TCU women's tennis wins 2006 MWC Championship
April 29, 2006
SAN DIEGO - The 16th-ranked TCU women's tennis team claimed the 2006 Mountain West Conference Championship by defeating 29th-ranked BYU on Saturday afternoon at the Barnes Tennis Center. In their inaugural season in the MWC, the Frogs posted an 11-0 record versus conference foes to take the regular-season title along with the tournament championship. With the men's victory today, TCU became the third institution in MWC history to win the men's and women's title in the same season joining BYU (2001) and San Diego State (2003).
14th-ranked Helena Besovic and junior Ana Cetnik picked up the first win for the Frogs with an 8-6 triumph at No. 1 over Jennifer Miccoli and Anastasia Sourkova. The TCU duo finished conference play with a 10-0 record and garnered All-MWC doubles recognition.
After falling behind early in the match, sophomore Andrea Morgado and freshman Anna Sydorska clinched the doubles point for the Purple and White with an 8-6 decision at No. 2 over Dolly Chang and Sofia Holden. With the contest knotted at 6-6, Morgado held serve and won five-straight first serves.
"I thought we played really well under pressure," stated TCU head coach and Mountain West Conference Coach of the Year Dave Borelli. "On doubles, Andrea and Anna were down and they came from behind to pull out a big match to clinch the point."
Cetnik captured a 6-2, 6-0 victory over Holden at No. 4 to give TCU a 2-0 advantage in the match. Hailing from Belgrade, Serbia, Cetnik posted a record of 7-0 in Mountain West Conference action. For her efforts, she was named to the All-MWC singles squad.
Senior Gloriann Lopez bumped the Horned Frogs' lead to 3-0 after downing Miccoli 6-2, 6-4 at No. 6 for her 10th conference win of the season. Lopez, the 2006 captain, finished the regular season 14-3.
17th-ranked Nicole Leimbach clinched the championship for TCU with a decisive 6-4, 6-1 victory over 24th-ranked Olga Boulytcheva at No. 1. After trailing 4-0 in the opening set, the Colorado Springs, Colo., product battled her way back to take the opening stanza.
"Nicole's match at No. 1 was huge," stated Borelli. "She was down 4-0 and came back. I think that was a major turning point and it took a little pressure off of others. And I really think that is going to help her down the stretch confidence wise this season"
With the win, the Frogs improved to 21-6. The team awaits its next opponent and will discover its assignment on Wednesday when the 2006 NCAA Tournament field is announced on ESPNEWS. The brackets will be revealed at approximately 7:45 p.m. (CDT)
"I am really excited," Borelli concluded. "I am extremely excited for our men's team because we are so close. Now we have to get prepared for regionals and hopefully we will host. If not, we will be tough wherever we go, because we are playing really well right now."