TCU Duo’s Run Ends in Semifinals

May 28, 2017

Final Stats

FORT WORTH, Texas – The postseason run by the TCU men’s tennis doubles pair of Jerry Lopez and Reese Stalder came to an end on Sunday afternoon as the duo dropped a 6-3, 7-6(4) decision to the No. 1 ranked pair of Robert Loeb and Jan Zielinski of Georgia in the semifinals of the 2017 NCAA Division I Men’s Tennis Doubles Championship at the Dan Magill Tennis Center in Athens, Ga.

The No. 25 pair of Lopez and Stalder were on serve with Georgia through the first five service games until the Bulldogs were able to break the Horned Frogs and then hold for a 5-2 lead. TCU held and then forced a deuce point on Georgia’s serve, but the Bulldogs were able to prevail in taking the opening set 6-3.

The duos went point-for-point in the second set with neither team faltering on serve to send the set into a tiebreaker. On serve in the tiebreaker, Georgia went up 4-3 and then was able to get a mini-break on Lopez’s serve for the 5-3 lead. Lopez’s ace made it 5-4, but Georgia was able to serve out the tiebreaker to finish off the match in straight sets.

With the loss by Lopez and Stalder, the 2016-17 TCU men’s tennis season comes to an end. The Frogs finished with an overall mark of 22-5 and advanced to the quarterfinals of the team championship for the second time out of the last three seasons. The back-to-back Big 12 regular season and tournament champions produced three All-Americans this season with Lopez and Stalder earning the honors in doubles while Cameron Norrie was named a singles All-American for the third straight season.

Quotes from the Match
TCU Senior Jerry Lopez
On today’s match...
“It was a great experience. All of the credit to the Georgia boys--they have all of the pressure to play well since they are playing at home. They came out and played better than us and took the win.”

On playing with Stalder...
“It has been great. Since the first tournament we have played together, his freshman year and my junior year, I could not have chosen a better partner or a better person to share this experience with.”

NCAA Tennis Doubles Championship Results
SF: #1 Robert Loeb/Jan Zielinski (UGA) def. #25 Jerry Lopez/Reese Stalder (TCU): 6-3, 7-6(4)



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