Frogs Shine On Saturday At Three Different Tournaments

Senior Karla Mancinas teamed with junior Helena Besovic to move onto the finals in doubles play at the Baylor Invitational.

Senior Karla Mancinas teamed with junior Helena Besovic to move onto the finals in doubles play at the Baylor Invitational.

Sept. 18, 2004

The TCU women's tennis team had a strong days at two tournaments in Texas and one in Mexico. Story Tweedie-Yates moved on to the finals of the Matamoros Tournament, Helena Besovic advanced to the semifinals of the Baylor Invitational and Andrea Morgado moved on to the Flight A Finals at the North Texas Invitational.

At the Matamoros Tournament, Tweedie-Yates advanced to the finals of a professional tennis tournament for the first time in her career. The Horned Frog senior defeated Alicia Pillay of South Africa 6-3, 6-2. Pillay formerly played collegiate tennis at Tulsa. She will compete in the finals tomorrow in Matamoros, Mexico.

In Waco at the Baylor Invitational, junior Helena Besovic continued an impressive run as she knocked off a pair of seeded players en route to the semifinals. In her first match of the day, she defeated the No. 8 seed in Blair DiSesa of Rice 6-1, 6-1. In the quarterfinals, Besovic handled the Texas' Petra Dizdar 6-2, 6-3. Dizdar is ranked No. 20 in the nation in the ITA Fall Rankings and is the Longhorns No. 1 player. Last year, she was the No. 2 player in the Southwest Region.

Besovic will square off with the No. 4 seed, Caroline Walter of Baylor in the semifinals on Sunday morning. Walter, the No. 31 ranked player in the ITA rankings, advanced to the finals after beating the No. 7 seed Kelly Anderson from Georgia Tech in three sets, 6-3, 5-7, 6-4.

In doubles action, Besovic and senior Karla Mancinas advanced to the semifinals before falling to Kristi Miller and Alison Silverio of Georgia Tech 8-6. In the quarterfinals, the pair got a win over Zuzana Cerna and Zuzana Zemenova of Baylor due to an injury.

In the Gold Back Draw, freshman Kewa Nichols advanced in three sets over UT-Arlington's Anete Rozkalne, 4-6, 7-6, 7-6. Nichols will square off with Lisette Pereira of Tulsa on Sunday.

In Denton at the North Texas Invitational, freshman Andrea Morgado defeated Megan Schmulbah of North Texas 4-6, 6-4, 6-0 to move on to the Flight A main final. In the consolation half of the bracket, senior Paige Brown defeated Magli Risoleo from McNeese State 6-3, 4-6, 6-3.



In the Flight B Consolation, freshman Lindsay McBride fell to Katherine Harris of North Texas 6-3, 6-1, while freshman Melissa Bere fell to Ame Blacketer 6-3, 6-4.

In doubles action, Brown and Morgado advanced to the finals of the Doubles A Draw. After receiving a bye in the Round of 16, the pair defeated Brooke Mills and Dzeljan Memisi of Tyler JC, 8-5 in the quarterfinals. In the next match, they defeated Risoleo and Urska Dobersek of McNeese State 8-0 to move onto the finals.

Bere/McBride also received a bye in the Round of 16, but in the quarterfinals, the pair fell to La.-Lafayette's Thais Bortoletto and Celine VanWeydeveld, 8-5. In the backdraw, they were eliminated from the tournament with a 8-4 loss to Ashley Sammis and Aziza Aba Butain of North Texas 8-4.

In the Doubles B Draw, Alexandra Allin and Molly Purdy dropped a match to Ann Grobbelaar and Madeleine Hakansson of McNeese State 8-3. Tomorrow, the pair will play for third place in the consolation draw.

On Sunday, the Frogs will look to build on Saturday's success as they close out action in all three tournaments.

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