Dec. 14, 2012
FORT WORTH -- TCU’s men’s tennis team enjoyed one of its strongest fall seasons on record, setting the wheels in motion for a return to prominence in its first spring in the Big 12.
“I was really happy with how the team competed during the fall,” TCU coach David Roditi said. “The fall is about playing matches, gaining experience and getting better. We certainly did all of those things and I’m really excited for the spring.”
After struggling through growing pains and injuries during the spring of 2012, TCU’s Arnau Dachs started the fall of 2012 on the right foot for the Horned Frogs, claiming the singles title at the Racquet Club Collegiate Invitational in Midland.
Playing in his first event as a Frog after sitting out the 2011-12 season due to NCAA rules, Dachs rolled to five wins, including three in straight-set fashion and knocked off three future Big 12 foes to claim the title. He became the first TCU male player to win the annual fall kickoff event.
Nick Chappell, the 2012 Mountain West Freshman of the Year, won four matches at the USTA/ITA Texas Regional Championships, advancing to the semifinals before falling to eventual champion Julian Lenz of Baylor. Three of Chappell’s four wins in the event came in straight sets.
Chappell also enjoyed success on the USTA Pro Circuit Event level, notching an ATP point when he claimed a win in the first round of an event in Mansfield, Texas. Chappell also had success at the circuit level over the previous summer.
TCU advanced four players through prequalifying at the ITA All-Americans event, one of the longest and most-grueling events in collegiate tennis. Rodolfo Bustamante, Arnau Dachs, Facundo Lugones and JT Sundling all made it through the event’s opening stage.
Senior Orlando Superlano put the capper on the fall for the Frogs, claiming the B draw at the UT Invite, the last event on the slate. Battling back from a knee injury just nine months prior, Superlano went 4-0 at the UT Invite for the win.
Overall, seven frogs (Bustamante, Chappell, Dachs, Lugones, Sundling, Superlano, Wiggins) closed the fall with winning records, highlighted by Dachs at 11-3. He won the first eight matches of his TCU career.
The fall was one of the strongest on record for the Frogs and laid the groundwork for a spring against a loaded schedule. TCU opens the spring season on Jan. 19 at Detroit and plays its first home match Jan. 25 against UT Arlington.
Once again in 2013, the Bayard H. Friedman Tennis Center will be one of the premiere venues for college tennis in terms of quality of tennis and entertainment value.