TCU Downs Louisville 4-2 to Win C-USA Shootout

Feb. 27, 2005

FORT WORTH, Texas -- The No. 13 TCU men's tennis team grinded out a 4-2 victory Sunday over No. 37 Louisville to win the Conference USA Shootout for a fourth consecutive year. TCU hosted the match on the Bernard J. "Tut" Bartzen Varsity Tennis Courts at the Bayard H. Friedman Tennis Center in Fort Worth, Texas. The Horned Frogs improved to 5-1 and the Cardinals dropped to 9-6 on the year.

Like its match with Memphis Saturday, TCU won an exciting doubles point over U of L for the early 1-0 lead. The 13th-ranked duo of Rafael Abreu and Fabrizio Sestini downed No. 53 Jeremy Clark and Jakob Gustafsson at the top slot, 8-2. The Cardinals struck back with an 8-6 win at No. 2 courtesy of Octavian Nicodim and Slavko Radman. They defeated Jordan Freitas and Jacob Martin. In the deciding match at three doubles, Radu Barbu and Jacopo Tezza won by a 9-8 count against Damar Johnson and Tony Teufel.

Martin gave the Horned Frogs a 2-0 advantage when he made short work of Nicolas Houard at the No. 5 hole, winning by scores of 6-0, 6-1. Abreu put the Frogs within a point of clinching when he registered a 6-2, 6-2 decision over Jhonny Berrido at No. 6 singles.

Johnson got the Cards on the board with a 6-4, 7-6 victory against No. 22-rated Sestini at one singles. Radman followed up Johnson's win by pulling out a three-setter against Freitas at the third position, 6-4, 2-6, 6-4. Barbu ended Louisville's hopes of completing the comeback when he defeated Nicodim in straight sets at four singles, 7-6, 7-5.

Tezza and Gustafsson's match at the No. 2 slot was suspended in the third set after Barbu secured the TCU win. Tezza was leading 4-3.

TCU hosts No. 2-ranked Virginia Friday, March 4, at noon CST. The Cavaliers made headlines earlier in the month when they reached the championship match of the ITA National Intercollegiate Indoor Championships. Before losing to No. 1 Baylor in the final, UVa knocked off national powers Stanford, UCLA and Mississippi.

#13 TCU (5-1) def. #37 Louisville (9-6), 4-2

1. Damar Johnson, UL, def. #22 Fabrizio Sestini, TCU, 6-4, 7-6
2. Jacopo Tezza, TCU, vs. Jakob Gustafsson, UL, DNF
3. Slavko Radman, UL, def. Jordan Freitas, TCU, 6-4, 2-6, 6-4
4. Radu Barbu, TCU, def. Octavian Nicodim, UL, 7-6, 7-5
5. Jacob Martin, TCU, def. Nicolas Houard, UL, 6-0, 6-1
6. Rafael Abreu, TCU, def. Jhonny Berrido, UL, 6-2, 6-2

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

1. #13 Abreu/Sestini, TCU, def. #53 Jeremy Clark/Gustafsson, UL, 8-2
2. Nicodim/Radman, UL, def. Freitas/Martin, TCU, 8-6
3. Barbu/Tezza, TCU, def. Johnson/Tony Teufel, UL, 9-8

Order of Finish: 1, 2, 3*

* Clinching point



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