TCU Downs No. 17 USF, 5-2

March 5, 2016

Final Stats

FORT WORTH, Texas – A big doubles point on the road helped pave the way for the No. 3 TCU men’s tennis team to defeat No. 17 USF, 5-2, on Saturday afternoon at the USF Varsity Tennis Courts in Tampa, Fla.

After dropping the doubles match on court one, the Horned Frogs (9-2) used a win on court three as well as a tiebreaking victory on court two to secure the early lead against the Bulls (7-5).

The teams split the first sets on the six singles courts with USF picking up their first point with a win on court four, but TCU came right back to win three straight matches in straight sets. No. 24 Alex Rybakov picked up win No. 4 over a ranked opponent as he defeated No. 35 Dominic Cotrone, 6-3, 6-2. Jerry Lopez quickly followed when he downed Peter Bertran, 5-4, 7-5, on court five. No. 49 Guillermo Nuñez clinched the match once again as the sophomore was able to defeat Sasha Gozun on court three, 7-6(6), 7-5.

Trevor Johnson recorded the final point of the day for TCU after the match victory was secured as he came back to defeat Sebestien Butler on court six, 4-6, 6-3, 7-5.

Quotes of the Match
Head Coach David Roditi
Opening Statement
“Today was a great road win for the guys. This was completely different conditions than last weekend and against a very good, well coached top tennis program. Due to I being busy all week having a baby, assistant coach Devin Bowen has done a tremendous job getting the squad ready to battle. He and Facundo Lugones have been doing all the work.

“The doubles point on the road is great to get and we had our bottom two teams step up huge and win it. USF does not lose the point very often and they did have a guy hurt that I think would have made a big impact in their doubles lineup. Alex Rybakov and Jerry Lopez did a good job of getting quick singles points that put them in a tough situation where we just needed one more win. It was nice to get two more with Guillermo Nuñez clinching and Trevor Johnson pulling it out 7-5 in the third set. It is great to see different players stepping up for our squad and now they hit the road to Orlando to play UCF tomorrow. Thanks to our loyal tennis letterman who came to watch and our academic advisor Rosie Tarnowski for doing babysitting duties. It sure was a team effort today.”

Match Results
TCU vs USF Men's Tennis
Mar 05, 2016 at University of South Florida
(Varsity Tennis Courts)
#3 TCU 5, #17 USF Men's Tennis 2

Singles competition
1. #5 Roberto Cid (USF) def. #2 Cameron Norrie (TCU) 6-4, 4-6, 6-2
2. #24 Alex Rybakov (TCU) def. #35 Dominic Cotrone (USF) 6-3, 6-2
3. #49 Guillermo Nuñez (TCU) def. Sasha Gozun (USF) 7-6 (8-6), 7-5
4. Justin Roberts (USF) def. #99 Eduardo Nava (TCU) 6-2, 6-2
5. Jerry Lopez (TCU) def. Peter Bertran (USF) 6-4, 7-5
6. Trevor Johnson (TCU) def. Sebastien Butler (USF) 4-6, 6-3, 7-5

Doubles competition
1. #40 Dominic Cotrone/Justin Roberts (USF) def. Cameron Norrie/Trevor Johnson (TCU) 6-4
2. Hudson Blake/Reese Stalder (TCU) def. Roberto Cid/Sasha Gozun (USF) 7-6 (7-1)
3. Alex Rybakov/Guillermo Nuñez (TCU) def. Peter Bertran/Everth Dzib (USF) 6-3

Match Notes:
TCU 9-2; National ranking #3
USF Men's Tennis 7-5; National ranking #17
Order of finish: Doubles (1,3,2); Singles (4,2,5,3,6,1)
T-3:00 A-187

Up Next
TCU will continue action in Florida by heading to Orlando, Fla., to take on UCF on Sunday, March 6 at 11 a.m., CT, at the UCF Tennis Complex.



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