Horned Frogs Claim 4-0 Win

Feb. 28, 2018

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FORT WORTH, Texas – Returning to the courts after over a two-week hiatus, the No. 26 TCU men’s tennis team made quick work on Wednesday night as they scored a 4-0 victory over Tulsa inside the indoor facility at the Bayard H. Friedman Tennis Center in Fort Worth.

The Horned Frogs (6-2) used early breaks on all three doubles courts to jump out to leads with the No. 57 pair of Alex Rybakov and Guillermo Nuñez striking first with a 6-1 victory on court two. Pairing up for the first time this spring, Alastair Gray and Reese Stalder completed the doubles point for TCU with the duo coming back from a 3-0 deficit to get the 6-4 win on court one.

TCU continued to roll in singles action with the Frogs picking up the first set on all six courts. No. 27 Alastair Gray returned to singles action for the first time since January and put point No. 2 on the board with a retirement on court three for win No. 11 this season. Nuñez put the Frogs closer to the victory with a 6-0, 6-1 win on court four for his fifth straight victory of the season as the senior is now 6-1 on the year. No. 42 Alex Rybakov finished off the match as the junior scored a 6-1, 6-4 win over No. 119 Majed Kilani for his fourth win over a ranked opponent this season.

Quotes from the Match
Head Coach David Roditi
“It makes you nervous as a coach because you haven’t played in a long time and you don’t know what to expect. I thought we put a lot of time into our doubles. Even though we started slow on some courts, I am proud of our guys for hanging in there and finding a way to come back and win their matches. I thought we had a great performance at No. 2 doubles and even No. 3 doubles. I was very pleased with the way we played.

"In singles, we got off to a really good start. You win the doubles point, you are playing at home and then you get off to a bunch of first sets which puts your opponent in a tough spot and their players thought it was just too big of a mountain and we did a good job of closing it out. It was a nice win for (Alex) Rybakov because Kilani can play. I am proud of our team and we needed this match to get ready for Illinois and that is a big match for us.”

Match Results
Tulsa vs TCU
Feb 28, 2018 at Fort Worth, Texas
(Bayard H. Friedman Tennis Center)
#26 TCU 4, Tulsa 0

Singles competition
1. #42 Alex Rybakov (TCU) def. #119 Majed Kilani (TLSM) 6-1, 6-4
2. #47 Trevor Johnson (TCU) vs. #81 Joshua Goodger (TLSM) 6-4, 2-6, 3-2, unfinished
3. #27 Alastair Gray (TCU) def. Lucca Baptista (TLSM) 6-0, retired
4. Guillermo Nuñez (TCU) def. Jarod Hing (TLSM) 6-0, 6-1
5. Reese Stalder (TCU) vs. Mitchell Pritchard (TLSM) 6-3, 5-4, unfinished
6. Eduardo Roldan (TCU) vs. Boriss Kamdem (TLSM) 6-4, 2-1, unfinished

Doubles competition
1. Alastair Gray/Reese Stalder (TCU) def. Joshua Goodger/Jarod Hing (TLSM) 6-4
2. #57 Alex Rybakov/Guillermo Nuñez (TCU) def. Lucca Baptista/Majed Kilani (TLSM) 6-1
3. Trevor Johnson/Max Kurzban (TCU) vs. Louis Corker/Mitchell Pritchard (TLSM) 5-2, unfinished

Match Notes:
Tulsa 6-9
TCU 6-2; National ranking #26
Order of finish: Doubles (2,1); Singles (3,4,1)
Match played indoors due to weather
T-1:59 A-134

Up Next
TCU will hit the road to take on No. 9 Illinois on Friday, March 2 at 6 p.m., in Champaign, Ill., before returning home to take on Penn on Thursday, March 8 at 5:30 p.m., at the Bayard H. Friedman Tennis Center.



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