Frogs Compete at Baylor Invitational and North Texas Invitational

Sept. 17, 2004

The TCU women's tennis team kicked off the 2004 season on Friday with players competing at two tournaments in the state. Four student-athletes headed to Waco to compete at the Baylor Invitational, while six played at the North Texas Invitational in Denton.

At the Baylor Invite, junior Helena Besovic, a junior transfer from Ouachita Baptist, got things rolling when she defeated Georgia Tech's Dasha Potapova (6-1, 6-1) in the Round of 32. Next up for Besovic in the Round of 16 will be Blair Disesa from Rice, who is the tournament's overall No. 8 seed, on Saturday.

In doubles competition, Besovic teamed with senior Karla Mancinas to win a pair of matches on the day. The pair defeated Christine Dao and Dominique Karas of Rice in the opening round 8-2 before beating Kelly Anderson and Stephanie Balzert from Arizona, 8-5, in the Round of 16. Next up for the duo will be the tournament's No. 4 seed in Baylor's Zuzana Cerna and Zuzana Zemenova in the quarterfinals.

Freshman Kewa Nichols opened up her TCU career by dropped her opening singles match in the Round of 64 to Tulsa's Carla Zabaleta (7-5, 6-4), but she rebounded to defeat Tiffany Smith, also of Tulsa, in the Gold Back Draw 4-6, 6-1, 7-6.

Mancinas opened the tournament with a 6-1, 6-0 loss to SMU's Jenny Langer, before falling to Christine Dao of Rice in the consolations 6-4, 6-4. Junior Gloriann Lopez pulled out of her match with Pavia Mesterova of UT-Arlington due to illness. At the time, Lopez was up one set after winning the first 6-4. In the second set, it was squared away at 3-3 when the match was retired. Lopez was also unable to pair with Nichols in doubles competition.

At the North Texas Invite, freshmen Andrea Morgado, Melissa Bere, Lindsay McBride and Alex Allin made their debuts for the Horned Frogs, while seniors Paige Brown and Molly Purdy also competed for the team.

Playing in the Flight A singles, Morgado defeated Magali Riseoleo of McNeese State (6-1, 6-1) to get things started, while Brown dropped a quarterfinal match to Ina Wieding from Tyler JC (6-3, 6-3).



After receiving a first round bye in Flight B, Bere dropped a match to Cecilia Zavela of La.-Lafayette (6-0, 6-3). In a consolation match, Bere defeated La.-Lafayette's Thais Bortoletto (6-4, 6-1) to stay alive in the field. Meanwhile, McBride received a bye in her opening match and then lost to McNeese State's Marina Gando 6-1, 6-4 in the quarterfinals.

In Flight C, Allin opened up the tournament with a 6-3, 6-4 win over Natasha Jongenell of McNeese State, before falling to Dzeljan Menisi of Tyler JC in the quarterfinals 6-3, 6-1. In the second consolation final, McNeese State's Ann Grobbelaar handed Allin another defeat with a 6-2, 6-1 decision. Purdy dropped a pair of matches on the day, losing to Sara Giles of Tyler JC (6-4, 6-1) and to Susan Linden of McNeese State 6-2, 6-1.

The Frogs will resume play on Saturday morning at both events.

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