Men's Tennis Falls To TCU, 5-2

Feb. 3, 2003

FORT WORTH, Texas - The Arizona State men's tennis team (1-2) fell to host TCU, 5-2, today to end the TCU shootout in Fort Worth, Texas. The Sun Devils had the early advantage by winning the doubles point, but could only gain one singles match at the No, 5 slot by Chris Stewart.

TCU lost the doubles point to ASU, with the last match proving to be a nail-biter. At the No. one doubles spot, the team of Alex Menichini and Fabrizio Sestini (TCU) were down 7-8 at 40 all to Olivier Charroin and Chris Stewart (ASU). After a missed serve from Sestini followed by a missed shot from Sestini, TCU serves the deuce leading to TCU's advantage. ASU's second serve went out of bounds leading to a set score of eight all. The score of the tiebreaker was 7-3 in ASU's favor.

In the singles forum, TCU won five of the six singles matches. At No. one, Sestini (TCU) took care of Clint Letcher (ASU) 6-4; 6-0. At No. two, Menichini (TCU) again played hard against Van Mele (ASU) with the match flip-flopping between deuce and advantage for several minutes. The first set ended in a tiebreaker score of 7-1 (TCU). In the second set, Menichini beat Van Mele 6-3. At the No. three spot, Gordon (TCU), with a cross-court on the line shot, shook off Charroin (ASU) 6-2; 6-4. At No. four, Abreu defeated Chris Letcher (ASU) 6-1; 7-5 and at No. five Chris Stewart (ASU) defeated Scholten (TCU) 6-4; 6-4. To finish up at No. six, Tezza defeated McBride 6-4; 6-2.

Up next, Arizona State hosts Loyola Marymount on Saturday, February 8 at 12:00 p.m.

Doubles:

#1 Olivier Charroin/Chris Stewart (ASU) def. Alex Menichini/Fabrizio Sestini (TCU) 7-3 (Tiebreaker)

#2 Daniel Scholten/Rafael Abreu (TCU) def. Chris Letcher/ Clint Letcher 8-2

#3 Ryan McBride/Pim Van Mele (ASU) def. Jacopo Tezza/Toni Gordon (TCU) 8-5

Singles:

#1 Sestini (TCU) def. Clint Letcher (ASU) 6-4; 6-0

#2 Menichini (TCU) def. Van Mele 6-7 (7-1 tiebreaker); 6-3

#3 Gordon (TCU) def. Charroin (ASU) 6-2; 6-4

#4 Abreu (TCU) def. Chris Letcher (ASU) 6-1; 7-5

#5 Stewart (ASU) def. Sestini (TCU) 6-4; 6-4

#6 Tezza (TCU) def. McBride (ASU) 6-4; 6-2

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