TCU Falls to Texas A&M
March 22, 2014
FORT WORTH, Texas - Despite big upset wins over ranked opponents in singles and doubles, the No. 47 TCU men's tennis team fell to No. 12 Texas A&M, 5-2, on Saturday afternoon at the George P. Mitchell Tennis Center.
No. 53 Nick Chappell earned a three-set victory over the Aggies' (15-5) No. 13 Harrison Adams at No. 1 singles, while Arnau Dachs and Trey Daniel knocked off No. 38 Jeremy Efferding and Jordan Szabo at No. 2 doubles for the Horned Frogs (8-7).
"Obviously we were playing a good team on the road and for us to come and get a win, we needed everybody to play well and that is not easy to do," coach David Roditi said. "We just made some critical mistakes at critical times that other teams make you pay for. I liked the way we competed and I thought Nick (Chappell) had one of the best wins that anybody could have had. He beat one of the best players in the country today and that was great for Nick because it shows the level that he can play at and is indicative of the way he has been playing."
The Frogs evened the doubles score with Dachs and Daniel's upending of the No. 38 team on court two with an 8-5 victory, but the Aggies would steal the doubles point with a win on court one.
The match was ultimately put out of reach in singles, as Texas A&M won straight set matches on courts three, two and five. Rodolfo Bustamante split the first two sets with Ore on court four, but could not hold on and fell in the final set.
Chappell and Jhonathan Gonzalez highlighted the singles play for the Frogs. Facing a top 15 ranked opponent for the second match in a row, Chappell dropped the first set to Adams 6-2 but rebounded by taking the tiebreaker in the second set 12-10. With the match already decided, Chappell and Adams played a super tiebreaker for a third set and Chappell secured a 10-6 victory for the upset win.
Gonzalez posted a straight set win over Moreiras on court six. The freshman took the first set 6-3 and then won a tiebreaker in the second set to seal the win.
"At the end of the day, there were some really positive things to take from today like winning at No. 1 and No. 6 singles, as well as winning a match in doubles," Roditi said. "We start conference next week and we have a lot ahead of us and this was a good preparation match."
TCU returns home for the next four matches and will start by welcoming Texas A&M Corpus Christi at 5:30 p.m., on Wednesday, March 26. The Frogs will then open Big 12 play with Oklahoma State and Oklahoma on March 28 at 5:30 p.m., and March 30 at 1 p.m., respectively. TCU will end the four-match home stand with metroplex rival SMU on April 1 at 5:30 p.m.
Tennis Match Results
#12 Texas A&M 5, #47 TCU 2