Frogs Lose Heartbreaker To Tulane, 4-3
April 9, 2005
Fort Worth, Texas - The No. 17 TCU women's tennis team fell to No. 19 Tulane, 4-3, on Saturday afternoon at the Bayard H. Friedman Tennis Center. Tulane jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the match after winning the doubles point and at the four and five positions in singles. The Frogs then evened the score at three all with victories at the top three spots in the line-up, before falling at the six line to fall for the fifth straight time in the series.
"Tulane is a really good team," said Head Coach Dave Borelli. "Even though we lost, this shows how we're developing as a program. We were in this match today and if a couple of things would have gone our way we could have won. I am proud of our kids because they fought through until the final point and this time we just came up a little short."
No. 44 Ana Cetnik and Story Tweedie-Yates recorded the first victory of the day when they easily defeated No. 46 Darya and Maria Ivanov, 8-1. The win pushes their overall record to 17-1 this spring. Tulane evened things up when Nancy Kockott and Dorottya Magas handed TCU's Paige Brown and Karla Mancinas their first loss as a pair this season as they won 8-5. No. 34 Jenny Kuehn and Julie Smekodub gave the Green Wave the doubles point when they topped Helena Besovic and Kewa Nichols, 8-6, at the two line. It was only the second time this season that the Frogs have failed to win the doubles point.
Tulane extended its lead to 3-0 as it picked up victories at four and five in singles. No. 97 Nancy Kockett picked up the first victory when she topped Gloriann Lopez, 6-4, 6-1, at five and D. Ivanov topped Ana Cetnik, 6-4, 3-6, 6-3, at the four line.
TCU started its comeback when No. 52 Besovic topped M. Ivanov, 7-5, 7-6(3), at the two line. The win is the junior's 30th this season. Nichols secured the second point with her first career victory over a ranked opponent. The freshman fell in the opening set, 6-2, to No. 118 Smekodub, but she stormed back to win the match by scores of 6-4, 6-1.
"This was a great win for Kewa," commented Borelli. "It is a breakthrough match for her and it could really propel her into that next level for the remainder of the season."
No. 19 Tweedie-Yates had a dogfight with No. 46 Kuehn at the one line. The TCU senior won the opening set 6-3, before she avoided a third set by winning 7-5 in the second to defeat her 14th ranked opponent this season. Tweedie-Yates has now won 13 consecutive matches to push her overall record to 29-4.
In the decisive match, Andrea Morgado lost a tightly contested match to Magas at the six line. After falling in the opening set 6-3, the freshman evened things up by winning 7-6(5) in the second. After trading points to open the third, Magas won the final three points to win 6-3.
"Andrea played well today and she really fought until the very end," said Borelli. "She was right there in the match and she'll use this as a learning experience so she can be on the other side in the next go-round."
TCU will conclude its regular season on April 17 when it hosts William & Mary at 10:30 a.m.
#19 TULANE (16-5) 4, #17 TCU (17-3) 3
Order of singles finish - 5, 4, 2, 3, 1, *6
Order of doubles finish - 1, 3, *2
* Clinching point