TCU Men's Tennis Rolls Over South Alabama, 6-1

Feb. 24, 2004


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.



Friday, Feb. 27

Match 1: Charlotte vs. DePaul, 10:30 a.m.
Match 2: ECU vs. Marquette, 1:30 p.m.

Saturday, Feb. 28
Match 3: TCU vs. Charlotte/DePaul, 1:30 p.m.
Match 4: Louisville vs. ECU/Marquette, 10:30 a.m.
Match 5: Loser Match 1 vs. Loser Match 2, 1:30 p.m.

Sunday, Feb. 29
Match 6: Winner Match 3 vs. Winner Match 4, 1:30 p.m.
Match 7: Loser Match 3 vs. Loser Match 4, 10:30 a.m.

#6 TCU (6-0) 6, #51 South Alabama (4-3) 1

1. #34 Franticek Babej (USA) def. #22 Alex Menichini (TCU) 6-3, 6-2
2. Fabrizio Sestini (TCU) def. Clinton Jacobs (USA) 7-6, 6-3
3. Hector Almada (TCU) def. Pavel Mazaev (USA) 6-1, 6-2
4. Jacopo Tezza (TCU) def. David Kepka (USA) 6-2, 6-1
5. Rafael Abreu (TCU) def. Evan Fowler (USA) 7-5, 7-5
6. Jacob Martin (TCU) def. Jorgen Vestli (USA) 6-4, 6-0

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

1. #10 Abreu/Sestini (TCU) def. Babej/Kepka (USA) 8-6
2. Almada/Tezza (TCU) def. Fowler/Jacobs (USA) 8-5
3. Martin/Menichini (TCU) def. Mazaev/Vestli (USA) 9-7

Order of Finish: 2, 1*, 3

* Clinching point

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