April 15, 2005
THIS WEEK'S ACTION
The No. 19 TCU women's tennis team rounds out its regular season on Sunday morning against No. 18 William and Mary. The match is scheduled to begin at 10:30 a.m. on the Bernard J. "Tut" Bartzen Varsity Courts at the Bayard H. Friedman 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.
LAST WEEK'S ACTION
The Frogs went 1-1 last week to push its overall record to 17-3 overall this season.
Last Friday, TCU topped No. 44 Rice, 6-1. The team won the doubles point when Paige Brown and Karla Mancinas kept their record perfect by beating Dominique Karas and Christine Dao, 8-4. In singles, TCU won five-of-six matches. Kewa Nichols became the fourth Horned Frog player to win 20-matches when she defeated Tracie Chong, 6-4, 2-6, 10-4.
A day later, the Frogs had their five-match winning streak snapped at the hands of No. 19 Tulane, 4-3.
TCU fell behind 3-0 before it started its comeback. No. 52 Helena Besovic got things started with a 7-5, 7-6(3) decision over Maria Ivanov at two. Nichols followed it up by defeating the first ranked opponent of her career over No. 118 Julie Smekodub, 2-6, 6-4, 6-1. No. 19 Story Tweedie-Yates then won her 13th consecutive match when she topped No. 46 Jenny Kuehn, 6-3, 7-5. In the deciding match, Dorottya Magas topped Andrea Morgado in three sets to secure the win for the Green Wave.
FROGS FALL TO 19TH IN ITA POLL
TCU fell two spots to 19th place in the ITA team rankings that were released on April 12. Individually, Story Tweedie-Yates is ranked 19th and Helena Besovic is 52nd. In doubles, Ana Cetnik and Tweedie-Yates are 44th in the country. The next individual rankings will be released on April 19.
Overall this season, the Frogs have been among the top-20 in 11 of the 12 rankings. The lone time they were outside the top-20 came on March 15th when they were 21st.
Sunday's match against William & Mary will be the first meeting in the series. It is also the first time that Coach Borelli has guided a team against the Tribe.
THE ALL IMPORTANT DOUBLES POINT
TCU is 15-1 when it wins the doubles point this season and 0-2 when it falls behind early in the match. The Frogs lone loss this season when winning the point came against Southern California. The team dropped the point in matches against Baylor and Tulane.
No. 44 Ana Cetnik and Story Tweedie-Yates extended their winning streak to 11-matches when they topped No. 46 Darya and Maria Ivanov of Tulane. The pair now has a 17-1 overall record at the one position with four wins over ranked opponents this season.
At the three line, Paige Brown and Karla Mancinas are 8-1. As a pair, the duo opened with eight victories before falling in defeat. At the two spot, Helena Besovic and Kewa Nichols have recently teamed up, but the duo has played together in only the last two matches.
30 X 2?
Senior Story Tweedie-Yates will look to join Helena Besovic with 30 wins this season in Sunday's match against William & Mary. The senior, who has won 13 consecutive matches dating back to Feb. 22, will likely face No. 34 Megan Moulton-Levy. This season, Tweedie-Yates has a 14-4 record against ranked opponents.
KEWA CONTINUES TO SUCCEED
Freshman Kewa Nichols extended her winning streak to five-matches with her victory over No. 118 Julie Smekodub last Saturday. The win was Nichols' first over a ranked opponent in her career. This season, she has a 21-11 record with an 8-3 mark at the no. 3 position.
PAINTING TEXAS PURPLE
TCU finished the 2005 regular season with a 7-1 record against teams from the Lone Star State. The Frogs lone loss came at the hands of Baylor in February. The team's next meeting with a state school could take place at the NCAA Regionals in May.
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.
Head Coach Dave Borelli has a 347-66 (.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 44-21 (.677) mark, which includes a 29-7 record at the Bayard H. Friedman Tennis Center, a 13-12 mark on the road and a 3-2 record on neutral courts.
SCOUTING THE TRIBE
William & Mary enters this weekend with a 16-3 overall record and a national ranking of 18th. The team has defeated 11 ranked opponents this year including then-No. 5 Duke on March 2. This weekend, the Tribe will play at No. 11 Texas on Saturday before coming to Fort Worth on Sunday.
William & Mary has three players ranked in singles. Megan Moulton-Levy is 23-10 overall this season and is 34th in the country. Megan Muth, who is 62nd, is 15-4 this spring, while Candice Fuchs is ranked 122nd with a 16-2 dual record.
In doubles, the Tribe has a pair of teams among the rankings. Fuchs and Moulton-Levy are 9-3 at the one line and are ranked 22nd in the country. Amy Wei and Muth are 20-11 overall this season, while being ranked 48th.