No. 5 TCU Men's Tennis Blanks No. 18 Pepperdine for ASU Quad Title

Jacob Martin clinched the win for TCU at six singles.

Jacob Martin clinched the win for TCU at six singles.

March 8, 2004

TEMPE, Ariz.

The fifth-rated TCU men's tennis squad claimed the Arizona State Quadrangle title Monday by defeating No. 18 Pepperdine 4-0 at the Whiteman Tennis Center in Tempe. The Horned Frogs' 11-0 record ties the school record for the best start with the 1981 team. The Waves dropped to 8-5 with the loss. It was only TCU's fourth victory against Pepperdine in 16 tries.

"Today was a battle," TCU head coach Joey Rivé said. "We fought hard out there. I was proud of the way everyone competed and the effort that was given. It was a great match and a lot closer than the 4-0 score made it look."

After losing the doubles point for the first time yesterday to No. 28 Washington, the Horned Frogs grinded out a couple of wins at Nos. 2 and 3 for the early 1-0 lead. Jacob Martin and Alex Menichini improved to 10-0 on the season at three doubles by defeating Kevin Borzenski and Richard Johnson, 8-2. Martin and Menichini are 11-0 overall. Hector Almada and Jacopo Tezza clinched the win by stunning the 16th-ranked duo of Scott Doerner and Alexandre Herrera at two by an 8-5 count. The No. 1 spot belonged to the Waves' Calle Hansen and Pedro Rico, who are ranked No. 11. They defeated TCU's 10th-rated tandem of Rafael Abreu and Fabrizio Sestini, 8-4.

Tezza provided TCU's first victory in singles by downing Doerner at the No. 4 slot by scores of 6-4, 6-3 to run his record on the year to 19-6. He is also 9-1 in dual matches. Sestini continued his outstanding singles play by taking out Herrera in staight sets, 7-6, 6-4, for his seventh win in a row. He is now 10-1 in duals and 16-5 overall. The clincher was provided by Martin at six singles, where he needed three sets to dispose of Johnson, 5-7, 6-1, 6-2.

 

 

TCU will travel to Oklahoma March 13 to face No. 54 Tulsa at 1 p.m. The Horned Frogs return home March 17 to face the No. 32-ranked Miami Hurricanes at noon.

#5 TCU (11-0) 4, #18 Pepperdine (8-5) 0

SINGLES
1. #22 Alex Menichini (TCU) vs. #38 Pedro Rico (PU) DNF
2. Hector Almada (TCU) vs. #82 Calle Hansen (PU) DNF
3. Fabrizio Sestini (TCU) def. Alexandre Herrera (PU) 7-6, 6-4
4. Jacopo Tezza (TCU) def. Scott Doerner (PU) 6-4, 6-3
5. Rafael Abreu (TCU) vs. Alexis Rafidison (PU) DNF
6. Jacob Martin (TCU) def. Richard Johnson (PU) 5-7, 6-1, 6-2

Order of Finish: 4, 3, 6*

DOUBLES
1. #11 Hansen/Rico (PU) def. #10 Abreu/Sestini (TCU) 8-4
2. Almada/Tezza (TCU) def. #16 Doerner/Herrera (PU) 8-5
3. Martin/Menichini (TCU) def. Kevin Borzenski/Johnson (PU) 8-2

Order of Finish: 3, 2*, 1

* Clinching point


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