TCU Stays Unbeaten in Mountain West Play

April 1, 2012

LAS VEGAS – TCU’s women’s tennis team remained unbeaten in the Mountain West with a 4-3 win over UNLV on Sunday at the Rebels’ Fertitta Tennis Complex.

The No. 45-ranked Horned Frogs improved to 12-5 this spring and 4-0 in the MW while winning their fifth-straight match. UNLV, ranked No. 51 in the nation, fell to 12-8 and 2-2 in the league. The win keeps TCU alone in first place of the conference standings with just three matches remaining.

“It was all about finding a way to win in the wind,” TCU coach Dave Borelli said. “We said to find a way to win even if it was ugly and that was our team motto. Gabi Barbosa and Kelsey Sundaram came back from down 4-0 and fought back to win. Federica Denti was the key match in singles. She was down 3-1 and clawed back to win the match. It was great for her after losing that tough one against Florida State. It wasn’t about tennis, it was really rough and it was about competing and winning ugly. I’ll take a 4-3 win and get out of here with a win. It was the toughest match I’ve coached since I’ve been at TCU, without a doubt. I’m really proud of the team.”

TCU once again won the doubles point with wins at Nos. 2 and 3 doubles. Gaby Mastromarino and Simona Parajova continued their solid play and won their fifth-straight match in 8-1 fashion over Anett Ferenczi-Bako and Ella Bourchier. The Frog tandem is 11-1 this spring.

At No. 2 doubles, the Frogs used combatted the wind with Gabi Barbosa’s big serve for a 9-7 win over Lucia Batta and Manon de Lanlay. It clinched the key doubles point for TCU and put the Frogs ahead 1-0.

The bottom of TCU’s singles lineup provided the three other points on the day with Federica Denti and Barbosa winning three-set matches at Nos. 4 and 6, respectively. At No. 5 singles, Mastromarino picked up a 7-5, 6-3 win over Ferenczi-Bako for TCU’s lone straight-set triumph.

Denti won 6-1, 4-6, 6-3 over de Lanlay and Barbosa’s 0-6, 6-1, 6-3 bettering of Bourchier scored the other two points to clinch the match for TCU. In the all-time series, TCU evened the ledger to seven wins apiece with the Rebels.

TCU returns to action April 7 when it travels to Laramie, Wyo., to face Wyoming in another key Mountain West battle.

MATCH RESULTS – No. 45 TCU 4, No. 51 UNLV 3
1. #57 Lucia Batta (UNLV) def. #67 Stefanie Tan (TCU) 6-3, 6-0
2. Aleksandra Josifoska (UNLV) def. Olivia Smith (TCU) 6-1, 5-7, 6-2
3. Nives Pavlovic (UNLV) def. Simona Parajova (TCU) 6-1, 4-6, 6-4
4. Federica Denti (TCU) def. Manon de Lanlay (UNLV) 6-1, 4-6, 6-3
5. Gaby Mastromarino (TCU) def. Anett Ferenczi-Bako (UNLV) 7-5, 6-3
6. Gabi Barbosa (TCU) def. Ella Bourchier (UNLV) 0-6, 6-1, 6-3

1. Aleksandra Josifoska/Nives Pavlovic (UNLV) def. #79 Olivia Smith/Millie Nichols (TCU) 8-4
2. Kelsey Sundaram/Gabi Barbosa (TCU) def. Lucia Batta/Manon de Lanlay (UNLV) 9-7
3. Gaby Mastromarino/Simona Parajova (TCU) def. Anett Ferenczi-Bako/Ella Bourchier (UNLV) 8-1

TCU 12-5, 4-0 MW; National ranking #45
UNLV 12-8, 2-2 MW; National ranking #51
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