March 17, 2011
FORT WORTH, Texas – The TCU men’s tennis wasted no time against the Columbia Lions, picking up a 6-1 decision at the Bayard H. Friedman Tennis Center Thursday. The Horned Frogs swept through the doubles action and rallied off five wins in singles, finishing the match in less than three hours.
“We finally got back to playing doubles the way that we expect to play,” TCU head coach David Roditi said. We played really at No. 2 and No. 3 doubles, taking advantage of playing with a lead and getting greedy. We talk about being greedy out there, adding to any lead that you can. In singles, it’s always good to have your top player be the first to finish. That is a great sign that Brighiu is starting to get things to go his way. It was also nice to see Soren play a positive match for us.”
“With us playing again tomorrow against a tough team in New Mexico State, we really needed to get off of the court early today,” Roditi added. “The weather conditions really played in our favor today. Columbia is a really good indoor team and the wind really helped us.”
TCU rolled through the doubles portion of the afternoon, sweeping the Lions on all three courts. Senior Cameron Nash and junior Paul Chappell picked up the first win for the Frogs, downing Rajeev Deb-Sen and Haig Schneiderman from the No. 3 court, 8-3. The team of senior Zach Nichols and junior Slah Mbarek gave TCU the early 1-0 advantage in the team scoring, clinching the doubles point with an 8-6 decision over CU’s Cyril and Tizian Bucher.
TCU’s top doubles tandem of senior Emanuel Brighiu and Christopher Price, currently listed the No. 44 pairing in the country, defeated the Lions’ top duo of Nate Gery and Kevin Kung, 8-6. Brighiu and Price are now 9-4 overall this spring.
In the singles portion, Brighiu breezed through his match with Schneiderman by the score of 6-1, 6-1. Nichols quickly followed with a 6-2, 6-4 victory against Gery from the No. 4 court, while sophomore Soren Goritzka clinched the win by defeating Cyril Bucher at the No. 3 position, 6-3, 6-4.
After the Frogs sealed the team win, Price and junior Daniel Sanchez claimed wins at the bottom of the lineup. Price took down CU’s Tizian Bucher, 6-1, 6-4, while Sanchez cruised to a 6-3, 6-3 over Deb-Sen.
No. 61 TCU (5-8) will return to action Friday, taking on No. 69 New Mexico State at the Bayard H. Friedman Tennis Center. First serve is set for 6 p.m.
No. 61 TCU (5-8) def. Columbia (6-6), 6-1
Bayard H. Friedman Tennis Center | Fort Worth, Texas
1. #74 Emanuel Brighiu (TCU) def. Haig Schneiderman (COL) 6-2, 6-1
2. Kevin Kung (COL) def. Slah Mbarek (TCU) 6-7 (7-9), 0-1, retired
3. Soren Goritzka (TCU) def. Cyril Bucher (COL) 6-3, 6-4
4. Zach Nichols (TCU) def. Nathaniel Gery (COL) 6-2, 6-4
5. Christopher Price (TCU) def. Tizian Bucher (COL) 6-1, 6-4
6. Daniel Sanchez (TCU) def. Rajeev Deb-Sen (COL) 6-3, 6-3
Order of Finish: 1, 4, 3*, 2, 6, 5
1. #44 Brighiu/Price (TCU) def. Gery/Kung (COL) 8-6
2. Mbarek/Nichols (TCU) def. Bucher/Bucher (COL) 8-6
3. Chappell/Nash (TCU) def. Deb-Sen/Schneiderman (COL) 8-3
Order of Finish: 3, 2*, 1