No. 38 TCU Upends No. 35 Florida State
Jan. 25, 2014
FORT WORTH, Texas - In a match decided at No. 5 singles, the No. 38 TCU men's tennis team finished a big comeback to take a 4-3 decision over No. 35 Florida State on Saturday afternoon in Gainesville, Fla.
Down 3-1 in the match, the Horned Frogs (1-0, 0-0 Big 12) had to stage a comeback against the Seminoles (8-1, 0-0 ACC) to get the victory. After notching wins at No. 1 and No. 3 singles and tying the match at 3-3, the deciding point came down to freshman Trey Daniel's match at the No. 5 position against Michael Rinaldi.
The Overland Park, Kan., native fell in a tiebreaker in the first set and found himself down a break in the second set before breaking back to take the set 6-4 and dominate the final set 6-2 to seal the win for TCU.
"Today was a great win. Obviously a great team effort to comeback because we were down from the first point of the match. We were down for three hours and it was not until Trey got a lead in the last set that we were up," coach David Roditi said. "I thought we did a great job of handling the situation and our leadership from our upperclassmen showed. I was impressed with the way our freshmen handled the situation in the match because it came down to them.
"The turning point for us was when our guys from the outside of the court brought energy and got Trey to play with that energy that he carried throughout the second half of the second set and into the third set. It is something that we have been preaching all year and I felt for the first two and a half hours, the other team had more energy then we did and our whole team together made a commitment of matching their passion to where at the end, our team had more energy than their team."
The match began with a tightly contested doubles point, as Florida State took the early advantage with Dominic Cotrone and Blake Davis stealing a 6-1 win over No. 11 Nick Chappell and Will Stein. TCU responded with Daniel and Arnau Dachs winning 6-4 at No. 2 doubles over Grayson Goldin and Marco Nunez.
TCU found itself down again to start singles action as Florida State grabbed a 2-0 lead after Goldin defeated Gonzalez 6-3, 6-0 at the No. 6 position. Dachs was the first on the board for the Frogs with a 6-5 (5), 6-0 win over Davis, before Florida State responded with a win at the No. 4 position.
No. 84 Chappell and No. 118 Lugones each had to battle three set matches to get their victories on Saturday, as Chappell was the next to finish with a 6-3, 1-6, 6-1 win over Cotrone, to set the score at 3-2. Lugones tied it all up right after with a 6-2, 5-6 (9), 6-1 win over Nunez to set up at the deciding match at No. 5 singles.
"When the team came in and gave Trey that boost of energy, he responded like a champion," Roditi said. "He was gutsy today. He was focused. He was playing within his game, but aggressive and started attacking his opponent's serve and imposed his will on his opponent. Trey is great player and when he competes like that, he is tough to beat."
TCU moves onto the next round and will go up against No. 14 Florida at 1 p.m., on Sunday at Linder Stadium at Ring Tennis Complex with a chance to earn a berth in the ITA National Team Indoor Championships in Houston, Texas on Feb. 13-16.
Tennis Match Results
#38 TCU 4, #35 Florida State 3