Frogs Rebound To Record a 5-2 Victory Over No. 55 Tulsa

Freshman Kewa Nichols

Freshman Kewa Nichols

Feb. 27, 2005

Tulsa, Okla. - The No. 14 TCU women's tennis team rebounded from its first loss of the season with a 5-2 victory over No. 55 Tulsa at the Michael D. Case Tennis Center. The Frogs won six of the nine matches in the match despite playing without two of their regulars, sophomore Ana Cetnik and freshman Andrea Morgado, missed the match due to injury.

"The team really stepped up today and our overall depth showed," said Assistant Coach Jefferson Hammond. "Karla (Mancinas) and Paige (Brown) paired together for the first time today in doubles and they played really well. Considering our injuries with Ana and Andrea, we came out focused and we were able to pick up the win."

In doubles, seniors Brown and Mancinas got TCU going by shutting out Kindsay Grimes and Agostina Santoro, 8-0, in the No. 3 doubles. At the one spot, the Golden Hurricanes evened the score when No. 57 Daniela Muscolino and Carla Zabaleta defeated senior Story Tweedie-Yates and junior Helena Besovic, 8-5. It was the first time that both pairs were playing together this season.

In the No. 2 position, freshman Kewa Nichols and junior Gloriann Lopez clinched the match for the Frogs with their 8-6 victory over Lisette Pereira and Timberly Greenly. It is the second win this spring for the pair as they were victorious in the season opening match against Texas State.

"Gloriann and Kewa came through today to clinch the doubles point," said Hammond. "It was important for us to start strong in this match and win the point."

In singles action, Tweedie-Yates, Besovic and Nichols were the only players in their regular positions in the line-up and all three came away with victories. No. 10 Tweedie-Yates, who last week was the C-USA Player of the Week, topped No. 54 Muscolino, 6-1, 6-3, to pick up her 17th win this season. No. 46 Besovic topped Zabaleta, 6-4, 6-0, for her team leading 21st win this season and Nichols topped Pereira, 6-4, 7-5.



In the bottom of the line-up, Mancinas and Brown played in singles for the first time this spring. Mancinas picked up her first victory this season with a 6-4, 6-4 win over Greenly at No. 5. Meanwhile Brown fell to Grimes, 6-2, 6-1, at the No. 6 spot.

Tulsa (5-7) got its second point on the day at No. 3 singles where Santie Delport topped Lopez, 6-3, 6-3. The TCU junior was making her first appearance of the year in the upper third of the line-up as she had previously played primarily in the No. 5 and 6 spots.

The Frogs (7-1) will have a week off before heading to Big Ten Country for three matches on March 9-12 against Purdue, Indiana and Ohio State.

#14 TCU (7-1) 5, #55 Tulsa (5-7) 2

No. 1 No. 10 Story Tweedie-Yates (TCU) def. No. 54 Daniela Muscolino (TU) 6-1, 6-3
No. 2 No. 46 Helena Besovic (TCU) def. Carla Zabaleta (TU) 6-4, 6-0
No. 3 Santie Delport (TU) def. Gloriann Lopez (TCU) 6-3, 6-3
No. 4 Kewa Nichols (TCU) def. Lisette Pereira (TU) 6-4, 7-5
No. 5 Karla Mancinas (TCU) def. Timberly Greenly (TU) 6-4, 6-4
No. 6 Kindsay Grimes (TU) def. Paige Brown (TCU) 6-2, 6-1

Order of finish: 6, 2, 3, 1, *5, 4

No. 1 No. 57 Muscolino/Zabaleta (TU) def. Tweedie-Yates/Besovic (TCU) 8-5
No. 2 Nichols/Lopez (TCU) def. Pereira/Greenly (TU) 8-6
No. 3 Mancinas/Brown (TCU) def. Grimes/Agostina Santoro (TU) 8-0

Order of finish: 3, 1, *2

* Clinching point

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