Sept. 29, 2012
TULSA, Okla. – The TCU men’s tennis team had a solid first day of prequalifying for the ITA Men’s All-American Championships on Saturday at the University of Tulsa’s Michael D. Case Tennis Center.
Five Horned Frogs (Arnau Dachs, Rodolfo Bustamante, Facundo Lugones, JT Sundling, Blake Wiggins) advanced to Sunday’s third round of prequalifying. Dachs continued his successful opening of his TCU career, as he has yet to drop a match in a TCU uniform.
Dachs was a 6-0, 6-2 winner over Nebraska’a Sebastian Florczyk in the second round after getting a bye through the first round. He was also the champion of the Racquet Club Collegiate Invitational two weeks ago.
Bustamante won two matches Saturday en route to the third round, knocking off Hawaii’s Jared Spiker, 7-5, 6-1, in the first round and Michael Rinaldi of Florida State, 7-6, 6-4 in the second round.
Wiggins was also a winner of two matches on the day, claiming a 2-6, 7-6, 6-4 win at the expense of Maryland-Baltimore’s Alexandre Drean. He returned to the court in the afternoon for a 6-2, 6-3 triumph over Evan Bechtel of SMU.
Lugones and Sundling needed just the second round to advance to Sunday after a bye in the first round. Lugones took care of Duke’s Daniel McCall, 6-1, 7-6, while Sundling added a 6-3, 6-2 downing of LSU’s Stefan Szacinski.
Max Stevens won his first round match, 6-4, 6-2 over Michael Retta of Vanderbilt, but fell in the second round. In his first match back in action since suffering a season-ending knee injury in the spring, senior Orlando Superlano gamely battled, but fell in a tough 6-3, 1-6, 6-4 decision to Florida State’s Cristian Gonzalez-Mendez.
TCU returns to action Sunday in prequalifying for the ITA Men’s All-American Championships with action in the third round.
ITA Men’s All-American Championships; Tulsa, Okla. – TCU Results
PREQUALIFYING FIRST ROUND
Rodolfo Bustamante (TCU) def. Jared Spiker (Hawaii), 7-5, 6-1
Max Stevens (TCU) def. Michael Retta (Vanderbilt), 6-4, 6-2
Blake Wiggins (TCU) def. Alexandre Drean (Maryland-Baltimore), 2-6, 7-6, 6-4
Russell Bader (Penn State) def. Will Stein (TCU), 6-2, 6-3
PREQUALIFYING SECOND ROUND
Arnau Dachs (TCU) def. Sebastian Florczyk (Nebraska), 6-0, 6-2
Rodolfo Bustamante def. Michael Rinaldi (Florida State), 7-6, 6-4
Facundo Lugones (TCU) def. Daniel McCall (Duke), 6-1, 7-6
Blake Wiggins (TCU) def. Evan Bechtel (SMU), 6-2, 6-3
JT Sundling (TCU) def. Stefan Szacinski (LSU), 6-3, 6-2
Alex Grubbs (Air Force) def. Max Stevens (TCU), 5-7, 6-3, 6-1
Cristian Gonzalez-Mendez (Florida State) def. Orlando Superlano (TCU), 6-3, 1-6, 6-4