Singles Rally Leads Frogs to 4-1 Victory in MW Quarterfinals

April 27, 2012

SAN DIEGO – TCU’s men’s tennis team bounced back from a tough doubles point loss to win four-straight singles matches and claim a 4-1 triumph over UNLV on Friday in the Mountain West Men’s Tennis Championship quarterfinal round.

The fourth-seeded Horned Frogs improved to 9-14 on the year and advanced to Saturday’s championship semifinals against top-seeded Boise State. UNLV’s season came to an end at 7-16. In six years of competition in the Mountain West, TCU has advanced to at least the semifinal round each year.

Facundo Lugones’ 7-6 (4), 6-4 win over Tamas Batyi at No. 2 singles capped a furious TCU rally that saw the Frogs win four-straight matches in singles before the Rebels could score another point. The freshman from Buenos Aires, Argentina, improved to 13-8 this spring and won his fourth-straight match.

In the doubles portion of the match, Blake Wiggins and JT Sundling struck first, scoring an 8-5 win at the expense of Charlie Alvarado and Alex Bull at No. 3 doubles. UNLV was able to even the doubles matches with an 8-6 win at the top court.

With the doubles point hanging in the balance, TCU’s Nick Chappell and Will Stein battled back and forth with Brian Kenyon and Bernard Schoeman at No. 2. However, the freshmen tandem couldn’t finish off the Rebel duo and fell 9-8 (5) to give UNLV a 1-0 lead.

As singles began, Chappell wasted no time evening the team score when he rolled through Rene Ruegamer, 6-2, 6-0 on the top court. The nation’s No. 125-ranked player, Chappell won for the fourth-straight time in singles and upped his season mark to 14-6.

Max Stevens gave TCU the lead for the first time when he knocked off Charlie Alvarado at No. 6 singles. The Dallas, Texas, native was a 7-6 (3), 6-1 winner. Sundling made the Frog advantage 3-1 with a 6-1, 7-6 (6) downing of Kenyon at No. 3 singles.

TCU returns to action Saturday with a 12 p.m. CDT matchup with No. 38-ranked Boise State. In the first meeting between the two schools this season, the Broncos claimed a 5-2 win.

No. 1 – #125 Nick Chappell (TCU) def. Rene Ruegamer (UNLV), 6-2, 6-0
No. 2 – Facundo Lugones (TCU) def. Tamas Batyi (UNLV), 7-6 (4), 6-4
No. 3 – JT Sundling (TCU) def. Brian Kenyon (UNLV), 6-1, 7-6 (6)
No. 4 – Daniel Sanchez (TCU) vs. Alex Bull (UNLV), 7-5, 6-6, unfinished
No. 5 – Will Stein (TCU) vs. Willie Sublette (UNLV), 4-6, 6-4, unfinished
No. 6 – Max Stevens (TCU) def. Charlie Alvarado (UNLV), 7-6 (3), 6-1

No. 1 – Johannes Markel/Tamas Batyi (UNLV) def. Daniel Sanchez/Max Stevens (TCU), 8-6
No. 2 – Brian Kenyon/Bernard Schoeman (UNLV) def. Nick Chappell/Will Stein (TCU), 9-8 (5)
No. 3 – Blake Wiggins/JT Sundling (TCU) def. Charlie Alvarado/Alex Bull (UNLV), 8-5

TCU 9-14, No. 4 seed
UNLV 7-16, No. 5 seed
Order of finish: Singles (1,6,3,2,U,U); Doubles (3,1,2)
TCU advances to face No. 1 Boise State in Saturday’s semifinals