Frogs Top Houston, 5-2, In Conference USA Action
April 2, 2005
Fort Worth, Texas - The No. 20 TCU women's tennis team opened Conference USA play with a 5-2 victory over Houston (12-7) this afternoon at the Bayard H. Friedman Tennis Center. The Frogs swept the doubles matches and got victories from the top-four spots in the line-up in singles to improve to 15-2 overall this season.
"We played really well today considering we were missing some of our regulars in the line-up," said Head Coach Dave Borelli. "With Helena (Besovic) and Karla (Mancinas) being out, it was nice to have some of our other kids get the chance to step up and play. Gloriann (Lopez) and Kewa (Nichols) played well in doubles and they were able to give us a spark early on to propel us to the win."
No. 35 Ana Cetnik and Story Tweedie-Yates started things off by cruising to their eighth straight win and their 14th overall victory this spring when they topped Yolandi Terblanche and Biljana Dimovska, 8-1, at the one line. Paige Brown and Karla Mancinas kept their record perfect and clinched the point as they defeated Kami Miller and Brianna Bateup, 8-5, at the three. Lopez and Nichols, who have only played together twice this spring, finished off the sweep with an 8-4 victory over Sarah Reimer and Diana Martin at two.
In singles, No. 25 Tweedie-Yates extended her winning streak to double digits with a 6-1, 6-2 victory over Dimovska at the top spot in the line-up. The senior now has a 26-4 overall record this spring. Nichols, playing at the two line for the first time in her career, tallied her 18th win as she defeated Bateup in straight sets, 6-3, 6-3. Andrea Morgado clinched the match at the four position with her 6-3, 6-3 decision over Martin. The freshman is now 21-8 overall this season.
The Cougars got on the board at the six line when Tiffany McLaughlin topped freshman Lindsay McBride, 6-2, 6-1. The competition was McBride's first in the line-up this spring as she was filling in for the injured Mancinas.
Cetnik picked up TCU's final victory on the day when she defeated Terblanche, 6-4, 5-7, 10-3. The victory pushed the sophomore's record to 8-7 this season. In the final match, Houston tallied its second victory when Miller topped Lopez in three sets. The TCU junior opened the match with a 6-3 victory in the first set, but then dropped the second 6-1. In the supertiebreaker, Miller upended Lopez by the count of 10-8.
The Frogs will return to the courts against No. 29 South Alabama on Sunday morning beginning at 10 a.m. The matches will be held on the Bernard J. "Tut" Bartzen Varsity Courts.
#20 TCU (15-2) 5, HOUSTON (12-7) 2
Order of singles finish - 1, 2, *4, 6, 3, 5
Order of doubles finish - 1, *3, 2
* Clinching point