Horned Frog Men's Tennis Upsets No. 12 Virginia, 4-2

April 4, 2004


The 14th-rated TCU men's tennis team snapped its three-match losing streak Sunday with a 4-2 upset of No. 12 Virginia in Charlottesville, Va. The match was played indoors at the Boar's Head Sports Club. The Horned Frogs improved to 14-4 with the victory, while the Cavaliers fell to 16-3.

The Frogs took a 1-0 lead after winning two of the three doubles matches. Their first triumph came at the No. 2 spot from Hector Almada and Jacopo Tezza. They defeated Darrin Cohen and Doug Stewart by an 8-1 count. Stephen Rozek and Marko Miklo evened things at one-all at three with an 8-6 victory against TCU's Robert Gallman and Jacob Martin. The 19th-ranked combo of Rafael Abreu and Fabrizio Sestini upset No. 14 Rylan Rizza and Nick Meythaler, 9-7, to secure the point for the Purple and White.

Tezza quickly gave the Frogs a 2-0 advantage when he downed Rozek at four singles in straight sets, 6-3, 6-0. Cohen cut the lead in half with a 6-4, 6-3 victory over Martin at six. Abreu struck back for TCU by ousting Meythaler at the No. 5 spot in three sets, 6-0, 4-6, 6-1. UVa's 21st-rated Stewart dispatched No. 41 Alex Menichini at the top position, 5-7, 6-4, 6-4, to keep the Cavs in the contest. Almada clinched the win for TCU at three singles when he recorded a 7-5, 3-6, 6-3 win versus Rizza.

Sestini and Miklo were battling in a third set at the No. 2 spot when Almada gave TCU its 14th victory. The score was tied at three games apiece.

TCU is back in action for its final home match of the 2004 season Wednesday, April 7, against No. 54 Louisiana-Lafayette at 2 p.m. The match will be played on the Tut Bartzen Varsity Tennis Courts at Bayard H. Friedman Tennis Center.



#14 TCU (14-4) 4, #12 Virginia (16-3) 2

1. #21 Doug Stewart (UVa) def. #41 Alex Menichini (TCU) 5-7, 6-4, 6-4
2. Fabrizio Sestini (TCU) vs. Marko Miklo (UVa) 6-1, 5-7, 3-3 Susp.
3. Hector Almada (TCU) def. Rylan Rizza (UVa) 7-5, 3-6, 6-3
4. Jacopo Tezza (TCU) def. Stephen Rozek (UVa) 6-3, 6-0
5. Rafael Abreu (TCU) def. Nick Meythaler (UVa) 6-0, 4-6, 6-1
6. Darrin Cohen (UVa) def. Jacob Martin (TCU) 6-4, 6-3

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

1. #19 Abreu/Sestini (TCU) def. #14 Rizza/Meythaler (UVa) 9-7
2. Almada/Tezza (TCU) def. Cohen/Stewart (UVa) 8-1
3. Rozek/Miklo (UVa) def. Robert Gallman/Martin (TCU) 8-6

Order of Finish: 2, 3, 1*

* Clinching point

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