Women’s tennis to host Texas State

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    Junior Olivia Smith puts all her power into hitting a forehand. Smith will compete in the next TCU women's tennis match against Texas State Saturday afternoon.The TCU women’s tennis team hosts Texas State Saturday at 1 p.m. in the indoor facility at Bayard H. Friedman Tennis Center. The Lady Frogs were originally scheduled to host the Ohio Bobcats and Lamar Cardinals in a doubleheader, but because of potential bad weather, TCU’s match with Texas State was pushed back and moved indoors, TCU media relations said in an email Thursday. The Lady Frogs (1-0) will host Lamar Sunday at noon.

    Head coach Dave Borelli’s squad will be looking to stay perfect on the young season after beating Syracuse 6-1 in the season opener last Saturday at home.

    Juniors Federica Denti and Olivia Smith, sophomore Millie Nichols and freshman Simona Parajova all picked up straight set wins in singles action. Smith, ranked 114th nationally, did not lose a point, notching back-to-back, 6-0 victories to take the match.

    The Lady Frogs’ 31st-ranked tandem of Nichols and Smith won 8-2 in No. 1 doubles action.

    No. 1 singles player Stefanie Tan was the only Horned Frog to lose a match, dropping an overtime decision to Syracuse’s Emily Harman.

    Texas State head coach Tory Plunkett is a TCU graduate, earning All-American honors in 1988 and getting inducted into the TCU Letterman’s Hall of Fame in September.

    TCU entered the season ranked 51st in the country after returning seven players and finishing last year ranked 59th in the final Intercollegiate Tennis Association rankings.

    Borelli said the Frogs’ higher ranking is a sign of upward mobility, something he thinks will soon lead to an influx of higher-profile recruits.

    “Even as good of a coach as you are, it’s always hard when you’re not a very high-ranked team to get the (recruits) to look at you,” said Borelli, who won seven national championships from 1976-1988 as a coach at USC. “But now, after this year, with some success, I really think we’re going to be ranked a lot higher and do very well. We’ve had some great success in recruiting, but I think recruiting will come easier.”

    TCU vs. Texas State

    Day: Saturday
    Date: Jan. 28, 2012
    Location: Fort Worth, Texas
    Time: 1:00 p.m. CT
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