TCU Wrangles the Mustangs
April 1, 2014
FORT WORTH, Texas – Under the lights of the Bayard H. Friedman Tennis Center, the No. 56 TCU men’s tennis team claimed a 4-2 victory over SMU on Tuesday night.
The Horned Frogs (10-9, 0-2 Big 12) fought off two tiebreakers from the Mustangs (9-10, 0-0 AAC) to win the doubles point, before notching three straight wins on the singles courts to seal the match win against the metroplex rival on the Bernard J. ‘Tut’ Bartzen Varsity Courts.
“This is always a tough match and I am proud of our team for getting the four points. It is not secret we have been battling every match and today was no different,” coach David Roditi said. “This was our fourth match in seven days while going to school and taking tests. Every match is a test and our guys responded well. They showed a lot of character and I am proud of them.”
The doubles point would not come easy for TCU, as the Mustangs battled point-for-point to steal away the doubles point from the Frogs. Hudson Blake and Facundo Lugones found themselves leading 7-5, before Arturs Kazijevs and Tony Russell would break back and tie the match up at 7-7. The Frogs did not fall behind though, as Blake and Lugones converted on court three to win the tiebreaker 7-3 to earn the first point for TCU.
No. 16 Nick Chappell and Will Stein faced the biggest uphill battle in the doubles action, as the duo found themselves trailing Mischa Nowicki and Arkidjas Slobodkins 7-4. This did not detour the nationally-ranked pair, who broke back to tie the match at 7-7 and force a tiebreaker. Chappell and Stein carried the momentum into the tiebreaker and won 7-5 to clinch the doubles point for TCU.
The singles portion of the match proved to be a little easier for the Frogs, as Trey Daniel put TCU up 2-0 with a 6-1, 6-3 straight-set victory on court five. Rodolfo Bustamante pushed the lead up one more point with a 6-3, 6-1 downing of Julio Olaya on court four for the senior’s ninth singles win this season.
No. 121 Arnau Dachs would wrap up the match on court three by taking out Nowicki 6-4, 6-4, as the Vic, Spain native increased his win total to a team-leading 14 in dual matches.
TCU will return to Big 12 play by traveling to Austin, Texas to take on the Texas Longhorns on Saturday, April 5 at 11:30 a.m. The match will be televised live on the Longhorn Network.
Tennis Match Results
#56 TCU 4, SMU 2