Feb. 8, 2009
FORT WORTH, Texas - In a highly contested dual between No. 25 Auburn and No. 21 TCU, it was an upset in the No. 1 singles spot that proved to be the deciding factor in the Horned Frogs 4-3 win over the Tigers Sunday afternoon at the Bayard H. Friedman Tennis Center. The Tigers, now 1-4, battled down to the wire by winning three matches in singles play.
The deciding match came down on Court 1 between Auburn's sixth-ranked Fani Chifchieva andTCU's No. 12 Nina Munch-Soegaard. Chifchieva claimed a first set 6-3 victory, only to be answered back with a 6-1 win in the second set by Munch-Soegaard. In the decisive third set, it was Munch-Soegaard who emerged victorious with a 7-6 win to clinch the dual win for the Horned Frogs.
"I'm disappointed that we dug a big hole against a very good team, but I am proud of the way we fought and nearly pulled it out," head women's tennis coach Tim Gray said. "Fani had a team match point at 6-5 in the third set, but the TCU No. 1 played great and showed a lot of poise and stayed in it. We are giving ourselves chances and our time will come if we keep working."
The All-American duo of Melissa Koning and Alex Haney picked up the lone doubles win for the Tigers in the No. 1 slot, a 9-7 upset over the 16th-ranked team of Macall Harkins and Anna Sydorska. It is the first time in spring action that the 22nd ranked team has played together. Despite the win, the doubles point had already been decided in favor of TCU.
Moving into singles action, No. 41 Koning evened the team score at 1-1 with a 6-0, 6-4 win over Katariina Tuohimaa. TCU regained the lead in the No. 5 position with Kayla Duncan's straight set win over Auburn's Myrthe Molenveld, 6-0, 6-2.
TCU's Gaby Mastromarino then topped Auburn freshman Daniela Vukadinovic, 7-5, 6-1, to give the Horned Frogs a 3-1 advantage.
Senior Whitney Chappell brought the Tigers back within a point with a win in the No. 4 spot, a 6-3, 6-4 win over Anna Sykorska. Haney then evened the team score at 3-3 with an upset of her own in the No. 2 position. Ranked 86th, Haney rallied for the three-set win to knock off No. 49 Macall Harkins, 5-7, 7-5, 6-0.
The Tigers will make their home debut for the 2009 season on Feb. 21, with a doubleheader against UAB and Georgia State. Action at the Yarbrough Tennis Center will get underway at 10 a.m., with Auburn first taking on UAB, followed with a 4 p.m., meeting against Georgia State.
Doubles (order of finish: 2, 3, 1)
1. #22 Melissa Koning/Alex Haney (AU) def. #16 Macall Harkins/Anna Sydorska (TCU), 9-7
2. #28 Nina Munch-Soegaard/Maria Babanova (TCU) def. Fani Chifchieva/Whitney Chappell (AU), 8-6
3. Kayla Duncan/Katariina Tuohimaa (TCU) def. Myrthe Molenveld/Dunja Djuranovic (AU), 8-3
Singles (order of finish: 3, 5, 6, 4, 2, 1)
1. #12 Nina Munch-Soegaard (TUC) def. #6 Fani Chifchieva (AU), 3-6, 6-1, 7-6
2. #86 Alex Haney (AU) def. #49 Macall Harkins (TCU), 5-7, 7-5, 6-0
3. #41 Melissa Koning (AU) def. Katariina Tuohimaa (TCU), 6-0, 6-4
4. Whitney Chappell (AU) def. Anna Sykorska (TCU), 6-3, 6-4
5. Kayla Duncan (TCU) def. Myrthe Molenveld (AU), 6-0, 6-2
6. Gaby Mastromarino (TCU) def. Daniela Vukadinovic (AU), 7-5, 6-1