Women's Tennis Tops Texas A&M 4-1 in NCAA Regional Action
May 10, 2002
AUSTIN, Texas - The 31st-ranked TCU women's tennis team upset the 20th-ranked Texas A&M Aggies 4-1 in the first round of the NCAA Women's Tennis Regional Championship hosted by the University of Texas. The victory marks the Frogs' 11th consecutive win; a streak that began with their March 15 win over No. 26 Miami. TCU is now 21-4 for the season, while A&M finishes with a 23-6 mark.
The Frogs picked up the doubles point with wins by their No. 1 and No. 3 tandems. At No. 1, Paty Aburto and Rosa Perez fought back to defeat Jessica Roland and Ashley Hedberg in a tiebreaker, 9-8 (5). Saber Pierce and Leoni Weirich's match against Martina Nedorostova and Marjorie Terburgh at two doubles also went to a tiebreaker, but the Aggies came out on top 9-8 (0). Katrin Gaber and Karla Mancinas, playing No. 3, handily defeated Robyn Bassett and Danielle Lee 8-2.
In singles action, 116th-ranked Paty Aburto upset 87th-ranked Jessica Roland 6-2, 6-4 at No. 1. Katrin Gaber won the shortest singles match of the day as she allowed Olivia Karlikova to win only one game in the two-set match at No. 2 (6-1, 6-0). Karla Mancinas captured the third singles match for the Frogs as she topped Roberta Spencer 6-3, 4-6, 6-1 at No. 6. Ashley Hedberg's 6-1, 6-1 victory over Leoni Weirich was the only singles win for the Aggies.
"I thought the doubles set the tone," said head coach Roland Ingram. "Both teams respected each other enough that we knew it would be tough to win four out of six singles, so winning the doubles gave us a big advantage."
The Frogs will now face the winner of the Texas/UT-San Antonio match on Saturday, May 11 at 4:00 p.m. at the Penick-Allison Tennis Center.
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