TCU Men Log Third-Straight Sweep vs TAMU-CC (TCU recap/box)

After tight doubles point, Horned Frogs rolled in singles

FORT WORTH – TCU’s men’s tennis team picked up its third-straight match sweep Wednesday evening with a 4-0 win over Texas A&M Corpus Christi inside the indoor facility of the Bayard H. Friedman Tennis Center.

The 67th-ranked Horned Frogs improved to 4-1 on the year, while Texas A&M Corpus Christi slipped to 0-3. Due to the impending late finish, the match was halted after the Frogs scored the clinching fourth point.

“We got on top and singles and never looked back,” TCU coach David Roditi said. “I really liked our blue-collar, gritty style in singles. Anytime you can play like that in singles, you’re going to be thrilled as a coach.”

The Frogs scored the doubles point in thrilling fashion, as TCU came from behind on each court, including Nos. 1 and 2, where the matches went to tiebreakers. Arnau Dachs and Orlando Superlano struck first for TCU, notching an 8-5 win over Guillaume Rauseo and Gergo Weidinger at No. 3 doubles.

Nick Chappell and Will Stein followed with the doubles-point clincher at No. 2 doubles, grabbing a thrilling 8-7 (6) win over Andrew Maingot and Matt Westmoreland. Max Stevens and JT Sundling added an 8-7 (1) win at the expense of Odon Barta and Peter Nagy.

After taking the 1-0 lead, TCU quickly brought things to an end with three singles wins. Dachs was the first to finish for TCU once again, notching a 6-0, 6-1 win over Westmoreland at No. 2 singles.

Sundling followed with a 6-2, 6-2 triumph over Rocardo Mayagoitia, while Superlano finished off the 4-0 win with a 6-2, 6-2 win of his own against Rauseo at No. 4 singles. The remaining three matches, which TCU led, were all called to a halt.

TCU turns its sights toward No. 16 Texas A&M, who visits the Friedman Tennis Center on Saturday. First serve is set for 1 p.m.

“We need a big, loud crowd for Saturday’s match,” Roditi said. “If a TCU student ever wanted to come to a tennis match, this is the one. It’s going to be a great atmosphere and two good teams going at it. We’re excited for Saturday.”

MATCH RESULTS – No. 67 TCU 4, Texas A&M Corpus Christi 0
SINGLES
No. 1 – Nick Chappell (TCU) vs. Peter Nagy (TXAMCC), 6-3, 1-0, unfinished
No. 2 – Arnau Dachs (TCU) def. Matt Westmoreland (TXAMCC), 6-0, 6-1
No. 3 – Facundo Lugones vs. Gergo Weidinger (TXAMCC), 6-3, 4-2, unfinished
No. 4 – Orlando Superlano (TCU) def. Guillaume Rauseo (TXAMCC), 6-2, 6-2
No. 5 – JT Sundling (TCU) def. Rocardo Mayagoitia (TXAMCC), 6-2, 6-2
No. 6 – Rodolfo Bustamante (TCU) vs. Pietro Jordao (TXAMCC), 3-0, unfinished

DOUBLES
No. 1 – Max Stevens/JT Sundling (TCU) def. Odon Barta/Peter Nagy (TXAMCC), 8-7 (1)
No. 2 – Nick Chappell/Will Stein (TCU) def. Andrew Maingot/Matt Westmoreland (TXAMCC), 8-7 (6)
No. 3 – Arnau Dachs/Orlando Superlano (TCU) def. Guillaume Rauseo/Gergo Weidinger (TXAMCC), 8-5

MATCH NOTES
TCU 4-1; National ranking #67
Texas A&M Corpus Christi 0-3
Order of finish: Singles (2,5,4,U,U,U); Doubles (3,2,1)
Match played indoors
Attendance: 320

Aggie Women Add Match Vs. Sam Houston

COLLEGE STATION – Texas A&M women’s tennis has added a match to its home schedule and will play host to Sam Houston State, Monday, Feb. 25, at 3 p.m. at the George P. Mitchell Tennis Center.

The Aggies will be on the road, playing at the ITA National Team Indoor Championship, Feb. 8-11 in Charlottesville, Va., and then playing at Michigan, Feb. 16, before returning home to host the Bearkats on Feb. 25.

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A season pass for covered courtside seating in the Phil and Dee Springer Family Stadium Club is only $125, and it is good for all men’s AND women’s regular season home matches. Stadium Club seating is not sold on an individual match basis and is available only to those who purchase the season ticket.

Individual match prices for general admission are $7 for adults and $4 for youth (high school and under) and for A&M students without an all-sport ticket option.

Children under 2 years old are admitted free in general admission. In addition, Junior Aggie Club members receive free general admission to all regular season home matches by showing their membership card at the main entrance.

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Rice’s Harmath Wins C-USA Women’s Tennis Athlete of the Week

Dominique Harmath has been named the Conference USA Women’s Tennis Athlete of the Week in recognition of her unbeaten performance during the ITA Kickoff Weekend in Waco, Texas.

