Men's Tennis Downs Jayhawks, 4-2, In NCAA Regionals
Twenty-first ranked TCU defeated 43rd-rated Kansas, 4-2, in the first round of the NCAA Tennis Championships staged at the SMU Haggar Tennis Stadium in Dallas, Texas.
The Horned Frogs captured the doubles point by posting two doubles victories over the Jayhawks. The doubles point win improved TCU to 16-4 on the year in doubles competition.
In singles action, sixth-ranked Esteban Carril lost to 47th-ranked Luis Uribe, 6-4, 6-3. Carril, the WAC Player-of-the-Year each of the past two seasons, fell to 25-8 overall on the year. The loss halted Carril's nine-match winning string, which dated to March 6 in the HEB Invitational versus 9th-ranked Washington.
"We played well throughout the match. The only disappointment of the day was Esteban's energy. He is the leader on this team and that energy is needed for us to be successful," said TCU head coach Michael Center.
The Frogs notched singles victories at the number two, three, and four spots. At the number four spot, sophomore Scott Eddins defeated Ed Dus, 7-5, 4-6, 6-1, to clinch the victory for TCU. The victory was the first for Center over his alma mater and the place he began his coaching career. Eddins improved to 22-8 on the season and a perfect 14-0 mark in singles action at the number four spot in dual match competition.
"I was put in this situation in San Diego in the WAC Championships against Tulsa, unfortunately I let them down. Today, I put that same pressure on myself and I won the match." Eddins said after clinching the match for the Horned Frogs.
TCU advances against 10th-ranked SMU Mustangs in the second round Saturday at 2 p.m., again on the Haggar courts. The Frogs will be attempting to stop a four-match losing skid versus the Ponies. Earlier this season, SMU defeated TCU, 5-2, at the Bayard H. Friedman Tennis Center. Last year in the second round of the NCAA Regionals in Austin, Texas, the Frogs were upended by the Mustangs, 4-2.