WVU Nearly Upends No. 27 TCU
MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – The West Virginia University women’s tennis team had its three-match win streak snapped by No. 27 TCU, as it was defeated, 4-3, at the Ridgeview Racquet Club. The match was the first Big 12 Conference match in program history.
“Our girls should feel pretty good about some of the things that happened today,” said coach Tina Samara. “We had a chance to upset one of the best teams in the Big 12 Conference this afternoon, but we did not seize that opportunity. We fought hard on each court. If we can play like this on Sunday, there’s no reason why we can’t go out and play tough against Baylor.”
The Horned Frogs (10-1) opened the match by quickly taking hold of the doubles point, as they were 8-4 victors at No. 2 doubles and 8-2 winners at No. 3 doubles. In addition, TCU won at No. 1 doubles, 8-7 (7-3), to sweep doubles play.
“Losing the doubles point in the fashion that we did hurt us,” Samara said. “We just weren’t competitive enough in doubles play, so that was part of it. If we had maybe pushed it closer, it may have helped us going into singles.”
After their earning of the doubles point, the Horned Frogs quickly extended their lead to 2-0, as No. 104 Simona Parajova defeated Hailey Barrett, 6-0, 6-2.
The Mountaineers, however, did not sit back on their laurels, as they were able to win three of the next four singles matches.
Emily Mathis earned her team-best 13th combined victory of the season, as she handled Federica Denti, 7-5, 6-1.
“Emily played well, and she was able to get out of the little slump that she has been in,” Samara said. “She hasn’t been feeling good about her game lately, but hopefully, this will help her get back in the proper mindset to continue winning matches.”
After a win by TCU at No. 3 singles, the Mountaineers’ Audrey Wooland earned the win of the day, as she upset No. 65 Stefanie Tan, 6-4, 4-6, 6-4. Following a split of the first two sets, Wooland was up 5-2 in the third. With the match on the line, Tan battled back to 5-4, but Wooland was able to close out the match for her fourth consecutive victory.
“Audrey did great today,” Samara said. “It was another three-set match for her. I know what she is capable of, so it is great to be able to see her do it today against a ranked opponent.”
WVU evened the match at three apiece, as Vivian Tsui earned her fifth singles win of the season. Tsui was a 6-3, 6-3 victor over Gabi Barbosa.
“Ever since the Marquette match three weeks ago, Vivian has been a different player,” Samara said. “She has been giving better effort, and I am very happy about that.”
With the match on the line, the Horned Frogs would get the better of the Mountaineers, as Monika Sirilova defeated Irinka Toidze, 6-1, 6-1.
“Playing on a four-court setup, matches are going to come down to Irinka and Vivian,” Samara said. “That is a tough situation for anyone to be in, let alone a freshman playing in her first Big 12 match. That match will be beneficial to her, though. She knows what she will have to continue to get better at moving forward.”
WVU returns to the court on Sunday, March 17, at 11 a.m., as they look to upend No. 36 Baylor at Ridgeview Racquet Club.
No. 1: Audrey Wooland (WVU) def. No. 65 Stefanie Tan (TCU), 6-4, 4-6, 6-4
No. 2: No. 104 Simona Parajova (TCU) def. Hailey Barrett (WVU), 6-0, 6-2
No. 3: Millie Nichols (TCU) def. Ikttesh Chahal (WVU), 6-4, 6-2
No. 4: Emily Mathis (WVU) def. Federica Denti (TCU) 7-5, 6-1
No. 5: Vivian Tsui (WVU) def. Gabi Barbosa (TCU), 6-3, 6-3
No. 6: Monika Sirilova (TCU) def. Irinka Toidze (WVU), 6-1, 6-1
Order of Finish: 2, 4, 3, 1, 5, 6
No. 1: Tan/Sundaram (TCU) def. Chahal/Barrett (WVU), 8-7 (7-3)
No. 2: Sirivlova/Parajova (TCU) def. Mathis/Wooland (WVU), 8-4
No. 3: Barbosa/Denti (TCU) def. Tsui/Toidze (WVU), 8-2
Order of Finish: 3, 2, 1
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