Men’s tennis team falls to Columbia 6-1 outdoors

The No. 62 men’s tennis team dropped a 6-1 decision against Columbia in the first outdoor match of the season.

Head coach David Roditi said the team needed to get better by the Tulsa match this Friday.

TCU finished the match with a 5-8 season record while Columbia ended with a 9-2 season record.

Columbia had a four-match winning streak coming into the competition against TCU. Columbia dominated its last two matches 7-0 against Army and Seminole State College.

In the last two TCU matches, the Frogs suffered a 7-0 loss against the University of Texas but won 5-2 against the University of Arizona.

Senior Paul Chappell and junior JT Sundling were the only TCU duo to win a doubles match, with a set score of 9-8 (8). The other two TCU duos fell to their opponents.

Senior Daniel Sanchez and sophomore Max Stevens fell through their doubles set 9-7 while freshmen Nick Chappell and Blake Wiggins lost 9-7.

The Frogs entered into singles play down 1-0 to the Lions after losing the doubles point.

Nick Chappell was the only player to earn a win for the Frogs for Tuesday night in singles play. He defeated senior Haig Schneiderman, winning with a set score of 6-4, 3-6, 3-1.

“It was tough to play in the conditions today, it was hot and humid and everyone was tired,” Nick Chappell said.

Paul Chappell lost to the Columbia freshman Bert Vancura with a set score of 6-4, 7-6 (3). Freshman Facundo Lugones also lost in two sets 6-4, 7-5 against junior Nathaniel Gery.

Freshman Ashok Narayana won against Sanchez with a set score of 7-5, 6-2.

Roditi said the Frogs were short of big points on every court except Nick Chappell’s.

“Every set that was close, [the team] got to that crunch time and [it] came second,” he said.

Sundling also lost his match 6-4, 3-6, 4-1 against freshman Winston Lin.

Stevens ended his match in a loss to junior John Yetimoglu with a set score of 6-4, 4-6, 6-2.

Nick Chappell said he will rest, get a massage and stay hydrated for the next match.

The Frogs will be back in action against No. 23 Tulsa on Friday at Bayard H. Friedman Tennis Center.

Tulsa enters the match with a 7-7 season record. The Hurricanes are coming off a 4-0 win against No. 40 Louisville.

First serve is set for 5:30 p.m.