TCU picks up two wins over PAC-12 opponents

Seda Arantekin and Caroline Wegner in their doubles win against Oregon (Photo courtesy of

Seda Arantekin and Caroline Wegner in their doubles win against Oregon (Photo courtesy of

By Branson Nelson

The Horned Frogs knocked off two PAC-12 foes, Washington and Oregon, over the weekend. With the wins, the team is now 5-1 on the season.

TCU swept the Washington Huskies on Friday, Feb. 3, 4-0. The Huskies came to town with a 6-0 record before being dominated by the Frogs.

The match opened with TCU taking the doubles point. The No. 16 duo of Olaya Garrido-Rivas and Donika Bashota beat No. 35 Miki Kobayashi and Nour Abbes 6-2. It was their third win over a ranked team this year. Caroline Wegner and Seda Arantekin went on to clinch the doubles point with a 6-2 win as well.

The Frogs clinched the match taking the next three points with wins from No. 75 Arantekin (4-6, 6-3, 6-1), Garrido-Rivas (7-6, 7-5) and Wegner (6-3, 4-6, 6-3).

While Washington was not ranked in the latest Intercollegiate Tennis Association rankings, head coach Lee Taylor Walker said the Huskies were nothing short of a quality opponent and was pleased with the effort his team displayed.

“I think they are a legitimate top-25 team so I felt like our girls brought great energy today,” Walker said. “This was a great start for a really tough stretch of six to eight good teams in a row.”

On Sunday, Feb. 5, TCU knocked off Oregon (3-4) by a score of 4-1.

For the fifth time this season the Horned Frogs won the doubles point. The Frogs were led by wins from Garrido-Rivas and Bashota (6-3) and Arantekin and Wegner (6-3).

After taking the 1-0 lead, the trio of Arantekin (6-2, 7-5), Bashota (6-3, 7-5) and Garrido-Rivas (6-7, 6-2, 6-1) won the match for the Frogs.

“To be able to beat two quality Pac-12 teams this early in the season gives us a lot of hope and encouragement for the rest of the spring,” Walker said.

Arantekin was awarded the Big 12’s Co-Player of the Week on Tuesday after going 4-0 overall in her matches. With her stellar weekend, Arantekin moved to 5-0 in singles matches and 5-1 in doubles.

“We need Seda to continue playing at a high level in order for our team to maximize our potential,” Walker said.

The Horned Frogs will take some time off before their next home match against the Alabama Crimson Tide on Saturday, Feb. 18 at 1 p.m.