The Mountaineers (7-10, 0-3 Big 12) traveled to Fort Worth on Friday where they lost 2-4 to the Horned Frogs (10-8, 1-3 Big 12).
WVU lost the doubles point early and overall struggled in singles. On the season, WVU is just 1-7 when they lose the doubles point. On the other hand, they are 6-3 when they win the doubles point.
This loss moves the Mountaineers to 0-7 against ranked teams and 0-3 in the Big 12.
WVU had a rough start with doubles. Freshman Kendall Kovick and sophomore Momoko Nagato were the first match completed with a 3-6 loss to TCU’sMercedes Aristegui and Isabel Pascual.
Shortly after, junior Ting-Pei Chang and freshman Camilla Bossi finished their match. The 42nd ranked doubles duo came out on top against TCU’s Alesia Cveticanin and Alisa Soloveva 6-1.
The doubles point came down to senior Anastasiia Bovolskaia and freshman Tatiana Lipatova against Stevie Kennedy and Jade Otway of TCU. It was a close back-and-forth match. Bovolskaia and Lipatova had a chance to win after they took a 5-4 lead, but Kennedy and Otway won the next two to make it 5-6. Bovolskaia and Lipatova won the next to take it to tiebreak, but ultimately fell short 6-7(5).
Momoko Nagato trailed early in the first set against Jade Otway but battled back and tied it at four. Otway ultimately pulled away, winning the first set 6-4. She never found her footing in the second set, losing 4-6, 1-6.
Camilla Bossi had a rough start in singles play against Helena Narmont but quickly turned it around to take the first set 6-4. Bossi had a hot start to the second set with an early 4-0 lead. She completed her win in straight sets 6-4, 6-1.
Kendall Kovick had a rough start against Alisa Soloveva. She lost the first set 3-6. Kovick’ s struggles continued into the second set where she found herself down 1-5. She fought hard but ultimately lost 3-6, 2-6.
Tatiana Lipatova stayed in control of her first set against Isabel Pascual, winning 6-4. She took a commanding 5-1 lead to start the second set. Pascual tried to battle back, but Lipatova won 6-5, 6-3.
Anastasiia Bovolskaia saw a very tight contest in her first set. She took a 5-3 lead over Mercedes Aristegui. Aristegui then won the next 4 games, taking a 6-5 lead. Bovolskaia lost the next game by a double-fault, losing the first set 5-7. After starting the second set 1-1, Bovolskaia lost the next five games, losing 5-7, 1-6. This match sealed the win for TCU.
Freshman Michaela Kucharova had a solid start to her singles match with an early 2-0 lead over Stevie Kennedy, but ultimately lost the first set 4-6. After starting the second set going back and forth to 3-2, Kucharova went down 3-5. She cut it to 4-5, but her match was disbanded.
Court 1: No. 42 Camilla Bossi/Ting-Pei Chang (WVU) def. Aleksa Cveticanin/Alisa Soloveva (TCU), 6-1
Court 2: Mercedes Aristegui/Isabel Pascual (TCU) def. Momoko Nagato/Kendall Kovick (WVU), 6-3
Court 3: Stevie Kennedy/Jade Otway (TCU) def. Anastasiia Bovolskaia/Tatiana Lipatova (WVU), 7-6(5)
Court 1: Alisa Soloveva (TCU) def. Kendall Kovick (WVU), 6-3, 6-2
Court 2: Mercedes Aristegui (TCU) def. Anastasiia Bovolskaia (WVU), 7-5, 6-1
Court 3: Jade Otway (TCU) def. Momoko Nagato (WVU), 6-4, 6-1
Court 4: Tatiana Lipatova (WVU) def. Isabel Pascual (TCU), 6-4, 6-3
Court 5: Camilla Bossi (WVU) def. Helena Narmont (TCU), 6-4, 6-1
Court 6: Stevie Kennedy (TCU) vs. Michaela Kucharova (WVU), unfinished
WVU will continue their Texas road swing against Texas Tech on Sunday.
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