VU drops tight match at TCU, 4-3

FORT WORTH, Texas – Vanderbilt’s women’s tennis team came up just short in its quest of sweeping two road matches in the Lone Star State. One day after topping No. 18 Baylor, 5-2, Vanderbilt ended its two-match Texas 8532292.jpegroad trip with a 4-3 loss at No. 34 TCU on Sunday.

TCU (5-1) built a 1-0 lead to earn the hard-fought doubles point. Vanderbilt (5-4) took the first three completed singles matches in the Nos. 4, 5 and 6 positions to take a 3-2 lead in the match.

However, TCU rallied by winning the Nos. 1, 2, and 3 singles matches to claim the match. TCU clinched the victory when Olivia Smith overcame a one-set deficit to defeat 38th-ranked Lauren Mira, 5-7, 7-5, 6-1.

All three doubles matches delivered intense, competitive play on the court. In the No. 1 position, Courtney Colton and Lauren Mira came up short against Millie Nichols and Olivia Smith, 8-6.

The No. 2 and No. 3 doubles matches provided the most suspense, as each match went to the tiebreak. Ashleigh Antal and Marie Casares recorded the lone win for Vanderbilt over Federica Denti and Kelsey Sundaram, 9-8. Frances Altick and Georgina Sellyn fell in a heartbreaker, 9-8, to Gabi Barbosa and Simona Parajova.

Casares won her match at No. 4 over Nichols, 6-2, 6-2. The win was her 12th of the season. Altick recorded her 10th win of the season with her victory at No. 5 over the Horned Frogs’ Denti, 6-3, 6-2. Antal delivered her sixth-straight win, as she defeated Sundaram in straight sets, 6-3, 6-1.

Colton was defeated by Stefanie Tan in straight sets, 6-2, 6-3, while Sellyn fell to the hands of Parajova, 6-1, 6-3.

Vanderbilt will conclude its non-conference schedule on Feb. 27 when the Commodores host Memphis at the Currey Tennis Center.

Singles Results
1. No. 50 Stefanie Tan (TCU) def. No. 112 Courtney Colton (Vanderbilt) 6-2, 6-3
2. Olivia Smith (TCU) def. No. 38 Lauren Mira (Vanderbilt) 5-7, 7-5, 6-1
3. No. 115 Simona Parajova (TCU) def. No. 51 Georgina Sellyn (VU) 6-1, 6-3
4. Marie Casares (Vanderbilt) def. Millie Nichols (TCU) 6-2, 6-2
5. Frances Altick (Vanderbilt) def. Federica Denti (TCU) 6-3, 6-2
6. Ashleigh Antal (Vanderbilt) def. Kelsey Sundaram (TCU) 6-3, 6-1

Doubles Results
1. Nichols/Smith (TCU) def. No. 29 Colton/Mira (Vanderbilt) 8-6
2. Antal/Casares (Vanderbilt) def. Denti/Sundaram (TCU) 9-8
3. Barbosa/Parajova (TCU) def. Altick/Sellyn (Vanderbilt) 9-8

Order of Finish
Singles: 4,6,5,3,1,2
Doubles: 1,2,3