Back-to-Back Attendance Champions
May 8, 2014
FORT WORTH, Texas - The TCU men's tennis team defended its ITA Attendance Race title by once again claiming the top prize by more than 3,000 fans, as announced by the Intercollegiate Tennis Association on Thursday.
The 2014 ITA Attendance Race crown marks the fourth consecutive year that the Horned Frogs have finished in the top-5, while the team also led the nation in each of the four major categories for the second year in a row - total attendance (7,615), average attendance (544), single-match attendance (1,254 vs. Rice on April 12) and number of top-5 attended matches (three).
"I believe this award goes towards our 'Keep it in the Purple' volunteer committee, our GA Mary Corrick, our marketing and sports information department at school and our guys on the tennis team," coach David Roditi said. "They are the ones that work very hard all year around doing whatever it takes to bring fans to our matches and also entertain them and keep them there. It has been a fun year full of exciting matches and great crowds."
In 14 home matches this season under fourth-year head coach Roditi, the Horned Frogs attracted 7,615 fans. TCU consistently filled the Bayard H. Friedman Tennis Center with an average of 544 fans per home match on its way to defending its 2013 ITA Attendance Race title.
The Horned Frogs hosted the biggest crowd of the season on April 12, when 1,254 spectators came out to see a 7-0 win over Rice, while also taking the No. 2 spot with 1,196 fans on March 30 against Oklahoma and the No. 5 spot on March 1 with 1,072 fans against Texas.
TCU went 8-6 in front of their faithful fans, with junior Nick Chappell qualifying for the 2014 NCAA Division I Singles Championship, and pairing with fellow junior Will Stein to qualify for the NCAA Doubles Championship. Chappell and Stein are the 30th duo in program history to earn a spot in the national tournament.