Harmath won both of her singles matches over the weekend, including her first career win over a player ranked in the top 50 as she had a hand in three of the Owls’ four points in close losses to 21st ranked Texas Tech and 36th ranked Florida State.

She defeated Tech’s Kenna Kilgo 6-0, 7-6 on Saturday then downed Florida State’s 48th ranked Mia Vriens 6-4, 6-4 on Sunday. She teamed with Natalie Beazant for a win in doubles vs. Florida State to help the Owls take a 1-0 lead in the match.

Harmath earned All C-USA honors in both singles and doubles in 2012 while she and Beazant were named the outstanding doubles team of the 2012 C-USA Championship. The pair went onto qualify for the NCAA Championship and win the first doubles match for the Owls in NCAA play in school history.

The Owls will be back on the road this weekend when they travel north to Oklahoma for a pair of matches. They will face the Oklahoma Sooners in Norman on Saturday at noon and then move north to Tulsa to open Conference USA play on Sunday with a 10 a.m. match.

No. 11 Texas women top Utah, 4-1, advances to ITA National Team Indoors (UT recap/box)

Longhorns regroup after doubles play and run off four singles wins to earn a berth in the ITA National Team Indoor Championships.

AUSTIN, Texas – No. 11 Texas (2-0) yielded the doubles point but overpowered No. 34 Utah in doubles play, as the Longhorns scored a 4-1 win Sunday in the finalmatch of the ITA Kick-Off Weekend event. The win gives Texas a berth in the annual ITA National Team Indoor Championship at The University of Virginia (Feb. 8-11).

Utah won two of three doubles matches to take the doubles point. The Utes’ 23rd-ranked tandem of Tereza Bekerova and Paige Miles led off with an 8-2 win over UT’s Breaunna Addison and Noel Scott at first doubles. The Longhorns’ Elizabeth Begley and Aeriel Ellis responded and posted an 8-3 win over Utah’s Elena Najera-Salas and Natasha Smith at the second slot, leaving the third doubles match to decide the doubles point.

At five-all, Utah’s Callie Craig and Sarah Pham broke the serve of UT’s Lina Padegimaite and Annat Rabinovich to take a 6-5 lead at No. 3 doubles. The Utah tandem held serve the rest of the way and claimed an 8-6 win that sealed the doubles point for the Utes.

Texas, however, struck quickly to even the tally and ultimately claim the team victory. Begley blanked Utah’s Lucia Kovarcikova in the first set at fourth singles and went on to claim a 6-0, 6-2 victory to even the match at one. Tied at three in the opening set at fifth singles, UT’s Padegimaite took the final three games off of Utah’s Miles to take the first set, 6-3. Padegimaite yielded nothing further and took the second set, 6-0 to stake Texas to a 2-0 lead.

Addison held a 5-2 opening-set lead on Utah’s 103rd-ranked Pham at second singles before Pham closed to within 5-4. But, Addison broke Pham in the ensuing game to claim the set, 6-4. Addison overpowered Pham and took the second set, 6-0 to improve to 5-0 in her young Texas career and give the Horns a 3-1 lead.

Moments later, Scottprovided the final point to close out the victory. The Californian trailed Utah’s 123rd-ranked Craig 4-1 in the first set at third singles before taking the next three games and evening the set at four. Scott broke Craig’s serve for a 5-4 lead and held serve to close out the first set. Scott opened the second set by breaking Craig once more, and she powered her way to a 6-2 win to provide the match-clinching point for the Longhorns. The remaining two matches were suspended.

Wichita State defeated Stephen F. Austin by a 4-2 count in the day’s consolation round match. UT earned its place in the championship round of the ITA Kick-Off Weekend event with its win Saturday over Wichita State.

Texas returns to the ITA National Team Indoors next month after posting a 1-2 mark in the event lastseason. The Horns closed the 2012 event by defeating Clemson in consolation play.

No. 11 Texas 4, No. 34 Utah 1
ITA Kick-Off Weekend
Penick-Allison Tennis Center – Austin, Texas
Doubles – Order of Finish: 1, 2, 3,
1 #23 Tereza Bekerova/Paige Miles (Utah) def. Breaunna Addison/Noel Scott (Texas) – 8-2
2 Elizabeth Begley/Aeriel Ellis (Texas) def. Elena Najera-Salas/Natasha Smith (Utah) – 8-3
3 Callie Craig/Sarah Pham (Utah) def. Lina Padegimaite/Annat Rabinovich (Texas)

Singles – Order of Finish: 4, 5, 2, 3
1 Aeriel Ellis (Texas) vs. #72 Tereza Bekerova (Utah) – 6-0, 5-5, susp.
2 Breaunna Addison (Texas) def. #103 Sarah Pham (Utah) – 6-4, 6-0
3 #79 Noel Scott (Texas) def. #123 Callie Craig (Utah) – 6-4, 6-2
4 Elizabeth Begley (Texas) def. Lucia Kovarcikova (Utah) – 6-0, 6-2
5 Lina Padegimaite (Texas) def. Paige Miles (Utah) – 6-3, 6-0
6 Lana Groenvynck (Texas) vs. Natasha Smith (Utah) – 6-7, 0-1, susp.

