May 9, 2008
WACO, Texas - No. 40 Tulsa outlasted No. 26 TCU 4-3 in the first round of the NCAA Women's Tennis Championships on Friday afternoon at the Baylor Tennis Center. The Golden Hurricane are back in action on Saturday afternoon at 5 p.m. against either Baylor or Oral Roberts.
In a match that lasted nearly five hours, Tulsa used three-straight singles wins on courts four, five and six to rally past the Horned Frogs.
"This was a very grueling match for us," said head coach Dean Orford. "It was a five-hour duel between two good teams. We battled hard in singles and came away with the win. It will be a quick turnaround for us, and we know we will face a quality team tomorrow afternoon."
In doubles action, TCU's Maria Babanova and Nina Munch got the Horned Frogs an early lead with an 8-3 win over Rebecca Rowe and Jie Zeng on court three. Thalia Diaz-Barriga and Marta Marcinkowska evened the match with an 8-5 win over Katariina Tuohimaa and Idunn Hertzberg at No. 2 doubles. With the score tied at five games apiece, the Golden Hurricane won three-straight games to win the match. Court one provided the clinching point as the two teams battled to an 8-8 tie. Alexandra Kichoutkin and Carla Zabaleta upset the No. 18 team of Anna Sydorska and Macall Harkins 9-8 (5) to give Tulsa the 1-0 advantage after doubles play.
In singles play, No. 60 Munch-Soegaard defeated No. 98 Kichoutkin in straight sets, 6-2, 7-5, on court one to even the match. Tuohimaa gave TCU its first lead, downing Zabaleta 6-0, 7-6 (3) at number three singles.
TCU stretched its lead to 3-1 as Harkins rallied from a one-set deficit to down Diaz-Barriga 4-6, 6-0, 6-3 at number two singles. The Golden Hurricane pulled to within one point as Marcinkowska rallied from one set down and match point in a second-set tiebreaker to defeat Hertzberg 3-6, 7-6 (8), 6-3 on court five.
Rowe rallied after losing a first-set tiebreaker to defeat No. 118 Anna Sydorska 6-7 (5), 7-5, 7-5 to pull the match even. Agostina Santoro dropped her second set to Babanova, but cruised through the third set en route to a 6-4, 4-6, 6-1 win to clinch the match for Tulsa.
I thought Tulsa played exceptionally well today, and our team did too," said TCU head coach Jefferson Hammond. "It was a tight match, no question. It could have gone either way. Tulsa was able to prevail and we wish them the best of luck."
Tulsa returns to action on Saturday afternoon at 5 p.m. in the second round of the NCAA Women's Tennis Championships. The Golden Hurricane will face the winner of the Baylor-Oral Roberts match played on Friday evening.
#40 Tulsa 4, #26 TCU 3
Singles competition - Order of finish: Doubles (1,3,2,5,4,6)
1. #60 Nina Munch-Soegaard (TCU) def. #98 Alexandra Kichoutkin (TUL) 6-2, 7-5
2. Macall Harkins (TCU) def. Thalia Diaz-Barriga (TUL) 4-6, 6-0, 6-3
3. Katariina Tuohimaa (TCU) def. Carla Zabaleta (TUL) 6-0, 7-6 (7-3)
4. Rebecca Rowe (TUL) def. #118 Anna Sydorska (TCU) 6-7 (5-7), 7-5, 7-5
5. Marta Marcinkowska (TUL) def. Idunn Hertzberg (TCU) 3-6, 7-6 (10-8), 6-3
6. Agostina Santoro (TUL) def. Maria Babanova (TCU) 6-4, 4-6, 6-1
Doubles competition - Order of finish: Doubles (3,2,1)
1. Alexandra Kichoutkin/Carla Zabaleta (TUL) def. #18 Anna Sydorska/Macall Harkins (TCU) 9-8 (7-5)
2. Thalia Diaz-Barriga/Marta Marcinkowska (TUL) def. Katariina Tuohimaa/Idunn Hertzberg (TCU) 8-5
3. Maria Babanova/Nina Munch-Soegaard (TCU) def. Rebecca Rowe/Jie Zeng (TUL) 8-3