TCU Suffers Heartbreaker to UNC
Feb. 9, 2014
FORT WORTH, Texas – The No. 35 TCU men’s tennis team fell 4-3 in a heartbreaking showdown with No. 28 North Carolina on Sunday in Chapel Hill, N.C., at the Cone-Kenfield Tennis Center.
In a battle that was nearly identical to the matchup between the teams last year, the Horned Frogs (1-2, 0-0 Big 12) won the doubles point to start the match, but the Tar Heels (8-1, 0-0 ACC) were able to take four singles matches to pull off the win and avenge the loss from a year ago.
“Anytime you lose it hurts and specially 4-3, but winning at No. 4 and No. 5 singles and the doubles point was a positive sign,” coach David Roditi said. “We are better today than we were a week ago and as long as we keep getting better, we will accomplish our goals this season. UNC is considered a top 10 team in the coaches poll so we are not too far away from that.”
The No. 11 ranked doubles duo of Nick Chappell and Will Stein picked up TCU’s first part of the doubles point with a 6-2 win over Brett Clark and Brayden Schnur. North Carolina evened the doubles fight with a win on court three, before Arnau Dachs and Trey Daniel pulled out a 6-5 (7-3) tiebreaker victory over Esben Hess-Olesen and Nelson Vick to seal the doubles point for the Frogs.
The Tar Heels got their first point of the match with Vick pulling out a 6-4, 6-2 win over Andres Alfonzo at No. 6 singles, as No. 17 Ronnie Schneider gave North Carolina a 2-1 lead in the match, with a 6-4, 6-4 win on court two over Dachs.
No. 118 Facundo Lugones dropped his first singles match this year and moves to 9-1 on the season after falling 6-5 (7-0), 6-2 at No. 3 singles to No. 36 Brett Clark. Down 3-1 in the match, senior Rodolfo Bustamante and Daniel evened the score with wins at No. 4 and No. 5 singles, respectively, with the match decision now being decided at No.1 singles between Chappell and Schnur.
Schunur easily took the first set over Chappell 6-1, but the junior from Indianapolis, Ind., fought back to win the second set 6-3. With all the other singles matches completed, the team win came down to the final set. Schnur came out victorious in the third set with a 6-3 take down of No. 84 Chappell, as North Carolina came away with the win.
TCU will next head to UT Arlington for a match on Feb. 16 at noon, before opening their 2014 home slate with the TCU Spring Invitational on Feb. 21-22. The Frogs host USC Upstate on Friday at 5:30 p.m., before taking on San Francisco and Lamar on Saturday at 11 a.m. and 3 p.m., respectively, at the Bayard H. Friedman Tennis Center.
Tennis Match Results
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