TCU Wins Again; Drops Houston 4-0
Horned Frogs continue play at Rice tomorrow
TCU’s women’s tennis team continued its run of solid play with a 4-0 win over Houston on Saturday at Houston Country Club.
The 33rd-ranked Horned Frogs improved to 12-1 with the win and won ninth-straight match. The Cougars slipped to 12-6 on the year with the loss. TCU also improved to 29-7 all-time in matches against Houston.
TCU won the doubles point to open the match but not without a stiff test from Houston. The Cougars struck first at No. 3 doubles, but TCU’s No. 2 duo of Federica Denti and Kelsey Sundaram returned the favor with an 8-5 win over Elena Kordolaimi and Jo Garvey.
Houston put up a good fight against TCU’s No. 1 duo of Millie Nichols and Olivia Smith, but the 42nd-ranked Frogs duo was able to dismiss Charlotte Phillips and Rocio Martin Fernandez, 8-6, to take a 1-0 lead in the match.
No. 65-ranked Stefanie Tan wasted no time making it a 2-0 TCU lead with her 6-1, 6-2 win over Kordolaimi at No. 1 singles. Monika Sirilova followed with her third-straight singles win, a 6-1, 6-0 triumph over Dionne Sanders to make TCU’s lead 3-0.
No. 104 Simona Parajova clinched the Frog match win with her 6-1, 6-4 downing of Fernandez at No. 4 singles. It was the fifth-straight win for the sophomore from Zvolen, Slovakia and ran her spring mark to 10-3.
The remaining three singles matches were called to a halt after TCU clinched the win with the Nichols and Denti leading by a set at Nos. 4 and 5 singles, respectively. No. 79-ranked Smith was in a third set at No. 2 singles.
TCU returns to action Sunday when it faces Rice. First serve is set for 11 a.m. from the Owls’ Jake Hess Tennis Stadium.
The University of Houston women’s tennis team dropped the first of two matches to ranked opponents this weekend in a 4-0 loss to No. 33 TCU on Saturday afternoon at Houston Country Club.
With the loss, Houston drops to 12-6 overall while TCU improves to 12-1 on the season.
“Although we lost the overall point, that was some of the best doubles we have played all year and definitely the most aggressively we have played,” head coach Patrick Sullivan said. “TCU is a very tough team that plays great doubles and just had a little more than we did when those top two matches were on the line.
“In the singles we looked good in a few spots and others we just didn’t quite have enough today,” Sullivan continued. “These are the kinds of matches we need as a program and though it’s a tough result, you have to play great teams in order to beat great teams. We’re fortunate to have a chance to turn right back around and play another top-ranked team in William & Mary. One of our best qualities as a team is how we rebound from losses and I’m looking forward to seeing how we respond tomorrow.”
Celia Fraser and Maja Kazimieruk led off a very competitive doubles round with an 8-4 victory over TCU’s Sirilova and Parajova at the No. 3 position, notching their 11th-straight win to improve to 13-2 together this spring.
At the time of Houston’s opening doubles win, the Cougar duo of Rocio Martin Fernandez and Charlotte Phillips were tied 6-6 with the nation’s 42nd-ranked tandem of Smith and Nichols, while Jo Garvey and Elena Kordolaimi trailed by just one (6-5) at the No. 2 position, but neither team would win another game as TCU claimed the opening point.
TCU acted quickly in singles play, posting straight-set victories at the No. 1, No. 3 and No. 6 positions to clinch the match.
After falling 6-0 in the first set to No. 79 Olivia Smith, Fraser battled back with a 6-3 win in the second set and was tied 1-1 in the third set when the match was called.
The Cougars return to action at 11 a.m., on Sunday against No. 44 William &Mary at Houston Country Club, located at 1 Potomac Drive.
MATCH RESULTS – #33 TCU 4, Houston 0
No. 1 – #65 Stefanie Tan (TCU) def. Elena Kordolaimi (UH), 6-1, 6-2
No. 2 – #79 Olivia Smith (TCU) vs. Celia Fraser (UH), 6-0, 3-6, 1-1, unfinished
No. 3 – #104 Simona Parajova (TCU) def. Rocio Martin Fernandez (UH), 6-1, 6-4
No. 4 – Millie Nichols (TCU) vs. Maja Kazimieruk (UH), 7-5, 3-2, unfinished
No. 5 – Federica Denti (TCU) vs. Charlotte Phillips (UH), 6-2, 3-0, unfinished
No. 6 – Monika Sirilova (TCU) def. Dionne Sanders (UH), 6-1, 6-0
No. 1 – #42 Millie Nichols/Olivia Smith (TCU) def. Charlotte Phillips/Rocio Martin Fernandez (UH), 8-6
No. 2 – Federica Denti/Kelsey Sundaram (TCU) def. Elena Kordolaimi/Jo Garvey, 8-5
No. 3 – Celia Fraser/Maja Kazimieruk (UH) def. Simona Parajova/Monika Sirilova (TCU), 8-4
TCU 12-1; National ranking #33
Order of finish: Singles (1,6,3); Doubles (3,2,1)