Men’s tennis team falls short of qualifying

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    The TCU men’s tennis team fell one round short of qualifying for the finals at the ITA Texas Regional Championships. 

    Sophomore Nick Chappell made it to the singles semifinals, but lost there to Baylor's Julian Lenz, 6-3, 6-2. 

    “We had a lot of guys win a lot of matches, but I did feel that Nick Chappell had the opportunity to win this tournament,” head coach David Roditi said.

    Sophomore Blake Wiggins won the singles consolation final after Texas Tech's Jeff Bryan withdrew due to a leg injury. Chappell and senior Orlando Superlano won the doubles consolation final. 

    The overall performance of the team was good throughout the entire tournament, Roditi said. Texas is a competitive region for tennis and there were a lot of good players, he said. 

    Sophomore Facundo Lugones was able to win multiple matches after being down, Roditi said. 

    Lugones said he believed he competed better than his opponents and that drove him to do better in each of his matches.

    This tournament helped the team get ready for the upcoming season, Lugones said.

    “We showed the Big 12 teams what to expect from us,” Lugones said.

    Roditi said that hosting the tournament helped bring more excitement to the courts.

    “The atmosphere was great, especially with it being a football game weekend," Roditi said. "We had a lot of support from our fans."