LUBBOCK, Texas – The TCU women’s tennis squad dropped a heartbreaker at the hands of Texas Tech Thursday, falling by the score of 4-3 at the McLeod Tennis Center.
“It was a great battle today,” TCU head coach Jefferson Hammond said. “We fought really hard, took a 3-1 lead, and still fought really hard but just came up short. Texas Tech played a nice match.”
The Frogs (4-4) the match off on the wrong foot, as the Red Raiders swept through doubles action. The No. 13 doubles tandem of Macall Harkins and Anna Sydorska struggled from the No. 1 position, falling, 8-4, to Texas Tech’s duo of Van Der Drift/Garland, while Kayla Duncan and Katariina Tuohimaa fell in the No. 2 spot to Peanna/Potgieter by a score of 8-6 to clinch the doubles point.
Sophomore Idunn Hertzberg put TCU on the scoreboard, opening singles action with a 6-1, 6-2 victory over Peana, moving to 3-2 for the season. Harkins, ranked No. 85 in singles, followed with a three-set win from the No. 1 position, 6-2, 2-6, 6-4, to give the Frogs a 2-1 advantage.
Duncan rebounded after a rough first set from the No. 3 position to allow TCU to pull away to a 3-1 lead by defeating Simone Templeton, 2-6, 6-2, 6-2. The newcomer from Winston-Salem, N.C., is now 4-2 in single in her inaugural campaign.
Sitting one point away from their fifth victory of the season and second-straight road win, TCU crumbled. The Frogs dropped the final three matches from the Nos. 2, 4 and 6 courts, including two in tiebreakers.
The Frogs will return home Saturday to host Alabama at Noon at the Bayard H. Friedman Tennis Center.
Texas Tech 4, No. 21 TCU 3
1. No. 85 Macall Harkins
(TCU) def. Sam van der Drift (TTU) 6-2, 2-6, 6-4
2. Kelsy Garland (TTU) def. Katariina Tuohimaa
(TCU) 2-6, 7-5, 6-4
3. Kayla Duncan
(TCU) def. Simone Templeton (TTU) 2-6, 6-2, 6-2
4. Natalie Leitch (TTU) def. Anna Sydorska
(TCU) 6-2, 7-6 (5)
5. Idunn Hertzberg
(TCU) def. Stefanie Peana (TTU) 6-1, 6-2
6. Kerryn Potgieter (TTU) def. Maria Babanova
(TCU) 6-4, 6-7, 7-6 (5)
Order of Finish: 5,1,3,4,2,6*
1. Sam van der Drift/Kelsy Garland (TTU) def. No. 13 Macall Harkins/Anna Sydorska (TCU) 8-4
2. Stefanie Peana/Kerryn Potgieter (TTU) def. Katariina Tuohimaa/Kayla Duncan (TCU) 8-6
3. Natalie Leitch/Simone Templeton (TTU) def. Maria Babanova/Idunn Hertzberg (TCU) 9-8 (7-5)
Order of Finish: 1,2*,3