Women’s tennis ends losing streak with victory over Mustangs

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    The No. 41 TCU women’s tennis team (4-5, 0-0 Big 12) ended a five match losing skid this weekend with a 4-1 win over SMU (1-8, 0-0 AAC).

    TCU took control early in the match in doubles. Junior Stefanie Tan and freshman Seda Arantekin defeated SMU’s Vaszilisza Bulgakova and Dasha Sharapova 8-2, while junior Simona Parajova and senior Monika Sirilova defeated Hristina Dishkova and Anna Kate Anderson 8-3 to secure the doubles point for TCU.

    Tan, Parajova and Sirilova all turned in dominating performances in singles. The nationally ranked No. 52 Tan and Parajova dropped only four games each, and each won both sets 6-2. Sirilova only lost two games in singles, winning both of her sets 6-1.

    Since TCU went up 4-1, freshman Sofiko Kadzhaya and Arantekin’s singles matches went unfinished.

    Head coach Dave Borelli said he was particularly impressed with Sirilova, who has been struggling in recent matches.

    “She’s probably worked harder than anybody on the team these last three weeks, and she really came through,” Borelli said. “She was in a quagmire, but I have a feeling she is going to really take off.”

    Borelli said the win was great for the Frogs, who have been struggling recently due to injuries. Senior Millie Nichols and sophomore Mimi Fotopolous were both hurt and did not play in Friday’s match.

    “We’re missing two of our top four girls,” Borelli said. “I’ve never had such a rash of injuries. We were in the top 25 in the beginning of the year, but then the roof caved in on injuries.”

    Borelli said Nichols, who has a fractured back, will be out “a little longer.” He hopes Fotopolous will be healthy by the end of next week.

    The Frogs’ next match will be against Sacramento State in Seattle, Wash., on Feb. 28. The Frogs will then play the Washington Huskies on March 1 before heading home for four straight matches.