No. 34 Men's Tennis Crushes No. 39 Hurricanes 6-1
March 8, 2002
FORT WORTH, Texas -- The 34th-ranked TCU men's tennis team (6-3) wrapped up its five-match homestand Friday afternoon, crushing the No. 39 Miami Hurricanes (4-4) by a 6-1 count on the Bernard J. "Tut" Bartzen Varsity Tennis Courts at the Bayard H. Friedman Tennis Center in Fort Worth, Texas. TCU improved to 6-9 all-time against the Hurricanes and 9-9 versus teams from Florida with the win.
The Frogs won the doubles point for the fourth time this season, sweeping all three positions. The point was clinched at three doubles where TCU freshman Jacob Martin and senior Daniel Wajnberg defeated José Lieberman and Joel Berman 8-6 in a tiebreaker.
TCU rolled in singles, winning their first match at the five spot when freshman Daniel Scholten made short work of Maxime LePivert 6-1, 6-3. The win gave Scholten his 11th victory of the year and improved his overall mark to 11-2.
The Horned Frogs wrapped up the match 15 minutes later when sophomore Alex Menichini and junior Toni Gordon won their fifth straight. Menichini defeated Andrew McDade 6-3, 6-3 at four singles, while the 37th-ranked Gordon dispatched of Tomas Smid 6-2, 6-2 at the two slot. Gordon, who was named the Conference USA Player of the Week on Tuesday for the second time this spring, is now 17-5 on the year and 7-0 at two singles.
"Toni's been playing very well lately," said TCU head coach Joey Rivé after Gordon's match. "He's simply going out there and taking care of business."
The Frogs' remaining two points came courtesy of freshman Jacob Martin at six singles and senior Daniel Wajnberg at No. 3. Both won their matches in three sets over Tarik El Bassiouni and José Lieberman.
The Hurricanes lone victory came at one singles with 18th-ranked Todd Widom's 6-1, 7-6 victory over 51st-ranked freshman Fabrizio Sestini.
"We're getting better every match whether we win or lose," said Rivé after the win. "We have a lot of young guys and they're going to make mistakes, but they continue to improve each match."
TCU heads to Waco, Texas for its next match on March 14 to face No. 8 Baylor at 6:00 p.m. The Bears are currently undefeated on the year at 9-0.
No. 1 #18 Todd Widom (UM) def. #51 Fabrizio Sestini (TCU) 6-1, 7-6
No. 1 #32 Sestini/Gordon (TCU) def. El Bassiouni/McDade (UM) 8-6