TCU’s Tan advances to Sweet 16 of NCAA tennis championships

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Stefanie Tan of TCU beat a top 20 opponent for the second day in a row, defeating Samantha Vickers of Tulsa 6-2, 6-2 at the NCAA Women’s Tennis Singles Championships in Urbana, Ill.

Tan also became the fifth ITA Singles All-American in school history.

A sophomore, Tan became the third TCU player in the NCAA era (1982-present) to advance to the Sweet 16, joining Story Tweedie-Yates in 2005 and Rene Simpson in 1988.

“Stefanie Tan was a girl who was overlooked by everybody,” TCU coach Dave Borelli said. “She has a big heart and a great presence on the court.”

Tan will face Alex Guarachi of Alabama in the next round. Guarachi upset the No. 2-seeded Sabrina Santamaria of USC in straight sets.

Tan defeated No. 17 and Indoor National Champion Sofie Oyen of Florida on Wednesday.

“During my first stint as women’s coach, Story became the example for the program we wanted to be,” Borelli said. “The same goes with Stefanie in my second time as coach. For me, there is great satisfaction that this has happened.”

On to Eugene

TCU’s Lorraine Ugen earned a spot in the national track and field meet in Eugene, Ore., when she finished sixth in the long jump at 20 feet, 93/4 inches at the NCAA West Preliminaries in Austin.

“Lorraine advanced and she is on her way to Eugene,” TCU coach Darryl Anderson said. “That is always a good thing and we are ensured that our women’s program will be represented in two weeks.”

Ugen qualified for the final round for the second year in a row outdoors and has made nationals twice indoors and outdoors at TCU.

Charles Silmon qualified first in the 100-meter dash with a legal time of 10.03.

It’s the best legal time of Silmon’s career, only topped by his wind-aided time of 9.94 at this year’s Texas Relays.

“Silmon’s PR was very casual,” Anderson said. “He executed well early and he was in control the rest of the way. Guys run fast when they relax. It was not a hard 10.03.”

He moves into a tie for third in TCU history with Olympic gold medalist Jon Drummond in the 100-meter dash. Only Raymond Stewart (9.97) and Kim Collins (9.99) have run faster legal marks in TCU’s history.

He will be joined in the quarterfinal round by teammate Raymond Bozmans. The freshman was sixth in his heat in a wind-aided 10.42. However, he was in a fast heat, which allowed him to be among the fastest times for non-automatic qualifiers from the heats.

Houston back exits

Upcoming senior running back Charles Sims is leaving Houston, ESPN reported.

The reason for his departure is unknown.

Sims has rushed for 2,370 yards and 29 touchdowns, and has 158 career receptions for 1,707 yards and eight more scores.

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