Tulane Tops TCU in C-USA Men's Tennis Championship Match
April 18, 2004
For the second year in a row, the 17th-ranked TCU men's tennis team lost the title match of the Conference USA Championship to No. 18 Tulane by a 4-1 count. The Horned Frogs, seeded first for the tournament, fell to the second-seeded Green Wave, 4-2, in Milwaukee, Wis., in last year's final. This season's event was hosted by the University of Memphis at the HPER Courts.
"We got off to a great start in doubles," TCU coach Joey Rivé said. "Everyone played great. I felt like we were ready. We had a slow start in singles on some courts and we struggled at a couple of other positions. Tulane built its confidence from it. They got a lot of momentum and we could not stop it. I really thought we would win after the doubles. In the end, Tulane just played better than us."
TCU stormed out of the gates with a couple of dominant wins in doubles to take the early 1-0 lead. Hector Almada and Jacopo Tezza scored an 8-4 victory from Alberto Sottocorno and Goran Vasiljevic at the No. 2 spot. Jacob Martin and Alex Menichini clinched it when they downed Jacobo Hernandez and Dmitriy Koch at three doubles, 8-3. TCU's 27th-rated tandem of Rafael Abreu and Fabrizio Sestini did not finish its match with No. 35-ranked David Goulet and Michael Kogan.
Tulane came back at TCU with a fury in singles play. No. 13 Kogan won easily against 39th-rated Menichini at one in straight sets, 6-1, 6-2, to tie the score up at one apiece. The Green Wave went ahead 2-1 when Hernandez beat Abreu at five, 6-3, 6-1. Sottocorno put Tulane within a point of clinching the championship after registering a 6-2, 7-6 triumph over Martin. Goulet finished off the Green Wave's come-from-behind when he ousted Tezza at the No. 4 slot, 6-4, 0-6, 6-3.
The remaining matches at Nos. 2 and 3 were suspended following Goulet's victory. Almada was leading 79th-ranked Koch at two, 4-3, in a third set. Sestini was up 5-2 and serving for the match versus Ted Angelinos at three singles.
The Frogs will now wait to see their fate in the NCAA Championships selection show, which airs Wednesday, May 5, at 3:45 p.m. CDT on ESPNews. Sites for the first and second rounds, which take place from May 14-16, will also be announced at that time. The University of Tulsa is hosting the final four rounds of the team championship May 22-25 at the Michael D. Case Tennis Center. The singles and doubles participants for the individual championships will be released Thursday, May 6, by 5 p.m. CDT, however, the draw will not be determined until Tuesday, May 25, following the team championship match. The singles and doubles tournaments take place over May 26-31 at the Case Tennis Center.
Order of Finish: 1, 5, 6, 4*
Order of Finish: 2, 3*
* Clinching point