ATLANTA, Ga. - The No. 25 TCU women's tennis team dropped a 5-2 decision to No. 8 Georgia Tech Saturday at the ITA National Indoor Qualifier at the Bill Moore Tennis Center. The Frogs drop to 1-2 on the year, while the back-to-back ITA National Indoor Team champions advance to 2-0.
"I was incredibly impressed in the way Georgia Tech’s players handled the pressure we put on them today," said TCU head coach Jefferson Hammond. "It explains why they are one of the top-10 teams in the country. They played with poise, they were mentally strong and they are obviously very talented and well coached.”
In doubles action, the Yellow Jackets earned the point after taking the first two matches. The No. 4 tandem of Amanda McDowell and Irina Falconi stormed through TCU’s 11th-ranked duo of Macall Harkins and Anna Sydorska, 8-3. The Frogs would also fall in the No. 2 position, as freshman Gaby Mastromarino and junior Nina Munch-Soegaard were topped by the Georgia Tech pairing of Christy Striplin and Noelle Hickey, 8-5.
After beginning singles play with a straight-set loss at the No. 3 position, Munch-Soegaard and McDowell battled through three tough sets before a winner was found at the top position. After falling down 0-2 in the final set, No. 12 Munch-Soegaard stormed to a 4-2 lead and eventually won the set and the match, 6-3, 2-6, 6-4. The Amarillo, Texas native has now defeated the reigning NCAA Singles Champion in back-to-back meetings, as she also toppled No. 11 McDowell in November at the ITA National Indoor Championships.
Freshman Kayla Duncan also went to a third set in her match, falling to Sasha Krupina, 5-7, 6-4, 6-3, despite coming back from being down 4-1 in the first set. Falconi sealed the win for the Yellow Jackets with her singles victory over Harkins in three sets, 6-3, 3-6, 7-5.
Sophomore Katariina Tuohimaa won her second-straight singles match from the No. 4 position, upsetting No. 57 Hickey, 7-6, 7-5.
“I’m proud of the effort our team showed today,” Hammond said. “Despite coming up short, I feel like we are getting stronger in areas that will really help us throughout the season.”
TCU will return to action on Sunday at 9 a.m. to play No. 20 Florida State.
No. 8 Georgia Tech 5, No. 25 TCU 2
1. #12 Nina Munch-Soegaard (TCU) def. #11 Amanda McDowell (GT) 6-3, 2-6, 6-4
2. #23 Irina Falconi (GT) def. #49 Macall Harkins (TCU) 6-3, 3-6, 7-5
3. #27 Christy Striplin (GT) def. Anna Sydorska (TCU) 6-2, 6-0
4. Katariina Tuohimaa (TCU) def. #57 Noelle Hickey (GT) 7-6, 7-5
5. Sasha Krupina (GT) def. Kayla Duncan (TCU) 5-7, 6-4, 6-3
6. Viet Ha Ngo (GT) def. Idunn Hertzberg (TCU) 6-1, 7-5
Order of Finish: 3,1,5,2*,4,6
1. #4 Amanda McDowell/Irina Falconi (GT) def. #16 Macall Harkins/Anna Sydorska (TCU) 8-3
2. Christy Striplin/Noelle Hickey (GT) def. Gaby Mastromarino/Nina Munch-Soegaard (TCU) 8-5
3. Katariina Tuohimaa/Kayla Duncan (TCU) vs. Sasha Krupina/Hillary Davis (GT) 5-5 (DNF)
Order of Finish: 1, 2*, 3