TCU falls to OU, ends undefeated conference streak

TCU falls to OU, ends undefeated conference streak

The TCU women’s tennis team’s undefeated Big 12 play came to an end Sunday when the Horned Frogs fell 4-3 to No. 36 Oklahoma. 

TCU dropped to 17-3 overall and 6-1 in Big 12 play. The Sooners improved to 13-7 overall and 5-3 in conference competition.

“Today we were able to get the doubles point, but came out flat in singles,” TCU head coach Dave Borelli said in a press release. “It did not help that we were playing indoors, because OU is a very good indoor team, but they got on top of us early.”

The Horned Frogs picked up the doubles point. At No. 2 doubles Federica Denti and Kelsey Sundaram won 8-4 over Zita Engbroks and Whitney Wofford. 

Gabi Barbosa and Monika Sirilova were able to get an 8-5 win over Emma Devine and Mia Lancaster at No. 3 doubles to give TCU an early 1-0 advantage.

Stefanie Tan rebounded from a loss on Friday to defeat OU’s Hermon Brahane 6-2, 6-4.

Sirilova was able to continue her undefeated run in Big 12 competition with a 7-5, 6-3 win at No. 5 singles over the Sooners’ Abbi Melrose. 

The Sooners took an early lead by picking up three wins to start singles play. OU's Whitney Ritchie defeated Olivia Smith 6-2, 6-3 at No. 2 singles. Millie Nichols fell to Oklahoma’s Devine 6-3, 6-2 at No. 6 singles. Lancaster earned a 6-3, 6-4 win over Simona Parajova at No. 3 singles.

Wofford clinched the match for OU with a 6-4, 6-2 win over Denti at No. 4 singles.

“What makes the loss tougher is that we let it go after playing really well in doubles,” Borelli noted. “Credit to OU for being able to pick themselves up after a tough loss on Friday and getting it done today.”

The Horned Frogs will match up against No. 15 Texas Tech Friday at 2 p.m. at the Bayard H. Friedman Tennis Center.