TCU Steals Road Win At Texas A&M , 4-3
COLLEGE STATION, Texas - The TCU women's tennis team upended No. 24 Texas A&M Thursday by the score of 4-3 at the George P. Mitchell Tennis Center. The No. 26 Horned Frogs snapped their three-match losing skid, advancing to 5-5 for the season, and earning the second-straight win over the Aggies.
After quickly falling in No. 3 doubles, the 21st-ranked senior duo of Macall Harkins and Anna Sydorska brought the doubles tally to 1-1 after toppling TAMU's tandem of Janelle Cuthbertson and Stephanie Davidson, 8-2.
With the doubles point and an early 1-0 advantage in the match hanging in the balance, freshman Kayla Duncan and sophomore Katariina Tuohimaa gave no doubt with an 8-4 decision over the Aggies' pairing of Morgan Frank and Christi Liles.
"Once again the double point proved to be huge," TCU head coach Jefferson Hammond said. "It was nice to start the singles with that under our belt. I think winning the doubles point loosened us up just enough to get some firsts sets on some of the courts in singles."
"This is a match we will always remember. Texas A&M's players were classy as usual and it was a great college tennis match."
Although TCU garnered the doubles advantage going into singles action, the Frogs knew that they would have to keep their focus on the road against a tough opponent.
Texas A&M's Lauren Santacroce pounced on the Frogs' Idunn Hertzberg to begin singles play, 6-0, 6-2 from the No. 5 position. However, Tuohimaa would give TCU the 2-1 advantage by dismantling Cuthbertson 6-3, 6-2.
Liles would rebound for TAMU, taking TCU freshman Gaby Mastromarino into three sets. Mastromarino dropped the first set (6-0), but made the adjustments necessary to earn the second set (6-2). Playing in front of her home crowd, Liles would steal the final set by the score of 7-5, evening the match at 2-2.
The Aggies snagged their first lead of the match from the No. 1 position, as Elze Potgieter upset 89th-ranked Harkins in three sets, 3-6, 6-4, 6-2. With the 3-2 advantage, Duncan kept the Purple and White alive with an enormous comeback to defeat 98th-ranked Frank, 4-6, 6-4, 6-1.
With the match in her hands, sophomore Maria Babanova rode the excitement and momentum from Duncan's win to clinch the match in a tough battle against Ashley Turpin, 7-6 (2), 6-7 (5), 7-6 (4).
"This is the third time this season that the match has come down to a tiebreaker in the third set of the deciding match," Hammond said. "It was exciting to say the least, the Frogs fought hard across the board. Maria stepped up, kept the greatest attitude and brought it home for the Frogs."
The Frogs return home to host No. 19 Michigan at the Bayard H. Friedman Tennis Center Sunday. First serve is scheduled to go up at 11 a.m.
No. 26 TCU 4, No. 24 Texas A&M 3
1. Elzé Potgieter (A&M) def. No. 89 Macall Harkins (TCU), 3-6, 6-4, 6-2
2. Kayla Duncan (TCU) def. No. 98 Morgan Frank (A&M), 4-6, 6-4, 6-1
3. Katariina Tuohimaa (TCU) def. Janelle Cuthbertson (A&M), 6-3, 6-2
4. Christi Liles (A&M) def. Gaby Mastromarino (TCU), 6-0, 2-6, 7-5
5. Lauren Santacroce (A&M) def. Idunn Hertzberg (TCU), 6-0, 6-2
6. Maria Babanova (TCU) def. Ashley Turpin (A&M), 7-6 (2), 6-7 (5), 7-6 (4)
Order of Finish: 5, 3, 4, 1, 2, 6*
1. No. 21 Harkins/Sydorska (TCU) def. Cuthbertson/Davidson (A&M), 8-2
2. Duncan/Tuohimaa (TCU) def. Frank/Liles (A&M), 8-4
3. Olivier/Potgieter (A&M) def. Babanova/Mastromarino (TCU), 8-2
Order of Finish: 3, 1, 2