POST-MATCH COMMENTS
Texas head coach Patty Fendick-McCain
On the slow start to the match: We started off a little slowly with the doubles. I think sitting around a lot yesterday (due to weather) maybe had an impact on how quickly we were ready to start off. But we’re going to have a few things to chat about with the doubles and then we will move forward next week with some of that.

On singles play: As far as singles went, I thought it went exactly as we scripted it. At No. 1, 2, and 3, we were really tough up top. We’ve probably got the top top-three players in the country up at No. 1, 2, and 3. We’re a little slim on a few sides but I think we’re going to see that change. [Elizabeth] Begley’s down at No. 4 and she’s (tough as) nails as always. Lina [Padegimaite] is finding her form and our freshman Lana Groenvynck at No. 6 is grinding away. So, I’m happy with the result. The Utes are a tough team. They snuck a few (wins) in on Texas Tech last year so we were definitely concerned about them. I thought we stood up well to the challenge today.

On sophomore Noel Scott clinching the win at No. 3 singles: Well, Noel wasn’t feeling too well yesterday so it was nice to see her get into the lineup today and get a match under her belt. Once she got the taste of doubles out of her mouth she did just fine and righted the ship and played well. She clinched the match for us, so that was really nice for her.

On preparing for the ITA National Team Indoors: We need to get a little rest now. It’s been a lot of tennis the past two weekends. We’ll take a breather and talk about a few things we need to work on.

Junior Elizabeth Begley
On her win: I thought everyone came back really nicely after losing the doubles point. Every one of us was focused on getting a singles point after the doubles.

On the impact of the wins this weekend: It sets us up for the rest of the season. We’ll continue to be ranked in the top 16, but it helps so much more to go to the National Team Indoors with a pair of wins.

Texas A&M Women Advance to National Indoors with 4-0 Victory over Arizona (TAMU recap/box, Minn-North Texas box)

COLLEGE STATION – The 13th-ranked Texas A&M women’s tennis team punched its ticket to the ITA National Team Indoor Championships with a 4-0 victory over No. 30 Arizona in the championship match of the ITA Kick-Off Weekend today at the George P. Mitchell Tennis Center.

The Aggies (2-0) handed Arizona (3-1) its first loss of the season to advance and join 14 other Kick-Off Weekend winners and host Virginia at the prestigious tournament, Feb. 8-11 at the Boar’s Head Sports Club in Charlottesville, Va.

“More than anything I’m really excited for the girls on the team, for Mark (Weaver, Texas A&M assistant coach) and interestingly enough for myself, because none of us have ever made it to the round of 16 of the National Indoors,” A&M second-year head coach Howard Joffe said. “Even though it is super early in the season, it is a nice achievement and it is something to enjoy a little bit.”

A&M, which picks up its first-ever victory over the Wildcats in the four-match all-time series, will be making its first trip to the National Team Indoors since 2005, four years before the ITA Kick-Off Weekend was created to serve as a qualifier, mimicking the NCAA Championship first and second rounds.

The Aggies, who lost the doubles point in the season opener against North Texas on Saturday, won two of three doubles matches to take an early 1-0 lead against the Wildcats. Senior Cristina Sanchez-Quintanar and freshman Ines Deheza gave A&M the early advantage, cruising to an 8-1 victory over Shayne Austin and Lacey Smyth at the No. 2 line. Arizona would even the race for the doubles point as Akilah James and Susan McRann won seven consecutive games to top seniors Wen Sun and Nazari Urbina, 8-3, at the No. 3 position.

Freshman Stefania Hristov and junior Cristina Stancu, whose No. 7 national doubles ranking is the highest in Texas A&M history, clinched the point to give the Aggies the lead, pulling away for an 8-4 victory over Inge Hendrikx and Kim Stubbe at the No. 1 line.

“Our girls definitely played with more passion and energy in the doubles today,” Joffe said. “I don’t know that we played a ton better but certainly with a little bit more focus and commitment.”

After a close start in singles, A&M won the first set on five of six courts to continue to build on its momentum.

“The matches were sort of all hotly contested, but when one looked at the scoreboards, we sort of were winning five out of the six matches or won them very, very handedly,” Joffe said. “It does speak to the depth of our team.”

Stancu, ranked 45th in the nation in singles, broke serve to take a 4-3 first-set lead against Stubbe at the No. 2 court. It was all the junior transfer from Maryland needed as she went on to win the set, 6-4. Stancu then raced to a 6-0 second-set win to give the Aggies a 2-0 lead.

