Feb. 21, 2005
THIS WEEK'S ACTION
The No. 14 TCU Horned Frogs will return to the Bayard H. Friedman Tennis Center for a match against No. 25 Baylor (3-2) on Tuesday. The match is set to begin at 2 p.m. on the Bernard J. "Tut" Bartzen Varsity Courts.
On Sunday, the Frogs will travel out of state for the first time this spring when they head to Tulsa, Okla., for a date with the Golden Hurricanes (5-5). The match with the 61st team in the nation is set to start at 11 a.m. at the Michael D. Case Tennis Center.
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.
A WEEK IN REVIEW
The Frogs defeated No. 28 Texas A&M and No. 49 SMU to run their record to a perfect 6-0 on the season. Against the Aggies, senior Paige Brown and Andrea Morgado picked up the decisive win in doubles to secure the point. In singles, the bottom half of the line-up held strong as No. 4-6 picked up victories for the Frogs to clich the win. On Saturday in their first road match of the season, TCU defeated the Mustangs 6-1. The Frogs swept the doubles point and won five of the six singles matches en route to handing SMU its first home loss this season.
The Frogs hold a 16-6 advantage in the 22 meetings in the all-time series with Baylor. In the previous 10 encounters, the two schools have each won five of the matches. Under Coach Borelli, TCU is 2-0 against the Bears, including a 5-2 victory last season in Waco.
The Frogs lead the all-time series, 11-2 against Tulsa. The only two wins for the Golden Hurricanes in the series came in 2000 and 2003. Last season, TCU won the match, 6-1, in Fort Worth.
BEST START SINCE 1984
The 6-0 record to open this season is the best spring start for the TCU women's tennis team since the 1984 season when they started out a perfect 10-0. The Frogs finished that spring with a 19-5 record.
In 1985 when the team was still playing dual matches in the fall, TCU had nine straight wins to open the season.
TCU achieved its highest ranking in the history of the program when it jumped six spots to 14th in the ITA rankings that were released on Feb. 15. The new rankings, both team and individual, are due to be released on Tuesday, Feb. 22.
A "DOUBLES" TRIO
TCU has claimed the doubles point in all six matches this season. Two of the Frogs doubles pairs are undefeated in the spring as they have led the team to doubles sweeps in four of the six matches.
At the No. 1 spot, Story Tweedie-Yates and Ana Cetnik handled the No. 28 Anna Lubinsky and Helga Vieira of Texas A&M, 8-3, last week to keep their record perfect.
Paige Brown and Andrea Morgado are 1-0 at the two and 5-0 at the three this season. Overall, they have a 15-4 record.
At the two spot, Karla Mancinas and Helena Besovic are 4-2. The pair is ranked 34th in the ITA rankings.
PAINTING TEXAS PURPLE
TCU is 5-0 against teams from the state of Texas this season. The Frogs opened the year with wins over Texas State (7-0), North Texas (7-0) and UT-Arlington (6-1). Last week, TCU defeated A&M (5-2) and SMU (6-1).
The Frogs still have three opponents from the state on the schedule. Baylor, Houston and Rice all will travel to Fort Worth.
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.
GOODBYE, FORT WORTH
After hosting Baylor on Tuesday, the Frogs will hit the road for a season-long four-game road trip. The team will face Tulsa on Sunday, before heading into Big Ten country to play Purdue, Indiana and Ohio State on March 9-12.
Head Coach Dave Borelli has a 335-63 (.842) 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 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 34-18 (.654) mark, which includes a 23-5 record at the Bayard H. Friedman Tennis Center, a 7-11 mark on the road and a 3-2 record on neutral courts.
SCOUTING THE OPPOSITION
Baylor enters Tuesday's match-up with a 3-2 overall record on the season. Their most recent victory came on Feb. 19 when they beat Pepperdine, 4-3, in Waco. The Bears have also beaten Clemson and Florida State, while falling to Georgia and Georgia Tech.
Baylor has two singles players and one doubles team in the Jan. 22 ITA rankings. In singles, sophomore Caroline Walter is 43rd and sophomore Zuzana Cerna is 92nd. In doubles, Cerna and freshman Daniela Covello are the No. 9 pair in the nation.
Tulsa currently has a 5-5 record after dropping matches at LSU and at Tulane last week. The Golden Hurricane will play Rice on Feb. 26 the day before TCU travels to Tulsa.
The Golden Hurricanes have only one singles player and a doubles team in the rankings. Daniela Muscolino is 54th in singles, while Muscolino and Carla Zabaleta are ranked 57th in doubles.
THE SECOND TIME AROUND
TCU matched up with Baylor in five matches in the fall with the Bears winning three of those contests.
In singles, Zuzana Krchnakova defeated Karla Mancinas, 7-6, 6-2, at the Baylor Invitational. In the semifinals of the invite, Caroline Walter topped Helena Besovic, 2-6, 6-2, 6-4.
Later in the fall at ITA Southwest Regional, Besovic beat Daniela Covello, 6-2, 6-1. Andrea Morgado also defeated Covello, 3-6, 7-5, 15-13.
In doubles, Mancinas and Besovic matched up with Covello and Zuzana Cerna in the finals. The Bears claimed the No. 1 spot in the region and a trip to the ITA National Indoor Championships with their 8-5 victory.
Kewa Nichols is the lone Horned Frog to face Tulsa this season. At the Baylor Invite, she fell to Carla Zabaleta, 7-5, 6-4, before beating Tiffany Smith, 4-6, 6-1, 7-6. In her third match against Lisette Pereira, she retired leading 5-2 in the first set.