TCU Men's Tennis Rolls Over South Alabama, 6-1
Feb. 24, 2004
FORT WORTH, Texas
Shortly after moving up to No. 6 in the country, the TCU men's tennis team proved it was worthy of its ranking by defeating No. 51 South Alabama, 6-1, Tuesday at the Bayard H. Friedman Tennis Center. The match was played indoors due to inclement weather. The Horned Frogs are still undefeated this season with a 6-0 record. South Alabama suffered its third loss in a row and fell to 4-3.
The doubles point was won by TCU with relative ease. The first victory came at two from Hector Almada and Jacopo Tezza by an 8-5 count versus Evan Fowler and Clinton Jacobs. The 10th-rated duo of Rafael Abreu and Fabrizio Sestini downed Franticek Babej and David Kepka at the top slot, 8-6, to clinch the 1-0 lead. Jacob Martin and Alex Menichini came back from 3-0 to upend Pavel Mazaev and Jorgen Vestli at three doubles by a score of 9-7 to stay unbeaten on the season at 7-0.
Points two and three came within minutes of each other. First, Tezza made short work of Kepka at the No. 4 hole, 6-2, 6-1, and Almada overpowered Mazaev at three, 6-1, 6-2. The Jaguars finally got on the board when No. 34 Babej upset No. 22 Menchini at one singles, 6-3, 6-2. The match belonged to the Horned Frogs after Sestini picked up a straight-set decision against Jacobs at two, 7-6, 6-3.
Abreu, who was chosen as Conference USA's Co-Men's Tennis Player of the Week today, put the Frogs ahead 5-1 thanks to a 7-5, 7-5 victory over Fowler at the fifth position. Martin put the final icing on the cake when he dismantled Vestli at six singles, 6-4, 6-0.
The Horned Frogs will now host the Conference USA Shootout over Feb. 27-29 at the Friedman Tennis Center. Teams included in the event are Charlotte, DePaul, East Carolina, Louisville, Marquette and TCU. The Frogs have a bye on the first day and will face the winner of Charlotte and DePaul Saturday at 1:30 p.m. Louisville also has a free pass on day one and takes on the winner of East Carolina and Marquette Saturday at 10:30 a.m. A complete schedule of play is listed below.
SCHEDULE OF PLAY
Friday, Feb. 27
Match 1: Charlotte vs. DePaul, 10:30 a.m.
Match 2: ECU vs. Marquette, 1:30 p.m.
Saturday, Feb. 28
Sunday, Feb. 29
Order of Finish: 4, 3, 1, 2*, 5, 6
Order of Finish: 2, 1*, 3
* Clinching point