Men's Tennis Cruises to 5-2 Victory Over UTA
Feb. 13, 2002
FORT WORTH, Texas -- The 20th-ranked TCU men's tennis team (2-1) cruised to a 5-2 victory over No. 71 Texas-Arlington (1-2) on a brisk, sunny Wednesday afternoon on the Bernard J. "Tut" Bartzen Varsity Tennis Courts at the Bayard H. Friedman Tennis Center in Fort Worth, Texas. TCU head coach Joey Rivé is now 3-0 against the Mavericks during his two years with the Horned Frogs.
The Frogs had little trouble winning the doubles point, despite the fact that two of their teams had never played together prior to today's match. At the two spot, TCU junior Toni Gordon and freshman Fabrizio Sestini made short work of Tom Zarzeczny and Alon Goldshuv, winning 8-2. Freshman Daniel Scholten and sophomore Alex Menichini were victorious over UTA's Ola Bentzen and James Young by an 8-5 count at three doubles.
"I'm still mixing things up a little with doubles," said TCU head coach Joey Rivé after the match. "I'm not sure if we have a true No. 1 team yet, but our doubles play is getting better."
In singles, the Frogs rolled with four wins coming in straight sets. Their first came at six singles where freshman Daniel Scholten remained undefeated in his TCU career with a 6-3, 6-2 victory over James Young. The Wesel, Germany-native is now 8-0 on the year and 3-0 in dual match play.
"I think Daniel may be even better than I initially thought," said Rivé following Scholten's match. "The amazing thing is the fact that he's played so well despite being injured."
Scholten has been battling an infection in his big toe on his right foot over the past two weeks.
The Frogs' other three singles victories came at the two, three and five spots. Picking up their first dual match wins of the season were Menichini and Sestini at three and two singles. At No. 5, Martin improved his record to 3-0 in dual match play with a 6-3, 6-4 victory over Alon Goldshuv.
At one singles, UTA standout Andy Leber, ranked No. 5 in the country, grinded out a three set match against No. 69 Gordon, winning 7-3 in a third set tiebreaker.
The Mavericks also picked up a win at four singles where Ola Bentzen won a war of attrition with Wajnberg 6-4, 3-6, 7-5. Wajnberg found himself trailing 5-2 in the third, but managed to even the match at 5-5 before Bentzen held and then broke him for the victory.
TCU travels to Tulsa, Oklahoma for its first road match of the year when they face the No. 50 Tulsa Golden Hurricane on Saturday, February 16 at the newly constructed Michael D. Case Tennis Center, which will host the 2004 NCAA Men's Tennis Championships on May 22-31. The match will begin at 6:00 p.m. (CT).
No. 1 #5 Andy Leber (UTA) def. #69 Toni Gordon (TCU) 4-6, 6-3, 7-6
No. 1 #28 Leber/Corrie (UTA) def. Wajnberg/Martin (TCU) 8-6