Horned Frogs Fall at Cal
March 11, 2014
FORT WORTH, Texas – In a match that was decided in a third set tiebreaker at No. 1 singles, the No. 43 TCU men’s tennis team fell just short, 4-3, to No. 20 Cal on Tuesday in Berkley, Calif., at the Channing Tennis Courts.
With the match tied at 3-3, the Horned Frogs’ (7-5) No. 54 Nick Chappell had to bounce back from a first set tiebreaking loss to the Golden Bears’ (8-2) No. 84 Ben McLachian and posted a 6-3 set two victory. The match decision came down to the final set that went into another tiebreaker, with Chappell taking an early 3-1 lead. Chappell’s control of the match would not stay, as McLachian recorded six straight points to win the tiebreaker 7-3 and the match for Cal.
“We are definitely having an exciting season! When we learn to keep our composure in key moments, then we are going to find out how good we really are,” coach David Roditi said. “I was very disappointed in our doubles performance. I have no idea why it happened, but we will figure it out and get back to playing good doubles.”
Cal snapped TCU’s seven-match doubles point winning streak, by dominating the Frogs in all three matches. Arnau Dachs and Trey Daniel fell first on court two, as Mads Engsted and McLachian shut out the duo out with an 8-0 win. The Golden Bears completed the doubles point as Gregoy Bayane and Chase Melton upset No. 13 Chappell and partner Will Stein on court one with an 8-3 victory.
Bayane downed Daniel on court five to give Cal a 2-0 lead in the match, before TCU fought back to record three-straight singles wins to take its first lead in the match. Lone senior Rodolfo Bustamante got the Frogs on the board first with a 6-3, 6-2 take down on court four of No. 113 Andre Goransson. The victory marked the first win over a ranked opponent for Bustamante this season.
Dachs, who garnered his first national singles ranking this season today, posted a straight-set 6-4, 6-4 win over No. 117 Fillip Bergevi. The victory was the juniors’ team-leading ninth singles win and the third victory over a nationally ranked opponent within the last four matches.
No. 99 Facundo Lugones put TCU ahead in the match with a 7-6(1), 6-4 win on court two to set up the match decision on the final two courts.
On court six, Jhonathan Gonzalez also had to fight back after dropping the first set to Nikhil Jayashankar, but the freshman rebounded with a 6-3 set two victory. The Venezuela native could not hold onto the momentum and fell in the final set 6-4.
“We are having good matches against very good teams and we need every team member to show up on game day,” Roditi said. “We will not beat good teams without everyone showing up on game days. The good thing is that we haven’t all play well on the same day and yet we are still right there.”
TCU will now return home to face Middle Tennessee State on Saturday, Mar. 15 at 1 p.m., at the Bayard H. Friedman Tennis Center.
Tennis Match Results
#20 California 4, #43 TCU 3