March 15, 2010
Match #9 - March 16, 2010
No. 39 TCU (5-3) vs. No. 20 COLUMBIA (7-3)
Fort Worth, Texas (Bayard H. Friedman Tennis Center | Bernard "Tut" Bartzen Varsity Courts)
FORT WORTH -- The TCU men's tennis team kicks off three straight days of competition Tuesday, March 16, when it plays host to No. 55 Columbia at Bayard H. Friedman Tennis Center. First serve against the Lions has been set for 2 p.m.
Following their match with Columbia, the 39th-ranked Horned Frogs will face No. 16 Baylor for the second time this spring Wednesday in Waco, Texas, before returning home for a Thursday matchup against Sacramento State in Fort Worth.
TCU will be looking to regroup from last Thursday’s setback to No. 20 Oklahoma with its third consecutive match, and sixth in the last seven outings, against a team listed in the Campbell’s/ITA National Team Rankings. The Frogs are 2-3 so far this spring against rated opponents.
Junior Zach Nichols and sophomore Slah Mbarek each bring team-best 6-2 singles records into the week, while junior Christopher Price has compiled a 5-3 mark while playing Nos. 4 and 6 singles this season. Nichols recently earned his second career Mountain West Conference Player of the Week Award for his performance during the Frogs’ March 5 victory over No. 24 Tulsa.
Columbia, 7-3 this season, enters Tuesday riding a four-match winning streak that has helped the squad earn its season-high team ranking. The Lions are 2-2 thus far against ranked opponents with wins over No. 63 Binghamton and No. 67 Boston College. Jonathan Wong, 4-5 this spring, leads the Lions in singles at the No. 1 position. Mihai Nichifor is 7-2 this season when playing in the No. 2 slot with wins in each of his last seven dual matches.
TCU posted victories over the Lions in Fort Worth in each of the last two seasons, marking the only prior meetings in the all-time series. The Frogs won 5-2 in 2008 and 7-0 in 2009.
Live scoring for Tuesday’s match will be made available on TCU’s official athletics web site, GoFrogs.com. A complete recap of events also will be available following the conclusion of the day’s competition.