Aztec Women's Tennis Falls to TCU, 6-1
March 31, 2007
FORT WORTH, Texas - The San Diego State women's tennis team had its four-match winning streak snapped on Saturday with a 6-1 loss to No. 41 TCU in a Mountain West Conference showdown at the Bayard H. Friedman Tennis Center in Fort Worth, Texas. The defeat drops the 74th-ranked Aztecs to 9-9 on the season and 3-1 in the MWC, while the Horned Frogs won their fourth in row, improving to 11-7 overall and 2-0 in league play.
SDSU drew first blood in doubles competition after the duo of Milana Yusupov and Kathryn Kitts made quick work of Nina Munch-Soegaard and Amy Beck, 8-1, at the No. 3 position. TCU knotted things up shortly thereafter when Ana Cetnik and Kewa Nichols prevailed by an 8-4 count over Eliska Krausova and Alesya Vidov in the No. 1 slot. All eyes then turned to the No. 2 court where Sisse Nielsen and Holly Bagshaw found themselves in a tight battle with the Frogs' Andrea Morgado and Anna Sydorska. The Aztec tandem rallied from a 5-2 deficit to tie the score, but ran out of steam as their counterparts pulled away for an 8-5 win.
Trailing 1-0 entering singles play, Nielsen brought the Scarlet and Black back to even after encountering minimal resistance from Beck in a 6-0, 6-0 whitewash at the sixth position. However, SDSU was unable to generate any momentum the rest of the way as TCU pocketed the remaining five matches for the victory. The Frogs, featuring three nationally ranked players, went ahead for good when No. 54 Sydorska rolled past Krausova, 6-1, 6-3, in the top spot, while Vidov gave No. 84 Munch-Soegaard all she could handle before falling in three sets, 6-0, 4-6, 6-1, on the second court. At No. 4, Esther Cadua was unable to protect a 5-4 lead in the first set against Nichols, who stormed back for a 7-6(4), 6-2 triumph to give TCU the clinching point.
The remaining two encounters of the day were also closely contested, but the Aztecs came up short in both matches. Yusupov battled Morgado in a grueling first set before ultimately dropping a 7-6(9), 6-3 decision at the fifth position. Meanwhile, Bagshaw fought tooth-and-nail with No. 41 Cetnik in the third slot, but her upset bid was thwarted in a super-tiebreaker, 6-3, 6-7(4), 10-6.
San Diego State will remain in Fort Worth to take on No. 58 New Mexico in a neutral-site clash on Sunday. Match time is set for 10 a.m. CDT.
No. 41 TCU 6, No. 74 SAN DIEGO STATE 1
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