TCU leads the way on All-MWC women's tennis awards
April 26, 2006
SAN DIEGO -- TCU women's tennis head coach Dave Borelli was named Mountain West Conference Coach of the Year while Anna Sydorska, one of four Horned Frogs selected to the all-conference singles squad, was tabbed MWC Freshman of the Year. TCU also had two doubles teams claim all-conference plaudits.
Now in his fourth year with TCU, Borelli guided the Horned Frogs to a No. 16 ITA ranking, an 18-6 overall record and an 8-0 mark in MWC matches.
"I was pretty excited about the awards we won and I was definitely excited about coach of the year," stated Borelli. I am so pleased that our kids were recognized for the work they did this season. We really still have so much ahead of us to accomplish. It was an exciting year for TCU and the Mountain West Conference in our inaugural season. We just have to move forward and continue doing well."
Borelli has a 67-29 record with TCU and a 369-74 career mark in 18 seasons. As a first-year member of the Mountain West Conference, the Frogs quickly established dominance by sweeping its initial three league opponents. TCU only got stronger as the season went on and posted a 6-1 win over defending conference champion and 26th-ranked BYU on April 7.
Sydorska earned Freshman of the Year honors after helping the Horned Frogs to the regular-season MWC title. Ranked 86th in the latest Fila Collegiate Tennis poll, Sydorska posted a 22-7 singles record from the No. 2, No. 3 and No. 4 positions. The Lviv, Ukraine, product also grabbed MWC singles honors and earned doubles honors alongside sophomore Andrea Morgado.
Senior Helena Besovic, ranked 30th in the ITA singles poll, is the reigning Mountain West Conference Player of the Week and heads into the 2006 MWC Tournament on a 16-match win streak which includes victories over six ranked opponents. Besovic also received doubles recognition while paired with junior Ana Cetnik as the duo posted an 8-0 conference mark with wins over the No. 5-rated team from New Mexico and the No. 46 duo from San Diego State.
Cetnik recorded a 5-0 mark at No. 4 singles to grab her first ever all-conference singles honor.
Sophomore Nicole Leimbach received all-conference plaudits in singles action after going 6-2 at No. 1. Ranked 17th in the ITA polls, Leimbach finished the regular season with a 14-6 record.
The TCU women's tennis team will begin its run at the 2006 Mountain West Conference Championship on Thursday at 4 p.m. (CDT) versus Wyoming.
All of the action from the 2006 tournament can be followed via live scoring at www.themwc.com.