No. 17 TCU Tops No. 44 Rice, 6-1
April 8, 2005
Fort Worth, Texas - The No. 17 TCU women's tennis team defeated No. 44 Rice, 6-1, on Friday afternoon at the Bayard H. Friedman Tennis Center. The victory is the Frogs' fifth straight win this season and it is their eighth consecutive victory over the Owls.
"This was a good match for our team to win because Rice is a quality opponent," said Head Coach Dave Borelli. "We had a very good intensity level throughout the match and we need to continue to play well so we're able to peak at the right time."
No. 44 Ana Cetnik and Story Tweedie-Yates got the ball rolling by picking up the first victory of the day in doubles. The pair won their tenth straight match when they topped Blair DiSesa and Medegg Egic, 8-4. Rice evened the score at the two line when Tracie Chong and Kimberly Pateneude defeated Helena Besovic and Kewa Nichols, 8-5. In the deciding match, seniors Paige Brown and Karla Mancinas improved to 8-0 this spring when they beat Dominique Karas and Christine Dao, 8-4, to give the Frogs the early advantage.
In singles, Cetnik won her fifth straight match to improve to 10-7 this season when she defeated Karas, 6-0, 6-2, at the four. In the second spot in the line-up, No. 52 Besovic topped Pateneude, 6-0, 6-1, to win her 29th match this season. In the clinching match, No. 19 Tweedie-Yates picked up her 13th win over a ranked opponent when she easily defeated No. 82 DiSesa, 6-2, 6-1. The senior has now won 12 straight matches this spring to push her record to 28-4.
At the three line, Nichols became the fourth Horned Frog player this season to reach the 20-win plateau when she beat Chong, 6-4, 2-6, 10-4. Nichols now has a 20-11 mark in her freshman campaign. Fellow freshman Andrea Morgado also got back on track with a 4-6, 6-4, 10-4 victory over Egic at the six spot. The Owls avoided the sweep when at the five spot as Dao topped Gloriann Lopez, 6-2, 2-6, 7-6(5).
TCU (17-2) will host No. 19 Tulane on Saturday beginning at 12 p.m. on the Bernard J. "Tut" Bartzen Varsity Courts. The Green Wave have defeated the Frogs in the last four meetings in the series, which includes victories in each of the last two C-USA Championship finals.
#17 TCU (17-2) 6, #44 RICE (12-6) 1
Order of singles finish - 4, 2, *1, 4, 6, 5
Order of doubles finish - 1, 2, *3
* Clinching point