FORT WORTH, Texas – The No. 21 Horned Frog women’s tennis team dropped its match against No. 10 Miami by the score of 6-1 at the Bayard H. Friedman Tennis Center Sunday. TCU falls to 4-3 for the year, while the Hurricanes advance to 9-2.
After dropping the top doubles match, TCU needed to take two and three doubles to clinch the point. Sophomore Katariina Tuohimaa and freshman Kayla Duncan claimed the first two games against the Hurricanes’ pairing of Gabriela Mejia and Bianca Eichkorn, but would quickly lose their lead, 3-2. The TCU duo bounced back to win five-straight games and eventually take the match by a score of 8-5, leaving all eyes on the No. 2 court.
The Frogs fell in the opening three games, junior Nina Munch-Soegaard and sophomore Maria Babanova cut the lead to 3-2. Miami’s tandem of Alessa Waibel and Michaela Kissell would storm to take a 5-3 advantage, before the Frogs’ would earn six of the last seven games to clinch the doubles tally, 8-6.
In singles play, Miami found its rhythm and gained momentum throughout the afternoon to take all six matches. Munch-Soegaard claimed the first set, 6-3, before losing steam to Miami’s No. 20 Julia Cohen and dropping the final frames 6-1, 6-1. Harkins cam back to take her match into three sets against No. 34 Laura Vallverdu, but failed to seal the deal, falling by a score of 6-2, 4-6, 6-3.
TCU will hit the road this week to take on Texas Tech on Feb. 26 before returning home to host Alabama on Feb. 28.
No. 10 Miami 6, No. 21 TCU 1
1. No. 20 Julia Cohen (UMW) def. No. 6 Nina Munch-Soegaard
(TCU) 3-6, 6-1, 6-1
2. No. 34 Laura Vallverdu (UMW) def. No. 85 Macall Harkins
(TCU) 6-2, 4-6, 6-3
3. No. 60 Michaela Kissell (UMW) def. Katariina Tuohimaa
(TCU) 6-4, 6-2
4. No. 51 Bianca Eichkorn (UMW) def. Kayla Duncan
(TCU) 4-6, 7-5, 1-0 (11-9)
5. Gabriela Mejia (UMW) def. Gaby Mastromarino
(TCU) 6-0, 6-4
6. Claudia Wasilewski (UMW) def. Idunn Hertzberg
(TCU) 6-1, 7-5
1. Cohen/Vallverdu (UMW) def. No. 13 Harkins/Sydorska (TCU) 8-4
2. No. 53 Babanova/Munch-Soegaard (TCU) def. Waibel/Kissell (UMW) 8-6
3. Tuohimaa/Duncan (TCU) def. Mejia/Eichkorn (UMW) 8-5