Horned Frogs Stumble at No. 11 Oklahoma

Nick Chappell fell in a tough decision to OU's No. 30 Costin Paval.

April 7, 2013

Box Score

NORMAN, Okla. – TCU’s men’s tennis team suffered a 7-0 setback Sunday at Oklahoma inside the Sooners’ Gregg Wadley Indoor Tennis Pavilion.

The 33rd-ranked Horned Frogs slipped to 16-6 on the year and 1-1 in the Big 12 with the loss, which was just their second in the last 11 matches. No. 11 Oklahoma improved to 1-5 and 2-0 in league play.

“They have a good team and we didn’t handle the overall circumstances well,” TCU coach David Roditi said. “We will learn from it and be ready for Texas on Saturday. I know we can compete better than we did today.”

Oklahoma opened the match with a 1-0 lead after winning all three doubles matches. No. 29-ranked Costin Paval and Dane Webb were too much for TCU’s sophomore tandem of Nick Chappell and Will Stein, bettering the No. 79 Frog duo, 8-4.

Arnau Dachs and Orlando Superlano were unable to extend their winning streak to seven matches and fell 8-5 to Lawrence Formentera and Nick Papac, at No. 3 doubles to clinch the point for the Sooners.

Axel Alvarez Llamas dropped Facundo Lugones at No. 4 singles to extend OU’s lead to 2-0, then Leonard Stakhovsky followed with a 6-3, 6-4 win at No. 6 singles over Rodolfo Bustamante to bring the Sooners within one point of clinching the match.

Papac scored OU’s fourth point at No. 5 singles, getting past TCU’s JT Sundling, 6-3, 6-3. The Sooners’ top three players, which are each ranked among the nation’s top 61 proved worthy of their spots in the rankings with wins at Nos. 1 through 3 singles.

Superlano pushed No. 61 Webb at No. 3 singles and took the first set, but ultimately fell, 4-6, 6-4, 1-0 (10-6). Alcorta, ranked 51st, was a 6-4, 7-6 (5) winner over No. 119 Dachs before No. 105 Chappell gave 30th-ranked Paval all he could handle at No. 1 singles, but the Sooner was able to claim a 7-6 (4), 7-6 (7) win for OU’s seventh point.

TCU returns to action April 13 when it hosts Texas at the Bayard H. Friedman Tennis Center. First serve is set for 1 p.m.

MATCH RESULTS – #11 Oklahoma 7, #33 TCU 0
No. 1 – #30 Costin Paval (OU) def. #105 Nick Chappell (TCU), 7-6 (4), 7-6 (7)
No. 2 – #51 Guillermo Alcorta (OU) def. #119 Arnau Dachs (TCU), 6-4, 7-6 (4)
No. 3 – #61 Dane Webb (OU) def. Orlando Superlano (TCU), 4-6, 6-4, 1-0 (10-6)
No. 4 – Axel Alvarez Llamas (OU) def. Facundo Lugones (TCU), 6-2, 6-0
No. 5 – Nick Papac (OU) def. JT Sundling (TCU), 6-3, 6-3
No. 6 – Leonard Stakhovsky (OU) def. Rodolfo Bustamante (TCU), 6-3, 6-4

No. 1 – #29 Costin Paval/Dane Webb (OU) def. #79 Nick Chappell/Will Stein (TCU), 8-4
No. 2 – Gulliermo Alcorta/Axel Alvarez Llamas (OU) def. Max Stevens/JT Sundling (TCU), 8-4
No. 3 – Lawrence Formentera/Nick Papac (OU) def. Arnau Dachs/Orlando Superlano (TCU), 8-5

TCU 16-6, 1-1 Big 12; National ranking #33
Oklahoma 15-5, 2-0 Big 12; National ranking #11
Order of finish: Singles (4,6,5,2,3,1); Doubles (1,3,2)



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