MTEN Repeats as Preseason Favorites


Jan. 5, 2018


FORT WORTH, Texas – For the third straight season, the TCU men’s tennis team was picked as league favorites to win the regular season Big 12 Conference title as announced by the conference office on Friday.

The Horned Frogs share the top spot with Texas, as both teams picked up their third first-place preseason poll ranking in conference history. TCU is the reigning back-to-back Big 12 Champions as the Frogs have picked up regular-season titles and postseason championships the last two years.

“I feel our conference is so tough and competitive that any team could be placed anywhere,” head coach David Roditi said. “We know what it takes to win the conference and our men are up for the challenge. We all agree we need to continue to improve and focus on doing things right daily. We are excited for another tough season”

TCU recently earned the No. 10 team ranking to start the spring season to mark the third straight season the team will begin ranked in the top 10 nationally. All six Big 12 teams earned top 25 rankings in the Oracle/ITA poll to begin the season for the second straight year making it the only conference to have all of its teams ranked nationally.

Alastair Gray and Alex Rybakov boast the only singles and doubles rankings on the team with Gray sitting at No. 23 and Rybakov at No. 31. Gray went 7-2 during his first fall on campus, while returning All-American Rybakov went 5-2. As a doubles pair, the duo posted a 4-1 record and sit at No. 13 in the Oracle/ITA Doubles poll. TCU also returns three other letterwinners, including doubles All-American Reese Stalder, and will welcome five newcomers.

The team will begin the 2018 spring season at home at the Bayard H. Friedman Tennis Center by welcoming Abilene Christian for a match at 5:30 p.m., on Thursday, Jan. 18. The Frogs will then hit the road to face Arizona State on Sunday, Jan. 21 at 1 p.m., CT, before returning home to host San Diego, Louisville and Duke for the ITA Kick-Off Weekend from Jan. 27-28.

Big 12 Men’s Preseason Tennis Poll
1. TCU (3) - 23
Texas (3) - 23
3. Baylor - 14
4. Oklahoma State - 12
5. Oklahoma - 9
Texas Tech - 9


 

 

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