TCU Drops Tight Battle with Texas

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April 13, 2013

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FORT WORTH -- TCU jumped out to an early lead Saturday but was unable to close out Texas, as the Longhorns rallied for a 4-3 victory with a thrilling tiebreaker win in the final singles match of the day at Bayard H. Friedman Tennis Center.

The Horned Frogs, ranked No. 35 nationally, dropped to 16-7 overall and 1-2 in Big 12 Conference play following the setback. No. 23 Texas improved to 14-6 overall and 2-1 in league action.

TCU, playing in front of a large and supportive home crowd featuring 1,221 spectators, sprinted out to a 3-1 lead after taking the doubles point and a pair of straight-set singles victories by Facundo Lagones at the No. 4 position over No. 96 Sudanwa Sitaram (6-4, 6-3) and J.T. Sudling at No. 5 over Nick Naumann (7-6 [2], 6-2). UT answered by knotting the score at 3-3 with three-set wins at No. 2 and 6 singles by Lloyd Glasspool over Arnau Dachs (2-6, 6-2, 6-3) and David Holiner over Rodolfo Bustamante (7-5, 2-6, 6-4).

The team decision came down to a back-and-fourth affair at No. 3 singles between TCU's Orlando Superlano and UT's David Whitehead, who entered the day ranked No. 99 nationally. Superlano fought back after dropping the first set in the tiebreaker, 7-6 (5), by forcing a third decisive set with a 6-2 win in the second frame.

The final set again came down to the tiebreaker. Superlano jumped out to an early 4-0 lead and had multiple match-point opportunities that Whitehead was able to turn back. Whitehead recorded the final three points to claim an 11-9 tiebreaker win and propel Texas to victory.

"We played very well today in some instances," head coach David Roditi said. "I thought J.T. had an excellent victory. He's been winning a lot of matches, and that's a good sign for our team. Facundo beat a very good player, so I was happy for him.

"I thought we played well enough to win, but we gave away points in too many key moments. We made mistakes in crucial moments, and each guy has to look at himself and realize why that is. I have to give a lot of credit to UT. The last guy we wanted the match to come down to was David Whitehead. I've known him a long time, and I think he's a great competitor, as is Orlando. Whitehead was able to save so many match points, and you have to give him credit for that. Orlando didn't lose the match, Whitehead won it."

TCU jumped out to a quick 1-0 lead by winning the first two doubles matches. Dachs and Superlano breezed past Holiner and Soren Hess-Oleson at the No. 3 position by an 8-4 count, while Nick Chappell and Stein, the nation's 69th-rated tandem, clinched the doubles point with an 8-6 decision in the top slot over Ben Chen and Whitehead. The third doubles match between the Frogs' Max Stevens and Sundling and UT's Chris Camillone and Sitaram went unfinished after the doubles point had been clinched.

In the only match of the day between ranked players, Hess-Oleson posted a 6-4, 6-4 straight-sets win over Chappell at No. 1 singles. Hess-Oleson entered the day rated 41st, while Chappell was 92nd.

"It was an amazing day," Roditi said. "At the end of the day, the real winners were college tennis and our fans who were able to experience just what college tennis is all about."

TCU wraps up its home schedule next Friday when it plays host to Texas Tech on Senior Day at Bayard Friedman Tennis Center. First serve is scheduled for 5:30 p.m.

MATCH RESULTS - #23 Texas 4, #35 TCU 3
No. 1. - #41 Soren Hess-Oleson (UT) def. #92 Nick Chappell (TCU) 6-4, 6-4
No. 2. - Lloyd Glasspool (UT) def. Arnau Dachs (TCU) 2-6, 6-2, 6-3
No. 3. - #99 Daniel Whitehead (UT) def. Orlando Superlano (TCU) 7-6 (5), 2-6, 7-6 (9)
No. 4. - Facundo Lugones (TCU) def. #96 Sudanwa Sitaram (UT) 6-4, 6-3
No. 5. - JT Sundling (TCU) def. Nick Naumann (UT) 7-6 (2), 6-2
No. 6. - David Holiner (UT) def. Rodolfo Bustamante (TCU) 7-5, 2-6, 6-4

No. 1. - #69 Nick Chappell/Will Stein (TCU) def. Ben Chen/Daniel Whitehead (UT) 8-6
No. 2. - Chris Camillone/Sudanwa Sitaram (UT) vs. Max Stevens/JT Sundling (TCU) no result
No. 3. - Arnau Dachs/Orlando Superlano (TCU) def. David Holiner/Soren Hess-Oleson (UT) 8-4

Texas 14-6, 2-1 Big 12; National ranking #23
TCU 16-7, 1-2 Big 12; National ranking #35
Order of finish: Doubles (3,1); Singles (4,1,5,2,6,3)



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