TCU Men's Tennis Registers 4-1 Victory Over ETSU at NCAA Regionals
May 15, 2004
The No. 16-ranked TCU men's tennis team advanced to the second round of the NCAA Tournament Saturday thanks to a 4-1 victory over No. 67 East Tennessee State in Lexington, Ky. The Horned Frogs will face No. 11-rated and tourney host Kentucky Sunday at noon CDT at the Boone Tennis Complex. The Wildcats upended Butler, 4-0, in the first match of the day. TCU owns a 4-1 edge in the all-time series between the two squads, but they have not met since 1992. ETSU ended its season with a 20-6 slate, while TCU moved to 17-6.
The Purple and White prevailed in the doubles with victories at the Nos. 1 and 2 positions. Hector Almada and Jacopo Tezza recorded the first by downing Diego Iglesias and Moises Serrano at two doubles by an 8-2 score. The Buccaneers answered at three with Fernando Fiuri and Felix Insauralde's 8-5 triumph over Jacob Martin and Alex Menichini. The Frogs' 36th-ranked duo of Rafael Abreu and Fabrizio Sestini needed a tiebreaker to get the best of Oscar Posada and Alejandro Salazar. The pair won by a 7-5 tally in the breaker to give TCU a 1-0 advantage.
The Frogs and Buccaneers were forced to deal with inclement weather during the singles that forced three stoppages in play. Once the rain cleared for good, Sestini made short work of Iglesias at No. 3 singles, adding a 6-2, 6-2 win to his ledger. ETSU responded with Alejandro Salazar's 6-0, 6-3 victory against 48th-rated Menichini at the top position to cut the deficit to 2-1. TCU, however, snagged a couple more straight-set wins at four and five to finish off the Buccaneers. Tezza's 6-1, 6-1 drubbing of Fiuri came first and Abreu put Serrano away by a 6-3, 6-3 count to secure the win.
Almada's match with Posada at the No. 2 slot was suspended with him up a set and 5-2 in the second. Martin was battling Insauralde at six in a third set and was leading 3-2 before Abreu clinched the win. Martin brushed off a 6-0 loss in the first stanza to win 6-3 in the second.
TCU is looking to reach the round of 16 for the first time since 2001 when it made its third appearance in the national semifinals in Athens, Ga. This year, the University of Tulsa is hosting the NCAA Championships over May 22-25 at the Michael D. Case Tennis Center.
Order of Finish: 3, 1, 4, 5*
Order of Finish: 2, 3, 1*
* Clinching point