The TCU men’s tennis team opened the 2012 season with a 5-2 win against Texas A&M-Corpus Christi indoors at the Bayard H. Friedman Tennis Center Wednesday night.
“I think they learned that when you prepare well, good things happen,” head coach David Roditi said. “I think they learned that you can’t take anything for granted. It’s a privilege to get to play and play at TCU.”
TCU swept all three courts in doubles play. Junior JT Sundling and freshman Nick Chappell earned an 8-3 victory, while senior Paul Chappell and freshman Will Stein won 8-4 from the third court.
Senior Daniel Sanchez and junior Orlando Superlano placed second with a 7-6 win.
“I loved how our No. 1 team got on top and never let go so they stayed on top of their team,” Roditi said. “It’s not easy to win two indoor doubles at number one. Then, I loved how our No. 2 team was on a break, and they came back and won that match. I love when we get down, then we fight back and that’s what I would love for our team to be known as.”
After the doubles matches, TCU was up 1-0 on Corpus Christi.
In the first few minutes of his singles match, Superlano fell and injured his left leg. He returned to the court but was unable to continue playing. He had to retire from the singles match.
Roditi said they were unsure of his condition.
“We don’t know yet,” Roditi said. “I know they took a look at it, and I know he’s not going to be playing tomorrow.”
The Islanders evened the team tally during the singles matches at the third court.
Sundling placed the Frogs in a good position with a 6-3, 6-1 straight-set win. Sanchez helped push the Frogs by coming back in both sets to earn a 6-4, 6-3 decision.
After transferring from the University of Southern California, it was the first time Sundling stepped on the tennis court as a Horned Frog.
“The beginning is always the toughest,” Sundling said. “Once I got through the first point it was great.”
He said he felt like his teammates fought hard throughout the night.
“I feel like everybody was really pumped up,” Sundling said. “And just getting out here and getting our first win was big.”
Nick Chappell captured the win for TCU, battling to a 6-2, 7-5 win from the top court. He debuted in his first collegiate game by clinching the doubles point and the team win in singles at the end of the night.
“I think anytime you get a freshman to win at No. 1 in his home-opener is pretty cool, and it’s not easy to do,” Roditi said.
TCU will hit the road to play the Georgia Bulldogs at 2 p.m. in Athens this Sunday.