win gives team boost
tennis program celebrates a return to the upper eschelon
of college tennis after a victory over top-10 opponent
A 4-3 home victory over No. 9 Texas A&M Wednesday
afternoon might just be what the mens tennis team
needed to propel themselves into the nations top
It is a great win for our guys, a great win for
our program, head coach Joey Rive said of their
first victory over a top- 10 team since the 2001 NCAA
championship quarterfinals. Weve had a long
tradition of great teams and I think this team is destined
to be a very, very good team. It is good for us to get
an early victory like this against a top-10 school.
Rive said the team was well prepared for the match and
they went into it with full force.
We worked very hard at it last year, he said.
We kind of fell short and I think that a lot of
the momentum we built up from this last year really spilled
over to today.
Senior No. 1 singles player Alex Menichini defeated A&Ms
top player, Lester Cook, who was ranked No. 17 in the
This just puts us back on track, and today was a
great win and every one played really well, which proves
that we are back, Menichini said. This will
put us in the top 10 in the country and I think we are
even better than that. There isnt one team we couldnt
play well against and beat.
Assistant coach Cory Hubbard, a former graduate of A&M,
agreed that this match was a big step for the Frogs.
Its a very big win for the program because
last year we played five top-10 teams and every time we
played them we got closer and closer, Hubbard said.
It is good this year to finally break through and
win one of these matches. It now puts us in the top 10,
back with the elite teams.
Fabrizio Sestini also chalked up a win for the Frogs by
defeating A&Ms No. 1 doubles team with partner
This is a huge victory; it is just the beginning
of a successful season, Sestini said. I think
today we showed everyone in the entire school and Division
I that TCU is a great team.
Rive said he was very pleased with the way the team played
and how they handled themselves during the matches. He
added that there are many matches to come and this is
only the beginning of what he sees as a successful season.
This is a good top-10 win and it will help us, but
there is a lot of tennis to be played, Rive said.
We are only 4-0 and so we still have 16 more matches
left. It is a good start and it is good for the team to
feel like they are one of the best teams in the country,
but we still have a lot of work.
The Frogs will next welcome Florida State at noon Sunday.
Jacopo Tezza stretches to return the ball to Texas
A&Ms Khaled El Dorry en route to a match
win. The Frogs upset A&M in the end 4-3.