TCU Wins in Front of Packed House


April 13, 2018

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FORT WORTH, Texas – In a match that had the largest crowd on hand for the season, the No. 9 TCU men’s tennis team put on a good show as the Horned Frogs recorded a 4-2 victory over No. 14 Oklahoma on Friday night at the Bayard H. Friedman Tennis Center to mark the team’s ninth straight win.

The match, which was delayed by lightning in the area and eventually finished indoors, had over 1,500 fans in attendance. The Frogs (15-3, 2-0 Big 12) jumped out to early leads in doubles action to start the match over the Sooners (17-3, 2-1 Big 12) with the No. 6 pair of Guillermo Nuñez and Alex Rybakov scoring the first win of the day with a 6-4 victory on court one for the pair’s ninth straight win. The No. 63 pair of Bertus Kruger and Reese Stalder served out the match on court three and were victorious on deuce point to clinch the doubles point with a 6-4 win.

The singles portion of the match started outdoors with the Frogs scoring the win in four of the first sets before lightning in the area followed by a one hour delay forced the match indoors. Stalder made quick work once indoors and recorded his fourth straight win to put TCU up 2-0 in the match with a 6-2, 6-1 victory on court five. Oklahoma used a win on court one to build momentum on the final courts before No. 70 Trevor Johnson finished off court two, 6-3, 7-5, to put the Frogs up 3-1. Another win by the Sooners on court four cut the lead to one, but Kruger would come through and clinch the match with the freshman serving it out for a 6-2, 6-4 victory on court six.

Quotes from the Match
Head Coach David Roditi
“What a day for our program. Oklahoma came out and they are hot. They have been winning so much and we knew it was going to be a battle and it was a battle like it always is. I am very proud of our guys for coming through with a win, but what a day for college tennis. It is unfortunate we had lightning and we had to go indoors, but it just added to the drama. Our fans and our alumni came from all over the country and enjoyed one of the most fun days in TCU program history today. With everything we had going on around the match, it was great seeing a freshman close it out like that and seeing Trevor (Johnson) play at a different level then in year’s past. I am just really happy and it all started with a good doubles point. Our guys have been doing so much mental work with Coach (Devin) Bowen and it showed today. It required everything we had. At the same time, there are some parts where we can get better. We didn’t give it our best and we didn’t bring our best in some matches, but that is okay. That is why it is a team sport and some guys had to step up today and that was great. I want to thank all the fans for coming out. I want to thank all our staff that came out to support us and all the people who have been working around the clock to make this happen. It has been a 24 to 48 hour event and I am really proud of our university.”

Match Results
Oklahoma vs TCU
Apr 13, 2018 at Fort Worth, Texas
(Bayard H. Friedman Tennis Center)
#9 TCU 4, #14 Oklahoma 2

Singles competition
1. #45 Alex Bakshi (OU) def. #17 Alex Rybakov (TCU) 6-3, 6-2
2. #70 Trevor Johnson (TCU) def. Adrian Oetzbach (OU) 6-3, 7-5
3. #83 Guillermo Nuñez (TCU) vs. #123 Jake van Emburgh (OU) 6-2, 4-6, 5-4, unfinished
4. #75 Ferran Calvo (OU) def. #48 Alastair Gray (TCU) 6-4, 6-1
5. Reese Stalder (TCU) def. Max Stewart (OU) 6-2, 6-1
6. Bertus Kruger (TCU) def. Stefano Tsorotiotis (OU) 6-2, 6-4

Doubles competition
1. #6 Guillermo Nuñez/Alex Rybakov (TCU) def. #40 Alex Bakshi/Jake van Emburgh (OU) 6-4
2. Alastair Gray/Trevor Johnson (TCU) vs. #61 Ferran Calvo/Adrian Oetzbach (OU) 5-5, unfinished
3. #63 Bertus Kruger/Reese Stalder (TCU) def. James Davis/Max Stewart (OU) 6-4

Match Notes:
Oklahoma 17-3, 2-1 Big 12; National ranking #14
TCU 15-3, 2-0 Big 12; National ranking #9
Order of finish: Doubles (1,3); Singles (5,1,2,4,6)
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Up Next
TCU will continue the Big 12 opening home weekend by welcoming No. 11 Oklahoma State on Sunday, April 15 at 1 p.m., to the Bernard J. ‘Tut’ Bartzen Varsity Courts.


 

 

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