Preview: USF & SMU


Feb. 8, 2018


FORT WORTH, Texas – Coming off a tough battle on the road, the No. 18 TCU men’s tennis team will welcome USF on Friday, Feb. 9 to the Bayard H. Friedman Tennis Center before traveling to Dallas, Texas to take on SMU on Sunday, Feb. 10 at the SMU Tennis Complex, Turpin Stadium and Brookshire Family Pavilion.

The Horned Frogs (3-2) and the Bulls (2-4) will begin competition at 5:30 p.m., on Friday at the Bernard J. ‘Tut’ Bartzen Varsity Courts with free pizza courtesy of Buffalo Bros., served in between doubles and singles action. Fans can also take part in a prize court after doubles that is sponsored by The Keep It In The Purple Committee.

TCU will wrap-up the weekend by taking on the Mustangs (3-4) on Sunday at 4:30 p.m.

TCU Notables
TCU enters the weekend after falling in a tough battle on the road to No. 3 North Carolina on Tuesday. The Frogs were down 3-0 in the match, but came back and almost stole the match before falling, 4-3. Trevor Johnson, Guillermo Nuñez and Reese Stalder all picked up ranked victories in the match as TCU now sits at No. 18 in the Oracle/ITA poll.

In the most recent singles poll, TCU has three ranked players starting with No. 25 Alastair Gray followed by No. 36 Alex Rybakov and No. 80 Johnson. Gray leads all players with 10 wins on the season, while Johnson is 4-0 on the year. In doubles, Rybakov sits at two spots starting at No. 16 with Gray and also at No. 53 with Nuñez. Stalder and newcomer Bertus Kruger hold the team’s best doubles mark on the season with a 4-1 record.

Scouting the Bulls
USF is at 2-4 on the season after splitting action last weekend with a 4-1 victory over Boston College before dropping a 4-3 decision to Harvard. Alberto Barroso-Campos owns the team’s only singles ranking at No. 68 with a 4-2 mark on the year. The doubles pairing of Peter Bertran and Jacob Wojcik sit at No. 57 in the doubles poll and are 4-1 on the season with one win over a ranked opponent.

Scouting the Mustangs
SMU picked up a 4-0 sweep of Abilene Christian to start the season before dropping four straight matches. The Mustangs rebounded by blanking Texas Permian Basin and Midwestern State last weekend. Jan-Simon Vrbsky leads the team with a 7-2 overall mark and a 4-0 record at the No. 1 spot. Eladio Fabregas and Tomas Vaise each have four singles wins with Robert Rosales chipping in three wins.

All-Time Series Records
Friday’s match is the seventh time TCU and USF will be facing off with the Frogs holding a 5-1 advantage in the overall series record. TCU is 2-0 all-time in matches played in Fort Worth and Friday will mark the second straight season the teams are taking each other on at the Bayard H. Friedman Tennis Center. USF is also coached by TCU All-American Ashley Fisher.

Sunday’s match marks the 62nd meeting all-time between TCU and SMU and the 46th straight season the teams have faced each other. The Frogs hold a 32-29 all-time record against the Mustangs, but SMU is leading 12-11 in matches played in Dallas. TCU has won the last seven straight matches and eight of the last nine.

Live Results
Live video of the USF match can be found at PlaySight.com and live scoring of the match against SMU can be found at SMUMustangs.com. Final results and a recap will be available at GoFrogs.com following the completion of the competitions and in-match updates can also be found by following TCU men’s tennis on twitter (@TCUMensTennis).


 

 

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