TU Comes From Behind To Top TCU, 4-3
March 16, 2012
FORT WORTH, Texas - The No. 23-ranked University of Tulsa men's tennis team came from behind on multiple occasions to post a 4-3 victory over No. 62 TCU Friday night at the Bayard H. Friedman Tennis Center.
The Golden Hurricane (8-7) dropped the doubles point but won four singles matches over the Horned Frogs (5-9) to take the victory on enemy grounds.
The momentum would not continue for Tulsa, however, as junior Grant Ive and freshman Alejandro Espejo suffered their first setback as a tandem on the second court, which was an 8-6 loss to Daniel Sanchez and Max Stevens.
No. 97 Marsland tied proceedings following a 6-1, 6-2 triumph over Facundo Lugones at No. 2 singles.
Sanchez put the home side back on top with a 6-3, 6-4 victory over Ive at the fourth flight, but TU once again tied the match at 2-2 after No. 75 Watling topped Sundling 6-2, 6-4 on the third court.
TCU put Tulsa on the brink of elimination after Nick Chappell was able to move past No. 68 De Klerk 6-3, 4-6, 6-0 at the top of the lineup.
The Golden Hurricane would not go down without a fight, however, and the road team again battled back to even the score when junior Tristan Jackson defeated Stein 7-5, 1-6, 6-4 on the fifth court.
The decisive fourth point was decided on the sixth court between Espejo and Paul Chappell.
The two players split the first two sets, and Chappell found himself ahead 6-5 in the third after breaking Espejo's serve at 5-all.
The freshman Golden Hurricane showed grit and determination as he broke back to take the final match into a third-set tiebreak, which he would eventually win 6-2, 4-6, 7-6 (7-3).
The 4-3 final score was the first time TU held a lead in the entire match that took nearly four and a half hours.
Tulsa will now travel to Austin, Texas, for a 1 p.m. showdown March 18 with No. 13 Texas.
Tennis Match Results Mar 16, 2012 at Fort Worth, Texas (Bayard H. Friedman Tennis Center)
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