TCU Edged in Tight Battle With Columbia
March 20, 2014
FORT WORTH, Texas – In the ninth match this season decided on the final singles court, the No. 47 TCU men’s tennis team was barely edged out by No. 19 Columbia, 4-3, on Thursday night at the Bayard H. Friedman Tennis Center.
The match decision between the Horned Frogs (8-6) and the Lions (13-1) came down to court one, as No. 53 Nick Chappell found himself down a set to No. 14 Winston Lin. Chappell fought back to take the second set 6-2 and found himself in control of the match and leading 4-0 in the third. Winston did not give up and shifted the momentum his direction by winning seven of the next eight games to clinch the match 4-3 for Columbia.
“We played another good match against another good team,” coach David Roditi said. “They are No. 19 in the nation for a reason. I hope at the end of the season, we don’t look back and regret not taking advantage of our opportunities. We still have a few more opportunities, but we are starting to run and it is now in our hands.”
TCU started out the match by claiming the doubles point for the ninth time in the last 10 matches. Columbia picked up a win on court one, but Hudson Blake and Facundo Lugones responded with an 8-6 downing on court three of Bert Vancura and Richard Pham. The duo improves to 6-0 in dual matches and has notched the first doubles point for TCU in all six wins.
The final point once again did not come easy for the Frogs, as Arnau Dachs and Trey Daniel battled back and forth with Lin and Mike Vermeer on court two. The final doubles match came down to a tiebreaker, and the TCU pair came out victorious with a 7-4 win to seal the doubles point for the Frogs.
After playing at No. 3 singles the majority of the season, No. 109 Dachs moved into the No. 2 singles position and used the momentum from his thrilling doubles win to put TCU up 2-0 with a 6-2, 6-2 shut down of Dragos Ignat. This was the juniors’ team-leading 11th singles victory this season.
The Lions did not slow down and would even the match up with wins on court three and court five Columbia would take the lead momentarily with a win on court six, but senior Rodolfo Bustamante tied it right back up moments later with a three-set win of his own. Bustamante picked up a 6-1 victory in set one, but fell 7-5 in the second set. Tied 4-4 in the third, Bustamante held serve and then broke Ashok Narayana to claim the victory.
“I am very proud of Rodolfo (Bustamante) for his win and Arnau (Dachs) continues to show what a great player he is every match,” Roditi said.
TCU ultimately could not close out the match on court one, as the nationally ranked Lin improved to 11-0 on the season with his win over Chappell.
The Frogs will hit the road for their next matchup, as the team travels to College Station, Texas to face No. 12 Texas A&M on Saturday, March 22 at 1 p.m., at the Mitchell Tennis Center. Live stats and a live stream of the match can be found at AggieAthletics.com.
Tennis Match Results
#19 Columbia 4, #47 TCU 3