Horned Frogs Fall Short to Tulsa
March 2, 2014
FORT WORTH, Texas – In a match that took over six hours and was decided by a third set tiebreaker at No. 6 singles, the No. 48 TCU men’s tennis team dropped a 4-3 hard fought match to No. 32 Tulsa on Sunday afternoon at the indoor courts in the Bayard H. Friedman Tennis Center.
The Horned Frogs (6-4) picked up the doubles point for the sixth match in a row and battled with the Golden Hurricanes (10-6) in singles action until the very end, but Tulsa’s Daniel Santos took out TCU’s Jhonathan Gonzalez in a third set tiebreaker on court six for the 4-3 decision.
“For us, to be the team that I think we can be, we must find a way to capitalize on the opportunities that we create. We must get production from every one of our players, from top to bottom, on a daily basis if we want to be playing in May where we want to be playing,” coach David Roditi said. “It was a tough loss, but a great college match. It is too bad that only our true fans got to experience it because it was six hours of pure excitement and suspense and we are lucky we get to feel the way we feel right now.”
Hudson Blake and Facundo Lugones grabbed the first doubles match for TCU and their third victory in a row with an 8-6 win on court three over Santos and Matthew Kirby. Tulsa evened the doubles battle with No. 24 Clifford Marsland and Dylan McCloskey picking up an 8-6 victory over No. 18 Nick Chappell and Will Stein.
The doubles decision came down to court two, which was decided in tiebreaking fashion. Arnau Dachs and Trey Daniel had the momentum in their favor and pulled out an 8-7(5) win over Alejandro Espejo and Japie De Klerk for their sixth win of the dual match season.
Tulsa did not stay down for long as No. 97 De Klerk rounded up a quick win over No. 93 Lugones on court two and No. 89 Marsland took out No. 51 Chappell on court one to put the Golden Hurricanes ahead 2-1 in the match.
Rodolfo Bustamante evened out the match at 2-2 by downing Carlos Bautista 6-3, 6-2 on court five and Daniel put the Frogs in the lead at 3-2 with a 6-4, 6-2 victory over McCloskey.
Dachs faced the toughest test on court three against No. 90 Espejo, as the duo battled two tiebreakers and a third set. Dachs came out on top in the first set tiebreaker, but Espejo bounced back and took the second set tiebreaker. Espejo found his stride in the third set and came away with a 7-5 set win to clinch the win and tie the match at 3-3.
The final decision came down to court six and Gonzalez found himself down a set, before coming back to take a 6-2 second set victory. The match came down to a tiebreaker in the final set and Santos came out on top to seal the win for Tulsa.
TCU will hit the road for its next two matches by traveling to Malibu, Calif., to take on Pepperdine on Mar. 8 and Oakland, Calif., to take on California on Mar. 11.
Tennis Match Results
#32 Tulsa 4, #48 TCU 3