Jan. 19, 2013
ANN ARBOR, Mich. – TCU’s men’s tennis team took No. 20 Michigan to the wire in the back end of its day-night doubleheader Saturday evening, but ultimately fell 4-3 inside UM’s Varsity Tennis Center.
The Horned Frogs slipped to 1-1 after knocking off Detroit earlier in the day. Michigan improved to 1-0.
"We showed a lot of character and a lot of heart today," TCU coach David Roditi said. "To lose two tiebreakers for the doubles point, then get down five first sets and comeback on four of them to almost win the match on the road against the 20th-ranked team and a big crowd, I'm proud of the guys. We will learn and get better because of it."
TCU went toe-to-toe with the 20th-ranked Wolverines in the doubles portion of the match. All three matches when to a tiebreaker, but only Nick Chappell and Will Stein were able to pick up an 8-7 (3) win over Barrett Franks and Alex Buzzi at No. 2 doubles.
Michigan won the tiebreakers at Nos. 1 and 3 doubles after Max Stevens and JT Sundling put a scare into Evan King and Shaun Bernstein at No. 1. The Wolverine duo is ranked 30th in the ITA doubles rankings. The doubles would prove as a microcosm for the entire match.
As singles play began, Michigan extended its lead to 2-0 before the Frogs began their comeback. Rodolfo Bustamante put TCU on the board with a 7-5, 6-4 win over Franks at No. 6 singles.
Facundo Lugones followed with a 5-7, 6-1, 6-2 at the expense of Alex Petrone at the third singles slot to even the match at 2. The Frogs grabbed the lead for the first time as 100th-ranked Arnau Dachs upset No. 48 Vlad Stefan, 3-6, 6-3, 6-3 at No. 2 singles.
TCU put itself in position to pull off the road upset as Orlando Superlano’s match at No. 5 singles went to a third-set tiebreak. However, the Venezuela native fell to Michael Zhu, 6-2, 5-7, 7-6 (3) to make the score 3-3.
King downed Chappell at No. 1 singles, 6-4, 3-6, 6-3 in the fourth match of the night to go three sets as Michigan escaped with a 4-3 win.
TCU returns to action Friday evening with UT Arlington visits the Bayard H. Friedman Tennis Center. First serve is set for 5:30 p.m. for the home opener.
MATCH RESULTS - No. 20 Michigan 4, TCU 3
No. 1 – Evan King (UM) def. Nick Chappell (TCU), 6-4, 3-6, 6-3
No. 2 – No. 100 Arnau Dachs (TCU) def. No. 48 Vlad Stefan (UM), 3-6, 6-3, 6-3
No. 3 – Facundo Lugones (TCU) def. Alex Petrone (UM), 5-7, 6-1, 6-2
No. 4 – Michael Zhu (UM) def. JT Sundling (TCU), 6-4, 6-4
No. 5 – Barrett Franks (UM) def. Orlando Superlano (TCU), 6-2, 5-7, 7-6 (3)
No. 6 – Rodolfo Bustamante (TCU) def. Alex Buzzi (UM), 7-5, 6-4
No. 1 – No. 30 Evan King/Shaun Bernstein (UM) def. Max Stevens/JT Sundling (TCU), 8-7 (2)
No. 2 – Nick Chappell/Will Stein (TCU) def. Barrett Franks/Alex Buzzi (UM), 8-7 (3)
No. 3 – Alex Petrone/Michael Zhu (UM) def. Arnau Dachs/Orlando Superlano (TCU), 8-7 (4)
Michigan 1-0, national ranking #20
Order of finish: Singles (4,6,3,2,5,1) Doubles (2,3,1)
Match played indoors