Sanchez-Quintanar, whose No. 3 singles ranking is the highest in A&M history, got a break to put her match against Smyth back on serve at 2-2 at No. 1. Sanchez-Quintanar then won the next four games to win the set. She went on to take the second set, 6-1, to put A&M ahead, 3-0.

Hristov, who put A&M on the scoreboard and was first off in the Aggies’ season-opening 4-1 victory against North Texas on Saturday, closed out today’s victory. After winning the first set, 6-1, against Austin at No. 6, the freshman found herself down a break, 5-4, in the second set. Hristov fought back to take a 6-5 lead and was at match point before Austin fought back and tied the set at 6-6 to force a tiebreaker. Hristov held a narrow 4-3 lead in the tiebreaker before winning three of the next four points to clinch the victory.

Deheza held a 6-4, 5-1 lead over McRann at No. 5, and Urbina also was leading Laura Oldham, 6-2, 3-1 at No. 3 when play was stopped. James was the only player to pick up a first-set win for the Wildcats and was leading 82nd-ranked Sun, 6-1, 5-2, when Hristov clinched the A&M victory.

“It was a hard-fought win, and I’m very pleased with the results,” Joffe said. “Now we’ll get a day or two off and then get back to work to see if we can prepare to take on some of the stalwart, big-name schools at the University of Virginia in two weeks.”

Other teams that have qualified for National Indoors as of press time are No. 8 North Carolina, No. 9 Miami, No. 11 Texas, No. 12 Virginia, No. 14 Northwestern, No. 16 Michigan and No. 17 Nebraska. For complete/updated results from other sites, go to http://bit.ly/10WxBII

In the College Station consolation match earlier in the day, No. 54 North Texas rebounded from its season-opening loss to the Aggies and upended No. 41 Minnesota, 4-3.

No. 13 Texas A&M 4, No. 30 Arizona 0
ITA Kick-Off Weekend (Championship)
January 27, 2013
George P. Mitchell Tennis Center
College Station, Texas

Singles
1. (#3) Cristina Sanchez-Quintanar (TAMU) def. Lacey Smyth (UA), 6-2, 6-1
2. (#45) Cristina Stancu (TAMU) def. Kim Stubbe (UA), 6-4, 6-0
3. Nazari Urbina (TAMU) vs. Laura Oldham (UA) 6-2, 3-1 unfinished
4. (#82) Wen Sun (TAMU) vs. Akilah James (UA), 1-6, 2-5 unfinished
5. Ines Deheza (TAMU) vs. Susan McRann (UA), 6-4, 5-1 unfinished
6. Stefania Hristov (TAMU) def. Shayne Austin (UA), 6-2, 7-6 (4)

Doubles (Texas A&M wins the point)
1. (#7) Hristov/Stancu (TAMU) def. Inge Hendrikx/Stubbe (UA), 8-4
2. Sanchez-Quintanar/I. Deheza (TAMU) def. Austin/Smyth (UA), 8-1
3. James/McRann (UA) def. Sun/Urbina (TAMU), 8-3

Order of finish
Doubles: 2, 3, 1
Singles: 2, 1, 6
Team records
Texas A&M: 2-0
Arizona: 3-1

No. 54 North Texas 4, No. 41 Minnesota 3
ITA Kick-Off Weekend (Consolation)
January 27, 2013
George P. Mitchell Tennis Center
College Station, Texas

1. Kseniya Bardabush (UNT) def. Natallia Pintusava (UM), 6-4, 6-3
2. Barbora Vykydalova (UNT) def. Tereza Brichacova (UM), 4-6, 6-4, 6-4
3. Valentina Starkova (UNT) def. Yuliana Umanets (UM), 6-2, 6-3
4. Aria Lambert (UM) def. Franziska Sprinkmeyer (UNT), 6-2, 6-3
5. Jessika Mozia (UM) def. Ilona Serchenko (UNT), 7-6 (8), 7-6 (2)
6. Alexa Palen (UM) def. Dane Joubert (UNT), 6-1, 6-2

Doubles (North Texas wins the point)
1. Bardabush/Sprinkmeyer (UNT) def. Brichacova/Pintusava (UM), 8-3
2. Doran Muravnik/Palen (UM) vs. Starkova/Vykydalova (UNT), 6-5, unfinished
3. Joubert/Serchenko (UNT) def. Mozia/Umanets (UM), 8-5

Order of finish
Doubles: 1, 3
Singles: 6, 3, 1, 4, 5, 2

Team Records
Minnesota: 2-2
North Texas: 1-1

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Florida State Rallies Past Rice Women (Rice recap/box)

Road trip to Oklahoma up next

Florida State used the depth of its four nationally-ranked singles players to overcome a tight loss in doubles and down Rice 4-2 in the consolation match of the ITA Kickoff Weekend at the Hurd Tennis Center on the campus of Baylor University in Waco on Sunday.

