Preview: Arizona State


Jan. 20, 2018


FORT WORTH, Texas – After kicking off the season at home, the No. 10 TCU men’s tennis team will face its first road test of the 2018 season as they travel to Tempe, Ariz., to take on Arizona State on Sunday, Jan. 21.

The Horned Frogs (1-0) and the Sun Devils (0-2) are set to meet up at 1 p.m., CT at the Whiteman Tennis Center to mark the first match between the programs since 2003.

TCU Notables
The 2018 season started off with a victory as TCU scored the 6-0 win over Abilene Christian on Thursday night inside the Bayard H. Friedman Tennis Center. Four new Horned Frogs saw action for the very first time in their careers with Bertus Kruger and Alastair Gray each picking up wins in doubles and singles.

Gray leads all players with a No. 23 ranking in the Oracle/ITA singles poll, while retuning All-American Alex Rybakov checks in at No. 31. The pair also combine for the only doubles ranking on the team at No. 13. Gray led the team with an 9-2 mark in singles while Rybakov sits at a 5-2 record. As a pair during fall action, Gray and Rybakov went 4-1 with two wins over ranked opponents.

Scouting the Sun Devils
Arizona State is still looking for its first win this season as they dropped a 5-2 decision to No. 25 Duke and a 6-1 loss to No. 7 Texas A&M. The Sun Devils have two ranked singles players in No. 44 Benjamin Hannestad and No. 51 Michaë Geerts while Hannestad is also ranked in doubles at No. 53 with Tim Ruehl.

All-Time Series Records
Sunday’s match will be the fifth meeting all-time between the programs with TCU holding a perfect 4-0 record against the Sun Devils. The last time the teams met came in 2003 in Fort Worth as the Frogs scored the 5-2 victory. This will be the first time the teams have faced off in Tempe, Ariz.

Live Results
Live video of the match can be found at TheSunDevil.com, while in-match updates can also be found by following TCU men’s tennis on twitter (@TCUMensTennis). Final results and a recap will be available at GoFrogs.com following the completion of the competitions.


 

 

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