ALBUQUERQUE, NEW MEXICO (April 11, 2008) The No. 24 TCU women’s tennis team won their ninth consecutive match on Friday to remain unbeaten in Mountain West Conference play with a 6-1 rout of No. 38 BYU at the Lobo Tennis Club. With the win, the Horned Frogs improved to 16-4 overall and 6-0 in MWC action.
“I’m excited to get the win against a really good BYU team today,” said TCU head coach Jefferson Hammond. “It’s a great start to a very tough weekend for us.”
TCU’s Maria Babanova and Nina Munch-Soegaard led off doubles play with an 8-4 win over Chie Hayasaka and Elie Carney at the No. 3 position. The freshman tandem of Idunn Hertzberg and Katariina Tuohimaa followed with an 8-3 rout of Dolly Chang and Kristina Doerr at the No. 2 spot to clinch the point, while the 12th-ranked TCU duo of Macall Harkins and Anna Sydorska completed the sweep with an 8-5 defeat of Jennifer Miccoli and Anastasia Surkova.
Tuohimaa would begin Friday’s impressive performances in singles play, shutting out Chang at the No. 4 spot by a score of 6-0, 6-0 for her team-leading 16th win this season.
Senior Kewa Nichols put the Frogs up 3-0 with a 6-3, 6-0 defeat of Elizaveta Ezhova at the No. 5 position, while Sydorska earned a 7-5, 6-0 win over Hayasaka at the No. 3 slot to clinch the match in the battle of unbeatens in league play.
Harkins remained hot in singles play, winning her 10th contest in the last 11 matches with a 3-6, 6-1, 6-3 victory over No. 87 Doerr at the No. 2 position.
Hertzberg rounded out the scoring for the Frogs, defeating Carney at the No. 6 spot by a score of 6-1, 4-6, 6-2.
The Frogs will meet No. 54 Utah on Saturday and will wrap up MWC regular season play with a Sunday contest against No. 55 New Mexico.
No. 24 TCU (16-4, 6-0) def. No. 38 BYU (13-8, 5-1), 6-1
1. No. 65 Anastasia Surkova (BYU) def. No. 63 Nina Munch-Soegaard (TCU) 4-6,
2. Macall Harkins (TCU) def. No. 87 Kristina Doerr (BYU) 3-6, 6-1, 6-3
3. No. 86 Anna Sydorska (TCU) def. Chie Hayasaka (BYU) 7-5, 6-0
4. Katariina Tuohimaa (TCU) def. Dolly Chang (BYU) 6-0, 6-0
5. Kewa Nichols (TCU) def. Elizaveta Ezhova (BYU) 6-3, 6-0
6. Idunn Hertzberg (TCU) def. Elie Carney (BYU) 6-1, 4-6, 6-2
Order of Finish: 4, 5, 3*, 2, 6, 1
1. No. 12 Harkins/Sydorska (TCU) def. Miccoli/Surkova (BYU) 8-5
2. Hertzberg/Tuohimaa (TCU) def. Chang/Doerr (BYU) 8-3
3. Babanova/Munch-Soegaard (TCU) def. Hayasaka/Carney (BYU) 8-4
Order of Finish: 3, 2*, 1