TCU Bested by the Bears
April 8, 2014
FORT WORTH, Texas – Despite finding themselves leading late on four singles courts in the match, the nationally ranked TCU men’s tennis team fell short to No. 6 Baylor 6-1 on Tuesday evening at the Bayard H. Friedman Tennis Center.
Three hours into the match and trailing 3-0, the No. 56 Horned Frogs (10-11, 0-4 Big 12) were up in the third set on all four of the final courts, but the Bears (19-4, 2-0 Big 12) buckled down and pulled out wins on three of the courts to take the team match victory.
“Three hours into the match, I looked at the scoreboard and we were up a break in three matches in the third set and on serve at the other. This team deserves a lot of credit for playing a terrible doubles point and then losing two quick matches, and yet having the resilience to come back in three matches from a set down and give our team a chance to beat a top-6 team,” coach David Roditi said. “The easy thing would have been for these guys to roll over and get out of here in two hours, but three hours into the match, we still had a chance to win this match. I am proud of this team.
“Now we have to get ready to play our last home match against in-state rival Rice.”
TCU fell behind early in doubles action and could not recover, as Baylor swept up all three doubles courts to seal the first point of the match.
Baylor quickly took control of the singles matches, as No. 15 Patrick Pradella defeated No. 83 Facundo Lugones on court two to put the Bears up 2-0. Baylor extended its lead on court six, with Andres Alfonzo dropping a straight-set match to Michel Dornbusch 6-4, 6-0.
The final point for the Bears would not come easy, as TCU fought tooth and nail to upset Baylor. The final four courts all would go to the final third set, as TCU and Baylor would split the opening two sets on courts one, three, four and five.
Arnau Dachs found himself trailing against No. 29 Diego Galeano on court three and had to come back from a set down to keep the match alive for TCU. The junior notched a 6-3 second set take down, but could not hold on, as Galano clinched the match for Baylor.
On court one, No. 49 Nick Chappell dominated his first set over No. 2 Julian Lenz, but Lenz rebounded and pulled out a 6-2 win in the second set. Lenz carried the momentum in the final set and improved his dual match record to 19-1.
Senior Rodolfo Bustamante also had to fight back after dropping the first set and notched a 6-4 win in the second set. The final set would go back and forth, but Mate Zsiga proved to be too much and won 7-5 in the final set to take the match.
TCU would finish out the match with Trey Daniel coming out on top over No. 102 Tony Lupieri on court four. Daniel earned a three set victory over the ranked opponent, for the freshman’s first win over a ranked opponent for the first time in his career at TCU.
The Frogs will close out their regular-season home schedule with Rice on Saturday, April 12 at 1 p.m., before wrapping up Big 12 Conference play by traveling to Lubbock, Texas to take on Texas Tech on Friday, April 18 at 6 p.m.
Tennis Match Results
#6 Baylor 6, #56 TCU 1