Shorthanded TCU Drops 4-3 Decision to North Texas
Feb. 9, 2012
FORT WORTH – Playing with a limited lineup, TCU’s women’s tennis team dropped a 4-3 decision to North Texas on Thursday afternoon at the Bayard H. Friedman Tennis Center.
With the loss, the second straight for the Horned Frogs, No. 44 TCU dropped to 3-2 on the year. The Mean Green improved to 4-3.
“We struggled after Millie had to default,” TCU coach Dave Borelli said. “Federica is banged up and couldn’t play singles and our No. 1 player is having to serve underhanded.” It’s hard when things like that happen. We still had match point to win it. It’s a long year and we’ve got regroup and hopefully play with a healthy team.”
With the team score tied at 3, all eyes turned toward senior Gaby Mastromarino and UNT’s Paula Dinuta at court No. 5. After Mastromarino won the first set 7-6 (4), Dinuta was able to strike back with a 6-2 win in the second set.
In set No. 3, Mastromarino broke early in the set to lead 3-2 and after Dinuta earned a break; Mastromarino broke back to lead 5-4 and serve for the match. Dinuta was able to fight off match point in the game and later forced a tiebreak, which she won 7-3 to give UNT the match win.
TCU won the doubles point to open the match for the third time this season with wins at Nos. 1 and 3 doubles. At No. 1, 31st-ranked Millie Nichols and Olivia Smith returned to their winning ways with an 8-4 dismissal of Kseniya Bardabush and Irina Paraschiv.
At No. 3 doubles, Mastromarino made her doubles debut and made an instant impact with freshman Simona Parajova. The Frog tandem rolled to an 8-5 win over Nadia Lee and Franziska Sprinkmeyer.
No. 5 singles player Federica Denti aggravated an injury during doubles play and was forced to sit out the singles competition, while Nichols was forced to retire early in the first set of her match at No. 4 singles. The latter knotted the match at 1.
Parajova put the Frogs back on top with her 6-2, 6-3 win at the expense of Lee on court No. 3, only to see North Texas tie the match with a win of its own at No. 1 singles.
No. 92-ranked Stefanie Tan brought TCU within a point of clinching the match when she made it 3-2 with a 6-4, 6-4 triumph over Valentina Starkova at No. 2 singles. The Mean Green then tied it at 3 with a win at No. 6 singles.
TCU returns to action Feb. 19 when it travels to Oklahoma for a matchup with a future Big 12 opponent.
Match Results – North Texas 4, TCU 3
1. Kseniya Bardabush (NT) def. #114 Olivia Smith (TCU) 6-2, 6-4
2. #92 Stefanie Tan (TCU) def. Valentina Starkova (NT) 6-4, 6-4
3. Simona Parajova (TCU) def. Nadia Lee (NT) 6-2, 6-3
4. Irina Paraschiv (NT) def. Millie Nichols (TCU) 3-2, retired
5. Paula Dinuta (NT) def. Gaby Mastromarino (TCU) 6-7 (4), 6-2, 7-6 (3)
6. Ilona Serchenko (NT) def. Kelsey Sundaram (TCU) 6-4, 6-3
1. #31 Millie Nichols/Olivia Smith (TCU) def. Kseniya Bardabush/Irina Paraschiv (NT) 8-4
2. Valentina Starkova/Barbora Vykydalova (NT) def. #57 Federica Denti/Kelsey Sundaram (TCU) 8-5
3. Gaby Mastromarino/Simona Parajova (TCU) def. Nadia Lee/Franziska Sprinkmeyer (NT) 8-5
North Texas 4-3
TCU 3-2; National ranking #44
Order of finish: Doubles (1,3,2); Singles (4,3,1,2,6,5)
Weather: 55F, Winds SSE 5-10 MPH