April 28, 2017
Final Stats |
NORMAN, Okla. – A loss of the doubles point for only the fourth time this season did not detour the No. 4 TCU men’s tennis team as they stormed back from the deficit to secure the 4-1 victory over No. 15 Oklahoma on Friday morning in the 2017 Big 12 Championship Semifinals at the Headington Family Tennis Center in Norman, Okla.
The Horned Frogs (18-4) went toe-to-toe with the Sooners (15-10) to begin the match, but late breaks by Oklahoma on all three courts proved to be the difference as they took the early 1-0 lead in the match. Prior to the match, TCU had won 10 straight doubles points and only lost the point on three other occasions.
TCU regrouped in singles action to take four first sets to put themselves back into the match. Cameron Norrie put down No. 30 Andrew Harris in straight sets to put the Frogs on the board before Jerry Lopez got his fifth win this season over a ranked opponent with a 6-4, 6-4 win over Florin Bragusi on court four. Moments later, Alex Rybakov got his 18th straight victory of the season as he downed No. 18 Spencer Papa, 7-5, 6-4. With Oklahoma winning the opening sets on two of the three remaining courts, it all came down to Reese Stalder on court six as he broke Adrian Oetzbach to clinch the match with a 6-1, 1-6, 6-4 win.
-With the victory over the Sooners, TCU scored its 13th straight victory
-The win over the No. 15 Sooners was the seventh defeat over a top 15 opponent in 2017 and the eighth over an opponent ranked inside the top 25
-TCU will be making an appearance in a conference tournament final for the 19th time in program history with the Frogs taking the crown 14 times
-Saturday’s appearance in the finals marks the second straight for TCU as they will try and win the regular season and tournament title in back-to-back years
Quotes from the Match
Head Coach David Roditi
“They obviously played better than us in doubles and they came out better prepared. That was a huge win for them at No. 3 doubles to win. It was back-and-forth at No. 1 and we let up on some leads and they took advantage of it. They deserve all the credit for that doubles point. I was very curious as to how this team would respond after losing the doubles point to such a good team on the road. Here we are and we are playing tomorrow. We responded the way we needed to respond. I am really proud of them. Our win at No. 4 was a critical win. (Florin) Bragusi has beaten us so many times and for Jerry (Lopez) to have lost to him twice last year and beat him today was huge. Cameron (Norrie) took control of his match there after a slow start and then (Alex) Rybakov was so solid. I was so proud of Reese (Stalder). He is a young player and he is doing a lot more than we all thought he would have to do due to the circumstances that we were in. There is no better example than Reese about being resilient and learning from each opportunity. I don’t even think he realizes how mentally tough of a win that was and it was able to give us a win and a chance to get the Big 12 title tomorrow.”
Oklahoma vs TCU
Apr 28, 2017 at Norman, Oklahoma
(Headington Family Tennis Center)
#4 TCU 4, #15 Oklahoma 1
1. #1 Cameron Norrie (TCU) def. #30 Andrew Harris (OU) 6-4, 6-4
2. #20 Alex Rybakov (TCU) def. #18 Spencer Papa (OU) 7-5, 6-4
3. #85 Guillermo Nuñez (TCU) vs. #40 Alex Ghilea (OU) 5-7, 5-6, unfinished
4. Jerry Lopez (TCU) def. #105 Florin Bragusi (OU) 6-4, 6-4
5. Trevor Johnson (TCU) vs. Jochen Bertsch (OU) 4-6, 6-3, 1-1, unfinished
6. Reese Stalder (TCU) def. Adrian Oetzbach (OU) 6-1, 1-6, 6-4
1. #15 Andrew Harris/Spencer Papa (OU) def. #33 Jerry Lopez/Reese Stalder (TCU) 6-4
2. #49 Alex Rybakov/Guillermo Nuñez (TCU) vs. #66 Alex Ghilea/Florin Bragusi (OU) 5-6, unfinished
3. Jochen Bertsch/Adrian Oetzbach (OU) def. Trevor Johnson/Cameron Norrie (TCU) 7-5
Oklahoma 15-10; National ranking #15
TCU 18-4; National ranking #4
Order of finish: Doubles (1,3); Singles (1,4,2,6)
Big 12 Men's Championships - Semifinals
TCU will play in the Big 12 Championship match on Saturday, April 29 at the Headington Family Tennis Center here in Norman, Okla., against No. 41 Texas Tech with the match airing live on FOX Sports Southwest at 11 a.m.