Frogs Stumble Against No. 14 Mississippi State Saturday, 4-1

Feb. 4, 2012

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. - The TCU men's tennis team dropped a tough 4-1 decision to No. 14 Mississippi State Saturday. With the loss, the Horned Frogs fall to 1-3 for the spring, while the Bulldogs advance to 5-2.

Due to inclement weather, the match had to be halted in the middle of singles play to change venues. After starting the day in Starkville, Miss., the two teams had to load up and drive over 80 miles to play indoors at the University of Alabama's Tennis Complex in Tuscaloosa.

“With the weather, we knew there would be a chance that we would have to move to Alabama,” TCU head coach David Roditi said. “I felt like we handled the transition well. We came back in a few matches after the delay and I was really impressed with the way our freshman played today. I’m proud of the way this team is fighting right now. We just don’t have a lot of room for error and losing the doubles point was crucial. This is the year that Mississippi State has been building toward and they have a very good team with a lot of experience one through six.”

MSU started the day with a 1-0 advantage by taking the doubles point. After the Horned Frogs’ team of junior JT Sundling and freshman Nick Chappell fell from the No. 1 court, TCU bounced back on the No.3 court as senior Paul Chappell and freshman Will Stein teamed up for an 8-6 victory. The Bulldogs clinched the double point on the middle position with an 8-6 win over TCU’s team of senior Daniel Sanchez and Blake Wiggins.

The two teams managed to get the first set completed in singles action before weather stopped all momentum. After a three-hour delay, MSU picked up two quick wins at the No. 4 and No. 5 courts.

Freshman Facundo Lugones got the Frogs on the scoreboard with his first singles win of the spring, knocking off Zach White at the No. 6 position in straight sets, 7-6, 6-4.

In the end, No. 79 James Chaudry got the best of Sundling at the second court, clinching the Bulldogs’ team win with a 6-3, 7-6 (7) victory.

TCU will remain in Tuscaloosa for the night, returning to action Sunday to battle No. 49 Alabama. First serve is set for 1 p.m.

No. 14 Mississippi State (5-2) def. No. 46 TCU (1-3), 4-1
University of Alabama's Tennis Complex – Tuscaloosa, Ala.
Feb. 4, 2012

1. Nick Chappell (TCU) vs. Artem Ilyushin (MSU), 4-6, 6-2, 4-1, unfinished
2. #79 James Chaudry (MSU) def. JT Sundling (TCU), 6-3, 7-6 (7)
3. #45 Louis Cant (MSU) vs. Daniel Sanchez (TCU), 2-6, 6-2, 5-1, unfinished
4. #90 Malte Stropp (MSU) def. Max Stevens (TCU), 6-0, 6-3
5. #32 George Coupland (MSU) def. Paul Chappell (TCU), 6-4, 6-2
6. Facundo Lugones (TCU) def. Zach White (MSU), 7-6, 6-4
Order of Finish: 4, 5, 6, 2*

1. #12 Cant/Stropp (MSU) def. N. Chappell/Sundling (TCU), 8-1
2. Coupland/Ilyushin vs. Sanchez/Wiggins (TCU), 8-6
3. P. Chappell/Stein (TCU) def. Chaudry/Wilkinson, 8-6
Order of Finish: 1, 3, 2*