Tulsa Upsets Seventh-Ranked TCU Men's Tennis, 4-3
March 13, 2004
Rafael Abreu tried to keep the No. 7 TCU men's tennis team's perfect season in tact Saturday, but Tom Murray of No. 51 Tulsa won a third-set tiebreaker to give the Golden Hurricane the 4-3 upset. The Horned Frogs are now 11-1 on the year, while Tulsa improves to 9-6. TCU will next host No. 32 Miami Wednesday, March 17, at the Bayard H. Friedman Tennis Center. The match is slated for a noon start.
The doubles point proved to be the difference in the match. Dustin Taylor and Alejandro Tejerina upset TCU's 36th-ranked duo of Abreu and Fabrizio Sestini at one by an 8-5 count. Aleksander Charpantidis and Tom Murray clinched the point for the Golden Hurricane with a 9-7 upset at two against No. 21 Hector Almada and Jacopo Tezza. The Frogs' Jacob Martin and Alex Menichini kept their perfect doubles mark in place thanks to a 9-8 victory at the No. 3 hole against Diego Camacho and Shunsuke Shimizu. Martin and Menichini are now 12-0 overall and 11-0 at three doubles.
Almada evened things up at one apiece when he downed Shimizu at the No. 3 position in straight sets, 6-3, 6-3, for his fourth-straight win. Martin picked up a 7-5, 6-2 triumph at six over Federico Soriano to give the Horned Frogs the 2-1 lead. Taylor, ranked 76th, snapped Sestini's seven-match winning streak at No. 2 singles to tie the score once again, and No. 82 Tejerina ousted No. 40 Menichini, 6-4, 6-3, at one to regain the lead for Tulsa. TCU would not go quietly and Tezza deadlocked the match once again when he defeated Charpantidis at four, 6-3, 7-6, for his sixth win in a row.
As all eyes turned to Abreu and Murray's match at five, Murray had taken an early break in the third set and was up 2-0. Abreu fought back to win the next four games and then after taking a 5-3 lead, he had a few match points in the ninth game. Murray, though, refused to give up and managed to save the game and went on to win the next two. Once the match went into a tiebreaker, Abreu ran out of gas and fell, 7-3.
#51 Tulsa (9-6) 4, #7 TCU (11-1) 3
Order of Finish: 3, 6, 2, 1, 4, 5*
Order of Finish: 3, 1, 2*
* Clinching point