Frogs Drop Close Decision at Florida State

March 21, 2012

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – TCU’s women’s tennis team dropped a tight decision Wednesday, falling 5-2 to Florida State at the Scott Speicher Tennis Center.

Singles were contested first and the No. 40 Seminoles (7-6) won four matches to clinch the team race before the doubles play. TCU dropped to 7-5 on the season and fell in its second-straight match before opening conference play this weekend.

“It was tough today, real tough,” TCU coach Dave Borelli said. “The last two years we haven’t been a great program and now that we’re better and have more expectations, we’re not handling them very well. We need to relax and play not to lose, because all it takes is one good win and things can change quickly. I know how things in tennis can change, so we’re still working to accomplish our goals. We aren’t handling the expectations very well right now, but that can change with a couple of wins. I’m not losing confidence because our goals are still out there.”

After FSU won at Nos. 3 and 6 to jump out to a 2-0 lead, TCU’s freshmen at the top of the lineup evened the score for the Horned Frogs. Stefanie Tan scored the first point, picking up a 6-3, 6-0 decision at No. 1 singles.

It was the fifth-straight win for the Bishan, Singapore, native on the top court. Simona Parajova added the second point for the Frogs when she grabbed a 6-4, 6-2 win over Mia Vriens at No. 2 singles.

The Seminoles made it 3-2 with a win at No. 4 singles as the match between TCU’s Federica Denti and Ruth Seaborne at No. 5 headed for a third set. Denti rolled out to a 5-0 lead in the third set, but could not muster another win as Seaborne came back for a 4-6, 6-3, 7-5 triumph to score the clinching point for FSU.

With the match clinched, TCU used out-of-the-ordinary combinations at Nos. 1 and 2 doubles, but were able to pick up a win at the third court. Gaby Mastromarino and Parajova improved to 6-1 this spring with an 8-4 win over Casey Simmons and Vriens.

TCU opens its final season of Mountain West action Saturday when it faces Air Force in Albuquerque, N.M. First serve is set for 10 a.m.

Match Results – #40 Florida State 4, #39 TCU 2
No. 1 – Stefanie Tan (TCU) def. Leyla Erkan (FSU), 6-3, 6-0
No. 2 – Simona Parajova (TCU) def. Mia Vriens, 6-4, 6-2
No. 3 – Francesca Segarelli (FSU) def. Olivia Smith (TCU), 6-1, 6-2
No. 4 – Carolina De los Santos (FSU) def. Millie Nichols (TCU), 6-3, 6-0
No. 5 – Ruth Seaborne (FSU) def. Federica Denti (TCU), 4-6, 6-3, 7-5
No. 6 – Amy Sargeant (FSU) def. Gaby Mastromarino (TCU), 6-1, 6-1

No. 1 – Ruth Seaborne/Francesa Segarelli (FSU) def. Gabi Barbosa/Olivia Smith (TCU), 8-6
No. 2 – Leyla Erkan/Amy Sargeant (FSU) def. Kelsey Sundaram/Stefanie Tan (TCU), 8-4
No. 3 – Gaby Mastromarino/Simona Parajova (TCU) def. Casey Simmons/Mia Vriens (FSU), 8-4

Florida State 7-6; National ranking #40
TCU 7-5; National ranking #39
Order of Finish: Singles (3,6,1,2,4,5); Doubles (3,1,2)
Singles were played first due to the threat of weather