jagau (SHSU), 6-1, 6-0
No. 2 – Sheridan Currie (SHSU) def. Gabi Barbosa (TCU), 7-6 (6), 1-6, 1-0 (7)
No. 3 – Olivia Smith (TCU) def. Natalie Petaia (SHSU), 6-1, 6-1
No. 4 – Millie Nichols (TCU) def. Maddie Mortimore (SHSU), 6-3, 6-2
No. 5 – Tanya Postnikova (SHSU) def. Monika Sirilova (TCU), 6-4, 7-6 (1)
No. 6 – Kayla Stevenson (SHSU) def. Molly Welsh (TCU), 6-0, 6-4
No. 1 – Millie Nichols/Olivia Smith (TCU) def. Nadia Dubyanskaya/Tanya Postnikova (SHSU), 8-4
No. 2 – Federica Denti/Kelsey Sundaram (TCU) def. Sheridan Currie/Natalie Petaia (SHSU), 8-3
No. 3 – Gabi Barbosa/Simona Parajova (TCU) def. Imke Jagua/Kayla Stevenson (SHSU), 8-2
TCU 2-0, National ranking #37
Sam Houston State 0-2
Order of finish: Singles (1,3,6,4,5,2); Doubles (3,2,1)