Frogs Make History At NCAA Championships
May 25, 2005
Athens, Ga. - It was a day of firsts for the TCU women's tennis team at the NCAA Singles and Doubles Championships today at the Dan Magill Tennis Complex in Athens, Ga., as the Frogs had players advance farther than anyone in the history of the program. Senior Story Tweedie-Yates became the first player on the women's side to move into the quarterfinals in singles. She is also only the second player in school history, both men and women's, to qualify as she is joining former men's player Esteban Carril (1999). In doubles, sophomore Ana Cetnik and Tweedie-Yates also became the first TCU women's duo to advance into the quarterfinals as they shocked the No. 6 team in the country. By advancing, both players now assure themselves of All-America status this season with Tweedie-Yates being honored in both singles and doubles.
No. 14 Tweedie-Yates opened the day by easily defeating her former Stanford teammate in straight sets for the second time this season. The Redmond, Wash., native won her 21st consecutive match as she cruised to a 6-3, 6-1 victory over No. 32 Theresa Logar. The senior now has a 37-4 overall record, which includes a 19-4 mark against ranked opponents.
"Story is playing at an exceptionally high level right now," said Head Coach Dave Borelli. "When you get to this point in the season, you have to bring your top game and that is certainly the level she is at right now."
Tomorrow morning at 10 a.m. (CST), Tweedie-Yates will square off with third-seeded Audra Cohen of Northwestern. Cohen, a freshman, won the Riviera/ITA All-American Championship in the fall.
In doubles, No. 29 Cetnik and Tweedie-Yates assured themselves of All-America status when they shocked No. 6 Catrina and Christian Thompson in straight sets, 6-1, 6-2. The pair now has a 21-3 overall record this season.
"The difference with this team from earlier in the season is Ana is serving overhand," said Borelli. "All year she's been serving underhand due to an injury and we were still able to post a really good record. I've felt all season that they had the capability to be one of the top teams in the country, but we were kind of handicapped by her serve. This week everything has come together and they're really playing solid tennis right now."
Cetnik and Tweedie-Yates will face either No. 3 Audrey Banada and Megan Bradley of Miami (Fla.) or No. 9 Jennifer Magley and Zerene Reyes of Florida on Thursday. The match will not start before 1:30 p.m. (CST).
Tweedie-Yates and Cetnik are the fifth and sixth All-Americans in TCU history. The last time the Frogs had a player honored was when Lucie Dvorakova and Daria Zoldakova were doubles All-Americans in 2000. Rene Simpson was the only previous singles honoree in school history, which happened in 1988. She also teamed with Tory Plunkett to earn doubles accolades that same season.