No. 25 TCU women's tennis brings down No. 26 BYU
April 7, 2006
PROVO, Utah - After surrendering the doubles point and falling to a 1-0 deficit, the 25th-ranked TCU women's tennis team rebounded to win all six singles matches and capture a 6-1 victory versus 26th-ranked BYU on Friday afternoon. The Frogs (13-6 overall, 4-0 Mountain West Conference) have little time to celebrate the victory as they return to action on Saturday for a 1 p.m. (CST) showdown with Utah.
"I think it was a great win at BYU," stated TCU head coach Dave Borelli. " They are a really good team and we played very well. I feel everyone is playing well as a whole and everyone is playing with confidence after the tough schedule we had. I feel things are starting to go our way."
TCU has been presented with a daunting task this season as today's match marked the 12th versus a ranked opponent. Despite the tough slate, the Frogs remain a Top 25 team and are tied atop the Mountain West Conference standings with New Mexico.
Sophomore Nicole Leimbach grabbed the first singles win with a 6-2, 6-0 victory versus Lauren Jones. Leimbach, ranked 12th in the ITA singles poll, moved to 11-4 with the win.
Senior Gloriann Lopez pushed the Frogs to a 2-1 advantage after downing Dolly Chang 6-4, 6-1 at court No. 6.
Sophomore Kewa Nichols picked up a 6-2, 6-1 victory over Jennifer Miccoli at No. 5. Nichols, a product of Austin, Texas, has won seven of her last eight matches to improve to 12-6 in singles play.
Going undefeated in the month of March, senior Helena Besovic ran her April record to 2-0 and clinched the match for the Horned Frogs with a 4-6, 6-3, 1-0(ret.) victory over No. 23 Olga Boulytcheva. Garnering the No. 33 ranking, Besovic improved to 15-3 in singles competition. She also picked up an 8-0 win in doubles play alongside junior Ana Cetnik. Besovic and Cetnik hold the No. 26 spot in the ITA doubles poll.
Cetnik made it five-for-five in singles with a tough 6-2, 5-7, 6-2 triumph over Sofia Holden at No. 4. Holding the 119th-ranking in singles play, Cetnik is one-of-four Horned Frogs ranked in singles and is the only player besides Besovic to hold three rankings at one time. She is ranked 59th in doubles when paired with junior Karine Ionesco to go along with her 119th singles ranking and 26th doubles ranking.
Freshman Anna Sydorska, ranked 83rd in this month's ITA singles poll, rallied to defeat Sourkova 1-6, 6-3, 6-3 to close out the match.