Horned Frog Men's Tennis Downed by No. 2 Baylor, 6-1

Fabrizio Sestini got TCU's only win on the night.

Fabrizio Sestini got TCU's only win on the night.

March 30, 2004

WACO, Texas

The No. 14 TCU men's tennis team suffered its second loss in a row Tuesday night in Waco, falling to the second-ranked Baylor Bears, 6-1, at the Baylor Tennis Center. It was the Bears fourth victory in a row against the Horned Frogs, who dropped to 13-3 with the loss. Baylor moved its record to 17-2.

The Bears easily claimed the doubles point, winning all three positions. At one, the 23rd-ranked combo of Benedikt Dorsch and Matija Zgaga snagged an 8-3 win from Hector Almada and Jacopo Tezza. The clincher came at three doubles, where Ivor Lovrak and Reiner Neurohr picked up an 8-4 decision from Jacob Martin and Alex Menichini. The icing on the cake was Benjamin Becker and Matias Marin's 9-7 upset of No. 19-rated Rafael Abreu and Fabrizio Sestini at the No. 2 hole.

Baylor quickly went up 2-0 when Lovrak downed Robert Gallman at the bottom of the lineup in straight sets, 6-1, 6-0. The nation's No. 2-ranked player, Dorsch, put Baylor within a point of its 17th triumph when he sent Almada home with a 6-4, 6-1 defeat. Zgaga, ranked 67th, secured the win thanks to a 6-3, 6-4 conquest of Tezza at the fourth spot.

TCU managed to get one victory on the night to avoid a whitewashing when Sestini pulled off an upset at three singles against No. 85 Marin, 6-4, 6-4. It was his third win on the season versus a ranked foe and improved his record to 18-7 and 12-3 in dual matches.

Thirteenth-rated Becker was a 6-2, 6-3 victor at the top slot against No. 41 Menichini. Martin lost to Neurohr at five singles in a third-set super tiebreaker, 10-5. Neurohr won the first set, 6-4, and Martin was a 6-3 winner in the second frame.



TCU will head east for its next two matches April 2 and 4 against No. 6 Duke and No. 12 Virginia. The Frogs take on the Blue Devils at 3 p.m. CST and the Cavaliers at 11 a.m. CST.

#2 Baylor (17-2) 6, #14 TCU (13-3) 1

1. #13 Benjamin Becker (BU) def. #41 Alex Menichini (TCU) 6-2, 6-3
2. #2 Benedikt Dorsch (BU) def. Hector Almada (TCU) 6-4, 6-1
3. Fabrizio Sestini (TCU) def. #85 Matias Marin (BU) 6-4, 6-4
4. #67 Matija Zgaga (BU) def. Jacopo Tezza (TCU) 6-3, 6-4
5. Reiner Neurohr (BU) def. Jacob Martin (TCU) 6-4, 3-6, (10-5)
6. Ivor Lovrak (BU) def. Robert Gallman (TCU) 6-1, 6-0

Order of Finish: 6, 2, 3, 4*, 1, 5

1. #23 Dorsch/Zgaga (BU) def. Almada/Tezza (TCU) 8-3
2. Becker/Marin (BU) def. #19 Rafael Abreu/Sestini (TCU) 9-7
3. Lovrak/Neurohr (BU) def. Martin/Menichini (TCU) 8-4

Order of Finish: 1, 3*, 2

* Clinching point

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