TCU Men's Tennis Survives Florida State, 4-3

Rafael Abreu clinched the match for TCU at four singles.

Rafael Abreu clinched the match for TCU at four singles.

Feb. 22, 2004


The No. 13 TCU men's tennis squad got its second 4-3 victory in a row Sunday afternoon on the Tut Bartzen Varsity Tennis Courts at Bayard H. Friedman Tennis Center. This time, the Horned Frogs downed No. 36 Florida State after beating ninth-rated Texas A&M earlier in the week. Sophomore Rafael Abreu clinched the match for the Frogs with the score tied 3-3 at four singles thanks to a three-set win against Chip Webb, 6-3, 5-7, 6-2. TCU remains undefeated on the year with a 5-0 record, while the Seminoles fall to an even 4-4.

"It was a hard match, emotionally," TCU Head Coach Joey Riv? said. "Florida State came after us and fought back every time we took a lead. I was impressed with their mental toughness.

"Rafael finished strong for us. It was nice to see him win a big match. He's struggled since coming back from Christmas break and this was a huge confidence boost."

The Frogs swept the doubles, which included an upset by TCU's 19th-rated duo of Abreu and Fabrizio Sestini at one. The tandem upended No. 15 Jeff Groslimond and Chris Westerhof, 9-7, to clinch the doubles point. Hector Almada and Jacopo Tezza provided the first win at two, defeating Matt Cloer and Jonathas Sucupira, 8-6. Jacob Martin and Alex Menichini finished things off at the No. 3 hole, 9-7, versus Jarrod Owen and Chip Webb.

TCU rookie Robert Gallman put the Frogs ahead 2-0 with a victory at six singles against Owen, 6-2, 6-3. FSU registered its first point at the top position when No. 29 Cloer handed No. 44 Menichini his first loss of the spring in straight sets, 6-4, 7-5. Sestini, ranked 75th, picked up a 6-3, 7-6 triumph at the No. 2 spot over Groslimond to put the Frogs within a point of clinching.



The Seminoles stormed back with two wins, the first of which came courtesy of Sucupira at three. He ousted Tezza 7-6, 6-4, giving the Verona, Italy, native his first defeat in dual matches. Westerhof came back after losing the first set at five singles, 6-3, to defeat Martin by scores of 6-3, 6-2 in the second and third sets.

TCU will host 48th-ranked South Alabama in its next match at 1:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 24.

#13 TCU (5-0) 4, #36 Florida State (4-4) 3

1. #29 Matt Cloer (FSU) def. #44 Alex Menichini (TCU) 6-4, 7-5
2. #75 Fabrizio Sestini (TCU) def. Jeff Groslimond (FSU) 6-3, 7-6
3. Jonathas Sucupira (FSU) def. Jacopo Tezza (TCU) 7-6, 6-4
4. Rafael Abreu (TCU) def. Chip Webb (FSU) 6-3, 5-7, 6-2
5. Chris Westerhof (FSU) def. Jacob Martin (TCU) 3-6, 6-3, 6-2
6. Robert Gallman (TCU) def. Jarrod Owen (FSU) 6-2, 6-3

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

1. #19 Abreu/Sestini (TCU) def. #15 Groslimond/Westerhof (FSU) 9-7
2. Hector Almada/Tezza (TCU) def. Cloer/Sucupira (FSU) 8-6
3. Martin/Menichini (TCU) def. Owen/Webb (FSU) 9-7

Order of Finish: 2, 1*, 3

* Clinching point

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