“Matches like this are always gutting to lose, however, our team showed a ton of heart and character today,” Rice head coach Elizabeth Schmidt said. “We will get back to work on the practice court this week and the experience we gained this weekend will aide us in the long run.”

Coming off a tough loss to 21st ranked Texas Tech on Saturday, Schmidt knew her 29th ranked Owls were headed for a tough draw in the consolation match. Heading into the Baylor Regional, Schmidt had said the lineup might have been one of the toughest in the country.

The Seminoles had dropped a 4-2 decision to Baylor on Friday after having to default both a doubles and single match due to injury.

Rice reversed its fortune from Saturday, capturing the doubles point thanks to wins at 1&2. Natalie Beazant and Dominique Harmath rebounded from a loss on Saturday win 8-4 while Stephanie Nguyen and Katie Gater used a late service break to take an 8-6 win at 2 and give the owls a 1-0 lead.

However the Seminoles came back to take a 3-1 lead with wins at 1, 4 and 6. The Owls won the first set on the other three courts, setting the stage for an extended battle that lasted nearly four hours.

Harmath cut the margin to 3-2 with a straight set win over 48th ranked Mia Vriens, the first of her dual career against a top 50 player. But Rice could not maintain the needed momentum of first set wins at 3 and 5 and FSU clinched the match with a three set win at 3.

Rice will be back on the road next weekend and will again face a pair of nationally ranked opponents. They will face Oklahoma on Saturday at noon in Norman and then move on to face 24th ranked Tulsa at 10 a.m. on Sunday.

Rice vs Florida State University
1/27/2013 at Waco, Texas
(Hurd Tennis Center)

#36 Florida State Univerisity 4, #29 Rice 2
Singles competition
1. #37 Borthwick, Daneika (FSU) def. #50 Natalie Beazant (RICE) 6-4, 6-3
2. Dominique Harmath (RICE) def. #48 Vriens, Mia (FSU) 6-4, 6-4
3. #73 Segarelli, Francesca (FSU) def. Katie Gater (RICE) 5-7, 7-6 (8-6), 6-1
4. #100 Sargeant, Amy (FSU) def. Kimberly Anicete (RICE) 6-0, 6-1
5. Cartwright, Kerrie (FSU) vs. Solomiya Zinko (RICE) 3-6, 6-2, 5-5, unfinished
6. Schleich, Kristina (FSU) def. Daniela Trigo (RICE) 6-4, 6-1

Doubles competition
1. #56 Natalie Beazant/Dominique Harmath (RICE) def. Borthwick, Daneika/Vriens, Mia (FSU) 8-4
2. Stephanie Nguyen/Katie Gater (RICE) def. Sargeant, Amy/Cartwright, Kerrie (FSU) 8-6
3. Schleich, Kristina/Segarelli, Francesca (FSU) def. Solomiya Zinko/Kimberly Anicete (RICE) 8-3

Match Notes:
Rice 2-2; National ranking #29
Florida State Univerisity 3-1; National ranking #36
Order of finish: Doubles (1,3,2); Singles (4,6,1,2,3)

Ustundag notches first dual win as Rice sweeps UTPA (Rice recap)

Owls Even Record with Sunday Sweep

The Rice men’s tennis team bounced back from a pair of rough opening week losses to present head coach Efe Ustundag with his first career dual coaching victories by sweeping Lamar and Texas-Pan American by identical 7-0 scores on Sunday.

“I hadn’t thought about it until someone mentioned it to me,” Ustundag. “For me I thought the really big one was the first match (vs. Texas Tech). But it felt good, but that was more because we played very well in both matches.”

Ustundag had been pleased by the way his team had attacked practice during the week after the two losses to top 30 teams to open the year.

We addressed a lot of the issues that we struggled with last weekend in practice this week,” Ustundag noted. “I felt we had shown improvement from the Tech match when we played Mississippi State, even if they score didn’t seem to indicate it. “

Any questions he might have had about whether the practices would transfer into the dual action were quickly answered as the Owls broke sharply against Lamar in the day’s first match. They captured the doubles point with wins at 2 and 3 and carried that momentum over into singles, racing to straight set wins in all six singles matches.

Freshman Gustavo Gonzalez made his Rice dual debut a successful one, teaming with junior Philipp Seifert to clinch the doubles point with a win at 3, then added a 6-1, 6-1 win at No. 6 singles. Fellow freshmen Tommy Bennett and Adam Gustafsson provided the first doubles win and added singles wins as well.

In the second half of the doubleheader, the Owls had to shake off some early lethargy to face a strong challenge in doubles by the Broncos. Bennett and Gustafsson fought back from early trouble to win at 2, but UTPA struck back with a win at 1 to leave it up to Gonzalez and Seifert to clinch their second consecutive doubles point of the day. After trailing 7-6, the pair forced a tiebreak, then grabbed the point with a 7-1 in the deciding game.

