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  1. A very disappointing result - losing 4-2 in the quarters of the Big12 tourney. This imperils our ranking and our potential seeding in the NCAA's, but at least we'll still host a regional and should have a good chance to get out of it to a super. I guess the adage that it's difficult to win 3 times against an opponent in a season applies in tennis after all. Congrats to OSU and best of luck against Baylor.
  2. This would be absolutely stunning if we could come back and win this!! Unfortunately, I've got to go to work shortly. Rybo 0-3 in his 3rd; Gray 0-0 in his 3rd; Kruger 4-all in his 2nd (only Bert won his first set); Fomba 1-all in his 3rd; Jong 0-0 in his 3rd. Sadly, our momentum seems to have stopped. Rybo 0-4; Gray 0-0; Kruger 4-5; Fomba 1-2; Jong 2-1. Rybo 0-5; Gray 1-0; Kruger 5-all; Fomba 2-all; Jong 2-1. If Alex loses, we'll need all the rest. Oh well...I'll be back tonight to check on the finish.
  3. Not a very good performance in doubles puts the pressure on in singles - hopefully, we'll bounce back again like we did earlier this week. C'mon guys! Bad start: Rybakov 1-2; Gray 0-2; Stalder 1-0; Kruger 0-0; Fomba 0-1; Jong 0-2. We're playing terribly... Rybo 1-2; Gray 0-3; Stalder 3-1; Kruger 1-all; Fomba 2-all; Jong 1-2. Settling down a little, but not looking good... Rybo 1-4; Gray 0-5 (is something wrong?); Stalder 3-2; Kruger 1-2; Fomba 3-all; Jong 2-3. This is the weakest we've looked all year. We're getting tooled. Rybakov 1-5; Gray 0-5; Stalder 3-4; Kruger 2-all; Fomba 3-all; Jong 2-3. This is downright embarrassing. Rybo 2-5; Gray falls 1-5 in his 1st; Stalder 3-5; Kruger 3-2 (our only lead); Fomba 3-4; Jong 3-4. This is a thrashing... Rybakov 3-5; Gray 0-0; Stalder 3-5; Kruger 4-2; Fomba 4-all; Jong still 3-4. Awful play. Rybo falls 3-6; Gray 1-all in his 2nd; Stalder falls 3-6; Kruger 4-3; Fomba falls 4-6; Jong 3-5. We need a massive comeback. Momentum isn't changing. Rybo 0-1 in his 2nd; Gray 1-2 in his 2nd; Stalder 0-1 in his 2nd; Kruger 5-4; Fomba 1-0 in his 2nd; Jong falls 3-6. All 2nd sets except for Kruger. Maybe the worm is turning. Rybo 1-all; Gray 2-all; Stalder 0-1; Kruger 5-4; Fomba 1-0; Jong 1-all. Have the Sleepers awakened? Rybo 2-1; Gray 3-2; Stalder 2-3; Kruger 5-4; Fomba 3-love!; Jong 1-2. We lost 5 first sets and things look bleak, but... Kruger takes his first set 6-4! That's the first set we've won and everyone else is fighting. The hole we've dug for ourselves is deep though. All 2nd sets. Rybo 3-1; Gray 3-4; Stalder 2-5; Kruger 1-all; Fomba 4-1; Jong 2-3. I think our "comeback" was too little, too late. Rybo 5-1; but Gray 3-5; Stalder 2-5; Kruger 1-2; Fomba 4-1; Jong 4-3. Stalder falls 3-6, 2-6 and it's OSU 2 TCU 0. Rybo wins his 2nd set 6-1; Gray 4-5 in desperate need of a break; Kruger 2-all; Fomba 4-1; Jong 4-3. Alastair gets the break! 5-all! Sander takes his 2nd set 6-3! Luc takes his 2nd set 6-3!! But Rybo 0-2 in his 3rd; Gray still at 5-all in his 2nd; Kruger 3-all in his 2nd. We need 4 of these. Rybo now down 0-3 in his 3rd; Gray 6-5 in his 2nd; Kruger 3-4 in his 2nd; Fomba and Jong both starting their 3rds. Alastair Gray takes his 2nd set 7-5! We've now turned 4 of our 5 losing matches around. It's amazing we're still in this!
