TCU Men's Tennis Falls at Home to Tulsa
April 3, 2005
FORT WORTH, Texas -- The No. 39 TCU men's tennis team lost a 4-3 decision to No. 44 Tulsa Sunday in Fort Worth, Texas. It was the Horned Frogs' 10th loss in a row, dropping their record this spring to 5-11. The Golden Hurricane improved to 14-8 and got its first win at TCU in seven tries.
TCU won an exciting doubles point to take the early 1-0 lead. Tulsa's duo of Lucques Maasdorp and Ricardo Soriano snagged an 8-3 victory at three doubles over Radu Barbu and Jacopo Tezza to initially put the Frogs in a hole. The 13th-ranked pair of Rafael Abreu and Fabrizio Sestini answered for TCU with an 8-5 victory at the top slot against Aleksander Charpantidis and Achim Roth.
Jordan Freitas and Jacob Martin gave up an early break to Tulsa's duo of Diego Camacho and Andy Connelly to fall behind 3-1 on court two. TCU's tandem responded by winning the next three games to put the match back on serve. Neither team could pick up another break the remainder of the way, forcing a tiebreaker.
Freitas and Martin quickly went up 5-1 heading to the first changeover, but the Golden Hurricane managed to tie things up at 6-6. Martin was able to put away a forehand volley at the net to give the Frogs' a 7-6 advantage. With Tulsa serving the next point, Martin tagged a backhand down the middle of the court on the return, and the Golden Hurricane duo was unable to volley it back.
Federico Soriano knotted the match up at 1-1 when he ousted Barbu at No. 5 singles, 6-2, 6-1. Sestini, ranked 20th in the nation in singles, snapped a four-match skid by defeating Charpantidis at the top position, 6-4, 6-0, to put the Frogs back on top, 2-1. Moments later, Camacho deadlocked the contest once again by upending Freitas, 6-4, 6-2, at No. 6 singles.
On court three, Tezza was making a comeback in the second set after losing the first 6-4. Tezza was up a break at 4-2 before Ricardo Soriano gutted out the next four games to give the Golden Hurricane a 3-2 advantage. Will Gray won the clinching match at the No. 4 slot versus Abreu, 7-6(3), 6-3.
Martin's match with Roth at the second position was last to finish. The first set belong to Roth, 6-4, but Martin managed to win the second and third by scores of 6-3 and 6-2 for his first career victory at two singles.
TCU's next match is set for Wednesday, April 6, versus No. 1 Baylor at 2 p.m. CDT. It will be played on the Bernard J. "Tut" Bartzen Varsity Tennis Courts at the Bayard H. Friedman Tennis Center in Fort Worth.
#44 Tulsa (14-8) def. #39 TCU (5-11), 4-3
Order of Finish: 5, 1, 6, 3, 4*, 2
Order of Finish: 3, 1, 2*
* Clinching point