April 23, 2010
COLLEGE STATION, Texas—TCU closed out its regular-season schedule with a 7-0 setback to No. 10 Texas A&M Friday night at the Aggies’ George P. Mitchell Tennis Center.
The 69th-ranked Horned Frogs dropped to 9-12 overall this season while Texas A&M improved to 21-5. The match marked TCU’s 12th in 21 outings this spring against a team ranked among the nation’s top-75 squads.
TCU found itself shorthanded Friday against one of the nation’s top teams, as junior Zach Nichols and sophomore Slah Mbarek both were unavailable for the match due to sickness and injury. Junior Christopher Price played only doubles for the Frogs to help him heal an injury of his own.
Texas A&M survived a tightly contested doubles point by taking two of three matches before sweeping the six singles points.
Despite still playing doubles with his nagging injury, Price paired with junior partner Emanuel Brighiu to post one of the squad’s most impressive victories of the season over Texas A&M’s third-ranked duo of Austin Krajicek and Jeff Dadamo. The Frog tandem, ranked 72nd nationally, improved its chances for an automatic bid to the NCAA Championships with a 9-7 win at the No. 1 position, which marked the duo’s sixth consecutive victory.
“I was really pleased with the way Chris and Emanuel played to get that doubles win,” head coach Dave Borelli said. “The guys knew they had to win that match if they were going to have a chance to make the NCAA Championships, and we worked all week preparing to win. Hopefully, this victory will be enough to move them up in the rankings and get that automatic bid to NCAAs.”
The Aggies took the doubles point with wins by Alexey Grigorov and Marcus Lunt at No. 2 over sophomore Paul Chappell and freshman Marius Cirstea (8-5) and Alberto Bautista and Colin Hoover at No. 3 over junior Cameron Nash and freshman Sören Goritzka (8-5).
Brighiu and Cirstea faced tall orders at the top two singles spots for TCU while facing highly ranked opponents in Krajicek, ranked sixth nationally, and Dadamo, rated 43rd. Krajicek posted a 6-3, 7-6 (5) victory over Brighiu, while Dadamo defeated Cirstea, 6-4, 7-5.
Each of the Aggies’ other four singles victories also came in straight sets. Grigorov pushed past Goritzka at No. 3, 6-3, 6-2; Bautista downed Chappell at No. 4, 7-6 (3), 6-3; Niall Angus defeated freshman Santiago Centeno at No. 5, 6-2, 6-0; and John Lewis posted a 7-6 (1), 6-2 win over Nash at No. 6.
“I was happy with the way we played without having three of our top guys out there,” Borelli said. “I thought it was a pretty competitive match despite the final score. We knew we were going to be undermanned, but I was pleased with how the guys who were out there battled tonight.”
TCU next travels to Las Vegas, Nev., for next week’s Mountain West Conference Championships. The Frogs, which will have to wait until the conclusion of the MWC schedule this weekend before they know their official seeding, will open play Wednesday, April 28.
#10 Texas A&M 7, #69 TCU 0
April 23, 2010
College Station, Texas (George P. Mitchell Tennis Center)
No. 1 – (6) Austin Krajicek (Texas A&M) def. Emanuel Brighiu (TCU), 6-3, 7-6 (5)
No. 2 – (43) Jeff Dadamo (Texas A&M) def. Marius-Adrian Cirstea (TCU), 6-4, 7-5
No. 3 – Alexey Grigorov (Texas A&M) def. Sören Goritzka (TCU), 6-3, 6-2
No. 4 – Alberto Bautista (Texas A&M) def. Paul Chappell (TCU), 7-6 (3), 6-3
No. 5 – Niall Angus (Texas A&M) def. Santiago Centeno (TCU), 6-2, 6-0
No. 6 – John Lewis (Texas A&M) def. Cameron Nash (TCU), 7-6 (1), 6-2
No. 1 – (72) Brighiu-Christopher Price (TCU) def. (3) Krajicek-Dadamo (Texas A&M), 9-7
No. 2 – Grigorov-Marcus Lunt (Texas A&M) def. Chappell-Cirstea (TCU), 8-5
No. 3 – Bautista-Colin Hoover (Texas A&M) def. Goritzka-Cameron Nash (TCU), 8-5
ORDER OF FINISH
Singles: 3, 5, 2*, 1, 6, 4
Doubles: 2, 3, 1