Frogs Fall Just Short Against No. 5 USC
March 23, 2005
Los Angeles, Calif. - The No. 20 TCU women's tennis team had its six-match winning streak snapped by No. 5 Southern California on Wednesday afternoon at Marks Tennis Stadium in Los Angeles. The Frogs won the doubles point and picked up singles wins by Story Tweedie-Yates and Andrea Morgado, but they fell to the Women of Troy, 4-3.
"This was an extremely close match and we had a good opportunity to come away victorious," said Head Coach Dave Borelli. "I wouldn't be honest if I said I wasn't disappointed with this loss. We're not satisfied in losing a close match to the No. 5 team in the country. We really expected to win this match and I really believe that we should have."
The Frogs got off to a good start on the day by claiming the doubles point. Anca Anstasiu and Dianne Matias won the first match when they topped Helena Besovic and Andrea Morgado at the two line, 8-6. No. 25 Ana Cetnik and Tweedie-Yates got the team on track as they won their 12th match of the year when they defeated Nicole Leimbach and Carine Vermeulen, 8-4. In the deciding match, seniors Paige Brown and Karla Mancinas improved to 4-0 this spring with their 8-6 win over Lindsey Nelson and Taylyn Synder.
TCU jumped out to a 2-0 lead when No. 25 Tweedie-Yates picked up her fifth win against a ranked opponent this season as she beat No. 11 Leimbach, 6-1, 6-2.
"Story came out with a purpose today and really played well," said Borelli. "She came out and dominated the 11th ranked player in the country."
The Women of Troy charged back to win the next four matches to improve to 11-1 this spring. Matias beat Cetnik, 6-2, 6-1, at four. No. 10 Nelson ended No. 56 Besovic eight-match winning streak with her 6-2, 6-2 decision at the two position. Anastasiu defeated Kewa Nichols, 6-3, 6-1, at three, and Vermeulen topped Gloriann Lopez, 6-2, 6-1 at the five spot.
The Frogs got their final point on the afternoon in the final match of the day. Morgado won her third straight match when she defeated Synder, 7-6(1), 6-2, at the six spot. The freshman now has an 18-8 record this season.
TCU (12-2) returns to the courts in Malibu, Calif., on Thursday against No. 31 Pepperdine at the Ralph-Straus Tennis Center.
#5 SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA (11-1) 4, #20 TCU (12-2) 3
Order of singles finish - 1, 4, 2, 3, *5, 6
Order of doubles finish - 2, 1, *3
* Clinching point