Feb. 9, 2005
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#16 TCU (2-0) vs. #59 BYU (4-1)
Feb. 11, 2005 Fort Worth, Texas 1:30 p.m. CST
ABOUT THE MATCH
The 16th-ranked TCU men's tennis team will host No. 59 BYU Friday, Feb. 11, at 1:30 p.m. CST on the Bernard J. "Tut" Bartzen Varsity Tennis Courts at the Bayard H. Friedman Tennis Center. The Horned Frogs have a 2-0 record this season, posting wins over Texas A&M-Corpus Christi and Texas-Arlington. BYU takes on Rice Thursday in Houston before squaring off with TCU. The Cougars are 4-1 in 2005 with their one loss coming at the hands of UCLA. TCU and BYU have only met twice before and the Horned Frogs won both times. The last meeting in February 1999 in Fort Worth, Texas, resulted in a 6-1 win for the Purple and White.
LIVE MATCH SCORING
Live match scoring for home matches via the Internet is back for a second season this spring. It is featured on the official Web site of TCU athletics, www.GoFrogs.com. Updates from the match are given periodically as the players progress and the order of finish, along with match notes, are also available on the page.
A WORLDLY BUNCH
Six different countries are represented on TCU's roster this year including England (Jordan Freitas), Italy (Fabrizio Sestini and Jacopo Tezza), Romania (Radu Barbu), Spain (Jacob Martin), the United States (Robert Gallman, Collin Hart and Andrew Ulrich) and Venezuela (Rafael Abreu). TCU's American players also comprise the entire sophomore class.
A RICH NCAA HISTORY
The Horned Frogs have a rich tradition of excellence in the NCAA Tournament. TCU has made 19 appearances in the event since the current team format was adopted in 1977. TCU has been in every tourney since 1991 and made 17 of the past 18 NCAAs. The Purple and White owns a record of 25-19 in the tournament and has made three appearances (1989, 1996, 2001) in the national semifinals. TCU has also reached at least the NCAA quarterfinals on seven occasions (1982, 1989, 1994, 1995, 1996, 2000, 2001). In the individual championships, TCU had a string of 27 consecutive appearances from 1975 to 2001. During that span, TCU won one doubles title, coming in 1981 with Karl Richter and David Pate. In 1996, Ashley Fisher and Jason Weir-Smith finished as the runner-ups. Several Horned Frogs reached the round of 16 in singles, but Esteban Carril is the only one to advance to the quarterfinals. Carril made his run his sophomore year in 1999.
FROGS IN THE RANKINGS
Fabrizio Sestini is the lone Frog among the singles rankings to start the season, coming in at a career-high 34th. He is also listed in the doubles ratings at No. 8 with Rafael Abreu. Sestini and Abreu began the fall campaign ranked eighth as well.
RIVE RECORD BREAKDOWN
Head coach Joey Rivé is in his fifth season with TCU, boasting a 71-32 (.689) record with the Horned Frogs. In his five years, the Frogs have gone 45-8 (.849) in home matches, 9-17 (.346) in away matches and 17-7 (.708) when playing on neutral ground.
C-USA PRAISE THIS SEASON
TCU is once again cleaning up on the Conference USA awards this season. Fabrizio Sestini won at least a share of Player of the Month honors for September, October and November. He shared the honor with his doubles partner, Rafael Abreu, in November. Sestini took home the first Player of the Week accolade in January as well.