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NCAA Fayetteville Regional – Day One

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NCAA Fayetteville Regional – Day One

NCAA Women’s Tennis – Fayetteville Regional

May 9, 2009

TCU vs. TulsaThe No. 28-ranked TCU women’s tennis team (17-10) defeated No. 36 Tulsa (23-6), 4-1, Saturday in the first round of the NCAA Women’s Tennis Championships at the George M. Billingsley Tennis Center on the campus of the University of Arkansas.

TCU jumped to an early 1-0 lead with wins at No. 1 and No. 2 doubles. Katariina Tuohimaa and partner Kayla Duncan, playing at No. 2 for the TCU Horned Frogs, started the day with a 8-4 win over Tulsa’s Anastasia Erofeeva and Jie Zeng. The No. 39-ranked duo of Macall Harkins and Anna Sydorska clinched the doubles match with their 8-6 victory over the Golden Hurricane’s Marta Marcinkowska and Thalia Diaz-Barriga.

Once on the singles court, the Horned Frogs built a 3-1 advantage as No. 90 Harkins defeated Zeng, 6-1, 6-2 and Idunn Hertzberg secured a win on Court 5 over Rebecca Row, 6-4, 6-4.

Tulsa’s lone victory of the day was at No. 6 singles where Ewa Saztkowska scored a straight sets victory, 6-2, 6-2 over TCU’s Gaby Mastromarino.

Clinching the Horned Frogs’ berth into Sunday’s second round was TCU’s Duncan who beat Erofeeva in a long two set match, 7-5, 6-4.

TCU 4, Tulsa 1May 9, 2009Fayetteville, Ark.Singles1. Alex Kichoutkin (Tulsa) led #16 Nina Munch-Soegaard (TCU), 7-5, 3-6, 2-1, DNF2. #90 Macall Harkins (TCU) def. Jie Zeng (Tulsa), 6-1, 6-23. Thalia Diaz-Barriga (Tulsa) led Katariina Tuohimaa (TCU), 3-6, 7-5, 1-0, DNF4. Kayla Duncan (TCU) def. Anastasia Erofeeva (Tulsa), 7-5, 6-45. Idunn Hertzberg (TCU) def. Rebecca Row (Tulsa), 6-4, 6-46. Ewa Szatkowska (Tulsa) def. Gaby Mastromarino (TCU), 6-2, 6-2

Doubles1. #39 Macall Harkins/Anna Sydorska (TCU) def. Marta Marcinkowska/Thalia Diaz-Barriga (Tulsa), 8-62. Katariina Tuohimaa/Kayla Duncan (TCU) def. Anastasia Erofeeva/Jie Zeng (Tulsa), 8-43. Nina Munch-Soegaard/Idunn Hertzberg (TCU) led Alex Kichoutkin/Rebecca Row (Tulsa), 8-7, DNF

Order of Finish:Singles: 2, 6, 5, 4*Doubles: 2, 1*

QuotesTCU Head Coach Jefferson Hammond"It was another great match with Tulsa this year. The doubles was an incredible battle. It was really tight the whole way, even after the rain delay. The doubles point was huge for us. I think, psychologically, we felt a lot better knowing that we had that tucked in our back pocket."

"I’d like to thank the team for being so mentally tough today. I think we are much tougher mentally than we were at this point last season. It is something that we have focused on all season and it is something we will have to continue if we want to keep advancing in this tournament."

Tulsa Head Coach Dean Orford“We knew we’d have tough match today against TCU. We had a similar match last year in the first round and we were lucky to prevail in that match.”

“They took it to us pretty good today. It was a very competitive match and I’m glad we got it in outside. It was a very good match overall.”

Arkansas vs. Oral RobertsThe University of Arkansas women’s tennis team (14-7) dismissed Oral Roberts handily, 4-0, at the George M. Billingsley Tennis Center in the first round of the NCAA Women’s Tennis Championships Saturday.

The No. 14-ranked Razorbacks, came out strong, taking only a half hour to secure the doubles point behind No. 45 duo Aurelija Miseviciute and Ela Kaluder who dropped Golden Eagles’ duo Ana Costa and Tayler Pippin, 8-0 before the No. 20-ranked Nanar Airapetian and Anouk Tigu handed Hayden Rush and Rafaela Souza a, 8-2 loss on Court 1.

It was more of the same in singles as Miseviciute wasted no time in her match with Rush, winning 6-0, 6-0. Emily Carbone followed with a win at No. 4 singles, 6-0, 6-0 over Costa and Airapetian sent the Razorbacks into Sunday’s second round against TCU with a 6-0, 6-1 victory over Corrine Langston.

Arkansas 4, Oral Roberts 0May 9, 2009Fayetteville, Ark.Singles1. #2 Aurelija Miseviciute (UA) def. Hayden Rush (ORU), 6-0, 6-02. #77 Anouk Tigu (UA) led Rafaela Souza (ORU), 6-1, DNF3. Ela Kaluder (UA) led Tayler Pippin (ORU), 6-1, 2-0, DNF4. Emily Carbone (UA) def. Ana Costa (ORU), 6-0, 6-05. Nanar Airapetian (UA) def. Corrine Langston (ORU), 6-0, 6-1 6. Kate Lukomskaya (UA) led Ekaterina Kondrashova (ORU), 6-2, 3-0, DNF

Doubles1. #20 Nanar Airapetian/Anouk Tigu (UA) def. Hayden Rush/Rafaela Souza (ORU), 8-22. #45 Aurelija Miseviciute/Ela Kaluder (UA) def. Ana Costa/Tayler Pippin (ORU), 8-03.Emily Carbone/Kate Lukomskaya (UA) led Corrine Langston/Ekaterina Kondrashova (ORU), 5-3, DNF

Order of Finish:Doubles: 2, 1*Singles: 1, 4, 5*

QuotesArkansas Head Coach Michael Hegarty“The best part of the match was how sharp we were at every position. That’s a good sign for us heading into tomorrow.”

“TCU looked awfully good today and we’ll have a great challenge ahead of us tomorrow.”

Oral Roberts Head Coach Chris Milliron“We’ve all been here before. We played Baylor the last two years and were excited to go somewhere other than Waco for a change. We also enjoyed getting to stay overnight in Fayetteville for the first time. We were really excited to be here and we had a great trip.”



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