FORT WORTH, Texas - The No. 26 TCU women's tennis team will welcome No. 19 Michigan to the Bernard "Tut" Bartzen Varsity Courts at the Bayard H. Friedman Tennis Center Sunday. The Wolverines will be the 10th ranked challenger for the Horned Frogs.
TCU (5-5) is returning home after a thrilling 4-3 win against No. 24 Texas A&M in College Station. SophomoreMaria Babanova clinched the match for TCU with a win from the third set tiebreaker at the No. 6 position, 7-6 (2), 6-7 (5), 7-6 (4). Freshman Kayla Duncan also had an enjoyable single victory, toppling No. 98 Morgan Frank from the No. 2 position, 4-6, 6-4, 6-1. The win marked Duncan's first career victory over a ranked opponent.
Michigan (5-4) stumbled against No. 5 Baylor Friday, dropping the match in Waco, Texas, 5-2. SeniorChisako Sugiyama is currently ranked 58th in singles action in the latest ITA rankings, registering an 8-4 record. Sugiyama and doubles partner Tania Mahtani are also listed as the 38th-best doubles combination in the country. Mahtani has also teamed up with Whitney Taney this season with the pairing earning a No. 68 ranking.
The Bayard H. Friedman Tennis Center has not been very friendly to the Wolverines in previous years, as TCU has won both matches at home against Michigan. The two teams have never faced each other outside of Fort Worth and Sunday's match marks the first meeting since 1990. The Frogs claimed the inaugural battle in 1984 and the last match-up in 1990 by the identical score of 7-2.