It’s been exactly 17 days since California’s women’s tennis team has played an NCAA match, yet TCU head coach Dave Borelli said the No. 9 Golden Bears will likely be as dangerous as ever in today’s afternoon match.”(California’s long layoff) is both good and bad,” Borelli said. “In tennis they are used to doing that. It gives you a chance to take it easy and get back on track again. If they beat us, it was a good thing (for them); if they don’t, it was a bad thing.”
California, whose last match was a March 11 loss to No. 1 Stanford, will have to deal with the momentum that No. 22 TCU will bring into the game. Borelli’s squad is 11-5 overall and is currently riding a four-game winning streak. The team’s last match was a resounding 7-0 victory Sunday over Colorado State, raising the Frogs to 3-0 in conference play on the season.
Borelli said the Golden Bears, despite being ranked 13 spots higher than TCU, may be closer to the Frogs’ level than it seems.
“They’re in a group of teams that we’ve played with that we’ve beaten and lost to,” Borelli said. “We have a team that’s capable of winning. I truly think we’ll play well tomorrow; on paper they’re nine and were 22, but I certainly think we are a good team and we can play with them. Our goal is to focus on continuing to improve.”
One way Borelli has fulfilled that desire to improve has been in doubles play. Though the team’s pairings have been in perpetual motion as of late, those changes are more about keeping things fresh than battling inefficiency.
“I had to make a change only because sometimes it gets stale,” Borelli said. “Trying to find personalities in women’s tennis is a big thing. We felt it probably would psychologically be a little bit better. I think on balance, we’re better on all three doubles (teams) this way.”
Today’s match is scheduled for 1:30 p.m. at the Bayard H. Friedman Tennis Center.