No. 38 TCU Opens with National Kick-Off
Jan. 24, 2014
FORT WORTH, Texas – The No. 38 TCU men’s tennis team will open the 2014 dual season in Gainesville, Fla., by participating in a four-team tournament on Jan. 25-26 as a part of the ITA National Kick-Off on the campus of the Florida Gators.
No. 35 Florida State will be the first opponent for the Horned Frogs, as the two teams will battle on Saturday at 1 p.m. No. 11 Florida is hosting the event and will take on No. 44 UNC Wilmington, with the winner of both matches facing off at 11 a.m., CST on Sunday for a chance to advance to the ITA National Indoor Championship at Boar’s Head Sports Club in Charlottesville, Va., on Feb. 7-10. In all, 120 teams will compete across the country for the 30 berths at the National Team Indoor Championships.
TCU started its season at the UCF Hidden Dual and the NCTC Collegiate Classic, where the Frogs claimed six titles between the two tournaments. The No. 11 doubles tandem of Nick Chappell and Will Stein are the second-highest ranked doubles duo at the tournament and were champions of the Black Draw in Orlando, Fla., two weeks ago.
Facundo Lugones has been on a winning streak for TCU since starting the 2014 season. Lugones, who is ranked No. 118, is now 7-0 in singles action after winning the White Draw at UCF and then claiming the NCTC Collegiate Classic singles title last weekend.
The Seminoles are off to their best start since 1988 and are 8-0 after defeating No. 60 Nebraska and Troy last weekend in Tallahassee, Fla. The doubles team of Benjamin Lock and Marco Nunez are ranked No. 9 in the country after reaching the semifinals of the USTA/ITA National Indoor Championship in November. Lock is also ranked No. 61 in the singles poll and is 10-5 overall, after going 9-4 during the fall season.
An experimental format will be used in the tournament, with the men's teams playing sets in all matches to six games, but with tiebreakers at 5-all and no-ad scoring. All third sets for men's singles will be played out unless the team match is decided. All men's matches will be played under the "clinch-clinch" format and with no warm-up against opponents.
A recap and final results will be available on GoFrogs.com after the completion of the competition each day.