FORT WORTH, TEXAS (February 8, 2008) The No. 35 TCU women’s tennis team will kick off the season on Saturday against No. 25 Texas in Austin at the Penick-Allison Tennis Center at 12 p.m.
TCU returns four starters from last year’s squad, with seniors Andrea Morgado and Kewa Nichols, junior Anna Sydorska and sophomore Nina Munch-Soegaard. The Horned Frogs also have four new additions ready to contribute, including freshmen Maria Babanova, Idunn Hertzberg and Katariina Tuohimaa. Junior transfer Macall Harkins will see her first dual-match action in the Purple and White after missing last season due to eligibility rules.
Munch-Soegaard, last season’s Mountain West Conference Freshman of the Year, enters the 2008 season ranked No. 66, followed by Sydorska’s singles ranking of No. 80. Sydorska and Harkins also garnered a preseason doubles ranking of No. 18 after advancing to the semifinals at the ITA National Indoors in the fall.
The Longhorns are currently 1-1 on the season with a 6-1 win over Texas-San Antonio and a 4-3 loss to No. 19 Arizona State. The Texas duo of Marija Milic and Vanja Corovic are currently ranked No. 25 in doubles play.
Texas holds a commanding 20-4 lead in the overall series with TCU, which dates back to the 1979 season. The last time the two teams met was in the second round of the NCAA Regionals in Fort Worth in 2006, as TCU blanked the Longhorns 4-0 to punch its ticket to the Sweet 16.
Live stats for Saturday’s match will be available at Livestats.com