TCU Falls to Louisville in C-USA Men's Tennis Championship

April 23, 2005

LOUISVILLE, Ky. -- The 42nd-ranked TCU Horned Frog men's tennis team was beaten by the No. 34 Louisville Cardinals on Saturday in semifinal action of the Conference USA Championship in Louisville, Ky. The 4-2 loss dropped the Frogs' record on the year to 8-14, while the Cards improved to 21-8. Louisville faces either Tulane or USF for the title Sunday at Bass-Rudd Tennis Center.

Losing the doubles point proved to be a critical mistake for TCU. The Frogs' top duo of 14th-ranked Rafael Abreu and Fabrizio Sestini recorded an 8-3 victory over No. 49 Jeremy Clark and Jakob Gustafsson at the top slot. Louisville claimed the remaining two matches for the early 1-0 lead. Jhonny Berrido and Slavko Radman downed Jordan Freitas and Jacob Martin, 9-7, at two for the Cards' first win. Damar Johnson and Mark Kennedy upended Radu Barbu and Jacopo Tezza at No. 3 doubles in a tiebreaker.

U of L ran its lead to 2-0 when Clark registered a 6-4, 6-2 triumph over Freitas at the fifth slot. Sestini, ranked 27th in singles nationally, got the Frogs on the board when he ousted No. 75-ranked Johnson at the top position, 7-6, 6-2. Gustafsson pulled Louisville within a point of clinching the victory when he pulled off a straight-setter versus Tezza at three singles, 7-6, 6-3.

TCU refused to go away quietly and responded with Abreu's three-set victory against Berrido at the No. 6 spot, 6-3, 5-7, 6-4. Radman put the match away when he won in three sets over Martin on court two, 7-6, 4-6, 6-3. Barbu and Octavian Nicodim were in a third stanza at four singles when Louisville scored its fourth point.

TCU will now wait to see if its streak of 14 consecutive NCAA Tournament appearances is extended to 15. The selection show takes place Wednesday, May 4, at 3:45 p.m. CDT on ESPNews. Individuals chosen for the singles and doubles championships are announced May 5 by 5 p.m. on the NCAA's Web site.

First- and second-round team competition takes place over May 13-15 at 16 campus sites that have yet to be determined. The 16 teams advancing past the first and second rounds travel to College Station, Texas, to finish the remainder of the tournament over May 21-24. The NCAA Singles and Doubles Championships begin May 25 and conclude May 30. The bracket for the 64-person singles and 32-team doubles tourneys is released May 24.

#34 Louisville (21-8) def. #42 TCU (8-14), 4-2

1. #27 Fabrizio Sestini, TCU, def. #75 Damar Johnson, UL, 7-6, 6-2
2. Slavko Radman, UL, def. Jacob Martin, TCU, 7-6, 4-6, 6-3
3. Jakob Gustafsson, UL, def. Jacopo Tezza, TCU, 7-6, 6-3
4. Radu Barbu, TCU, vs. Octavian Nicodim, UL, 6-4, 5-7, 3-4, susp.
5. Jeremy Clark, UL, def. Jordan Freitas, TCU, 6-4, 6-2
6. Rafael Abreu, TCU, def. Jhonny Berrido, UL, 6-3, 5-7, 6-4

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

1. #14 Abreu/Sestini, TCU, def. #49 Clark/Gustafsson, UL, 8-3
2. Berrido/Radman, UL, def. Freitas/Martin, TCU, 9-7
3. Johnson/Mark Kennedy, UL, def. Barbu/Tezza, TCU, 9-8

Order of Finish: 1, 2, 3*

* Clinching point



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