TCU Ousts the Owls
April 12, 2014
FORT WORTH, Texas – On senior day and in front of its largest crowd of the season of 1,254 fans, the No. 56 TCU men’s tennis team shut down Rice 7-0, at the Bayard H. Friedman Tennis Center.
In his final match as a Horned Frog (11-11, 0-4 Big 12), Rodolfo Bustamante posted his 11th win in a dual match this season and 20th overall with a straight-set victory over the Owls’ (8-12 1-1 CUSA) Gustavo Gonzalez on court five.
“I thought this match was a great way to end our home stand with a 7-0 win,” coach David Roditi said. “I can’t remember the last time it happened against a program like Rice. Over the last 10 years, they have been beating us up, so it is nice to finish that way.
“I am very proud of Rodolfo. You never know how a senior is going to react on senior day when he is playing his last match. He reacted exactly the way we would have wanted him to react by getting off the court in 45 minutes with a really good win and with a point that helped us keep the momentum from doubles. The conditions were not easy out there so it wasn’t going to be about who played best, but who competed better. I thought our guys competed really well and therefore we got the win.
“Now we have a match on the road against Texas Tech that could help us get into the NCAA tournament.”
The doubles portion of the match was all TCU from the start, as all three courts led the entire time. Facundo Lugones and Hudson Blake held off a late charge by Gonzalez and Zach Yablon and were the first winners with an 8-6 victory at No. 3 doubles.
The No. 10 ranked duo of Nick Chappell and Will Stein wrapped up the doubles point for TCU just a mere seconds later by defeating Max Andrews and Adam Gustafsson on court one 8-5. The pair now has a team-leading 22 doubles wins on the season and the victory over the Owls’ tandem was their 10th dual match win.
Bustamante put the Frogs up 2-0 with his quick 6-1, 6-3 victory on court five, while freshman Trey Daniel made it 3-0 with a straight-set victory on court four. Daniel was trailing 4-1 in the first set and won the next five games to take the first set 6-4. The second set was not even a challenge for the freshman, who went on to win 6-1.
Andres Alfonzo was the clincher in the match today, with the freshman posting a 6-0, 7-5 win over Henrik Munch on court six. The Frogs did not stop there, as No. 83 Lugones put TCU up 5-0 with a straight-set win of his own over Andrews on at the No. 3 singles position.
The final two matches on courts one and two would have to go extra sets for TCU to pull off the 7-0 blanking. Dachs started his match slow and lost the first set 6-4, before rebounding to break Gustafsson to win a tiebreaker in the second set. The junior was dominant in the super tiebreaker third set and did not let his Rice opponent score another point, with a 10-0 victory.
No. 49 Chappell was down 3-0 to start his first set against Srikar Alla, but bounced back to win 7-5. Chappell dropped the second set, but did not hesitate in the super tiebreaker and notched a 10-5 defeat to seal the 7-0 win for TCU.
TCU will wrap up its regular season with a match at Texas Tech on April 18 in Lubbock, Texas. The team will then play host to the Big 12 Tennis Championships on April 24-27 at the Bayard H. Friedman Tennis Center.
Tennis Match Results
#56 TCU 7, Rice 0