Frogs Season Comes To A Close In NCAA Second Round
May 14, 2005
New Orleans, La. - The No. 18 TCU women's tennis team had its season come to a close this afternoon when it fell to No.16 Tulane, 4-3, in the Round of 32 of the Division I Women's Tennis Championship. This is the third time that the Green Wave has up ended the Frogs this season by the 4-3 count. TCU concludes the 2005 season with a 21-5 overall record.
"This was a heartbreaker today as Tulane seems to just have our number this season," said Head Coach Dave Borelli. "We played about as well as we could have, but they are clearly a better team this season. I am truly sad that this season has to be over because I have never loved a team as much as this group. We've accomplished a lot of firsts this season and now we're a program that will continue to rise."
Tulane jumped out to the 1-0 advantage when it won two-of-three matches to claim the doubles point for the third time this season over the Frogs. Seniors Paige Brown and Karla Mancinas won the first match on the day when they topped Nancy Kockott and Ann Maria Saaibi at the three line. The pair jumped out to 3-0 lead in the match and built their advantage to 7-3 before winning 8-5. They finish with a 14-1 record, which includes a six-match winning streak to end their careers.
The Green Wave got their first victory of the afternoon at the two position when No. 42 Jenny Kuehn and Julie Smekodub topped Helena Besovic and Kewa Nichols, 8-5. TCU was up 5-4 midway through, but Tulane's pair won the last four games to win the match.
In the decider at the one line, No. 31 Maria and Darya Ivanov topped No. 29 Ana Cetnik and Story Tweedie-Yates for the second time in as many meetings. The Tulane duo jumped out to a 6-2 lead in the match before the Frogs staged a comeback to cut the score to 6-5. After trading games, the Green Wave pair served their way to the 8-6 win to put their team up 1-0.
No. 14 Tweedie-Yates evened the match with her victory at the one spot in singles. The senior bested M. Ivanov in straight sets, 6-3, 7-5, to notch her 18th consecutive victory and improve her overall record to 34-4 this season as she heads into the NCAA Singles and Doubles Championship.
The Green Wave regained the advantage with a victory at the three position. Smekodub handed Nichols her third straight defeat by the count of 7-5, 6-4. The TCU freshman finished with an 18-7 mark in dual matches on the year.
The Frogs then won the next two matches to take a 3-2 lead. No. 40 Besovic picked up her 35th win with a three-set victory over No. 44 Kuehn at the two line. After falling in the first set 6-2, the junior stormed back to defeat the Tulane junior for the second time this season by the count of 6-3, 6-1. Cetnik put the team on top with her own three set victory at four over D. Ivanov. The sophomore opened the match with a 6-4 victory in the opening set, but Ivanov forced a third with a 6-4 win in the second. In the deciding set, Cetnik jumped out to a 4-0 lead before winning 6-2.
Tulane then picked up victories at the five and six spots to top the Frogs for the seventh straight time in the series. At six, Saaibi topped junior Gloriann Lopez in three sets. The Green Wave senior came out fast as she won the first set 6-1, but Lopez won the second 7-5. In a tight third set, Saaibi topped the TCU junior 6-4 to even the team score at three all.
At the five line, Andrea Morgado fell to No. 108 Nancy Kockott in a three-setter. Morgado claimed the first 6-4, but Kockott won the final two sets by the count of 6-3, 6-2. Morgado concludes her freshman campaign with a 24-12 overall mark.
The Frogs will send three players, Besovic, Cetnik and Tweedie-Yates, to the NCAA Singles and Doubles Championships on May 23-28 in Athens, Ga. Besovic and Tweedie-Yates will compete in singles, while Tweedie-Yates and Cetnik will pair together in doubles. The brackets will be announced following the team championship on May 22.
#16 Tulane (25-5) 4, #18 TCU (21-5) 3
Order of singles finish - 1, 3, 2, 4, 6, *5
Order of doubles finish - 3, 2, *1
* Clinching point