No. 30 Men's Tennis Falls to No. 2 TCU, 5-1
March 27, 2001
FORT WORTH, TX - The No. 2 Horned Frog men's tennis team picked up its 12th victory of the 2001 season with a 5-1 win over the 30th-ranked California Golden Bears (7-4, 1-2 Pac-10) at the Bayard H. Friedman Tennis Center in Fort Worth. The Frogs are now 12-2 this year, while the Golden Bears fell to 7-4 with the loss.
The match was played indoors due to inclement weather. TCU got off to a slow start, losing all three doubles matches. The shutout in doubles was the Frogs first of the year.
'I was very disappointed with our doubles play today,' said TCU first-year head coach Joey Rive after the match. 'Our guys don't play well when we play a bunch of matches outdoors and then have to suddenly play indoors. Luckily, we got it out of our system in the doubles and really came through in the singles.'
The Horned Frogs proceeded to win five straight singles matches to beat the Bears 5-1. One of the largest wins came from senior Petr Koula, who led the team in victories last season with 32, at the No. 5 spot, when he picked up a straight set win over Cal's Robert Kowalczyk to notch his first win of the 2001 dual season. The only other time Cal suffered a shutout in singles competition occurred Feb. 24, when the Bears fell to Stanford.
The Golden Bears will head to Arizona for their match against 34th-ranked Arizona State on Friday, March 30 at 1:30 Pacific Time.
No. 2 TCU (12-2) vs. No. 30 California (7-4, 1-2 Pac-10) at the Bayard H. Friedman Tennis Center Singles
No. 1 #8 Esteban Carril (TCU) d. #25 John Paul Fruttero (Cal) 6-4, 3-6, 7-5
No. 2 Trace Fielding (TCU) d. #85 Balazs Veress (Cal) 2-6, 6-3, 7-6
No. 3 Scott Eddins (TCU) d. #66 Adrian Barnes (Cal) 6-4, 7-6
No. 4 #59 Toni Gordon (TCU) d. Scott Kintz (Cal) 7-5, 7-5
No. 5 Petr Koula (TCU) d. Robert Kowalczyk (Cal) 6-3, 6-4
No. 6 Jimmy Haney (TCU) vs. Erik Dmytruk (Cal) DNF
No. 1 Barnes/Kintz (Cal) d. #17 Fielding/Haney (TCU) 8-6
No. 2 Fruttero/Kowalczyk (Cal) d. Eddins/Iannariello (TCU) 8-4
No. 3 Miles/Veress (Cal) d. Carril/Gordon (TCU) 8-7(2)
Final Score: TCU 5, California 1