TCU Ready for Four-Match Homestand
March 25, 2014
FORT WORTH, Texas – The No. 55 TCU men’s tennis team is set to host four matches at the Bayard H. Friedman Tennis Center over the next week, as the team welcomes Texas A&M Corpus Christi, No. 21 Oklahoma State, No. 3 Oklahoma and SMU.
The Horned Frogs (8-7) will start with the Islanders (12-7) on Wednesday, March 26, before beginning Big 12 conference play with the Cowboys (17-2) on Friday, March 28, with both matches slated for 5:30 p.m. TCU will then host the Sooners (16-1) on Sunday, March 30 at 1 p.m., and then will conclude the homestand with the Mustangs (9-9) on Tuesday, April 1 at 5:30 p.m.
Admission to all the matches is free, with free pizza served between the singles and doubles matches courtesy of Buffalo Bros.
Dachs continues to lead the team with an 11-3 record in dual matches, including a 7-1 record at No. 3 singles. Chappell is 7-7 on the season after spending the majority of his matches at No. 1 singles and has faced 11 ranked opponents this season, including six of the last seven matches. Lugones is 7-5 in dual matches, with a 5-1 record at the No. 2 singles position.
In doubles actions, Dachs and Daniel lead the team with nine wins on the season and are 1-0 against ranked teams. On court three, Lugones and Hudson Blake have been very successful for TCU and sit at 6-1 in dual matches. Since the fall, Chappell and Stein have accumulated an 18-9 record and are 4-3 against ranked opponents.
Scouting the Opponents
Oklahoma State only has two losses on the season and is currently riding a six-match winning streak heading in Friday’s showdown. The Cowboys are 3-1 against ranked opponents as a team, including a 4-2 downing of then-No. 6 Tennessee earlier this season. The team boasts two players with undefeated singles records in Lucas Gerch (12-0) and Brady Bohrnstedt (11-0). Chris Haworth and Arjun Kadhe also have double-digit wins in singles with 11-3 and 10-3 records, respectively. Jakob Sude holds the teams only individual ranking of No. 61 in singles action and sits at 8-2 on the season, all at No. 1 singles.
Oklahoma dropped to No. 3 in the rankings this week after attaining the No. 1 ranking in the country for the first time in program history last week. The team has racked up 13 wins against ranked opponents, including an upset of then-No. 1 Ohio State on March 1 and has not lost a match since Feb. 15. Oklahoma has four players ranked in singles, including two ranked in the top five, and two doubles pairs ranked. Axel Alvarez Llamos is 14-0 and No. 2 in the country, while Guillermo Alcorta is 10-4 on the season and ranked No. 5. Andrew Harris and Dane Webb round out the singles rankings at No. 41 and No. 43, respectively. Harris and Webb sit right behind Chappell and Stein in the doubles rankings at No. 17.
Metroplex rival SMU is 9-9 on the season and are hoping to break a two-match losing streak. Alex Sanders leads the team in singles matches with a 10-7 record, while Nate Lammons is 9-6 on the season. Sanders and Lammons team up to lead the team in doubles action and are 7-4 in dual matches and have posted a win over a ranked team. Arturs Kazijevs is the only player to defeat a ranked opponent in singles action for the Mustangs and is 5-6 at No. 1 singles and 3-5 against ranked opponents.