TCU Duo Falls in NCAA Opening Round
May 25, 2012
ATHENS, Ga. – TCU duo Millie Nichols and Olivia Smith bowed out of the NCAA doubles championship Thursday with a tough defeat in the first round at Georgia's Dan McGill Tennis Complex.
The Horned Frog tandem fell behind early in the first set to drop it 6-2 to Virginia’s Emily Fraser and Lindsey Hardenbergh, the nation’s No. 18 doubles tandem.
Nichols and Smith, ranked No. 42 in the country entering the NCAA tournament, fought off three match points in the second set and forced a tiebreaker, but were unable to find enough momentum in the breaker to force a deciding third set.
Ultimately, the Cavalier duo claimed a 6-2, 7-6 (3) win to advance to the Round of 16 in the NCAA Championships.
“We got behind early in the first set, but I was proud of the girls for fighting off the match points in the second set,” TCU coach Dave Borelli said. “I would have liked to see what would have happened in the third set, but that Virginia team is very good and well coached.”
TCU’s tandem saw their season come to an end at 19-7 overall and an 11-4 mark during the spring. At one point in the spring, the pair was ranked as high as No. 31 in the nation before injuries forced them to take a month off as doubles partners.
During the fall season, the pair won the USTA/ITA Texas Regional Championships in their first competitive matches as partners. For their efforts, they qualified for the USTA/ITA National Indoor Intercollegiate Championships in Flushing, NY.
Since the NCAA began sponsoring women’s tennis in 1986, a doubles team has represented TCU on 11 different occasions. Nichols and Smith marked TCU’s seventh time in the last eight years to advance a doubles squad to the field of 32.