TCU Upsets No. 32 Pepperdine, 4-2
March 9, 2014
FORT WORTH, Texas - Under the lights of the Ralphs-Straus Tennis Center, the No. 51 TCU men's tennis team shut down No. 32 Pepperdine, 4-2, on Saturday night in Malibu, Calif.
The Horned Frogs (7-4) picked up their second upset victory this season over a nationally ranked opponent with the take down of the Waves (7-7), while also earning their first victory over Pepperdine since 1994. The team recorded their seventh doubles point in a row this season, while junior Arnau Dachs defeated a ranked opponent for the second time in the last three matches.
"I thought this was a huge team effort to beat a very tough Pepperdine team on the road, especially a team that we haven't beaten the last five times," coach David Roditi said. "To be able to come to Malibu and beat a team that is very well coached, plays with as much, if not more energy than any other team and with fans cheering them on the whole time, shows the character of our guys. For us to be able to bounce back from such a tough weekend, I couldn't be more proud of our team and the way our guys are responding from tough matches."
Facundo Lugones and Hudson Blake struck first in doubles action for the third match in a row and got TCU on the board with an 8-4 victory over Alex Giannini and Pedro Leme on court three. Dachs and partner Trey Daniel won their team-leading seventh doubles match on court two to complete the doubles point for the Frogs with an 8-5 downing of Tom Hill and David Sofaer.
The Frogs continued their dominance into singles action with freshman Jhonathan Gonzalez picking up a 6-3, 6-0 win at No. 6 singles to give TCU a 2-0 lead in the match. Dachs made it a 3-0 lead with a 6-4, 6-2 victory over No. 103 Sofaer on court three. The junior evens his record of 2-2 against ranked opponents this season and moves into the team lead with an 8-2 record in dual matches.
Pepperdine continued to fight and picked up two points in the match, with No. 42 Alex Sarkissian defeating No. 52 Nick Chappell 6-3, 7-6 on court one, while Rodolfo Bustamante fell to Stefan Menichella 4-6, 6-3, 6-4 at No. 4 singles.
The match was sealed in TCU's favor on court two though, as No. 93 Lugones battled Francis Alacantara for a straight set victory. Lugones earned a 7-5 set one win, but found himself down 3-0 in the second set to Alcantara. The junior bounced back by taking the next six games to win the second set 6-3 and clinched the match for the Frogs.
TCU will continue its road trip in California, by traveling to Berkley to take on No. 14 Cal on Tuesday, Mar. 11 at 1:30 p.m., PST.
Tennis Match Results
#51 TCU 4, #32 Pepperdine 2