The TCU women’s tennis team dropped three-set singles matches at four positions and fell to San Diego State, 5-2, on Sunday at the Lobo Tennis Club.
TCU won all three doubles matches to take a 1-0 lead, but was bettered in third sets at Nos. 1, 2, 5 and 6 singles. Once again Sunday, TCU played without its No. 2 singles player, sophomore Federica Denti.
“I felt really good about the doubles,” TCU head women’s tennis coach Dave Borelli said. “We changed up the lineup in doubles, but just lost some tough ones in singles. Once Denti can get healthy and back in the lineup, we’re going to be tough. We’ve got some good matches coming up next weekend and I feel really good about where we are going into the final stretch.”
The Horned Frogs used different combinations of doubles partners at No. 1 and 2 doubles, with both resulting in wins. Seniors Maria Babanova and Katariina Tuohimaa were 9-8 winners over No. 51-ranked Sierra Ellison and Roxanne Ellison at No. 1 doubles.
At No. 2 doubles, senior Idunn Hertzberg and junior Gaby Mastromarino added an 8-2 win over No. 74 Alicia Aguilar and Julia Wais. Junior Shalini Sahoo and sophomore Olivia Smith also picked up a 9-8 win over Emma Cioffi and Julia Trunk at No. 3 doubles.
In singles, Smith grabbed TCU’s lone win with a 6-1, 6-2 decision over Aguilar. The Bath, England, native is 4-1 in singles against Mountain West Conference foes this spring.
Tuohimaa dropped her first league match of the season at No. 1 doubles when she was better 6-1, 6-7, 7-5 at No. 1 singles. She is now 4-1 against conference opponents.
The Aztecs picked up their other three sets wins with Wais’ 3-6, 6-4, 6-0 win over Mastromarino at No. 2 singles, Sierra Ellison’s 6-3, 3-6, 7-5 win over Hertzberg at No. 5 singles and Roxanne Ellison’s 3-6, 6-3, 6-2 win over Babanova at No. 6 singles.
SDSU improved to 14-7 overall and 5-1 in the MWC with the win. TCU dropped to 7-10 and 2-3. TCU returns to action April 15 at Colorado State.