April 29, 2012
SAN DIEGO -
Third-seeded San Diego State's furious rally fell short in a 4-2 loss to top-seeded and No. 32 TCU in the finals of the 2012 Mountain West Women's Tennis Championship at Aztec Tennis Center Sunday afternoon.
Doubles action was a hard-fought battle by both teams with the Horned Frogs emerging with the point when it was all said and done. TCU got on the board first with an 8-4 win by Simona Parajova and Gaby Mastromarino over Emma Cioffi and Laura Antonana Iriarte at No. 3. The Aztecs' Julia Wais and Alicia Aguilar, however, responded with an 8-5 decision at No. 2 over Kelsey Sundaram and Federica Denti to knot the competition at one apiece. Then with the point on the line, 49th-ranked Millie Nichols and Olivia Smith downed SDSU's Roxanne Ellison and Sierra Ellison, 8-4, at the top position in a match that lasted over an hour.
TCU moved ahead, 2-0, when Denti registered a 6-1, 6-2 win over Sierra Ellison at No. 5. Minutes later, San Diego State cut its deficit in half when Antonana Iriarte posted a 6-4, 6-2 victory over Olivia Smith at the third position.
The Horned Frogs answered SDSU's win at No. 3 with a victory at No. 6 where Mastromarino defeated Kristin Buth, 6-2, 6-1, which put TCU up, 3-1. Cioffi helped prevent SDSU from being eliminated when she forced a third set at No. 2. The Aztecs, meanwhile, battled back to make the score 3-2 after Wais upset No. 78 Stephanie Tan in straight sets, 6-3, 6-3, at the top of the singles ladder.
The Horned Frogs needed one win and SDSU needed to win out to capture the title. The two remaining matches went to third sets and both were back-and-forth affairs. But in the end, TCU received the decision it needed when No. 119 Parajova earned a well-played 6-0, 5-7, 6-4 victory over Cioffi. Aguilar's match at No. 4 against Nichols was eventually abandoned in the third set. Nichols took the first set, 6-2, but Aguilar rallied to take the second, 7-6, in front of a rowdy crowd. In the third, Nichols was up, 5-2, when Parajova recorded the win.
The Aztecs, who were playing in their fifth Mountain West title match, finished the season with a 12-14 record and a 5-2 mark in the MW, which was the second-best mark in the league.
No. 32 (1) TCU 4, (3) San Diego State 2
Order of finish