Men's Tennis Travels to North Carolina
Feb. 8, 2014
FORT WORTH, Texas - The No. 35 TCU men's tennis team is set for a showdown with No. 28 North Carolina on Sunday in Chapel Hill, N.C., with the match set for a 11 a.m., CST, start time.
"The team is excited to get on the road against a very good UNC team," coach David Roditi said. "We had a battle with them last year and I wouldn't expect anything else."
Last year, the Horned Frogs (1-1, 0-0 Big 12) upset the Tar Heels (7-1, 0-0 ACC) 4-3 in a five-hour match at the TCU indoor facility that evened the all-time series between the teams at 6-6.
TCU took last weekend off after starting the 2014 dual season at the ITA National Kick-Off with a 1-1 showing. The Frogs first upset Florida State 4-3, before dropping their second round match to No. 14 Florida 4-2.
No. 118 Facundo Lugones is on a 9-0 streak to start 2014 after going undefeated at the UCF Invitational, winning the NCTC Collegiate Classic and upsetting No. 29 Stephane Piro of Florida.
No. 84 Nick Chappell is also undefeated in dual matches, as the junior has gone 2-0 on court one in the team's first two matches. Chappell also pairs up with teammate Will Stein on the No. 1 doubles court, as the duo are ranked No. 11 nationally.
UNC is led by a pair of top-ranked singles players with Ronnie Schneider checking in at No. 17 and Brett Clark sitting at No. 36. Clark is also ranked in the doubles with partner Esben Hess-Olesen at No. 29, while Oystein Steiro and Nelson Vick are ranked No. 50.
An experimental format will be used in the match, with the teams playing sets in all matches to six games, but with tiebreakers at 5-all and no-ad scoring. All third sets for 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.
The match will take place at the Cone-Kenfield Tennis Center with live results available at GoHeels.com. A recap and final results will be available on GoFrogs.com following the completion of the competition.