April 7, 2014
FORT WORTH, Texas – The nationally ranked TCU men’s tennis team is ready for its second top-10 showdown in a row, as the team welcomes No. 7 Baylor on Tuesday, April 8.
The No. 56 Horned Frogs (10-10, 0-3 Big 12) will meet up with the Bears (18-4, 1-0 Big 12) at 5:30 p.m., at the Bayard H. Friedman Tennis Center. Admission to the match is free, along with free pizza courtesy of Buffalo Bros., and free popcorn from King Korn. Fans can also enjoy a prize court sponsored by Smoothie King and Wilson Sporting Goods between the singles and doubles matches.
TCU is hoping to bounce back from a weekend loss to No. 6 Texas, where the Frogs picked up an upset win at No. 1 doubles. No. 16 Nick Chappell and Will Stein defeated No. 13 Lloyd Glasspool and Soren Hess-Oleseen in a tiebreaker for the second time this season. It marked the duos ninth win in dual matches and their team-leading sixth victory over a ranked opponent.
Including the duo of Chappell and Stein, TCU has three ranked singles players and another ranked doubles team. Chappell leads the way with a No. 46 ranking, including a 19-14 overall singles record and victories over four ranked opponents. No. 107 Facundo Lugones is 10-6 in dual matches, while No. 121 Arnau Dachs leads the team with a 14-5 record. Dachs also has a doubles ranking with partner Trey Daniel, as the pair checks in at No. 73.
Chappell and Stein hold the team lead in doubles action with an overall record of 21-10 and a 2-1 record in conference play, while Dachs and Daniel are 12-5 on the season. Hudson Blake and Lugones hold down court three in doubles action and are 8-3 on the season.
Scouting the Opponent
Baylor is one of three Big 12 teams ranked in the top-7 in the nation and picked up their first conference win this season with a 7-0 win over Texas Tech last weekend. The Bears also have four ranked singles players, beginning with No. 7 Julian Lenz. The sophomore is 18-1 in dual matches and has brought down 12 ranked opponents this season. Next up for Baylor is No. 15 Patrick Pradella, No. 27 Diego Galeano and No. 104 Tony Lupieri. Lupieri is second on the team with a dual match record of 14-1, while Galeano is 10-4 and Pradella is 7-4.
TCU holds an overall advantage in the series with a 31-20 record. Baylor won the first five meetings from 1970-74, but the Frogs would take the next 29 meetings from 1975-98. Baylor broke the streak with a win in 1999 and have won 15 of the last 17 matches, including a 5-2 victory last spring. TCU’s last win came at home in 2001, when the Frogs defeated Baylor 7-0 on April 4.
Live results and a final recap of the match against the Bears can be found at GoFrogs.com. In-match updates can also be found by following TCU men’s tennis on twitter (@TCUMensTennis).