Horned Frogs Drop Tough Match to No. 1 Baylor

April 6, 2005

FORT WORTH, Texas -- The TCU men's tennis team dropped a 5-2 decision to the No. 1-ranked Baylor Bears Wednesday in Fort Worth, Texas. The match was played on the indoor courts at the Bayard H. Friedman Tennis Center due to severe wind. The loss dropped the Horned Frogs to 5-12 this spring, while Baylor improved to 20-0 with its 44th consecutive win.

TCU got off to a strong start by winning the doubles point against Baylor for the first time since 2001. Jordan Freitas and Jacob Martin were the first Horned Frogs to win, beating Michal Kokta and Greg Shearer at two doubles, 8-5. Baylor's fourth-ranked tandem of Benedikt Dorsch and Matija Zgaga upended No. 11 Rafael Abreu and Fabrizio Sestini at the top slot, 8-5, to answer.

The match on court three between TCU's Radu Barbu and Jacopo Tezza and Baylor's Benjamin Becker and Jon Reckewey stayed on serve for the first 14 games. The Frogs finally broke Reckewey to go up 8-7 heading to the changeover. On the fourth deuce in the ensuing game, Tezza was able to hold serve to give the Frogs the early 1-0 lead.

The Bears responded with three quick victories in singles to come back. First to triumph was Zgaga at the No. 4 position, where he defeated Barbu, 6-0, 6-1. Becker, rated 28th in singles, then registered a 6-2, 6-1 win over Martin at two singles. Kokta put Baylor within a point of clinching the victory by ousting Tezza in straight sets, 6-2, 6-2.

Sestini blitzed Dorsch, the nation's No. 1-ranked player, in the first set by a 6-1 score at one singles but found himself in a third set when Baylor took the 3-1 lead on TCU. The Frogs top rated player at No. 31, Sestini failed to hold serve one time each in the second and third sets. It was all Dorsch needed, as he pulled out the sets by 6-4 counts to move to 20-1 this year.

With Baylor having already secured the victory and the remaining matches at courts five and six splitting sets, super tiebreakers were used to decide the outcomes. Abreu lost his bout with Vladimir Portnov at No. 5, 6-2, 6-7(4), (10-8). Freitas got TCU's lone victory in singles with a 7-5, 3-6, (10-8) win over Shearer at six.

TCU's next match is set for Wednesday, April 13, versus No. 50 SMU 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.

#1 Baylor (20-0) def. #47 TCU (5-12), 5-2

1. #1 Benedikt Dorsch, BU, def. #31 Fabrizio Sestini, TCU, 1-6, 6-4, 6-4
2. #28 Benjamin Becker, BU, def. Jacob Martin, TCU, 6-2, 6-1
3. Michal Kokta, BU, def. Jacopo Tezza, TCU, 6-2, 6-2
4. Matija Zgaga, BU, def. Radu Barbu, TCU, 6-0, 6-1
5. Vladimir Portnov, BU, def. Rafael Abreu, TCU, 6-2, 6-7(4), (10-8)
6. Jordan Freitas, TCU, def. Greg Shearer, BU, 7-5, 3-6, (10-8)

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

1. #4 Dorsch/Zgaga, BU, def. #11 Abreu/Sestini, TCU, 8-5
2. Freitas/Martin, TCU, def. Kokta/Shearer, BU, 8-5
3. Barbu/Tezza, TCU, def. Becker/Jon Reckewey, BU, 9-7

Order of Finish: 2, 1, 3*

* Clinching point



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