Big 12 Championships Preview: Men's Tennis

Arnau Dachs

Arnau Dachs

April 24, 2014


FORT WORTH, Texas  – The No. 47 TCU men’s tennis team will open the 2014 Big 12 Tennis Championships with No. 3 Oklahoma on Friday, April 25 at noon at the Bayard H. Friedman Tennis Center.

The Horned Frogs (12-11, 1-4 Big 12) enter the championships as the No. 6 seed, while the Sooners (21-2, 4-1 Big 12) are the No. 3 seed. All TCU Faculty, Staff and students with a valid TCU ID can attend the championships for free. 

Tickets for all other fans can be purchased at the gate or online at GoFrogs.com. For all-session passes, tickets for adults are $15, while youth, students and seniors are only $10. Single session tickets can be purchased for $5 for adults or $4 for youth, students and seniors.

TCU Noteables
TCU enters the championships on a two-match winning streak after blanking Rice 7-0 last week and defeating Texas Tech 4-3 to end the regular season. Five frogs finished the regular season with 20 wins or more. Facundo Lugones leads the way with a 24-10 record, while Arnau Dachs (23-10), Trey Daniel (22-12), Rodolfo Bustamante (21-14) and Nick Chappell (20-16) all recorded 20 plus wins.

In the ITA rankings this week, Chappell and doubles partner Will Stein moved up to No. 10, which is the second time this season that the duo have achieved the career-high ranking. The pair have put together 23 wins in 2013-14 and have taken down six ranked opponents. Chappell is also ranked in the singles poll at No. 57. Lugones rounds out the individual rankings at No. 116.

Dachs finished out the dual season with a team-leading 16 wins between No. 2 and No. 3 singles, while also upsetting three ranked opponents. Daniel notched 14 wins between No. 4 and No. 5 singles, while Bustamante posted 12 wins and Lugones recorded 11 wins.

Scouting the Sooners
Oklahoma is sitting at No. 3 in the polls this week and has been as high as No. 1 in the ITA polls this season. The Sooners have won the past two championships and are looking to capture their third straight Big 12 Tournament title. Oklahoma ended the regular season with a 6-1 win over Oklahoma State and earned its second Big 12 regular season title in the last three seasons.

The Sooners have four ranked singles player starting with two in the top 10. The No. 2 Big 12 singles champion Guillermo Alcorta sits at No. 5, while Axel Alvarez Llamas is right behind at No. 6. Alvarez is second on the team with a 17-3 record, while Alcorta is 16-4. Alvarez and Alcorta also claimed the No. 2 doubles titles with a perfect 5-0 record.

Dane Webb is next at No. 38 and leads the team with a 19-2 record, while No. 48 Andrew Harris is 16-3 on the season. Harris and Webb also team up in doubles for a No. 29 ranking and a 9-6 overall record. Harris and Webb also claimed the singles titles at their respective postions, with Webb taking the No. 3 slot with a 4-0 record and Harris winning at No. 4.

All-Time Series
Oklahoma has won the last two match ups including a closely contested battle in March, with the Sooners winning 4-3. TCU still holds the advantage in the all-time series with a 9-8 record against the Sooners. The Frogs last win over Oklahoma came in 2008 at the Bayard H. Friedman Tennis Center. 


 

 


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