Men's tennis suffers heartbreaking defeat to No. 59 San Diego State, 4-3
April 16, 2006
SALT LAKE CITY - The 33rd-ranked TCU men's tennis team stumbled against 59th-ranked San Diego State by a score of 4-3 on Sunday to close out the 2006 regular season. In its inaugural campaign as a member of the Mountain West Conference, the men's tennis squad finished in second place in the regular-season standings with a record of 5-1.
San Diego State, the defending MWC champion, used victories in two of the three doubles matches to grab a 1-0 lead. TCU's tandem of senior Jacopo Tezza and freshman Kriegler Brink prevented the Aztecs' sweep with an 8-6 decision at No. 2 over Anthony Gomez and Stephan Timu.
SDSU's Benedikt Stronk stretched his team's lead with a 6-2, 6-1 win versus TCU sophomore Cosmin Cotet at No. 3. Gomez brought the defending champions within a point of the victory with a 6-4, 6-3 tally over Freitas at No. 5.
40th-ranked Andrei Mlendea cut into the Aztecs' lead and put the Frogs on the scoreboard with a 6-1, 6-3 triumph at No. 2 over Dickhardt. For Mlendea, it is his fourth win in as many matches and he concluded conference play with a perfect 5-0 mark.
Barbu brought TCU within one point of San Diego State with a 6-3, 6-1 win at No. 6 over Robert Sabo.
Tezza won the sixth contest of his last season and knotted the match at 3-3 with a 7-6(4), 6-2 victory at No. 3 over Timu.
The match came down to the action on court No. 1. Groh was able to slip past 96th-ranked Abreu 7-6(2), 6-3 to clinch for the Aztecs.
With the loss, TCU fell to 14-9 overall and 5-1 in Mountain West Conference play. The Frogs head to San Diego, Calif., on April 26 to compete in the MWC Tournament. Opponents and times will be announced later in the week.