Men’s team outlasts Oklahoma opponent

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    The men’s tennis team breezed through its doubles matches against the University of Oklahoma on Wednesday night. Singles play proved to be an entirely different animal.

    After winning the doubles point, the team split its singles matches with the No. 35 Sooners 3-3, with freshman Zach Nichols winning the clincher to give the No. 29 Horned Frogs a 4-3 victory.

    Nichols was down 0-5 in the third set before storming back to win by a score of 6-4, 5-7, 7-6 (7-3) against Oklahoma freshman Vlad Marinescu.

    Head coach Dave Borelli said that Nichols’ match-winning comeback was very impressive.

    “I’ve never seen a match quite like that in my life,” Borelli said. “It just shows what can happen if you hang around and fight.”

    TCU freshman Adrian Simon and junior Kriegler Brink also won their singles matches. Simon defeated OU freshman Ionut Beleleu 4-6, 6-3, 6-3, while Brink beat OU freshman Alexandru Joitoiu 6-1, 6-3.

    TCU senior Cosmin Cotet fell to OU sophomore Andrei Daescu 2-6, 6-3, 5-7, though TCU freshman Emanu Brighiu lost to OU junior Sergey Avdeyev 3-6, 5-7. TCU freshman Jack Seider fell to OU senior Federico Chavarria 0-6, 0-6.

    Borelli said he was glad to get a win, but he wasn’t totally satisfied with his team’s performance.

    “It was match we should’ve won, a match we should’ve won easy, then it was a match we should have lost, then it was a match we ended up winning,” Borelli said. “I think some of our guys who aren’t playing well should be playing better. We’ve got to start stepping up and playing better.”

    Brink agreed that it wasn’t the Horned Frog’s best performance, but he was pleased with the result.

    “We can dig deep, but I think we got really lucky today,” Brink said.

    With the win, the Horned Frogs moved to 10-1 on the season. Oklahoma’s loss dropped them to 4-4.

    The Horned Frogs will take on No. 19 Texas A&M Saturday at 1 p.m. in College Station.

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