Friday, April 11, 2008


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,
7-5, 6-4
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

*Clinching point

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