TCU Men's Tennis Falls 4-3 to South Alabama
Feb. 23, 2005
The Purple and White got swept in doubles play. USA's first victory came at the top slot where Dias Doskarayev and Clinton Jacobs toppled the 13th-ranked duo of Rafael Abreu and Fabrizio Sestini, 8-1. Sam Huffman and Tiago Santo clinched the doubles point at three when they beat Radu Barbu and Jacob Martin by an 8-5 score. Franticek Babej and David Kepka completed the sweep with a 9-7 triumph over Jordan Freitas and Jacopo Tezza at the second position.
TCU bounced back with two quick victories in singles at the Nos. 3 and 6 holes. Abreu provided the first at No. 6, downing Mark Gellard 6-1, 6-1 to remain unbeaten in dual matches. Tezza got the second point with a 6-1, 6-2 victory against Doskarayev.
The Jaguars got their second point at two singles from Jacobs, who defeated Barbu in straight sets, 7-6, 6-4. Freitas put TCU ahead 3-2 thanks to a 6-4, 7-5 win versus Santo at the No. 5 spot. As Freitas won his match, Sestini and Martin were both entering third sets in their matches at one and four singles.
Martin battled his way into a tiebreaker with Kepka and took a 4-1 lead after the first five points. Kepka responded with five unanswered points to lead 6-4, however, Martin took the next two to tie things back up heading to the changeover. The next two points belonged to Kepka, giving him a 2-6, 6-4, 7-6 win.
Sestini was down a break and Babej, who is ranked 64th, was serving up 5-4 when Martin dropped his match. The nation's 22nd-rated player, Sestini won the first point of the game, but the next four were claimed by Babej. The Jaguar won by scores of 6-7, 6-3, 6-4.
TCU will host the Conference USA Shootout over Feb. 25-27 at the Friedman Tennis Center. The Horned Frogs have a first-round bye and face the winner of DePaul-Memphis Saturday, Feb. 26, at 1:30 p.m. CST. The other Friday match features East Carolina-Saint Louis at 10 a.m. The winner takes on Louisville the next day at 10 a.m.
#51 South Alabama (6-1) 4, #13 TCU (3-1) 3
Order of Finish: 6, 3, 2, 5, 4, 1*
Order of Finish: 1, 3*, 2
* Clinching point