TCU Hosts Two; Can Win Outright Conference Title Saturday
April 13, 2012
FORT WORTH – The 38th-ranked TCU women’s tennis team closes the regular season this weekend with visits from New Mexico and Rice to the Bayard H. Friedman Tennis Center. Saturday’s match is a 10 a.m. start, while Sunday’s first serve is set for 2 p.m.
With a win over New Mexico (8-10, 1-5 Mountain West), TCU will win the outright regular season Mountain West championship for the third time and first since 2008. TCU (14-5, 6-0) is looking to complete its third undefeated season in MW play. TCU also accomplished the feat in 2006 and 2008.
TCU takes on No. 36-ranked Rice on Sunday, which is 13-6 this season and squares off with SMU on Saturday before coming to Fort Worth. The Horned Frogs are 4-3 this year against opponents from the state of Texas.
In the all-time series with New Mexico, TCU holds an 11-0 advantage, including a 7-0 dismantling a year ago. In the last four meetings between the schools, the Lobos have scored just one point. Against Rice, TCU has a 24-11 edge in the all-time ledger and has won the last 11 in the series.
TCU coach Dave Borelli, in his sixth season as the leader of the TCU women’s team, sits at 99 wins at TCU. A win in either match this weekend would allow him to join Roland Ingram as the only Frog women’s coaches to win 100 matches. Last weekend, Borelli earned his 400th win all time as a women’s coach.
Stefanie Tan is ranked No. 72 in this week’s ITA singles rankings and holds a 12-5 record this spring. In conference play, Gabi Barbosa and Gaby Mastromarino both have 4-0 singles records. Federica Denti and Olivia Smith are 5-1 against MW foes.
In doubles play, TCU has won the doubles point in its last seven matches, equating to match wins each time. Mastromarino and Simona Parajova have the team’s top mark at 13-1 and 6-0 in league matches. Millie Nichols and Smith are the nation’s No. 72-ranked tandem.
Rice boasts the 33rd-ranked doubles duo in the form of Dominique Harmath and Natalie Beazant. Beazant is ranked No. 46 in the ITA singles rankings.
TCU will honor Mastromarino, its lone senior before Sunday's match with Rice. In four years with the Frogs, Mastromarino has been to two NCAA tournaments and has racked up 110 combined wins.