Horned Frogs take weekend opener against Rams

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    The No. 22 ranked TCU women’s tennis team kicked off its Mountain West Conference play Friday with a 6-0 win against Colorado State at the Bayard H. Friedman Tennis Center.

    The Horned Frogs, who beat the Colorado State Rams last year 7-0, improved to 11-4 this season while the Rams fell to 6-4.

    Last year, the team shut out all three opponents they are scheduled to play this weekend and head coach Jefferson Hammond said Friday’s win was a good start to the conference regular season.

    Juniors Macall Harkins and Anna Sydorska, ranked No. 12 in the nation, paired up to beat the Ram’s pair of Lauren Neal and Hilary Tyler 8-5.

    Sydorska’s singles opponent, Neal, suffered an ankle injury and had to forfeit her match at 6-1, 1-0.

    Harkins’ followed with a victory against Tyler at the No.1 position 6-2, 6-2.

    “I think coming out with a win gives us more confidence for tomorrow,” Harkins said.

    Harkins said she will work on her aggressiveness and continue to fight for each point in her matches against Air Force on Saturday and Wyoming on Sunday.

    At the No. 2 doubles position, senior Kewa Nichols and freshman Katariina Tuohimaa dominated Anette Pohjalainen and Lauren Strasburger 8-2.

    Nichols continued her winning streak with a victory against Pohjalainen 6-0, 6-1.

    Hammond said the team will work on its habits and continue to stay strong mentally and show positive body language while on the court.

    Freshman Maria Babanova added to the team’s victory with a win against Greer Satherlie 6-1, 6-0.

    Freshman Idunn Hertzberg and partner Maria Babanova defeated Kirsten Stople and Sara Seltsam in doubles 8-3.

    Hertzberg said she will work to improve upon her concentration in Saturday’s match against the Air Force Falcons who have compiled a 4-13 overall record.

    Hertzberg went on to beat Caitlin Fluegge 6-1, 6-2 in her singles match.

    “I was impressed with the team’s concentration and ability to close out each match,” Hammond said.

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