Last weekend, the baseball game was not the only game that TCU Horned Frogs had with the Texas Longhorns. There was a tennis duel in Fort Worth full of excitement and excitement. The Frogs had to fall behind after losing the double point to win four singles in a row to beat Texas 4-1.
The Frogs are now 3-0 in Big 12 games with wins over Texas Tech, Baylor and Texas. This weekend, they end the regular season with a road trip to Oklahoma State and Oklahoma. TCU is at the top of the top 12 positions, but Baylor is not far behind with 3-1, making the two duals this week in Oklahoma particularly important for TCU.
The victory on Saturday was the 20thth season victory. The frogs are now 20-3. The last time the Frogs had 20 wins in a season was 2016. That season featured Cam Norrie and the team won 22 duals. This year’s team has a winning percentage of .870, which is number two in the program’s history only after 1996, when both current head coach David Roditi and assistant coach Devin Bowen were on the team. TCU is 11-3 this season against Top 25 opponents.
Here is a summary of dual Saturday with Texas:
The doubles matches were all very tense. It took a tiebreaker in the third game to determine the point that Texas won. It was only the fourth time this season that TCU lost the double point.
Juan Carlos Aguilarone of the two seniors who celebrated Senior Day, and his partner Pedro Vives was at No. 3 and won their match 6-1. Moments later, at No. 1, Luc Fomba and Jake Fearnley lost a serve, resulting in a 4-6 loss. Sander Jong and Luis Maxted played at No. 3. When they equalized the set 6-6, they forced the tiebreaker. Texas won the tiebreaker 7-3, giving the Longhorns the early advantage.
In the singles matches, Fearnley quickly outscored his opponent, who played at No. 4, winning 6-4.6-0 and equalizing the duel to 1-1. Jong next time won his 17thth season single, a team-best, at No. 3. He won 6-4, 6-2. Pedro Vives, who played No. 5, won his match in a straight set, 6-1, 6-4.
The score is now 3-1, with TCU in the lead and three games still played. Texas should win all three. Fomba had lost his first set and was on serve 5-6, so that match was unknown. Tim Ruehl, the second team member honored on Senior Day, played No. 6 in a match that moved very slowly. Ruehl had won his first set 7-6 (7-5). They were on serve in the second set and if it was like the first, it could take a while to finish.
It came to lane No. 2, where Aguilar played. He won the first set 6-4, but had lost the second set 0-6. It took him to break the serve twice in the third set to win 6-3 and win the Horned Frogs.
“I’m very proud of the way our guys handled losing the double point and dealing with a lot going on with Senior Day, Alumni Day and being ranked No. 1,” said TCU head coach David Roditi. “I’m also proud that our boys played in tough conditions with a lot of wind for everyone. It was not the best tennis on both sides, but it was about competing and I thought we did a good job with that. ”
Next: TCU travels to Oklahoma State on Thursday, April 14th and then to Oklahoma on Saturday, April 16th to end the regular season. The Big 12 Conference tournament will be held on the purple courts in Fort Worth on April 22nd. TCU looks set to play in the NCAA Championships next month and will try to add an outdoor national championship to the indoor championship they won earlier this season.
2022 men’s tennis schedule / results
January 12 against UTRGV – Won 6-1
January 14 against Florida – Won 4-3
Jan. 16 vs. Tennessee – Lost 3-4
January 27 against Abilene Christian – Won 4-1
January 29 against Portland – Won 4-0
January 30 against Tulsa – Won 4-0
February 6 against Ole Miss – Won 4-3
Feb. 11 in Mississippi State – Won 6-1
Feb. 13 vs. Virginia – Won 4-1
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February 18-21 Intercollegiate Tennis Association Indoor Nationals Championship
Feb. 18 vs. Virginia – Won 4-2
Feb. 19 vs. Texas – Won 4-0
Feb. 20 vs. Ohio State – Won 4-3
Feb. 21 vs. Tennessee – Won 4-1
March 2 vs. Michigan – Lost 4-1
March 5, Illinois – Won 4-2 *
March 10 at UCLA – Won 4-2
March 19 against USF – Won 6-1
March 21 at SMU – Won 4-1 *
March 25 against Baylor – Lost 2-5
March 27 at Tulane – Won 7-0
April 1 vs. Texas Tech – Won 6-1
April 3 at Baylor – Won 4-3
April 9 vs. Texas – Won 4-1
April 14 in Oklahoma State
April 16 in Oklahoma
April 22 vs. Big 12 Championship
May 19 NCAA Championship
* The match is played indoors due to the weather
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