Frogs Close Out Road Trip With 5-2 Win Over No. 60 Oklahoma
March 30, 2005
Norman, Okla. - The No. 20 TCU women's tennis team closed out the road portion of its schedule with a 5-2 win over No. 60 Oklahoma (9-8) this afternoon at the Headington Family Tennis Center in Norman. The Frogs (14-2) edged the Sooners to claim the doubles point and then proceeded to win four-of-the-six singles matches. With the victory, TCU now holds a 12-11 advantage in the all-time series against Oklahoma.
"We really came through today in doubles after falling behind early," said Head Coach Dave Borelli. "We've won the doubles point in 15 of our matches and if we were going to lose the point it should have been today. Oklahoma had some rowdy fans that gave their team some energy. They had a couple of match points to gain the momentum, but we fought it off and came through to win the point and the match."
The Sooners got off to a quick start in the match when Bethany Griffin and Christi Baxley shutout Helena Besovic and Andrea Morgado, 8-0, at the No. 2 doubles. No. 35 Ana Cetnik and Story Tweedie-Yates then evened things up with their 8-6 win over Irina Lykina and Jessica Braver at the one line. The pair fell behind 6-4 before coming back to improve to 13-1 this season.
Seniors Karla Mancinas and Paige Brown won the deciding match at the three position in the tiebreaker. After battling back and forth throughout the match, the Frogs duo picked up the win when they topped Heather Saluri and Christy Greenly, 7-2, in the breaker.
After struggling in the doubles, TCU came to play in singles as they won all four of its matches in straight sets. No. 25 Tweedie-Yates cruised to her ninth-straight win as she beat Saluri, 6-1, 6-1, at the one. Her doubles partner, Cetnik, was the next to finish as she evened her overall record to 7-7 this season when she topped Braver, 6-2, 6-1, at the four spot. Freshman Kewa Nichols clinched the match at the three line with a 6-1, 6-4, victory over Griffin. It was Nichols 17th victory this season.
The Frogs final point of the afternoon came at the six position when Morgado topped Greenly, 6-4, 6-4. With the victory, the freshman joined Tweedie-Yates and Besovic in the 20 win club this season.
The Sooners picked up their to points at two and five. Irina Lykina upset No. 56 Besovic at the two, 6-4, 5-7, 10-7, while Baxley handed junior Gloriann Lopez her third straight defeat at five by the count of 6-3, 6-3.
TCU returns to Fort Worth on Saturday for a 12 p.m. match with Houston. It is the Frogs first match with a Conference USA foe this season.
#20 TCU (14-2) 5, #60 OKLAHOMA (9-8) 2
Order of singles finish - 1, 4, *3, 5, 6, 2
Order of doubles finish - 2, 1, *3
* Clinching point