No. 14 TCU Beats Metroplex Rival No. 49 SMU, 6-1
Feb. 19, 2005
Dallas, Texas - The No. 14 TCU women's tennis team beat No. 49 SMU, 6-1, on Saturday afternoon at the Haggar Tennis Stadium to hand the Mustangs their first home loss this season. The Frogs won eight of the nine matches on the day to improve to 6-0 this season.
"We truly competed and we really had to earn everything that we got today," said Assistant Coach Jefferson Hammond. "The matches at the five and six spots in singles were incredibly close. Gloriann and Andrea maintained outstanding focus to give themselves the opportunity to win their matches."
At the five singles spot, junior Gloriann Lopez dropped the opening set 6-1 to Halley Rambally. Lopez rebounded to win the second, 6-2, before closing out the match 6-5 (7-2) in the breaker. Freshman Andrea Morgado also started slow as she dropped her opening set 6-2 to Brooke Rambally. Morgado fought back to even the match at a set apiece with her 6-4 win in the second. The reigning Conference USA Player of the Week closed out the match with a 10-3 win in the super tiebreaker.
"This team is so unusually competitive," said Head Coach Dave Borelli. "They really don't like to lose at all. Gloriann and Andrea are the "comeback kids". They lose the first set and they keep battling and that is important for helping us build confidence as a team."
In the remainder of the singles, the Frogs got victories in three of the top four spots in the lineup. No. 14 Story Tweedie-Yates made quick work of No. 90 Svetlana Kouzmenko, 6-0, 7-5 and No. 25 Helena Besovic topped No. 72 Jenny Langer, 6-3, 6-2.
Freshman Kewa Nichols also continued her success this spring as she improved to 6-0 when she defeated Allison Leuszler, 6-4, 6-2. Nichols has won all six of her matches this spring in straight sets. At the three spot, the Mustangs picked up their lone point of the match when sophomore Ana Cetnik retired her match when she was up 2-1 in the first against former TCU player, Jenn Chay.
The Frogs opened the day by making quick work of SMU in doubles to secure the point. Tweedie-Yates and Cetnik beat Kouzmenko and Lynsie Jones, 8-4, at the one line. No. 34 Helena Besovic and Karla Mancinas got back on track after falling on Thursday when they topped Langer and Chay, 8-6. Senior Paige Brown and Morgado also kept their record perfect with an 8-3 win over Leuszler and B. Rambally in the three position.
"The entire team really came ready to play today," said Hammond. "We really stepped up to the challenge and we were able to top our cross town rivals."
The Frogs (6-0) will return home on Tuesday for a match against No. 25 Baylor at the Bayard H. Friedman Tennis Center. The match will begin at 2 p.m.
#14 TCU (6-0) 6, #49 SMU (7-3) 1
Order of singles finish - 3, 4, *2, 1, 6, 5
* Clinching point