Feb. 8, 2005
THIS WEEK'S ACTION
The No. 20 TCU women's tennis team returns to action with three matches at the Bayard H. Friedman Tennis Center. The Frogs begin the week with North Texas on Wednesday at 2 p.m., followed by Texas-Arlington on Thursday at 2 p.m. After a two day layoff, TCU will face its first ranked foe of the season on Sunday when No. 7 Clemson comes to Fort Worth for an 11 a.m. match. All matches will be played on the Bernard J. "Tut" Bartzen Varsity Tennis Courts.
The Horned Frogs have a perfect 37-0 combined record against North Texas and UT-Arlington. Against the Mean Green, TCU is 27-0. Last season, TCU defeated North Texas 6-1 on March 11. The Frogs are 10-0 all-time against the Mavericks. In 2004, TCU won 5-0 in Arlington.
TCU will be meeting Clemson for the first time since the 1992 season when they dropped a tight 5-4 decision in Fort Worth. The victory propelled the Tigers to the 3-2 lead in the all-time series with the Horned Frogs.
A WEEK IN REVIEW
TCU opened the 2005 spring season with a 7-0 sweep over Texas State in Fort Worth as the Frogs dropped only seven games in singles. Ana Cetnik and Story Tweedie-Yates dominated their first doubles match as a team, winning 8-1 over Melanie Hall and Tina Klemenc. Gloriann Lopez and Kewa Nichols secured the doubles point with a 8-3 victory over Natalie McLeod and Leja Sirola. No. 25 Helena Besovic clinched the match for the Frogs with her 6-1, 6-0 victory over Jana Cucciniello in the No. 2 singles.
LOVE & LOVE
Junior Gloriann Lopez, who was 3-4 in the fall season while battling injuries, opened the spring season with a dominating 6-0, 6-0 win over Sumarie Muller in the No. 4 singles spot. Lopez also teamed with Kewa Nichols in doubles and scored a 8-3 victory to clinch the point for the Frogs. Lopez was the No. 17 player in the Southwest region at the conclusion of the fall.
HEY, I WANNA REMATCH!
No. 14 Story Tweedie-Yates will look to avenge one of her two fall losses on Sunday when No. 5 Julie Coin of Clemson comes to Fort Worth. At the ITA National Indoor Championships in November, Coin beat the TCU senior by the count of 6-3, 6-3 in the Round of 16.
FROGS IN THE NATIONAL RANKINGS
In singles play, TCU has two players among the top-25 in No. 14 Story Tweedie-Yates and No. 25 Helena Besovic. In doubles, Besovic and Karla Mancinas were ranked 34th, while Tweedie-Yates and Kewa Nichols came in at 59th.
BRING ON THE RANKED FOES
Sixteen of the 21 teams that are on the TCU schedule are currently ranked in the ITA Division I National Team Rankings. After three matches against non-ranked opponents to start the season, the Frogs will open a streak of nine-straight matches against ranked foes on Feb. 13 when No. 7 Clemson comes to Fort Worth.
The Horned Frogs finished the fall season with three players and three doubles teams ranked in the Southwest Region.
Helena Besovic and Story Tweedie-Yates were first and second, respectfully, while Gloriann Lopez was 18th.
In doubles, Besovic and Karla Mancinas finished second, Tweedie-Yates and Kewa Nichols were fourth and Paige Brown and Andrea Morgado were 13th.
Besovic and Tweedie-Yates advanced to the ITA National Indoor Championship, which was the first time that TCU has qualified more than one player. It was only the second time a player had ever competed in the event.
Tweedie-Yates also became only the second player at TCU to move on to the quarterfinals at the Riviera/ITA All-American Championship.
Two Horned Frog players garnered recognition for two of the three Player of the Month honors during the fall season.
Helena Besovic was honored for her play in the month of November, while Story Tweedie-Yates was recognized her play in December.
Head Coach Dave Borelli has a 331-63
(.840) record during his 16 year coaching career.
In two years with the Frogs, Borelli has posted a 29-18 (.617) mark, which includes a 20-5 record at the Bayard H. Friedman Tennis Center, a 6-11 mark on the road and a 3-2 record on neutral courts.
SCOUTING THE OPPOSITION
North Texas enters Wednesday's match with a perfect 3-0 record after winning two matches last Saturday over UT-San Antonio (6-1) and North Central Texas College (7-0). On Feb. 4, the Mean Green faced Texas State and won 5-2. TCU beat the Bobcats, 7-0, on Feb. 5.
Thursday's match against UT-Arlington is the first match of the season for the Mavericks. UTA and TCU met in three matches at the Baylor Invitational in the fall. TCU was 2-1 in those contests.
Fall results vs. UTA:
P. Brown (TCU) def. J. Shepard (UTA), 6-2, 6-0; P. Mesterova (UTA) def. Glor. Lopez (TCU), 4-6, 3-3 (ret.); K. Nichols (TCU) def. A. Rozkalne (UTA), 4-6, 7-6, 7-6.
Clemson enters the weekend as the No. 7 team in the country with a 2-1 overall record. The Tigers opened the season with a victory over Virginia Tech before playing in the ITA National Indoor Championships in Madison, Wis. They opened the championship with a tight 4-3 victory over then-No. 4 UCLA. In the second round, the Tigers dropped a 5-2 match to then-No. 14 Kentucky.
Clemson has four players, Julie Coin (5), Romy Farah (88), Daniela Alvarez (97) and Maria Brito (114), ranked in the top-125 in the ITA rankings. In doubles, Alvarez and Brito are ranked 21st, while Coin and Alix Lacelarie are 25th.