No. 20 TCU Upsets No. 7 Clemson, 4-3, To Remain Unbeaten
Feb. 13, 2005
Fort Worth, Texas - The No. 20 TCU women's tennis team upset No. 7 Clemson, 4-3, on Sunday afternoon at the Bayard H. Friedman Tennis Center to improve to 4-0 this season. The victory is the highest ranked opponent that the Horned Frogs have beaten in school history, as the previous highest ranked foe was No. 10 Fresno State. TCU beat the Bulldogs, 4-2, on their home courts at the 2001 WAC Championships.
"This win is a big step for our program," said Head Coach Dave Borelli. "The issue isn't winning or losing, although it's nice to win, but it's being able to compete with the elite teams in the country. Our kids played really well and they came out competing."
The Frogs started the day by sweeping the three doubles matches. Senior Paige Brown and freshman Andrea Morgado got out to a quick start as they went up 6-1 over Ioana Paun and Richelle LeSaldo. The pair closed out the match, 8-3. Senior Story Tweedie-Yates and sophomore Ana Cetnik clinched the doubles point with an 8-4 win over Julie Coin and Maria Brito. Senior Karla Mancinas and junior Helena Besovic finished off the sweep with an 8-6 win over Romy Farah and Carolina Salge.
In singles, the TCU freshmen gave the team the 3-0 advantage as Morgado and Kewa Nichols both won their matches in straight sets. Morgado was the first to finish as she took care of LeSaldo in the No. 6 spot, 6-3, 6-2. Nichols opened with a 6-3 win in the first set against Paun. In the second set, Nichols fell behind 5-3, before winning four straight points to close out the match, 7-5.
Clemson staged a comeback when Sagle upended junior Gloriann Lopez at the No. 5 spot, 7-5, 7-5, for their first point. In the highlighted match of the day, Coin, who is ranked No. 5 in the nation, beat No. 14 Tweedie-Yates, 6-3, 7-6 (5). Coin has handed the TCU senior two of her three losses this season.
Besovic clinched the match for the Horned Frogs as she beat Farah, who is ranked 88th in the country, in three sets. The TCU junior claimed the first set 7-6 (3), before falling 6-4 in the second. Besovic, who is 25th in the ITA rankings, made short work of the Clemson freshman in the third set winning 6-0.
Clemson (3-3) notched their final point of the day in the No. 3 spot when Cetnik retired her match when she was up 4-3 in the third set. The Horned Frog sophomore, who was hampered by a leg injury throughout the day, won the opening set 6-3 over the 114th ranked Brito, before falling 7-5 in the second.
"We're getting exceptional play throughout our line-up," said Borelli. "Helena and Ana, who was playing hurt, played their hearts out. In that final set, it was the best tennis the Helena has played since the fall season."
TCU will return to action on Thursday afternoon when No. 19 Texas A&M comes to Fort Worth. The match is set to begin at 2 p.m. on the Bernard J. "Tut" Bartzen Varsity Courts.
#20 TCU (4-0) 4, #7 Clemson (3-3) 3
Order of finish: 6, 4, 5, 1, *2, 3
Order of finish: 3, *1, 2
* Clinching point