Frogs Top Boilermakers, 4-3, In West Lafayette
March 9, 2005
West Lafayette, Ind. - The No. 20 TCU women's tennis team topped No. 47 Purdue, 4-3, today at the Lafayette Sports Center in West Lafayette, Ind. The Frogs recorded their eighth win of the season as they won the doubles point and got victories at Nos. 1-3 in singles.
"We had some kids really step up and play well today," said Head Coach Dave Borelli. "With the injuries that we're battling as a team, we have to rally around each other. We had some players really step up today and we're going to have to continue to feed off each other as the injuries are going to affect us the rest of the season."
Purdue recorded the first victory of the day at No. 3 doubles when Alyssa Rodriguez and Hala Sufi beat Paige Brown and Andrea Morgado, 8-2. The Frogs then proceeded to claim victories at the top two spots in doubles to win the point.
No. 52 Ana Cetnik and Story Tweedie-Yates picked up their fifth win this spring as they topped Lara Burgarello and Shawna Zuccarini, 8-5. At the two spot, Helena Besovic and Karla Mancinas provided the clincher when they beat Brooke Beier and Stephanie Wooten, 8-5.
In singles, it appeared that the Frogs were going to run away with the victory after Tweedie-Yates and Besovic cruised to straight set wins. No. 17 Tweedie-Yates picked up her seventh win this spring in her 6-3, 6-0 decision over Hala Sufi. Besovic finished a short time later, as she topped Wooten, 6-2, 6-1, to record her team-leading 22nd victory.
The Boilermakers started their comeback when they picked up wins at the bottom two spots in the line-up. At the six spot, Amy Walgenbach tallied the first point for Purdue on the day with a 6-2, 6-2 victory over Mancinas. Beier then followed to bring her team to within one as she topped Gloriann Lopez, 7-6 (2), 6-3.
Freshman Kewa Nichols, who was playing in the No. 3 position for the first time in her career, clinched the match for TCU. Nichols dropped the first set 1-6 to Zuccarini and could have easily lost the match as she narrowly won the second, 7-6 (5). However, the freshman won the third set and the match by a count of 6-2. Nichols now has a team-high eight wins this spring.
In the final match at the No. 4 spot, Purdue inched closer in the team score as Rodriguez topped Cetnik in three sets, 2-6, 6-3, 6-4. Cetnik was playing the match despite battling injuries.
"This was a good road win for our team," said Borelli. "Purdue has now lost four matches by a single point this year, which includes a tough loss to a top-20 Tennessee team when they had a couple of match points. They're really a better team than their ranking indicates, so this was a quality win for our team."
The Frogs will continue its Big Ten road trip tomorrow in when they face No. 27 Indiana in Bloomington. The match will be held indoors at the IU Tennis Center beginning at 3 p.m.
#20 TCU (8-1) 4, #47 PURDUE (2-6) 3
Order of singles finish - 1, 2, 6, 5, *3, 4
Order of doubles finish - 3, 1, *2
* Clinching point