Women’s tennis starts off strong in Big 12 play

0
360
Print Article


TCU women’s tennis jumped out to a perfect start in conference play for the first time since the 2014-2015 season with wins over Baylor, Iowa State and West Virginia.

This is the third time in program history that TCU has started 3-0 in Big 12 play. Texas Tech and Oklahoma State are also currently undefeated, sitting at 2-0 in conference play.

The Frogs kicked off conference play with a victory over rival Baylor, who sat at No. 50 in the Oracle/Intercollegiate Tennis Association rankings (ITA). Not only was this TCU’s first road win of the season, but it also their first win in Waco since 2013.

A key to the Frogs’ success in March has been their ability to lock down the doubles point in all three matches. Ellie Douglas and Aleksa Cveticanin rank at No. 41 in the Oracle/ITA poll, and the duo earned its fifth straight victory with a 6-0 win on the top court over West Virginia.

“Ellie and Aleksa are a great one-two punch, and I’ll put them up against anybody,” coach Lee Walker said after the match.

First-year Mercedes Aristegui secured another singles win in the West Virginia match. Aristegui continues to lead the team with 14 singles wins on the season.

TCU’s biggest challenge came from the Iowa State Cyclones, who secured three first set wins. Five of the six courts went three sets, but the Frogs climbed back and secured the match win with Douglas’ 5-7,6-1,7-6(2) victory on the top court.

Even though TCU was favored over the Cyclones, Walker said that the team needs to bring passion and motivation to each match regardless of the opponent.

“If we remain hungry and humble down the stretch, we are going to be extremely tough to deal with,” Walker said.

The team continues its five-game homestand against Dartmouth at 3 p.m. Wednesday on the Bernard J. ‘Tut’ Bartzen Varsity Courts.