Season Ends in Heartbreaking Fashion


May 20, 2017

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ATHENS, Ga. – Tied at 3-3 with the match coming down to the final court, the No. 6 TCU men’s tennis team could not pull off the win as No. 3 Ohio State took the 4-3 victory on Saturday afternoon in the 2017 NCAA Men’s Tennis Division I quarterfinal match at the Dan Magill Tennis Center in Athens, Ga.

The doubles point all came down to a tiebreaker on court one as the Horned Frogs (22-5) took the match on court three while the Buckeyes (32-3) grabbed the win on court two. After going down a break early, No. 25 Jerry Lopez and Reese Stalder fought back to put the match back on serve. Leading 6-5 in the tiebreaker, the duo could not convert as the Ohio State pair won three straight points to take the doubles point and early lead in the match.

TCU did not back down and took four first sets to open singles action. The Buckeyes would take a 2-0 lead with a straight-set win on court five but No. 20 Alex Rybakov put the Frogs on the board with a 6-4, 6-4 victory over No. 46 JJ Wolf. No. 114 Lopez put the match even at 2-2 as the senior pulled off the three-set win on court four.

With only three courts remaining, TCU was up a break on two of the three before Ohio State took the 3-2 lead with the win at No. 6. In his final match for TCU, No. 1 Cameron Norrie came back from dropping the opening set to defeat No. 2 Mikael Torpegaard 5-7, 6-4, 6-3 to even out the match at 3-3. Guillermo Nuñez found himself up a break in the third set on court three, but Hugo DiFeo broke back and then held serve to go up 5-4. Nuñez was broken one final time as Ohio State clinched the 4-3 victory and move on at the championship.

Quotes from the Match
Head Coach David Roditi
“We did everything we could. You can sit here and analyze every single point, every single match, especially the ones you lose. You know, some are going to go your way, some are going to go against you. Today, credit to them. They’re the ones that fought back from sets down. They’re the ones that kept their focus when it mattered. Hugo Di Feo has probably been paying the price all year long. Di Feo has been taking care of business and in moments like that, it helps so credit to the coaches for getting those guys ready to battle like that, and credit to the guys that came through today.

“The doubles point was really close. We had our chances in the doubles, and that could have made a huge difference. But, I’m proud. I’m proud of our season. I’m proud of our guys. I’m proud of our school. I’m proud of what we overcame this year. This season could have easily been a huge disappointment with everything that we had to go through, and for us to be playing one point away or two points away from being in the Final Four says a lot about our guys, says a lot about our support staff, our doctors, our fitness, our trainers, our coaches, that we just hung in there and kept getting better. We gave ourselves a chance to be in the Final Four in Athens, Georgia, which is what everybody wants. I’m proud of the fight. I also want to thank all of the Frog fans that made it out to Athens. Their support meant everything to the team through not only these two matches but also throughout the whole season.” 

Match Results
TCU vs Ohio State
May 20, 2017 at Athens, Ga.
(Dan Magill Tennis Center)
#3 Ohio State 4, #6 TCU 3

Singles competition
1. #1 Cameron Norrie (TCU) def. #2 Mikael Torpegaard (OHIOST) 5-7, 6-4, 6-3
2. #20 Alex Rybakov (TCU) def. #46 JJ Wolf (OHIOST) 6-4, 6-4
3. #9 Hugo DiFeo (OHIOST) def. #83 Guillermo Nuñez (TCU) 4-6, 6-3, 6-4
4. #114 Jerry Lopez (TCU) def. Martin Joyce (OHIOST) 6-3, 3-6, 6-2
5. Herkko Pollanen (OHIOST) def. Reese Stalder (TCU) 6-4, 6-4
6. Kyle Seelig (OHIOST) def. Trevor Johnson (TCU) 3-6, 7-5, 6-3

Doubles competition
1. #16 Herkko Pollanen/Mikael Torpegaard (OHIOST) def. #25 Jerry Lopez/Reese Stalder (TCU) 7-6 (8-6)
2. #30 Hugo DiFeo/Martin Joyce (OHIOST) def. #57 Guillermo Nuñez/Alex Rybakov (TCU) 6-4
3. Trevor Johnson/Cameron Norrie (TCU) def. Hunter Tubert/JJ Wolf (OHIOST) 6-4

Match Notes:
TCU 22-5; National ranking #6
Ohio State 32-3; National ranking #3
Order of finish: Doubles (3,2,1); Singles (5,2,4,6,1,3)

Up Next
With the loss to Ohio State, TCU now concludes the 2016-17 portion of the team season. Three Frogs will await the start of the individual portion of the NCAA Championships with Alex Rybakov competing in singles and Jerry Lopez and Reese Stalder earning a spot in the doubles bracket.


 

 

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