The sun was gone and all eyes were on court two to see if TCU freshman Cameron Norrie’s tiebreaker match against junior Hugo Dojas would end the game.
After some aggressive serving and back and forth play on the ball, Dojas throws his racket down in frustration as Norrie wins the tiebreaker match 8-6.
TCU put a halt on Texas Tech’s five-match winning streak on Thursday night at the Bayard H. Friedman Tennis Center 4-2.
Last season, TCU upset Texas Tech in Lubbock 4-3.
TCU head coach David Roditi said the team approached this match the same they would approach any other match.
“We have been focusing on preparation all year long,” Roditi said. “The difference was this was our first match at night in a long time, so we had to consider the heat and staying hydrated.”
The No. 10 Frogs are now 16-6 on the season.
The match started in doubles, where it was a quick point for the Frogs. TCU senior duo Nick Chappell and Will Stein defeated Tech duo Dojas and Felipe Soares 6-4. TCU freshmen duo Norrie andTrevor Johnson defeated Tech duo Jolan Cailleau and Alex Sendegeya 6-2.
“It is beautiful when you can get a quick W [win] like that,” Roditi said. “It puts a lot of pressure on the other team. When we win the doubles point, we are very tough to beat.”
Facundo Lugones took the first singles point for the Frogs against Zambon in the second set 6-2.
Following that win, Stein defeated Tech’s Connor Curry in the second set 6-3 to make it three points for the f
Roditi said the fourth point was tough to get.
Courts one, two and three were the only ones left with a game. The matches started to become more competitive as players worked for game point.
Even the audience was a little competitive, as TCU and Texas Tech fans participated smack talked each other throughout the match.
Chappell was getting frustrated, pacing back and forth in his match against Soares. Guillermo Nuñez was feeding off the crowd for energy in his match against Sendegeya as he approached his third set. Norrie looked tired in his close match against Dojas.
Despite all the effort, it was Norrie who took the win in a tiebreaker match.
“He [Norrie] was really tough, and he hung in there and he took care of business in the tiebreaker,” Roditi said. “I think, three months ago, Cameron would have gone into a third set, but for him to still hang in there that showed a lot of maturity; and I am really proud of him.”
Next up for the Frogs is a match against the University of South Florida on Saturday. The first serve is scheduled for 1 p.m.
Roditi said the players will work on healing their bodies until then.