Women’s Tennis – Horned Frogs look to strengthen game

The women’s tennis team is back in Fort Worth after a tough weekend in Columbus, Ohio, at the ITA National Intercollegiate Indoor Championship.The Horned Frogs had three players, an all-time team best, competing in the grand slam tournament.

Sophomore Nicole Leimbach, who was seeded No. 1 heading into the tournament, won her first-round singles match Thursday against No. 16 Natalie Frazier of Georgia.

Senior Helena Besovic and freshman Anna Sydorska were also victorious in doubles play. The pair beat Eva Dickes and Bianca Dulgheru from Pepperdine, who are ranked No. 47.

“The girls had a good win beating Pepperdine because they are one of the top teams in the West,” head coach Dave Borrelli said.

The Frogs faced setbacks Friday with Leimbach falling to Zuzana Cerna of Baylor in straight sets 6-3, 6-3 and Besovic and Sydorska losing to Iva Gersic and Maja Kovacek from New Mexico, who are ranked No. 3.

“The doubles team was No. 3 in the country,” Sydorska said. “They were hard, but we played well, and next time, hopefully we will play better.”

Borrelli said he agreed with Sydorska.

“We were competing with the best players in the country,” Borrelli said. “We would have liked to have done better, but the girls played very well.”

Besovic was the lone competitor Saturday for the Frogs. She won her first match Saturday but lost in the consolation semifinals to Anne Yesley of Stanford in straight sets 6-2, 7-5.

“Helena (Besovic) had some good wins this tournament,” Borrelli said. “We made a good showing and now can focus on improving for the spring season.”

The Frogs begin team play again in January.