Horned Frogs Lose to No. 19 Pepperdine, 4-0

March 12, 2005

BERKELEY, Calif. -- The 22nd-ranked TCU men's tennis team lost its third match in a row Saturday to No. 19 Pepperdine, 4-0, in Berkeley, Calif. The Horned Frogs dropped to 5-4 on the year with the loss, while the Waves upped their record to 9-2.

TCU won only one of the three doubles matches to fall behind early, 1-0. Rafael Abreu and Fabrizio Sestini, rated No. 13 in the nation, picked up the Frogs' lone victory at the top slot against No. 16 Scott Doerner and Pedro Rico, 8-5. Kevin Borzenski and Richard Johnson clinched the point for Pepperdine by downing Jordan Freitas and Jacob Martin at the third position by an 8-6 score.

Ivor Lovrak put the Waves ahead 2-0 with a 6-2, 6-2 triumph at five singles over Martin. Johnson was Pepperdine's next winner, beating Freitas by scores of 6-3, 6-4 at the No. 4 hole. Rico, ranked 17th in singles, put the match in the books with a 6-3, 7-6(6) victory at two singles versus Jacopo Tezza.

The remaining matches at one, three and six singles were suspended in third sets once Pepperdine secured the win. Sestini was up 1-0, Radu Barbu was tied 1-1 and Abreu trailed 4-0.

TCU returns to action March 16 when it hosts No. 5 Duke at noon CST. The match will be played on the Bernard J. "Tut" Bartzen Varsity Tennis Courts at the Bayard H. Friedman Tennis Center in Fort Worth, Texas.

#19 Pepperdine (9-2) def. #22 TCU (5-4), 4-0

1. #21 Fabrizio Sestini, TCU, vs. #81 Scott Doerner, PU, 4-6, 6-3, 1-0
2. #17 Pedro Rico, PU, def. Jacopo Tezza, TCU, 6-3, 7-6(6)
3. Radu Barbu, TCU, vs. Jonas Berg, PU, 6-3, 2-6, 1-1
4. Richard Johnson, PU, def. Jordan Freitas, TCU, 6-3, 6-4
5. Ivor Lovrak, PU, def. Jacob Martin, TCU, 6-2, 6-2
6. Rafael Abreu, TCU, vs. Alexis Rafidison, PU, 1-6, 6-1, 0-4

Order of Finish: 5, 4, 2*

1. #13 Abreu/Sestini, TCU, def. #16 Doerner/Rico, PU, 8-5
2. Berg/Lovrak, PU, def. Barbu/Tezza, TCU, 8-4
3. Kevin Borzenski/Johnson, PU, def. Freitas/Martin, TCU, 8-6

Order of Finish: 2, 1, 3*

* Clinching point



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