The doubles effort by the Broncos forced the Owls to regain their focus and they responded with a fast start that was only slowed by an afternoon rain shower that forced the match to be suspended and moved indoors at the Downtown Club at the Met.

Once indoors, the Owls picked up where they left off, racing to straight set wins in all six matches.

“What we wanted to get out of this weekend was taking the next step and continuing the improvement we showed vs. Mississippi State,” Ustundag said. “Winning both matches 7-0 was really the only way to go about it as we prepare for Miami next weekend and for the rest of the year. “

The 0wls will hit the road for the first time in 2013 next weekend when they travel to Coral Gables, Florida to face the University of Miami next Sunday. They will be back on the Jake Hess courts on February 7 when they welcome Texas A&M to campus.

Baylor Women Storm Past Texas Tech, 4-3 (Baylor recap/box)

BU clinches second-straight win over a top-40 opponent.For more information contact: Sean Doerre, 254-640-4613, Sean_Doerre@baylor.edu

WACO – For an eighth straight season, the Baylor women’s tennis team will be heading to the ITA National Team Indoor Championships, after capturing a 4-3 victory over 21st-ranked Texas Tech on Sunday at the Hurd Tennis Center

Trailing 3-1 in the match, the 15th-ranked Lady Bears (3-0) were on the cusp of not making the event for the first time since 2005. However, Baylor rolled off three-straight singles wins to keep the streak alive and stun the Lady Raiders (2-1).

“I love the way we competed today,” head coach Joey Scrivano said. “This team is showing they care and that they want to win bad. Our team had a lot of adversity today, but then to find a way to come out of it is the signature of a great team.”

The win coupled with Saturday’s victory over No. 36 Florida State propels Baylor to the 16-team ITA National Team Indoor Championships, which will be held Feb. 8-11, in Charlottesville, Va.

BU dug an early hole by dropping the doubles point for the first time this season. Baylor’s No. 2 duo of Jordaan Sanford and Kiah Generette faltered against 33rd-ranked Nikki Sanders and Rashmi Teltumbde, 8-2. TTU locked up the point as Samantha Adams and Kenna Kilgo handed Ema Burgic and Victoria Kisialeva their first loss of the season, 8-3, at the No. 1 spot.

“I wish we would have played better in the doubles,” Scrivano said. “We just did not play well on the bigger points. We have to get better.”

The 16th-ranked Burgic was quick to make up for the doubles loss as she rolled to a 6-2, 6-0 win over the 49th-ranked Adams at the No. 1 position to start singles play.

“Ema is very capable of playing at an elite level,” Scrivano said. “When she gets on track and has a clear vision of the way she has to play, she can beat anybody in the country. I was proud of the way she played today and made adjustments all weekend.”

From there Texas Tech would claim the next two points to put the Lady Bears on the brink of defeat. Alex Leatu was beaten by Sanders, 6-1, 6-4, while Kisialeva fell 6-4, 6-3 to Sandra Dynka at the No. 6 and 5 positions, respectively.

Sanford would start Baylor’s long climb back as she posted a 7-5, 6-3 victory at the No. 3 spot over Teltumbde.

When Sanford’s match wrapped, Generette was just starting a third-set vs. Elizabeth Ullathorne at the No. 4 spot and Megan Horter was down 4-2 in the second-set, after winning the first, 7-6 (0) vs. Kenna Kilgo at the No. 2 position.

Horter would go on to lose the second-set, 6-3, but she rebounded and reeled off a 6-2 victory in the third set to square the match at three points apiece.

Meanwhile, Generette was in a heated battle in the third set. She fell behind 3-1, before breaking the TTU senior and then holding and then breaking her again for a 4-3. However, Ullathorne answered right back with a break and a hold of her own for a 5-4 advantage. From that point, the Baylor freshman won the next three games to clinch her match and the victory for BU.

“Kiah did her job to a whole new level today,” Scrivano said. “She focused on her match and was in her own world. She just focused on what she had control over and got a huge win.”

BU has now hosted the ITA Kick-Off Weekend in five straight years and has advanced out of the four-team qualifying pod each season.

The Lady Bears are now 21-11 all-time vs. the Lady Raiders and have won 11 of the last 12 meetings.

Baylor will now head out for its first road match of the season. BU will meet No. 4 Florida at 1 p.m. on Feb. 2 in Gainesville, Fla.

To stay up-to-date with the team all season long follow @BaylorWTennis on Twitter.

