Frogs Start Spring Season Ranked No. 19
Jan. 11, 2005
Fort Worth, Texas - In the first poll of the season that was released this morning, the Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) announced that the TCU women's tennis team is the No. 19 ranked team in the country. Individually, two Horned Frog players, senior Story Tweedie-Yates and junior Helena Besovic, will start the spring ranked in the top-25 in singles and a pair of doubles teams are among the nation's top-60.
"I am very excited to see how the ITA voters potentially feel about where our team currently is," said Head Coach Dave Borelli. "It is an indication of how our program is progressing. One of our goals this year is to finish in the top-20 rankings, but we have a long road ahead of us and there are a lot of things that we want to accomplish."
Tweedie-Yates, who was the No. 2 player in the Southwest Region this fall, leads the way for the Frogs as she starts the spring as the No. 14 ranked singles player. The senior transfer from Stanford University compiled an 11-2 record thus far this season with six of her wins coming against ranked opponents. In the fall, Tweedie-Yates won a professional tournament, advanced to the quarterfinals of the Riviera/ITA All-American Championships and won a match at the ITA Indoor Championships.
Besovic, a transfer from Ouachita Baptist University, is the second TCU player to be recognized as she was tabbed the No. 25 ranked singles player in the country. The No. 1 ranked player in the Southwest Region in the fall posted a team-best 15-4 record for the Frogs and qualified for the ITA Indoor Championships.
"I am excited about having two players in the top-25 singles rankings," commented Borelli. "It will certainly help one of our goals, which is to qualify more of our players for the NCAA individual events at the end of the season."
In doubles, senior Karla Mancinas and Besovic were the 34th ranked pair in the country. The duo posted an 8-3 record and finished the fall season as the No. 2 ranked pair in the Southwest Region. Tweedie-Yates and freshman Kewa Nichols round out TCU's players in the preseason rankings. The tandem posted a 4-1 record last fall, while competing in only one event together. They finished as the No. 4 pair in the region.
"We are pleased to have two doubles teams recognized nationally," said Borelli. "It is impressive considering one of our top doubles players, sophomore Ana Cetnik, is returning for the spring and she wasn't even in the mix."
The Frogs are one of two Conference-USA teams in the rankings as Tulane, the reigning conference champion, was ninth. Overall, 17 teams on the 2005 schedule are listed in the Top-75, which includes No. 3 Clemson and No. 7 Southern California.
The Frogs will open the 2005 season on February 5 at the Bayard H. Friedman Tennis Center when they welcome Texas State to Fort Worth for a 12 p.m. match.