Men's Tennis Open 2012 Season With Islanders Wednesday

Junior JT Sundling

Jan. 24, 2012


FORT WORTH, Texas - The TCU men's tennis team will kickoff the 2012 schedule Wednesday, hosting Texas A&M-Corpus Christi inside the indoor facility at the Bayard H. Friedman Tennis Center. First serve is set for 5:30 p.m.

The Friedman indoor facility is located in the southwest corner of the Friedman Tennis Center. Admission is free and fans can enjoy free pizza, while supplies last. The TCU men’s and women’s tennis programs will have free pizza at every home match in 2012. Visitors will also have the chance to win prizes between doubles and singles action from Red Carpet Car Wash.

TAMU-CC comes into Wednesday’s match with a 2-2 overall record. After starting the 2012 season with wins over New Mexico State and Utah State, the Islanders ride into Fort Worth on back-to-back losses to Nevada and New Mexico. Freshman Fernando Llorens has gotten off to a fast start in his collegiate career, going 3-1 in singles and claiming Southland Conference Player of the Week status.

In his second year as head coach, David Roditi and the new-look TCU men’s tennis team will look to make the program’s 20th trip to the NCAA Championships in the last 22 years. The Horned Frogs welcome nine newcomers that will make an immediate impact this spring.

“It is going to be an exciting season in the fact that we have a team that can beat any team on any given day,” Roditi said. “If we play well, we have the opportunity to win any match on our schedule. That is the message we are giving to our guys.”

Seniors Daniel Sanchez and Paul Chappell return to action for the Frogs. Sanchez, a Monterrey, Mexico product, paced TCU last spring with an overall singles record of 15-6. Chappell has been a key contributor in doubles play, earning double-digit win totals a year ago.

Four of the nine newcomers hail from the United States, highlighted by a pair of Division I transfers. TCU also reeled in a pair of international student-athlete transfers, as well as incoming freshman from Spain and Argentina.

Junior transfer JT Sundling comes to Fort Worth wielding a pair of national championship rings as a member of the USC Trojans’ roster for the last two years. The Thousand Oaks, Calif., native compiled a 26-16 singles record and 46-17 doubles ledger in two seasons in Southern California. Sundling teamed up with doubles partner Jaak Poldma to tally a 24-7 overall record this spring, including an 11-2 mark from the No. 1 position, to finish the year ranked No. 17 in the nation.

Max Stevens joins the Frogs’ roster after spending two years at the Tennessee. Following his redshirt campaign as a true freshman, Stevens tallied a 12-10 record in singles and 12-5 in doubles in 2010. The Dallas, Texas product won three 4A Texas state tennis titles at Highland Park before graduating early to join the Volunteers at the beginning of the 2009 spring semester.

Freshman Nick Chappell joined his brother Paul at TCU following one of the top junior careers in the country. He has competed in all four junior Grand Slams, reaching the second round of the French Open, and has climbed as high as No. 3 in the USTA boys 18 national rankings this year and No. 26 in the International Tennis Federation (ITF) rankings.

The Frogs signed another pair of incoming freshmen standouts in Blake Wiggins and Will Stein. Both players were considered four-star recruits by the Tennis Recruiting Network and listed as two of the top-150 graduating high school seniors in the nation.

Orlando Superlano leads off the international signees for Roditi, moving to Fort Worth after playing two seasons at New Mexico State. The native of Venezuela led the Aggies in 2011 with 27 singles wins to earn second-team All-WAC accolades, while also compiling a 20-9 doubles ledger. As a freshman, Superlano earned second-team doubles honors in 2010 and was an ITA Scholar Athlete. He was a member of the 2006 Venezuelan Davis Cup team and has beenranked as high as No. 1051 on the ATP World Tour.

Junior college first-team All-American Rodolfo Bustamante comes to TCU after helping lead Collin College to the 2010 NJCAA National Championship. The Cougars were fourth in the country in 2011. The Bauro, Brazil native also adds international amateur experience from his play on the ATP World Tour. He has been ranked as high as No. 1,326 on the ATP circuit.

Incoming freshmen Arnau Dachs and Facundo Logunes round out the squad for the Frogs. Dachs traveled to Fort Worth from Vic, Spain after racking up 55 amateur wins since 2008, highlighted by his 35 victories in 2010. Logunes joined TCU’s roster at semester and will look to make an immediate impact this spring. He collected thee national titles in Argentina while boasting an outstanding singles record of 35-10 (.778 winning percentage) in 2011.

TCU’s spring dual-match season will feature another tough non-conference lineup. Thirteen of the 17 scheduled opponents finished last season with a national ITA ranking. One notably difficult stretch for the Frogs will include seven-straight matches against such squads to open the season from Jan. 25 through Feb. 12.



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