TCU Blanks Memphis Saturday Afternoon

Nick Chappell was one of four TCU winners in singles.

Nick Chappell was one of four TCU winners in singles.

March 30, 2013

Box Score

FORT WORTH – TCU’s men’s tennis team dropped Memphis, 5-0, in the front end of a doubleheader on a warm and sunny Saturday at the Bayard H. Friedman Tennis Center.

The No. 36-ranked Horned Frogs improved to 14-5 on the year and won their second-straight match over a top-40 ranked opponent. No. 34 Memphis slipped to 7-7 with the loss.

“I’ve been thinking about this match for a while because I saw them play in the fall,” TCU coach David Roditi said. “We’ve come a long way in doubles. Will Stein has become a legitimate college doubles player. To win the doubles then win first sets on all six courts in singles puts a ton of pressure on the opponent. I couldn’t be happier and it’s a great springboard into the Big 12 season.”

TCU got the match started on the right foot with a strong performance in doubles, highlighted by wins at Nos. 1 and 3 doubles. Arnau Dachs and Orlando Superlano were first to win on the third court, notching an 8-5 win over Johnny Grimal and Lukas Vrnak.

Sophomores Nick Chappell and Will Stein, ranked 79th, followed with an 8-5 triumph of their own over David O’Hare and Joe Salisbury at No. 1 doubles. The Frog duo trailed 3-0, before winning eight of the next 10 games. At No. 2, Max Stevens and JT Sundling led 7-5 when their match was halted.

Facundo Lugones returned to his winning ways as singles got underway, dropping No. 110 Grimal, 6-1, 6-1, at No. 4 singles to stretch the TCU lead to 2-0. Rodolfo Bustamante followed with a 6-3, 6-2 downing of David O’Hare at No. 6 to bring the Frogs within one of the win.

Senior Superlano clinched the match for TCU, taking down Vrnak, 6-3, 6-4 on the third singles court. The San Cristobal, Venezuela, native has TCU’s top mark in singles this spring at 15-3. The matches at Nos. 2 and 5 singles were stopped with TCU leading by a set in both.

No. 103-ranked Chappell finished his match in a third-set super tiebreaker, claiming a  6-2, 3-6, 1-0 (10-4) win over Connor Glennon at No. 1 singles. His win polished off a 5-0 TCU win and gave the Frogs their most wins in a season under Roditi.

TCU plays the back end of its doubleheader against UTPA. First serve was set for 5 p.m.  

MATCH RESULTS – No. 36 TCU 5, No. 34 Memphis 0
No. 1 – #103 Nick Chappell (TCU) def. Connor Glennon (UM), 6-2, 3-6, 1-0 (10-4)
No. 2 – #119 Arnau Dachs (TCU) vs. Joe Salisbury (UM), 6-4, 5-5, unfinished
No. 3 – Orlando Superlano (TCU) def. Lukas Vrnak (UM), 6-3, 6-4
No. 4 – Facundo Lugones (TCU) def. #110 Johnny Grimal (UM), 6-1, 6-1
No. 5 – JT Sundling (TCU) vs. David O’Leary (UM), 7-6 (5), 2-0, unfinished
No. 6 – Rodolfo Bustamante (TCU) def. David O’Hare (UM), 6-3, 6-2

No. 1 – #79 Nick Chappell/Will Stein (TCU) def. David O’Hare/Joe Salisbury (UM), 8-5
No. 2 – Max Stevens/JT Sundling (TCU) vs. Cedric De Zutter/Connor Glennon (UM), 7-5
No. 3 – Arnau Dachs/Orlando Superlano (TCU) def. Johnny Grimal/Lukas Vrnak (UM), 8-5

TCU 14-5; National ranking #36
Memphis 7-7; National ranking #34
Order of finish: Singles (4,6,3,1); Doubles (3,1)



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