  4. In doubles, it'll be Rybakov/Gray v. Tybar/Scaglia; Stalder/Kruger v. Hudd/Vocel and Fomba/Jong v. Hammond/Draheim. Listed at singles, it'll be (1) Rybo v. Vocel; (2) Gray v. Dubinski; (3) Stalder v. Scaglia; (4) Kruger v. Tybar; (5) Fomba v. Hudd and (6) Jong v. Hammond. OSU won the doubles point last time and then we rallied to take the singles - let's hope that we do better at doubles today. And we're off! Rybakov/Gray 0-1; Stalder/Kruger 0-1; Fomba/Jong 1-0. All early and on serve. Rybo/Gray up a break 2-1; Stalder/Kruger 0-1 still; Fomba/Jong 1-2. Rybo/Gray 2-1; Stalder/Kruger 1-2; Fomba/Jong 1-3. Too close... R/G 3-1; S/L 1-2; F/J 2-3. Crap! Both Courts 2 and 3 are down a break. Rybo/AG 3-1; Stalder/Kruger 1-3; Fomba/Jong 2-3. De ja vu from Sunday: 4-2; 1-4; 2-4. Not looking good. Stalder/Kruger fall 1-6; Rybo/AG 4-3; Fomba/Jong break back 4-all!! 5-3; 4-all. 5-3; 5-4! 5-4; 5-4. Arrrgh! Rybo and Gray broken 5-all. 5-all; 5-all. We need both. 5-6; 6-5. Rybo and Gray into a breaker at 6-all. And Fomba and Jong into a breaker as well 6-all. Fomba and Jong fall in the breaker 6-7. Now, we'll need 4 singles matches (just like Sunday).
  5. OU just swept Tech 4-0 in the first quarter-final of the day with W's at the doubles point, and by Stefano Tsorotiosis, Jake Van Emburgh and Mason Beiler (and it looked they were going to win the other 3 singles matches as well). The Sooners will now play Texas in a semi-final tomorrow. Tech's chances of hosting a regional are now gone and OU isn't really ranked high enough to do it either (unless they upset Texas and win the tourney as well). Up next will be the Frogs v. the Cowboys in the other quarter in about 1/2 an hour for the right to face Baylor tomorrow in the other semi. Live scoring is available from the Big12's tournament page.
  6. Cam Norrie lost this morning 2-6, 5-7 to Lorenzo Sorego in the Round of 16 at Monte Carlo. Making the third round is a good result for Cam after his failures at Indian Wells and Houston and this is his best ever performance in a Masters 1000 event, but Sorego is/was ranked #96, so it's still disappointing that Cam can't easily beat those ranked below him even while upsetting more highly ranked players.
  7. Jared

    The Masters

    My Top 10 would be: Nicklaus Woods Hogan Nelson Player Watson Jones Snead Faldo Ballesteros I've never even seen Dirk play golf, certainly not at Augusta and I don't even know if he plays golf - I certainly wouldn't put him in the Top 10, let alone Top Eleventy Gazillion of Masters Players all-time. I'm unclear as to why we're even discussing this...
  8. Cam beat Fucsovics this morning 7-6 (7-3), 6-3 in the 2nd round at Monte Carlo and has advanced to to the third round (Round of 16) where he will play #96 Lorenzo Sonego, a 23-year-old 6' 3" Italian, who is also a clay specialist. Cam appears to have regained his winning form and he should be favored, so that means (to me) that he probably won't win this one.
  9. The Camster's W was his first ever in a Masters 1000 level event. And, as projected by CTR (the "DUSHEE" of college tennis), TCU moved up to #7 in the nation, our highest ranking of the year, within the coveted Top 8 for possible super-regional purposes and ahead of our arch-rival Baylor, who came in at #8. Read em and weep Bears! 1. Ohio State (they reclaim the top spot) 2. Texas (L; last week was the first ever #1 ranking for the Longhorns and they fall one spot this week) 3. Florida (L) 4. Wake Forest 5. Virginia 6. Mississippi State (W; W in an exhibition) 7. the Fighting Frogs of lil ole TCU 8. Baylor (L) 9. North Carolina (L) 10. USC 11. A&M (W) 12. Stanford 13. Tennessee (W) 14. UCLA (W) 15. Illinois (W; W in an exhibition) 16. Columbia (W) 17. Georgia 18. Tech (W) 19. Michigan 20. N.C. State 21. Alabama 22. South Carolina 23. Notre Dame 24. Arizona 25. Oklahoma (W) 26. Mississippi 27. Arizona State (W; W in an exhibition) 32. Oklahoma State (W; W; next up in the Big 12 tourney on Friday) 39. Tulane (W) 46. USF (W although technically rained out) Alexandrovich Rybakovsky is now 3rd in singles; Alastair Gray is 24th; Rybo/Gray leapt up to 15th in doubles and Reese Stalder/Bertus Kruger are 17th (if they stay there, they all might make the NCAA's). We seem to be peaking nicely just as postseason play commences. Hopefully, we'll keep it up.
