No. 13 TCU Men's Tennis Stays Unbeaten, Downs Colorado, 5-2

Feb. 15, 2004


The No. 13 TCU men's tennis team remained unbeaten Sunday afternoon, defeating Colorado by a 5-2 count on the Tut Bartzen Varsity Tennis Courts at Bayard H. Friedman Tennis Center. The Purple and White is 3-0 heading into its clash with ninth-rated Texas A&M Wednesday, Feb. 18, at 1:30 p.m. at the Friedman Tennis Center. Colorado dropped to 4-2 with the loss.

TCU found itself in some heated matches at one and two doubles after Jacob Martin and Alex Menichini snagged an easy 8-2 win at the No. 3 slot against Marek Dvorak and Peter Bjork. Finally, No. 19 Fabrizio Sestini and Rafael Abreu took out Chad Tsuda and Marcos Digliodo, 9-7, at the top spot to secure the 1-0 lead. Hector Almada and Jacopo Tezza added some insurance, beating Marko Bundalo and Evan Dixon by the same score at two.

Martin claimed a quick straight-set match against Elliot Quibell at No. 2 singles, 6-1, 6-1, to put TCU ahead 2-0 and push his dual match record on the year to 2-0. Tezza put the Frogs within a point of clinching the match when he defeated Tsuda in straight sets at four singles, 6-1, 6-1. It pushed his dual slate to 3-0 this season.

Dvorak kept the Buffaloes' hopes of coming back alive when he registered a 6-4, 6-1 decision at the No. 5 hole against Abreu. Sestini, ranked 75th, provided the clincher for the Purple and White a two with a 6-2, 6-2 decision over Digliodo. The Rome, Italy, native is still unbeaten this season (3-0) at No. 2 and has yet to lose a set. Menichini also to 3-0 at his position, one singles, with a 6-4, 6-1 conquest of Bundalo to give TCU its final point of the afternoon.

Colorado also picked up a win by default at three singles, where Almada and Bjork were battling. Bjork won the first set and was up 3-2 in the second when the match was called. It occurred after Almada crossed over to the other side of the court to discuss a line call with Bjork that was made following a rally. USTA rules forbid a player from intentionally crossing onto his/her opponent's side of the court during a game.

#13 TCU (3-0) 5, Colorado (4-2) 2

1. #44 Alex Menichini (TCU) def. Marko Bundalo (CU) 6-4, 6-1
2. #75 Fabrizio Sestini (TCU) def. Marcos Digliodo (CU) 6-2, 6-2
3. Peter Bjork (CU) def. Hector Almada (TCU) 6-3, 3-2 (default)
4. Jacopo Tezza (TCU) def. Chad Tsuda (CU) 6-1, 6-1
5. Marek Dvorak (CU) def. Rafael Abreu (TCU) 6-4, 6-1
6. Jacob Martin (TCU) def. Elliot Quibell (CU) 6-1, 6-1

Order of Finish: 6, 4, 5, 2*, 1, 3

1. #19 Abreu/Sestini (TCU) def. Tsuda/Digliodo (CU) 9-7
2. Almada/Tezza (TCU) def. Bundalo/Evan Dixon (CU) 9-7
3. Martin/Menichini (TCU) def. Dvorak/Bjork (CU) 8-2

Order of Finish: 3, 1*, 2

* Clinching point



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