TCU Men's Tennis Finishes Regular Season With a Win

April 17, 2005

FORT WORTH, Texas -- The No. 49-ranked TCU men's tennis team ended the 2005 regular season with a 6-1 victory over No. 59 Colorado on Sunday at the Bayard H. Friedman Tennis Center in Fort Worth, Texas. The Horned Frogs improved to 7-13 with the victory, while the Buffaloes fell to 8-13.

TCU won an exciting doubles point to take an early 1-0 lead. On court three, Radu Barbu and Jacopo Tezza registered an 8-4 victory over Marek Dvorak and Jan Zelezny. The Buffs responded with Marcos Digliodo and Chad Tsuda's 8-5 triumph versus the No. 11-rated duo of Rafael Abreu and Fabrizio Sestini at the No. 1 position.

The match at two doubles between TCU's Jordan Freitas and Jacob Martin, and CU's Peter Bjork and Marko Bundalo featured no breaks of serve. In the tiebreaker, the Frogs went down 6-4 but managed to win four points in a row to claim the victory.

Abreu put the Purple and White up 2-0 when he defeated Tsuda in straight sets at six singles, 6-0, 7-5. Abreu trailed 5-2 in the second set before running off five games in a row. Less than a minute later, Bundalo put Colorado on the board with a 6-4, 7-5 win over Martin at the No. 2 position. Shortly afterwards, 31st-ranked Sestini won his third singles match in row, beating Zelezny 7-6(5), 6-1 at the top spot.

The clinching match came at No. 5 singles. Freitas took the first set from Dvorak, 6-2, but he lost the second by a 6-3 count. Dvorak began the third stanza with a 2-0 advantage before Freitas won three straight games. Up 5-4 with Dvorak serving, Freitas pushed the game to 0-40 before winning the sixth point on a lob from Dvorak that sailed long.

Barbu was the next Frog to pick up a victory, downing Bjork at the No. 3 slot, 6-3, 4-6, 6-2. Tezza finished off the day with a 6-7(3), 6-2, 6-4 triumph against Digliodo on court four.

TCU will head to Louisville, Ky., for the Conference USA Championship, which takes place over April 21-24 at the Bass-Rudd Tennis Center.

#49 TCU (7-13) def. #59 Colorado (8-13), 6-1

1. #31 Fabrizio Sestini, TCU, def. Jan Zelezny, CU, 7-6(5), 6-1
2. Marko Bundalo, CU, def. Jacob Martin, TCU, 6-4, 7-5
3. Radu Barbu, TCU, def. Peter Bjork, CU, 6-3, 4-6, 6-2
4. Jacopo Tezza, TCU, Marcos Digliodo, CU, 6-7(3), 6-2, 6-4
5. Jordan Freitas, TCU, def. Marek Dvorak, CU, 6-2, 3-6, 6-4
6. Rafael Abreu, TCU, def. Chad Tsuda, CU, 6-0, 7-5

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

1. Digliodo/Tsuda, CU, def. #11 Abreu/Sestini, TCU, 8-5
2. Freitas/Martin, TCU, def. Bjork/Bundalo, CU, 9-8(6)
3. Barbu/Tezza, TCU, def. Dvorak/Zelezny, CU, 8-4

Order of Finish: 3, 1, 2*

* Clinching point



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