Tennis Match Results
Texas Tech vs Baylor
Jan 27, 2013 at Waco, Texas (Hurd Tennis Center)
#15 Baylor 4, #21 Texas Tech 3
1. #16 Ema Burgic (BU) def. #49 Samantha Adams (TT) 6-2, 6-0 2. Megan Horter (BU) def. Kenna Kilgo (TT) 7-6 (7-0), 3-6, 6-2
3. Jordaan Sanford (BU) def. Rashmi Teltumbde (TT) 7-5, 6-3
4. Kiah Generette (BU) def. Elizabeth Ullathorne (TT) 3-6, 6-3, 7-5 5. Sandra Dynka (TT) def. Victoria Kisialeva (BU) 6-4, 6-3
6. Nikki Sanders (TT) def. Alex Leatu (BU) 6-1, 6-4

1. Samantha Adams/Kenna Kilgo (TT) def. Ema Burgic/Victoria Kisialeva (BU) 8-3
2. #33 Nikki Sanders/Rashmi Teltumbde (TT) def. Jordaan Sanford/Kiah Generette (BU) 8-2
3. Alex Leatu/Megan Horter (BU) vs. Elizabeth Ullathorne/Caroline Starck (TT) 5-6, unfinished

Match Notes:
Texas Tech 2-1; National ranking #21
Baylor 3-0; National ranking #15
Order of finish: Doubles (2,1); Singles (1,6,5,3,2,4)

TCU Women Edge Sam Houston State, 4-3 (TCU recap/box)

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
SINGLES
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

DOUBLES
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

MATCH NOTES
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)

Texas A&M Defeats North Texas, 4-1, in Season Opener (TAMU recap/box); (Minn/Ariz box)

NOTICE: Start time of Sunday’s championship match between No. 13 Texas A&M and No. 30 Arizona has been changed to 12:30 p.m.

COLLEGE STATION – The 13th-ranked Texas A&M women’s tennis team defeated No. 54 North Texas, 4-1, in both team’s season opener and in the first round of the ITA Kick-Off Weekend today at the George P. Mitchell Tennis Center.

The Aggies advance to the championship match Sunday to take on No. 30 Arizona with an invitation to the ITA National Team Indoor Championships at stake. The start time of the match has been changed to 12:30 p.m. The Wildcats defeated No. 41 Minnesota, 4-2, in other first-round action earlier in the day. The Gophers and Mean Green will meet in the consolation match Sunday at 10 a.m.

Texas A&M won the first doubles match to be completed as the seventh-ranked duo of Stefani Hristov and Cristina Stancu won four of the last five games to pull away from a 4-4 tie and defeat Kseniya Bardabush and Franziska Sprinkmeyer, 8-5, at the No. 1 line.

It would be the only doubles victory for the Aggies as North Texas’ Valentina Starkova and Barbora Vykydalova overcame a 4-1 deficit to defeat A&M’s Cristina Sanchez-Quintanar and Ines Deheza, 8-6, at the No. 2 position. The Mean Green then clinched the point to take a 1-0 lead as Dane Jobert and Ilona Serchenko pulled away from a 5-5 tie and defeated A&M’s Wen Sun and Nazari Urbina, 8-5, at No. 3.

“Certainly losing the doubles point to North Texas would count for an inauspicious start to the season for us at one level,” A&M second year head coach Howard Joffe said. “At another level, you’ve got to give North Texas kids all the credit. They played with no pressure and they took calculated, good risks. I definitely think our group had plenty of chances, but we were perhaps tentative and timid while the North Texas kids executed and played very, very well.

“Obviously the doubles point was a very difficult start. That said, one of the things I have to recognize as the coach is that we do have five new people on the team, two who have been here a weekend. So figuring out the best doubles combinations is realistically going to take some time. I was certainly disappointed for our kids but not disappointed in them in the doubles.”

The North Texas lead was short lived as Hristov, a freshman from Romania, raced to a 6-1, 6-1 victory over Joubert at No. 6 singles to put the Aggies on the board.

“With Hristov, every box was checked: attitude, movement, execution, viciousness,” Joffe said. “Just in the context of the match, it was nice to not be down 1-0 for very long with Hristov winning points so quickly.”

Sanchez-Quintanar, whose No. 3 singles ranking is the highest in Texas A&M history, gave the Aggies the lead after completing a 6-2, 6-2 victory over Bardabush at the No. 1 line. Stancu then quickly put A&M ahead, 3-1, winning eight consecutive games en route to a 6-0, 6-4 win over Vykydalova at No. 2.

Deheza, a freshman who joined the team earlier this month, secured the Aggies’ winning point in her A&M dual match debut, defeating Serchenko, 6-2, 6-2, at the No. 5 line. Sun held a 6-2, 4-1 lead over Sprinkmeyer at No. 4 and Urbina held a 5-2 second-set lead after dropping the first set, 6-3, against Starkova when the matches were stopped following Deheza’s match, which secured the Aggies’ 4-1 victory.

“Of course the question gets asked of what sort of group character do we have when we lose the doubles point at home,” Joffe said. “Certainly we came back as vicious and nasty as one could expect. Ines Deheza clinched the match for us for her first match as a freshman. It was great to see her out playing well and fighting hard and coping with the pressure. Also Cristina Stancu played particularly well at No. 2 against a good player.”

