Men's Tennis Hosts Spring Invitational
Feb. 20, 2014
FORT WORTH, Texas - The reigning ITA national attendance leader and No. 35 TCU men's tennis team is set to open their home slate on Feb. 21-22 by hosting USC Upstate, San Francisco and Lamar for the TCU Spring Invitational at the Bayard H. Friedman Tennis Center.
The Horned Frogs (2-2, 0-0 Big 12) will open the invitational on Friday by taking on the Spartans (2-4) at 10 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. on the Bernard J. `Tut' Bartzen Varsity Courts. The tournament will continue on Saturday with matches against the Dons (3-3) and the Cardinals (6-2) at 11 a.m. and 3 p.m., respectively.
Last week, junior Facundo Lugones took a huge leap in the national rankings and sits at No. 60 in the singles poll and is 10-1 on the season so far. Nick Chappell checks in at No. 77 in singles, while the Indianapolis native teams up with doubles partner Will Stein for a national ranking of No. 18.
Chappell and Lugones, along with Arnau Dachs and Trey Daniel, only have one loss in singles action in dual matches this season. Dachs and Daniel also lead the team with a 3-1 record in doubles play on court two.
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San Francisco is on a two-match winning streak after picking up a 5-2 victory over Idaho State, before downing Fresno State 4-3 last week. James Tallman was recently tabbed the West Coast Conference Singles Player of the Week after posting his third straight win last weekend to improve to 4-1 on the season. Tallman is in his first season of collegiate tennis and earned the crucial victory over Fresno State to seal the win.
Lamar has posted six straight dual matches victories on the season and the team has not lost a match since dropping a 6-1 decision on Feb. 1 at Louisiana-Lafayette. Nikita Lis and Mikko Rajamaki lead the team with five singles victories apiece, while Michael Feucht and Juuso Laitinen are 4-1 in doubles action.
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