Women’s tennis team captures Mountain West Conference Championship


    TCU women’s tennis captured the 2012 Mountain West Conference Tournament title in San Diego, 4-2, against the San Diego State Aztecs.

    This is the fourth time TCU has won the Mountain West Tournament. They won previously in 2006, 2009 and 2010.

    Head coach Dave Borelli is in the Intercollegiate Women’s Tennis Hall of Fame and won two Mountain West Conference titles for the men’s and women’s teams.

    “Honestly, I just feel lucky. The kids I recruited stayed healthy, wanted to get better, and all had chemistry within the team,’’ Borelli said. “We have been fortunate that things have worked out the right way.”

    The women’s team won the Mountain West Conference regular season as well this year, which is the second time in program history; the first one was in 2006.

    “Last year we didn’t win regular season conference and we lost in the finals of the conference tournament, so it was great to come back and win it,” Gaby Mastromarino, senior captain said. “It was a perfect way to finish my career in the Mountain West.”

    The women had a solid start, winning the doubles point in a convincing fashion to go up 1-0. This gave TCU the momentum, and they cruised to a 3-1 lead.

    With TCU one point away from clinching the title, it appeared as if TCU was going to easily take the conference crown. However, San Diego State fought back with a win at line one, with Aztec Julia Wais defeating TCU’s Mountain West Conference freshman of the year Stephanie Tan.

    “We had a good start winning the doubles point. And then we got up 3-1,” Liv Smith, sophomore player said. “The match then got close, but we all believed that we could win and cheered Simona on.”

    With the match at 3-2, only freshman Simona Parajova and transfer Millie Nichols were on court. Both players’ matches went to third sets, but Parajova was able to clinch the match and the title, with a 6-0, 5-7, 6-4 victory.

    “It was a relief, our goal was to try to dominate the conference in our last year and we wanted to go out winning everything we could,” Borelli said.

    When the match ended, the women’s tennis team players went up to their coach and did some celebrating on his behalf.

    “He said if we won the match that he was going to let us paint his hair purple, and he is a man of his word,” Smith said. “We also got to pour ice water on him.

    TCU returns to the NCAA Women’s Tennis Championship on May 17 until May 28. The appearance is their eighth in the last nine years.