The Aggies, who won their 14th consecutive meeting against the Mean Green to improve to 14-2 in the all-time series, now aim for a victory over Arizona to earn their first trip to the National Team Indoor Championships since the ITA Kick-Off Weekend began five years ago. The Wildcats own a 3-0 record in the all-time series against the Aggies, including a 5-2 victory in the most recent meeting on March 1, 2002, in College Station.

“Arizona definitely will present challenges for us, but I think today’s match will have a little bit of a settling influence on us,” Joffe added. “It was our first dual match, and I think our kids are very, very excited for the opportunity to compete for the big prize, which is to get to go to the National Indoors. I expect it to be hotly contested. I expect it to be difficult, but I also expect our girls to acquit themselves even better than they did today.”

Free live video and scoring of the Arizona-Texas A&M match and live scoring only of the North Texas-Minnesota match will be available at AggieAthletics.com. Fans also can keep up to date with the A&M women’s tennis team on Twitter by following @AggieWTEN or on Facebook at: http://www.facebook.com/?ref=tn_tnmn#!/pages/Aggie-Womens-Tennis/143874782434654

No. 3 Texas A&M 4, No. 54 North Texas 1
ITA Kick-Off Weekend (First Round)
January 26, 2013
George P. Mitchell Tennis Center
College Station, Texas

Singles
1. (#3) Cristina Sanchez-Quintanar (TAMU) def. Kseniya Bardabush (UNT), 6-2, 6-2
2. (#45) Cristina Stancu (TAMU) def. Barbora Vykydalova (UNT), 6-0, 6-4
3. Nazari Urbina (TAMU) vs. Valentina Starkova (UNT), 3-6, 5-2, unfinished
4. (#82) Wen Sun (TAMU) vs. Franziska Sprinkmeyer (UNT), 6-2, 4-1, unfinished
5. Ines Deheza (TAMU) def. Ilona Serchenko (UNT), 6-2, 6-2
6. Stefania Hristov (TAMU) def. Dane Joubert (UNT), 6-1, 6-1

Doubles (North Texas wins the point)
1. (#7) Hristov/Stancu (TAMU) def. Bardabush/Sprinkmeyer (UNT), 8-5
2. Starkova/Vykydalova (UNT) def. Sanchez-Quintanar/I. Deheza (TAMU), 8-6
3. Joubert/Serchenko (UNT) def. Sun/Urbina (TAMU), 8-5

Order of finish
Doubles: 1, 2, 3
Singles: 6, 1, 2, 5
Team records
Texas A&M: 1-0
North Texas: 0-1

No. 30 Arizona 4, No. 41 Minnesota 2
ITA Kick-Off Weekend (First Round)
January 26, 2013
George P. Mitchell Tennis Center
College Station, Texas

1. Lacey Smyth (UA) def. Natallia Pintusava (UM), 6-4, 2-6, 6-3
2. Kim Stubbe (UA) def. Tereza Brichacova (UM), 6-2, 6-0
3. Laura Oldham (UA) vs. Yuliana Umanets (UM), 6-4, 6-7 (3) 1-1, unfinished
4. Aria Lambert (UM) def. Akilah James (UA), 1-6, 7-6 (5), 6-3
5. Susan McRann (UA) def. Jessika Mozia (UM), 6-7 (3), 6-2, 7-5
6. Shayne Austin (UA) def. Doron Muravnik, 7-6 (5), 6-4

Doubles (Minnesota wins the point)
1. Brichacova/Pintusava (UM) def. Inge Hendrikx/Stubbe (UA), 8-7 (9)
2. Muravnik/Palen (UM) def. Austin/Smyth (UA), 8-7 (4)
3. James/McRann (UA) def. Mozia/Ulmanets (UM), 8-2

Order of finish
Doubles: 3, 2, 1
Singles: 2, 6, 1, 4, 5

Team Records
Arizona: 3-0
Minnesota: 2-1

Tickets:
Season and individual match tickets to all Texas A&M regular season home tennis matches can be purchased online anytime at 12thManFoundation.com, or during business hours at the Athletic Ticket Office located in The Zone at Kyle Field or by calling the ticket office at 1-888-99-AGGIE or 979-845-2311. Tickets also will be available for purchase on game days at the Mitchell Tennis Center beginning one hour before match time.

A season pass for covered courtside seating in the Phil and Dee Springer Family Stadium Club is only $125, and it is good for all men’s AND women’s regular season home matches. Stadium Club seating is not sold on an individual match basis and is available only to those who purchase the season ticket.

Individual match prices for general admission are $7 for adults and $4 for youth (high school and under) and for A&M students without an all-sport ticket option.

Children under 2 years old are admitted free in general admission. In addition, Junior Aggie Club members receive free general admission to all regular season home matches by showing their membership card at the main entrance.

Tickets for groups of 20 or more are only $3 per person and can be purchased in advance online at 12thManFoundation.com or by contacting the ticket office at 1-888-99-AGGIE.