TCU women’s tennis player reaches second round of NCAA tournament

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TCU’s Stefanie Tan upset No. 17-ranked Sofie Oyen of Florida on Wednesday in the first round of the NCAA women’s tennis championships in Urbana, Ill.

The No. 44-ranked Tan defeated Oyen 6-3, 6-4 to advance to Thursday’s second round against No. 18-ranked Samantha Vickers of Tulsa, who defeated Hanna Mar of Duke 2-6, 6-3, 6-2.

“That was a great win, and I am pleased with how she played,” TCU coach Dave Borelli said of Tan. “She was in control and dominating the match for stretches. When you play student-athletes from Florida and the other highly ranked programs you have to be persistent. They will not go away at the first sign of something going wrong.”

Tan, a sophomore from Singapore, improved to 23-10 with her eighth win over a ranked opponent in 2013. She became the first Horned Frog to win in the NCAA women’s singles championship since 2007 when Ana Cetnik defeated UCLA’s Riza Zalameda.

Big 12 donates

The Big 12 will donate $200,000 to the American Red Cross Disaster Relief Fund in the wake of Monday’s tornado that ripped through Moore, Okla. The league announced the contribution will be from the proceeds of the Big 12 baseball championship in Oklahoma City, Thursday through Sunday.

A moment of silence will be observed before the championship’s opening game at 9 a.m. Thursday. The teams will also display a helmet decal to honor the victims.

SEC baseball

Texas A&M rode a dominating pitching performance by starter Parker Ray and three solo home runs to a 5-0 victory over top-seeded and No. 1-ranked Vanderbilt in the SEC Tournament.

Parker (1-1) gave up three hits in eight innings for the ninth-seeded Aggies, who have won of 10 of their past 13 games. Cole Lankford, Troy Stein and Hunter Melton hit solo home runs for the Aggies, who advance to meet the winner of Wednesday’s late game between South Carolina or Mississippi State in the winner’s bracket Thursday.

In other games, LSU defeated Alabama 3-0 and Arkansas beat Ole Miss, 2-1.

Briefly

• Texas A&M football: Texas A&M’s home game against Alabama at 2:30 p.m. Sept. 14 will be CBS’ SEC Game of the Week (KTVT/11), the network announced.

• Kansas football: Wide receiver Nick Harwell is transferring to Kansas after spending three seasons at Miami of Ohio, where he set the school record with 219 yards receiving in a game as a freshman.

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