April 4, 2014
FORT WORTH, Texas – The nationally ranked TCU men’s tennis team is headed to Austin, Texas to take on No. 6 Texas for the second time this season on Saturday, April 5.
The Horned Frogs (10-9, 0-2 Big 12) and the Longhorns (18-3, 2-0 Big 12) will faceoff in the Penick-Allison Tennis Center at 11:30 a.m., with the match being televised live on the Longhorn Network. Live results of the match can be found at TexasSports.com.
TCU QUICK HITS
-The Horned Frogs are looking for their 11th win this season and are facing their 12th ranked opponent when they meet up with No. 6 Texas.
-This is the second meeting this season between the Longhorns and TCU, after Texas traveled to Fort Worth on March 1 and defeated the Frogs 4-2.
-TCU took a break from conference play to face SMU on Tuesday and came away with a 4-2 win over the metroplex rival Mustangs.
-The home of the Horned Frogs, the Bayard H. Friedman Tennis Center, is the reigning leader in national attendance with 8,714 fans attending matches last year.
-TCU is under the direction of a three-time All-American for the Horned Frogs, David Roditi, who has compiled a 50-47 record at the helm of the program.
-TCU boasts three singles players (Nick Chappell-46, Facundo Lugones-107, Arnau Dachs-121) and two doubles pairs (Nick Chappell/Will Stein-16, Arnau Dachs/Trey Daniel-73) ranked nationally.
-Four Horned Frogs have notched double-digit wins in singles this season, with Dachs leading the way with 14, while Daniel has 11 and Lugones and lone senior Rodolfo Bustamante each have 10.
-Including the fall tournaments, Chappell and Stein lead the doubles action with a 20-10 record, with five of those victories coming over ranked opponents.
TEXAS QUICK HITS
-Texas holds a 10-0 record at home this season, while the team has also won nine consecutive regular season
-The Longhorns are a combined 83-31 in singles competition during dual matches and have three ranked singles players and a ranked doubles tandem.
-Reigning Big 12 Player of the Week Soren Hess-Olesen led Texas to a 2-0 start in Big 12 play with two straight wins over ranked opponents at No. 1 singles.
-No. 21 Hess-Olesen now has 22 wins this season and has had at least 20 singles wins in three consecutive seasons.
-No. 34 Lloyd Glasspool and No. 74 George Goldhoff round out the ranked singles players for Texas, while Glasspool and Hess-Olesen team up for a No. 13 doubles ranking
-The Longhorns have won the doubles point in 14 of the 21 dual matches this season, while Glasspool and Hess-Olesen account for nine of Texas’ wins over nationally ranked doubles teams.
TCU VS. TEXAS: THE FIRST GO-AROUND
-In front of over 1,000 fans, the No. 48 TCU men’s tennis team lost a close battle with the No. 5 Texas 4-2 on March 1 in Fort Worth.
-The Horned Frogs started out the nonconference showdown strong by taking the doubles point, but the Longhorns rebounded and picked up four singles wins.
-The Frogs got their first win in doubles on court three, as Hudson Blake and Facundo Lugones claimed an 8-3 win over Nick Naumann and George Goldhoff.
-No. 18 Nick Chappell and Will Stein completed the doubles point for TCU as the pair upset the No. 8 ranked team of Søren Hess-Olesen and Lloyd Glasspool 8-5 on court one.
-The win marked the third ranked opponent the duo had beaten at that point in the season and the second team ranked in the top 10.
-The Longhorns brought on the pressure as Adrien Berkowicz and Nick Naumann quickly picked up singles wins on courts five and six, respectively, to put Texas ahead 2-1 in the match.
-TCU responded with Arnau Dachs downing No. 60 George Goldhoff at No. 3 singles with a score of 7-5, 6-3 to even the match at 2-2.
-Texas did not back down anymore, as No. 22 Glasspool came back from being a set down, to defeat No. 51 Chappell 3-6, 6-3, 6-4 on court two to put the Longhorns back in the lead at 3-2.
-David Holiner clinched the win for Texas just moments later when he claimed a three-set 6-4, 3-6, 6-2 win over Jhonathan Gonzalez on court six.
TCU VS. TEXAS SERIES NOTES
-Texas is in the lead in the all-time series with a 27-17 record.
-Before the match earlier this year, the Longhorns won a close fought 4-3 battle last spring and the last seven matchups with TCU.
-The Frogs will look for their first win over Texas since 1996, when coach Roditi was a senior for TCU.
TCU/ TEXAS CONNECTIONS
-Texas head coach Michael Center is the former head coach at TCU, a post he held from 1998-2000
-In two seasons with the Horned Frogs, Center’s teams advanced to two-straight NCAA Championships, with an appearance in the NCAA Quarterfinals in 2000.
-After leaving Fort Worth for Austin, Center hired TCU head coach David Roditi as an assistant coach for Texas from 2000-02.
-The connections do not stop there, as associate head coach of the Longhorns, Ricardo Rubio, was a former Horned Frog great himself.
-Rubio played at TCU from 1988-92 and compiled a career singles mark of 115-49 en route to helping TCU to three Southwest Conference titles and three NCAA Tournament appearances.
ONE TOUGH CONFERENCE
-The Big 12 has established itself as one of the toughest conferences in the country for men’s tennis.
-Three teams are ranked in the top-10 (No. 5 Oklahoma, No. 6 Texas, No. 7 Baylor), while all six squads are ranked in the top-56.
-The conference has 16 ranked singles players with four of them in the top-15 and 10 of them ranked in the top-50
-Five doubles teams represent the Big 12 in the national ranking with three of them ranked in the top-20
WE LOVE OUR FANS
-TCU is the reigning leader in the National Attendance Race and the fans just keep pouring into the Bayard H. Friedman Tennis Center.
-One of the toughest places to play in the country, the Bernard J ‘Tut’ Bartzen Varsity Courts has welcomed 5,593 fans to its 10 matches so far this season
-Even with only three matches in February, TCU ranked No. 4 in total attendace (1449) and first in average attendance (362)
-TCU has topped over 1,000 fans at twice with 1,072 fans at the March 1 match against Texas and 1,196 attending the March 30 match agaisnt Oklahoma.