Feb. 16, 2005
THIS WEEK'S ACTION
The No. 14 TCU women's tennis team will host No. 28 Texas A&M on Thursday afternoon at the Bayard H. Friedman Tennis Center. The match will begin at 2 p.m. on the Bernard J. "Tut" Bartzen Varsity Courts.
On Saturday, the Frogs will travel to Dallas for their first road match of the year. They will play No. 49 SMU at 2 p.m. at the Haggar Tennis Stadium.
LIVE MATCH SCORING
Live match scoring for home matches via the Internet is back for a second season this spring. It is featured on the official Web site of TCU athletics, www.GoFrogs.com. Updates from the match are given periodically as the players progress and the order of finish, along with match notes, are also available on the page.
The Horned Frogs hold a 17-14 advantage over the Aggies in 31 all-time meetings in the series. Texas A&M has narrowed the margin in the series in the last 10 encounters, winning eight of those matches. The last time TCU has defeated the Aggies was in 2000 when they scored a 5-4 victory in Fort Worth. Last season, the two schools did not face off for the first time in the history of TCU tennis.
Against the Mustangs, TCU leads the series, 22-13, in the 35 all-time meetings. SMU won its first match since 1995 last season as the two schools split a pair of matches. Overall, the Frogs have won eight of the last 10 matches in the rivalry.
TCU achieved its highest ranking in the history of the program when it jumped six spots to 14th in the latest ITA rankings that were released on Feb. 15. The Frogs won three matches last week, which included a 4-3 triumph over then-No. 7 Clemson.
A WEEK IN REVIEW
TCU improved to 4-0 with three wins last week at the Bayard H. Friedman Tennis Center. To open the week, the Frogs cruised to a 7-0 victory over North Texas on Wednesday for their second straight shutout. A day later, they beat UT-Arlington 6-1. On Sunday, TCU picked up one of the biggest wins in the program's history when they upset then-No. 7 Clemson 4-3.
NO. 7 - NO PROBLEM
The No. 20 ranked TCU Horned Frogs recorded a 4-3 victory over No. 7 Clemson on Feb. 13 in Fort Worth. The win is the highest ranked opponent that the Frogs have ever defeated in the history, topping the 4-2 win over No. 10 Fresno State at the 2001 WAC Championships. TCU could have won the match 5-2, but in the No. 3 singles position, Ana Cetnik retired her match in the third when she was up 4-3 in the decisive set. The sophomore was battling a leg injury throughout the day.
A METROPLEX SHOWDOWN
On Saturday afternoon, the Frogs will play No. 49 SMU for the 36th time in the series. Last season, TCU won the opening match with the Mustangs on Feb. 10 by the count of 4-3 in Fort Worth. The two schools met again at the NCAA Regionals on SMU's campus in Dallas where the Mustangs ended the Frogs' season with their 4-2 victory.
FROSH HONORED BY C-USA
Freshman Andrea Morgado was named the C-USA Player of the Week on Feb. 15. The Plano, Texas, native won six matches last week to help TCU remain unbeaten on the season at 4-0.
Kewa Nichols and Andrea Morgado are a perfect 8-0 combined this season for the Frogs in singles. Individually, the pair has yet to drop a set in a dual match. Nichols has a 9-7 overall record, while Morgado has the third most wins on the team with a 13-5 mark. Morgado is also 4-0 in doubles with senior Paige Brown.
PAINTING TEXAS PURPLE
TCU is 3-0 against teams from the state of Texas this season as they opened the year with wins over Texas State (7-0), North Texas (7-0) and UT-Arlington (6-1).
The Frogs still will play five opponents from the state. A&M, Baylor, Houston and Rice all come to Fort Worth, while TCU travels to Dallas.
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. The next individual rankings will come out of Feb. 22.
A GRUELING STRETCH
Of the remaining 17 matches on the schedule, 15 of those opponents are ranked in the top-75 in the ITA rankings. The Frogs are in the midst of a nine-match stretch against ranked foes. The next team on the slate that isn't in the top-75 is Middle Tennessee State on Mar. 19.
Head Coach Dave Borelli has a 334-63 (.841) record during his 16 year coaching career. He also has the most national titles of any active coach in the NCAA's (both men and women). Former Stanford men's coach Dick Gould has the most titles with 17, but he retired at the end of the 2003-04 season.
In two years with the Frogs, Borelli has posted a 33-18 (.647) 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.
HEY, I KNOW YOU....
Jenn Chay, a sophomore at SMU, played her freshman season for the Horned Frogs last season. While with the Frogs, Chay had the third most wins on the team in singles. She posted an 18-17 overall record playing primarily in the No. 2 position.
In the fall, Chay matched up with TCU freshman Lindsay McBride in a singles match at the Baylor Invitational and came away with a 6-1, 6-2 victory in the first head-to-head matchup with her old school.
SCOUTING THE OPPOSITION
Texas A&M enters the contest with a 2-6 overall record on the year. Four of its losses have come against teams that were ranked in the top-15 in the nation at the time. Last week, A&M lost at Purdue, 4-3, before ending its four-match losing streak with a 4-3 win at Indiana.
The Aggies have one singles player and one doubles pair among the ITA rankings. Senior Helga Vieira is No. 47 in singles and she teams with sophomore Anna Lubinsky to form the No. 28 doubles tandem in the country.
The Horned Frogs met A&M in two singles matches in the fall. TCU's Helena Besovic beat Vieira, 6-4, 6-3, in at the ITA Southwest Regional, while Tiffany Clifford defeated Andrea Morgado, 6-3, 7-6.
SMU enters the contest with a 7-2 overall record, including a perfect 6-0 mark at Haggar Tennis Stadium. The Mustangs two losses came on the road as they fell to Tulsa (4-2) on Jan. 30 and lost to Arkansas, 7-0, on Feb. 15.
The Mustangs have two players ranked in singles. Senior Jenny Langer is 72nd, while junior Svetlana Kouzmenko is 90th.