Abreu, Sestini Advance to National Indoors Quarterfinals
Nov. 4, 2004
ANN ARBOR, Mich.
TCU's Rafael Abreu and Fabrizio Sestini advanced to the quarterfinals in the ITA National Intercollegiate Indoor Championships Thursday morning in Ann Arbor, Mich. Abreu and Sestini, ranked No. 8 in the country, defeated Ivan Angulo Carrasco and Ricardo Omana from the College of Santa Fe (N.M.) by an 8-2 score. Carrasco and Omana were the champions of the ITA Small College Championships in October.
Abreu and Sestini will take on No. 34-ranked Scott Green and Ross Wilson from Ohio State Friday morning. Green and Wilson won the Icy Hot/ITA All-American Championships in October and are seeded No. 1 for the ITA National Indoors. The Buckeye team upended No. 13-rated Luiz Carvalho and Jose-Carlos Pinto from Mississippi State in the first round, 8-5.
"Rafael and Fabrizio played very well," TCU assistant coach Cory Hubbard said. "They came out and broke serve in the first game and that set the tone for the match. With it being their second year in the indoors, they're not in awe and just happy to be here. They want to do some damage."
TCU has not had a doubles team in the quarterfinals of the indoors since 1996 when the teams of Ashley Fisher and Jason Weir-Smith, and Paul Robinson and David Roditi both won first-round matches. The Horned Frogs have been in the semis six times, but have never seen one of their doubles teams reach the final. TCU does, however, own an indoors singles title thanks to David Pate's 1982 straight set win over famed Andre Agassi coach Brad Gilbert from Pepperdine.
DOUBLES MAIN DRAW ROUND OF 16