Frogs Shade Sun Devils 5-2 at TCU Shootout
Feb. 2, 2003
FORT WORTH, Texas - TCU's 35th ranked men's tennis team defeated the No. 41 Arizona State Sun Devils Sunday afternoon to take third place at the TCU Shootout. No. 19 Washington took first place after beating No. 17 Pepperdine, who took second place, on Sunday morning.
TCU lost the doubles point to ASU, with the last match proving to be a nail-biter. At the No. one doubles spot, the team of Alex Menichini and Fabrizio Sestini (TCU) were down 7-8 at 40 all to Olivier Charroin and Chris Stewart (ASU). After a missed serve from Sestini followed by a missed shot from Sestini, TCU serves the deuce leading to TCU's advantage. ASU's second serve went out of bounds leading to a set score of eight all. The score of the tiebreaker was 7-3 in ASU's favor.
TCU took the No. two spot with the team of Rafael Abreu and Daniel Scholten (TCU) easily finishing off the Letcher brothers (ASU) 8-2. In the No. three spot, Ryan McBride and Pim Van Mele (ASU) defeated Jacopo Tezza and Toni Gordon (TCU) 8-5.
In the singles forum, TCU blasted the Sun Devils 5-1. At No. one, Sestini (TCU) took care of Clint Letcher (ASU) 6-4; 6-0. At No. two, Menichini (TCU) again played hard against Van Mele (ASU) with the match flip-flopping between deuce and advantage for several minutes. The first set ended in a tiebreaker score of 7-1 (TCU). In the second set, Menichini beat Van Mele 6-3. At the No. three spot, Gordon (TCU), with a cross-court on the line shot, shook off Charroin (ASU) 6-2; 6-4. At No. four, Abreu defeated Chris Letcher (ASU) 6-1; 7-5 and at No. five Chris Stewart (ASU) defeated Scholten (TCU) 6-4; 6-4. To finish up at No. six, Tezza defeated McBride 6-4; 6-2.
The Frogs will travel to Palo Alto, Calif. to take on Stanford on Feb. 8 followed by a trip to Berkeley to face California on the 10th. The Frogs return home to take on South Alabama on Feb. 17 at 1:30 p.m.
TCU def. ASU 5-2 Doubles: #1 Olivier Charroin/Chris Stewart (ASU) def. Alex Menichini/Fabrizio Sestini (TCU) 7-3 (Tiebreaker) #2 Daniel Scholten/Rafael Abreu (TCU) def. Chris Letcher/ Clint Letcher 8-2 #3 Ryan Mc Bride/Pim Van Mele (ASU) def. Jacopo Tezza/Toni Gordon (TCU) 8-5
Singles: #1 Sestini (TCU) def. Clint Letcher (ASU) 6-4; 6-0 #2 Menichini (TCU) def. Van Mele 6-7 (7-1 tiebreaker); 6-3 #3 Gordon (TCU) def. Charroin (ASU) 6-2; 6-4 #4 Abreu (TCU) def. Chris Letcher (ASU) 6-1; 7-5 #5 Stewart (ASU) def. Sestini (TCU) 6-4; 6-4 #6 Tezza (TCU) def. McBride (ASU) 6-4; 6-2