Jan. 20, 2013
FORT WORTH – The TCU women’s tennis team opened the season Sunday with a 6-1 win over Nicholls State on a sunny and cool day at the Bayard H. Friedman Tennis Center.
No. 35-ranked TCU moved to 1-0 with the win, while Nicholls State dropped to 0-2. With the win, TCU won its season opener for the third-straight year.
The Horned Frogs took two of the three doubles matches to open the match when Federica Denti and Kelsey Sundaram got things going with a quick 8-1 win over Rachel Howie and Emma Pitre at No. 2 doubles.
Gabi Barbosa and Simona Parajova followed with an 8-5 win over Marie Aubert and Isla Brock at No. 3 doubles to put TCU ahead 1-0 in the match. Barbosa and Parajova won four of the last five games after falling behind early.
TCU jumped out to a fast start in singles, winning first sets on five of the six courts. Millie Nichols was the first Frog to finish, picking up a 6-1, 6-0 win over Pitre at No. 5 singles to make it 2-0 in favor of the home team.
Olivia Smith, slated at No. 3 in the singles lineup, followed with a 6-0, 6-0 blanking of Howie to push the Frog advantage to 3-0. Denti clinched the win for TCU when she finished off Brock, 6-0, 6-3 at No. 6 singles.
After the match was clinched for TCU, Stefanie Tan picked up a solid win over No. 119 Parija Maloo at No. 1 singles. Tan fought off four set points in a second-set tiebreaker for a 6-1, 7-6 (7) win.
At No. 2 singles, Parajova chipped in a 6-4, 7-5 win over Natalia Cardiff immediately following the conclusion of Tan’s match to polish off the 6-1 victory.
TCU returns to action Jan. 27 when Sam Houston State visits the Friedman Tennis Center. First serve is set for 10 a.m.
MATCH RESULTS – No. 35 TCU 6, Nicholls State 1
No. 1 – Stefanie Tan (TCU) def. #119 Parija Maloo (Nicholls State), 6-1, 7-6 (7)
No. 2 – Simona Parajova (TCU) def. Natalia Cardiff (Nicholls State), 6-4, 7-5
No. 3 – Olivia Smith (TCU) def. Rachel Howie (Nicholls State), 6-0, 6-0
No. 4 – Marie Aubert (Nicholls State) def. Monika Sirilova (TCU), 6-2, 6-2
No. 5 – Millie Nichols (TCU) def. Emma Pitre (Nicholls State), 6-1, 6-0
No. 6 – Federica Denti (TCU) def. Isla Brock (Nicholls State), 6-0, 6-3
No. 1 – Natalia Cardiff/Parija Maloo (Nicholls State) def. Millie Nichols/Olivia Smith (TCU), 8-4
No. 2 – Federica Denti/Kelsey Sundaram (TCU) def. Rachel Howie/Emma Pitre (Nicholls State), 8-1
No. 3 – Gabi Barbosa/Simona Parajova (TCU) def. Marie Aubert/Isla Brock (Nicholls State), 8-5
TCU 1-0, national ranking #35
Nicholls State 0-2
Order of finish: Singles (5,3,6,4,1,2) Doubles (2,3,1)