MTEN NCAA Preview: Illinois

May 17, 2017

#6 TCU
#25 Illinois

May 18, 2017 | 11 a.m., CT | Athens, Ga.| Dan Magill Tennis Center

ATHENS, Ga. - The postseason for the No. 6 TCU men's tennis team will continue with a third round matchup against No. 25 Illinois at the 2017 NCAA Division I Men's Tennis Championship on Thursday, May 18 at 11 a.m., CT at the Dan Magill Tennis Center in Athens, Ga.

The Horned Frogs (21-4) will be facing the Illini (18-11), the lone unseeded team left in the NCAA field, on the McWhorter Courts. TCU will be playing in the third round for the third straight season and 11th time in school history.

TCU Quick Hits
-The 21 wins posted by TCU under seventh year head coach David Roditi marked the third straight season with 20+ wins 
-15 of the 21 wins this spring were over ranked foes
-The Horned Frogs defeated eight opponents ranked within the Oracle/ITA top 25, sevent within the top 15 and five within the top 10
-TCU is on a 16-match winning streak dating back to March 10 when the Frogs went on the road to upend No. 6 Cal, 4-3, and avenge a loss in the Round of 16 last season
-After starting the season 2-2 with a loss to an unranked opponent in Utah State and falling out of the Oracle/ITA rankings, TCU has won 19 of the last 21 matches
-The Frogs were ranked within the top 10 from 2015 until the first two weeks of season this year. TCU returned to the top-10 on April 4 after posting eight straight wins with six of them over ranked opponents
-Five student-athletes are riding winning streaks in singles action: Rybakov (20), Norrie (9), Johnson (5), Lopez (5) and Stalder (4)
-TCU has four ranked singles players (No. 1 Norrie, No. 20 Rybakov, No. 83 Nuñez and No. 114 Lopez)
-In doubles action, the Frogs have four ranked doubles pairs (No. 25 Lopez/Stalder, No. 36 Lopez/Norrie, No. 48 Johnson/Stalder, No. 57 Nuñez/Rybakov)
-TCU has won the doubles point 21 times this season including 13 of the last 14 matches. The Frogs had a streak of 10 straight doubles points dating back to March 13 but it was broken in the semifinals of the Big 12 Championship by Oklahoma

NCAA History
-TCU is making its 28th appearance in the NCAA Championship
-This is the fourth appearance in the last five seasons and the fourth appearance under the helm of David Roditi
-The Frogs advanced to the Sweet 16 for the third straight season and for the 11th time in program history
-The best finish for TCU in the NCAA Championship was a Final Four appearance on four occasions - 1989, 1996, 2001 and 2015
-TCU has played in Athens for the NCAA Championship on nine other occasions with the last time coming in 1996 when the team made the Final Four

Live Video & Results
Live video and scoring of the matches can be found at Final results and a recap will be available at following the completion of the competitions. In-match updates can also be found by following TCU men's tennis on twitter (@TCUMensTennis).



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