TCU Bounces Back With Road Win At Alabama Sunday, 4-3

Feb. 5, 2012

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. - The TCU men's tennis team rebounded on the road to pick up a 4-3 win over No. 49 Alabama Sunday. With the win, the Horned Frogs advanced to 2-3 for the spring, while the Crimson Tide dropped to 1-3 overall.

“I am proud of the way our team came out ready to play today,” TCU head coach David Roditi. “That proved to me that we learned something last week in Georgia. Again, our freshmen continue to give us good play and they are gaining confidence. JT Sundling had an impressive win for us against a guy that beat us last year. Both of our wins are against teams that beat us last year.”

Alabama came out of the gates with momentum in front of the home crowd, taking two of the three doubles matches to earn the early 1-0 advantage. After TCU dropped the first match on the middle court, the top duo of junior JT Sundling and freshman Nick Chappell evened the score with an 8-5 victory at the No. 1 court. In the end, ‘Bama’s third team took down the Frogs’ pairing of Daniel Sanchez and Blake Wiggins, 8-4.

TCU took time to regroup during the intermission between doubles and singles. Sundling got the Purple and White on the scoreboard with a decisive 6-1, 6-1 victory from the No. 2 court. After the Tide jumped back on top with a win at the No. 5 position, Nick Chappell evened the team tally at 2-2 with a 6-4, 6-3 straight set victory over Jarryd Botha at the top court.

Newcomer Facundo Lugones picked up his second win in as many days with a 6-4, 6-4 outcome at the No.6 court, pushing TCU in front for good. Sanchez would clinch the team win for the Frogs at the No. 3 position, taking down No. 96 Vikram Reddy, 6-3, 6-4.

The Frogs will return home to the Bayard H. Friedman Tennis Center to host future Big 12 opponent Texas Tech on Feb. 11. Live music from Andrew Sullivan and free tacos courtesy of Salsa Limon begins at Noon. First serve for the match is set for 1 p.m.

No. 46 TCU (2-3) def. No. 49 Alabama (1-3), 4-3
University of Alabama's Tennis Complex – Tuscaloosa, Ala.
Feb. 5, 2012

1. Nick Chappell (TCU) def. Jarryd Botha (UA), 6-4, 6-3
2. JT Sundling (TCU) def. Ricky Doverspike (UA), 6-1, 6-1
3. Daniel Sanchez (TCU) def. #96 Vikram Reddy (UA), 6-2, 6-4
4. #91 Daniil Proskura (UA) def. Paul Chappell (TCU) 5-7, 6-2, 1-0
5. Carlos Taborga (UA) def. Max Stevens (TCU), 6-3, 7-5
6. Facundo Lugones (TCU) def. #122 Michael Thompson (UA), 6-4, 6-4
Order of Finish: 2, 5, 1, 6, 3*, 4

1. N. Chappell/Sundling (TCU) def. Doverspike/Thompson (UA), 8-5
2. Botha/Vieyra (UA) def. P. Chappell/Stein (TCU), 8-2
3. Reddy/Taborga (UA) def. Sanchez/Wiggins (TCU), 8-4
Order of Finish: 2, 1, 3*