March 9, 2013
FORT WORTH – TCU’s women’s tennis team claimed a 6-0 win over Wichita State on Saturday at the indoor facility of the Bayard H. Friedman Tennis Center.
The 19th-ranked Horned Frogs improved to 9-1 on the year and won their sixth-straight match. Wichita State slipped to 5-8. TCU has won all five of the matchup all-time between it and the Shockers.
“After not playing very well at UTA on Wednesday, I thought today was the best we’ve played all year,” TCU coach Dave Borelli said. “That’s the way a top-20 team is supposed to play. We’re still a long way from a top-20 team, but that was good tennis today.”
Only singles were played in the match due to time constraints and TCU rolled to straight-set wins in the five matches that were played best-of-three tiebreak sets. The match at court six was played as a pro set.
Millie Nichols scored TCU’s first point with a 6-0, 6-2 dismantling of Satjaporn Mahajaroenkul at No. 4 singles. No. 50-ranked Olivia Smith improved to 9-0 on the year when she took care of Lucia Kovalova, 6-2, 6-2 at No. 2 singles to give TCU a 2-0 lead.
No. 54 Stefanie Tan made it 3-0 in favor of the home team, grabbing a 6-2, 6-1 win at the expense of Rebecca Pedrazzi on the top singles court. No. 95-ranked Simona Parajova clinched the match for TCU with a 6-3, 6-1 win over Julia Schiller at No. 3 singles.
After the match was clinched, Federica Denti added a 6-4, 6-4 win over Montse Blosco at No. 5 singles, while Kelsey Sundaram was an 8-1 winner over Veronika Blaskova in a pro set at No. 6 singles.
TCU returns to action March 15 when it travels to West Virginia for its inaugural Big 12 match. It is the first of six-straight road matches for the Horned Frogs.
No. 19 TCU 6, Wichita State 0
No. 1 – #54 Stefanie Tan (TCU) def. Rebecca Pedrazzi (WSU), 6-2, 6-1
No. 2 – #50 Olivia Smith (TCU) def. Lucia Kovalova (WSU), 6-2, 6-1
No. 3 – #95 Simona Parajova (TCU) def. Julia Schiller (WSU), 6-3, 6-1
No. 4 – Millie Nichols (TCU) def. Satjaporn Mahajaroenkul (WSU), 6-0, 6-2
No. 5 – Federica Denti (TCU) def. Montse Blosco Fernandez (WSU), 6-4, 6-4
No. 6 – Kelsey Sundaram (TCU) def. Summer Schlotterback (WSU), 8-1
TCU 9-1; National ranking #19
Wichita State 5-8
Order of finish: Singles (4,2,1,3,5,6); Doubles (N/A)