Women's tennis prepares to host NCAA opening rounds
May 10, 2006
FORT WORTH, Texas - The 16th-ranked TCU women's tennis team will make history on Friday when it becomes the first Horned Frog tennis program to host the opening rounds of the NCAA Tournament. Action is slated to begin at 3 p.m. when Big 12 runner-up and 18th-ranked Texas takes on SEC Western Division runner-up and 44th-ranked Arkansas. The Frogs will take to the courts at 6 p.m. to face Conference USA Champion Rice.
TCU comes into the tournament riding a 10-match win streak. In their inaugural campaign as a member of the Mountain West Conference, the Frogs posted an 8-0 record on their way to the regular-season title. For its efforts, the team was awarded the No. 1 seed at the MWC Championships.
The Purple and White continued strong play in the championships and dispatched three-straight opponents to claim the conference crown.
Currently, the Horned Frogs' roster boasts three ranked singles players and two doubles teams in the ITA polls. Sophomore Nicole Leimbach holds the No. 15 spot after going 22-7 during the 2005-06 season.
Senior Helena Besovic comes in at No. 28 and posted a 28-7 mark during her senior campaign. For her efforts this season, she was named to the all-MWC singles squad. Also a strong players in doubles, Besovic and junior Ana Cetnik make up the No. 14 doubles squad and garnered all-conference honors. Besovic also holds the 21st slot alongside freshman Anna Sydorska.
Sydorska, the 2006 Mountain West Conference Freshman of the Year, is ranked 115th in the latest poll and finished her rookie season with a record of 24-7. She also grabbed conference honors in singles and for her play in doubles with sophomore Andrea Morgado.
Rice comes into the tournament on a six-match win streak, including a 4-1 decision over No. 49 SMU to claim the C-USA Championship. The Owls make their way into the NCAA Tournament for the first time since the 1998 season.
TCU holds a 21-11 lead in the all-time series that dates back to 1979. In the last matchup, the Frogs posted a 6-1 triumph on April 8, 2005.
All of the action from the opening rounds of the 2006 NCAA Tournament can be followed via live scoring at www.gofrogs.com.