April 21, 2013
WACO, Texas--No. 37 TCU dropped a 5-2 road decision at No. 15 Baylor in its regular-season finale Sunday at the Bears' Hurd Tennis Center.
The Horned Frogs finished their regular-season schedule with a 17-8 overall record, including 2-3 in Big 12 Conference play. The squad finished in sole possession of fourth place in the final conference standings as it heads into next week's Big 12 Championship in Norman, Okla. Baylor, the league regular-season champion, improved to 19-4 overall and 5-0 in the Big 12.
The Frogs became the only conference team to take more than one point against the undefeated Bears this season.
"I thought our guys fought their hearts out tonight," head coach David Roditi said. "Baylor has a good team, and this isn't an easy place to visit. For our younger guys, it was a learning experience for them to play in front of a hostile environment. This experience here will help teach them to put emotions aside and just go out and play.
"We were in nearly every match tonight. Nick (Chappell) and Will (Stein) beat a very good team at No. 1 doubles, and Orlando (Superlano) had an outstanding win in singles in straight sets. I think we've made good progress this season and I'm looking forward to taking our team to the Big 12 Championship next week."
Baylor opened the match by earning the first point of the night with wins in two of the three doubles matches. TCU's one doubles victory was a big one, as Nick Chappell and Will Stein, ranked No. 93 nationally entering the weekend, posted an 8-7 decision over the 61st-rated BU duo of Diego Galeano and Mate Zsiga. The Frogs tandem improved to 16-5 overall this season, including 4-1 in the Big 12, with its third straight win, while it also won its third match against a ranked opponent.
In singles action, Superlano earned his first victory of the year over a rated foe, topping No. 66 Zsiga in straight sets at the No. 3 position (6-3, 6-3). The win marked Superlano's team-best 23rd of the season, including his seventh in the last 10 matches.
Facundo Lugones accounted for TCU's other point with a three-sets victory over Diego Galeano at No. 4 singles (5-7, 6-2, 6-2). Lugones recorded his 21st overall singles victory of the season while improving his individual Big 12 mark to 4-1.
TCU opens postseason play Friday when it travels to Norman, Okla., for its inaugural appearance at the Big 12 Championship. The Frogs have earned the No. 4 seed and will face fifth-seeded Texas Tech in the tournament's first round at 9 a.m. at Oklahoma's Headington Family Tennis Center.
MATCH RESULTS - #15 BAYLOR 5, #37 TCU 2
1. #35 Patrick Pradella (BU) def #94 Nick Chappell (TCU) 6-4, 6-4
2. #43 Julian Lenz (BU) def. Arnau Dachs (TCU) 6-4, 6-4
3. Orlando Superlano (TCU) def. #66 Mate Zsiga (BU) 6-3, 6-3
4. Facundo Lugones (TCU) def. Diego Galeano (BU) 5-7, 6-2, 6-2
5. #79 Marko Krickovic (BU) def. JT Sundling (TCU) 6-4, 3-6, 1-0 (10-4)
6. Roberto Maytin (BU) def. Rodolfo Bustamante (TCU) 6-3, 6-1
1. #63 Nick Chappell/Will Stein (TCU) def. #61 Mate Zsiga/Diego Galeano (BU) 8-7 (7-2)
2. Patrick Pradella/Roberto Maytin (BU) def. Max Stevens/JT Sundling (TCU) 8-2
3. Marko Krickovic/Julian Lenz (BU) def. Orlando Superlano/Arnau Dachs (TCU) 9-7
Baylor 18-4 (4-0 Big 12); National ranking #15
TCU 17-8 (2-3 Big 12); National ranking #37
Order of finish: Doubles (2,3,1); Singles (6,1,3,2,5,4)