May 20, 2009
NCAA CHAMPIONSHIPS CENTRAL
COLLEGE STATION, Texas--TCU junior Nina Munch-Soegaard was eliminated from singles play at the NCAA Women's Division I Individual Championships Wednesday at Texas A&M's George P. Mitchell Tennis Center. The Frog All-American was making her first individual appearance in NCAA competition.
Munch-Soegaard, seeded 16th among the field, dropped a 6-4, 6-1 decision to No. 17 Laura Gioia of Furman during Round-of-64 action. The Amarillo, Texas, native earned the Mountain West Conference's automatic bid to the championships as the highest ranked singles player in the league. She garnered a top-16 seed in the tournament and All-America status after entering the week with an 18-8 overall record. She finished her season as the fourth singles All-American in TCU history, joining Nicole Leimbach (2006), Story Tweedie-Yates (2005) and Rene Simpson (1988).
“I can’t express enough how proud of Nina I am,” said head coach Jefferson Hammond. “For her to come back off of her injury after two months and help her team at conference and NCAAs really says a lot about her character.
“She worked so hard in rehabilitation that she deserved a much better result today than she got. Unfortunately, the pain has been too much the past two weeks for her to be able to prepare as much as she needed to compete at this event. As much as she wanted to practice, the doctors felt it was necessary for her to take a lot of time off these past few weeks. She gave a great effort today, and I’m sure after healing up this summer she will bring the same intensity her senior year.”
Munch-Soegaard enjoyed a successful junior season, capturing the Wilson/ITA Southwest Regional Singles Championship and advancing to the semifinals of the ITA National Intercollegiate Indoor Championship. The two-time Panhandle Sports Hall of Fame selection saw her biggest wins come against reigning NCAA Singles Champion No. 11 Amanda McDowell from Georgia Tech and No. 6 Fani Chifchieva from Auburn.
While Munch-Soegaard's elimination ended TCU's presence in the NCAA singles bracket, the Frogs still have an entry yet to play in doubles. Seniors Macall Harkins and Anna Sydorska, ranked 39th nationally, take on Florida's 25th-rated pairing of Jessica Alexander and Anastasia Revzina Thursday in the opening round in College Station. A win in the first round would give Sydorka sole possession of TCU's career doubles victories record, as she currently ranks tied with former Frog Lori Nelson with 105 career wins.
Fans looking to follow the action at the NCAA Championships will be able to find live results and video at Texas A&M's official athletics web site, AggieAthletics.com.