TCU Men's Tennis Falls in Tight Match to Baylor
May 10, 2003
WACO, Texas - In a heart-pounding match between No. 3 Baylor and No. 24 TCU, the Frogs proved that they are a team worth national recognition. The Frogs put a scare in the unwavering Bears.
After TCU's Alex Menichini and Daniel Scholten defeated Baylor's Matias Marin and Ivor Lovrak 8-5 and Baylor's Benedikt Dorsch and Reiner Neurohr defeated TCU's Toni Gordon and Fabrizio Sestini 9-7, the doubles were split, depending on third match to determine the winner.
TCU's doubles duo of Rafael Abreu and Jacob Martin took Baylor's Mike Garcia and Ben Becker into a tiebreaker situation after tying it up 8-8. BU ended the victor after winning the tiebreaker 7-4, taking the important doubles point from TCU.
With TCU down 0-1 to begin singles, the Frogs had to win four singles matches to take the victory.
Out of the six matches on the court, two went into tiebreaker situations in the first set and one went into a 7-5 situation.
No. 86 Gordon dropped to No. 2 Benedikt Dorsch 3-6; 3-6 in a match in which Gordon started out winning.
No. 81 Menichini took his first set against No. 41 Becker to the limit and finished with a 5-7 loss and ended the set 0-6.
Head Coach Joey Rivé said of the doubles point, "When you have a team as good as Baylor, you have to get up on them. Their guys did a great job of not worrying about it. It was too much pressure to get over the hump."
Rivé also said, "We have a very young team. We are only losing out No. 2 guy, our No. 1 guy is a junior. Our guys did a great job, I think we were in it the whole time, it just turned out that Becker and Dorsch played better in the end."
COMPLETE RESULTS: Doubles: #1 Benedikt Dorsch/Reiner Neurohr (BU) def/ Toni Gordon/Fabrizio Sestini (TCU) 9-7 #2 Daniel Scholten/Alex Menichini (TCU) def. Matias Marin/Ivor Lovrak (BU) 8-5 #3 Mike Garcia/Ben Becker (BU) def. Rafael Abreu/Jacob Martin (TCU) 9-8 (4)
Singles: #1 No. 41 Becker (BU) def. No. 81 Menichini (TCU) 7-5; 6-0 #2 No. 2 Dorsch (BU) def. No. 86 Gordon (TCU) 6-3; 6-3 #3 Jacopo Tezza (TCU) vs. Matias Marin (BU) 7-6 (3); 1-1 DNF #4 No. 119 Sestini (TCU) vs. Neurohr (BU) 7-6 (6); 3-0 DNF #5 No. 97 Lovrak (BU) def. Abreu (TCU) 6-3; 6-4 #6 Martin (TCU) vs. Barry McLaren (BU) 6-2; 7-5 DNF