TCU women's tennis ranked 14th in preseason poll

Helena Besovic is ranked in singles and doubles.

Helena Besovic is ranked in singles and doubles.

Jan. 10, 2006

FORT WORTH, Texas -- The TCU women's tennis team will begin the 2006 season ranked 14th according to the Intercollegiate Tennis Association's preseason poll released Tuesday. Four Horned Frogs were ranked in the top 50 in singles, and one doubles duo placed in the top 50 as well.

The No. 14 team billing tied a school record that was initially set in April 1982 and later equaled in February 2005. Having four Frogs ranked among the top 50 in singles was also a school record.

Headlining the individuals was sophomore All-American Nicole Leimbach at the No. 5 position. Leimbach put together a 6-1 record during the fall and became the Horned Frogs' first grand slam winner when she took home the Riviera/ITA All-American Championship singles title in October.

Senior Helena Besovic was next in line at No. 22. She recorded a 7-4 fall slate, reaching the semifinals of the Wilson/ITA Southwest Regional Championships. Besovic also posted a pair of victories in the consolation draw at the ITA National Intercollegiate Indoor Championships.

Freshman Anna Sydorska came in with a No. 30 rating after going 5-2 in her first semester at TCU. She won the consolation draw at the Cal Invitational and reached the round of 16 at the ITA Regional after knocking off Texas' Petra Dizdar, who was ranked in the top 20 during the fall.

Junior and 2005 doubles All-American Ana Cetnik received a No. 43 ranking despite playing a limited fall schedule because of injuries. Her lone singles action came at the regional, where she reached the quarterfinals and knocked off Jenny Kuehn from Tulane. Kuehn was ranked 33rd in the fall.

The doubles tandem of Besovic and Sydorska was ranked 40th thanks to a 7-1 record. They won the ITA Southwest Regional, becoming the first TCU duo in school history to do so. With their regional victory, Besovic and Sydorska earned an automatic bid to the national indoors and became the first TCU team to win a main-draw match at the event.

TCU kicks off its spring season Saturday, Jan. 28, with a 1:30 p.m. CST home match against North Texas.



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