April 28, 2009
FORT WORTH—The TCU men’s tennis team was selected for its 18th NCAA Championships appearance in the last 19 seasons Tuesday, as the entire 64-team field was announced live on ESPNews. The 38th-ranked Frogs will travel to Tulsa, Okla., to square off with No. 30 Tulsa in the NCAA First Round on Friday, May 8, at the Michael Case Tennis Center.
TCU (12-11) and Tulsa (21-9) will join Baylor (23-5) and UMKC (14-6) in the Tulsa Regional. The Bears earned the No. 6 overall seed for the NCAA Championships. The winner between the Frogs and Golden Hurricane will play the winner of Baylor and UMKC on Saturday, May 9. The regional champion will then advance to compete in the NCAA Division I Men's Tennis Championships held May 15-19 at the George P. Mitchell Tennis Center in College Station, Texas.
The regional matches will be regulation dual matches with three (3) eight-game, pro-set doubles played for one team point, followed by six (6) singles matches, each valued at one team point, played best-of-three sets. Regular scoring will be used and a 12-point tiebreaker will be played at eight games all in doubles and at six games all in singles.
The Frogs received an at-large selection after reaching the final match of the Mountain West Conference Championship last weekend in Albuquerque, N.M. New Mexico earned the MWC’s automatic bid with a 4-3 victory over TCU. The Frogs won the league’s regular-season title with a 5-1 conference record.
TCU and Tulsa will be meeting for the second time in the last three months. The Frogs earned one of their biggest victories over the season with a 4-3 win over the Hurricane back on Feb. 21 in Tulsa. Tulsa was ranked No. 17 at the time, marking the highest-rated opponent the Frogs have defeated in the three-year tenure of head coach Dave Borelli.
The Hurricane is led by senior Arnau Brugues, the top-ranked singles player in nation, who currently owns a 40-3 singles record. Tulsa also boasts the 97th-ranked singles player in junior Philip Stephens, who is 18-12 on the year.
Individual fields for the NCAA singles and doubles championships will be announced Wednesday afternoon.