March 30, 2013
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)