March 17, 2005
THIS WEEK'S ACTION
The No. 21 TCU women's tennis team returns to the courts at Bayard H. Friedman Center for a pair of matches this week. The Frogs will host No. 62 Iowa on Friday at 12 p.m. and Middle Tennessee State on Saturday, also at noon. Both matches will be played on the Bernard J. "Tut" Bartzen Varsity Courts.
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.
LAST WEEK'S ACTION
The Frogs went on the road last week to win three matches against Big Ten opponents.
The team opened the week by defeating No. 47 Purdue, 4-3. The squad won the doubles point as Helena Besovic and Karla Mancinas clinched with their 8-5 win over Brooke Beier and Stephanie Wooten.
The top three spots in the line-up picked up victories over the Boilermakers. Kewa Nichols secured the win with her 1-6, 7-6(5), 6-2 victory over Shawna Zuccarini at the three spot.
The following day, TCU topped No. 27 Indiana, 5-2, in Bloomington. No. 52 Story Tweedie-Yates and Ana Cetnik clinched the doubles point with their 8-4 win over Sarah Batty and Dominika Walterova.
No. 17 Tweedie-Yates easily topped No. 99 Dora Vastag, 6-1, 6-1, at one singles. No. 52 Besovic gave the Frogs the win with her 6-1, 3-6, 6-1 decision over Sarah Batty at two.
On Saturday, the Frogs rounded out the trip with a 5-2 win over Ohio State. Paige Brown and Andrea Morgado got things started in doubles with an 8-2 win over Caitlin O'Keefe and Emily Howard at No. 3. Cetnik and Tweedie-Yates clinched with an 8-3 win over Lindsey Adams and Sonia Ruzimovsky.
In singles, the top three in the order once again were victorious for the Frogs. Besovic clinched the match with her 6-4, 6-0 win over Emily DeCamilla at two.
FROGS OFF TO BEST START SINCE 1984-85 SEASON
With their 10-1 record, the Frogs are off to their best start since the 1984-85 season as that team also posted an identical 10-1 mark record. The best start in school history came during the 1982-83 season when the team started off 12-0 under Karl Richter.
Top Starts in School History (Final Record):
1982-83 - 12-0 (1.000) (Final: 13-9)
1983-84 - 10-0 (1.000) (Final 19-5)
1979-80 - 8-0 (1.000) (Final: 22-6)
2004-05 - 10-1 (.909)
1984-85 - 10-1 (.909) (Final: 17-6)
1985-96 - 9-1 (.900) (Final: 18-6)
TCU and Iowa are tied at 1-1 in the all-time series. The last meeting came in 1997 when the Frogs topped the Hawkeyes, 7-2, in Fort Worth. In the first ever meeting, Iowa shutout TCU, 9-0, on a neutral court in Tucson, Ariz.
The Frogs are 2-0 all-time against Middle Tennessee State. Last season, TCU topped the Blue Raiders, 6-1, and in 2002, the Frogs were victorious, 5-2.
FROGS IN THE RANKINGS
The Frogs fell one spot to 21st in the latest ITA team rankings that were released on Mar. 15. Individually, Story Tweedie-Yates (17) and Helena Besovic (52) are ranked in singles. In doubles, Ana Cetnik and Tweedie-Yates are tied for 52nd. The next individual rankings will be released on Mar. 22.
SEND US ANYWHERE
TCU returns to Fort Worth on a current four-match winning streak, all of which have come away from the Bayard H. Friedman Tennis Center. Overall this season, the Frogs are 5-0 on their opponents home courts.
The Frogs have already achieved two program firsts this season. On Feb. 13, TCU defeated No. 7 Clemson, 4-3, to top the highest ranked opponent in school history. As a result on Feb. 15, the Frogs were 14th in the ITA team rankings, a new high for the program.
PAINTING TEXAS PURPLE
TCU is 5-1 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). On Feb. 22, Baylor haulted TCU's run against the state of Texas with a 5-2 victory over the Frogs in Fort Worth.
The Frogs will round out their schedule against Texas foes when Houston comes to Fort Worth on April 2 and Rice on April 8.
TWENTY TIMES TWO
Story Tweedie-Yates and Helena Besovic have both hit the 20 win mark this season. Besovic is leading the team with 24 wins to just six losses. Tweedie-Yates picked up her 20th victory on Saturday at Ohio State with a 6-1, 6-2 win over Lindsey Adams.
TWEEDIE-YATES HONORED ON MAR. 15
Story Tweedie-Yates was honored for the second time this spring as the C-USA Player of the Week after she won six matches last week to help the Frogs improve to 10-1 this season. The senior also earned the accolade on Feb. 22.
Freshman Andrea Morgado was the first player to take home the honors for TCU this spring on Feb. 15.
Head Coach Dave Borelli has a 340-64 (.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 his two plus years with the Frogs, Borelli has posted a 38-19 (.667) mark, which includes a 23-6 record at the Bayard H. Friedman Tennis Center, an 11-11 mark on the road and a 3-2 record on neutral courts.
SCOUTING THE HAWKEYES
Iowa enters the match as the No. 62nd ranked team in the country with a 7-4 record. On Wednesday, the Hawkeyes fell, 6-1, to No. 17 Baylor in Waco.
Milicia Veselinovic has the top record on the team with a 20-5 overall singles record this season. Hillary Mintz, who is ranked 91st in singles, is 8-3 this spring, playing primarily at No. 2. In doubles, Anastacia Zhukova and Hilary Tyler are on a seven-match winning streak at the No. 2 position.
SCOUTING THE BLUE RAIDERS
Middle Tennessee State enters Saturday's match on a three-match slide after falling to Boston (2-5), Florida International (0-7) and Boston College (1-6) in Miami, Fla. The Blue Raiders, who are 5-9 overall, beat Memphis, 6-1, on Mar. 4 for their last victory.
MTSU has a doubles pair, Jennifer Klaschka and Ann-Kristin Siljestrom, ranked 39th in the nation. This spring they have an 8-6 record. In singles, Klaschka is the team's top player with a 7-7 record. In the fall, TCU junior Helena Besovic topped Klaschka, 6-2, 6-2, in the qualifier of the Riviera/ITA All-American Championships.