During its sixth-straight home match Tuesday evening, the TCU men’s tennis team found itself back on top with a 4-3 over University of San Diego.
TCU came back after dropping a 4-3 loss to California last Sunday where the 36th-ranked Horned Frogs also dropped its five-match winning streak.
“It was a great win tonight after a particularly disappointing loss only two days ago, it shows a lot of strength and good character that the teams could move on from that loss to win,” head coach David Roditi said.
The Frogs were able to pull ahead early in the match taking the doubles point. With an 8-2 win, sophomore duo Nick Chappell and Will Stein, currently ranked No. 79, finished first.
USD gained a point with an 8-4 upset over No. 2 Max Stevens and JT Sundling, but the No. 3 court duo of Arnau Dachs and Orlando Superlano brought it home in their 9-7 finish.
Roditi said he was especially proud of the team’s win in the doubles, and with the way each of the duos worked together and complemented one another in order to be successful.
As the match moved into singles No. 2 Dachs, who Tuesday moved into the Intercollegiate Tennis Association rankings at No.119, and Superlano at No. 3 pushed the Frogs lead to 3-0.
“We were hungry for a win tonight,” Senior Orlando Superlano said. “For me, the key to winning in these tough matches is to focus only on the next point.”
Rololfo Bustamante sealed the victory for TCU at the No. 6 court as USD grabbed wins at Nos. 1, 4 and 5 singles in third-set super tiebreakers.
Roditi said the team would take a day off for resting Wednesday before turning focus to the double-header against No. 34 Memphis and Texas-Pan American this weekend.