Men's Tennis Falls Short to No. 14 Florida
Jan. 26, 2014
FORT WORTH. Texas (January 26, 2014) - The No. 38 TCU men's tennis team lost its bid to the ITA National Indoor Team Championships with a 4-2 loss to No. 14 Florida on Sunday afternoon in Gainesville, Fla.
The Horned Frogs (1-1, 0-0 Big 12) lost a closely contested doubles point for the second day in a row against the Gators (3-0, 0-0 SEC), but the team fell short of completing a comeback in singles action.
"I am disappointed that we lost. No one likes losing, but I feel like we had a good chance at winning," coach David Roditi said. "The strength of Florida's team is their depth. They are a very classy team and they are a well coached team. Unfortunately we were not able to come up with the tiebreaker in doubles, so that is something that we will have to work on and execute better.
"At the same time, I am very happy for the way we played at the top of the lineup. We won at No. 1 in doubles and we won at No. 1 singles and were winning at No. 2 singles. We are doing great at the top of the lineup, we just need the bottom half of the lineup to continue to improve and get better. When that happens, we are going to be a very good team."
Florida scored first in doubles by taking a win on court No. 2 with Maxx Lipman and Gordon Watson notching a 6-2 win over Arnau Dachs and Trey Daniel. TCU equalized the doubles race with the No. 11 team of Nick Chappell and Will Stein getting a 6-3 win over Mike Alford and Stephane Piro at the No. 1 slot.
The doubles decision came down to newcomer Jhonathan Gonzalez and Facundo Lugones for the second day in a row, but the duo were unable to convert, as Spencer Newman and Diego Hidalgo won the tiebreak 7-3 to give the Gators a 1-0 lead in the match.
Florida would strike again in singles action and up the score to 2-0 with Watson taking down Rodolfo Bustamante 6-2, 6-1. The Frogs big win of the day came just shortly after that, as No. 118 Lugones was able to upset No. 28 Piro 6-3, 6-3 at the No. 3 position.
"Facundo played very well," Roditi said. "He is competing very well, he is fighting and he is on a winning streak. He deserves everything he is getting and I am very happy for him."
The Gators upped their lead to 3-1, as Daniel fell to Florent Diep 6-0, 6-3 just a minute later, but No. 84 Chappell secured a win on court No. 1 with a 6-4, 6-0 victory over Newman.
Florida clinched the match just moments after Chappell's win, as Gonzalez fell to No. 109 Maxx Lipman 6-5 (4), 6-2 at No. 6 singles. Arnau Dachs was up a set against Hidalgo at No. 2 singles, before play was suspended.
TCU will head to Dallas to compete is the USTA Dallas Challenger on Feb. 1-2, before resuming dual match action by traveling to Chapel Hill, N.C., to take on North Carolina on Feb. 9.
Tennis Match Results
#14 Florida 4, #38 TCU 2
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