  10. Cam beat Mannarino today for his first W in several weeks in the opening round at Monte Carlo 6-4, 6-3. He will now face #37 Marton Fucsovics, a 27-year-old player from Hungary in the 2nd round. He won't be favored as Fucsovic is best on clay, but Cam's matches don't always follow form, so we'll see.
  11. Cam Norrie is off to Monaco where he is scheduled to play in the opening round of the Monte-Carlo Open tomorrow at 4:00 a.m. (CDT) against #58 Adrian Mannarino, a 30--year-old Frenchman. Due to his weak play in the last few weeks, Cam has slipped to #56, so this match (on clay) should be relatively even. Cam beat him the only time they've previously played 6-4, 6-4 in Los Cabos last year.
  12. LOL. Tech's stunning upset of Baylor yesterday has caused CollegeTennisRanks to change their projections - TCU is now projected to pass Baylor and move up to #7 in tomorrow's ITA rankings, and Baylor will fall to 8th (despite the H2H advantage over us). Also, this means that Tech will probably be ranked #18th, within striking distance of hosting a regional if they can make it up to #16th which is possible if they beat OU Friday and certain if they could then beat Texas in the semis. The problem for Baylor is that they have 9 really good W's but this is the week that the ITA expands to the Top 10 W's and our 10th W is much more impressive than theirs. What if scenarios are speculative, but if we can beat Oklahoma State, and if either UNC, A&M or USC win their conference tourneys, our possible match against Baylor could decide who gets the Top 8 advantage and who doesn't. CTR also has a cool "what if" app and I ran it for us beating Oklahoma State, Baylor and Texas, and if that happens, we could end up as high as 5th (and we'd knock Texas off the #1 perch). Kind of like DUSHEE, CTR is usually but not always predictive of what will happen with the ITA. We'll find out tomorrow when the rankings are released.
  13. The Big 12 announced the seedings and schedule for this weekend's conference tournament championship and, as projected, we're the 3rd seed and will face #6 Oklahoma State (yet again) Friday at 12:00 noon in Lawrence. The Cowboys are 14-10 and have W's over ...- oh wait, just scroll back a few posts and read the preview for yesterday because it hasn't changed much... This will be the third time we've faced them this season so we know them fairly well - supposedly, it's tough to beat a team 3 times in a year, but I'm not sure if that applies in tennis. #4 Tech will face #5 OU in the other quarter and the winner of that will play #1 Texas in a semi and the winner of our match will play #2 Baylor in the other semi. Obviously, we want to win it, but if we don't, the least we want is to do well enough to preserve our expected #8 ranking, which means we need to do better than North Carolina, A&M and USC, who are chasing us in the rankings. It'd also be very cool if we can catch and pass Baylor and we'll have a good chance to do that if we can win 2 rounds. Texas is expected to be #1; Baylor to be #7 and TCU #8, so this will be a very stacked tourney.
  14. Texas beat OU today to outright clinch the Big 12, but Tech upset Baylor 4-3 in Lubbock, so the final Big 12 standings are as follows: Texas - 5-0; 22-2 TCU - 3-2; 19-5 Baylor - 3-2; 20-4 Tech - 2-3; 15-10 Oklahoma - 1-4; 14-9 Oklahoma State - 1-4; 14-10 The Frogs therefore finished in a tie for 2nd - the usual tie-break is H2H, so I assume that we're still gonna be seeded 3rd. And OU beat OSU 2 weeks ago, so I assume that we'll play the Cowboys as the 6th seed in the first round of the Big 12 tourney, and if we win, would get a re-match against Baylor, who will have a 1st-round bye. Unless there's a different tie-break in tennis...
  15. Three matches remain and the Frogs lead 3-1. Gray and Kruger are into their 3rd sets after coming back to triumph in their 2nd sets. Fomba could still win in straight sets. Gray 0-0 in his 3rd; Kruger 3-2 in his 3rd; Fomba 3-4. Gray 1-0; Kruger 4-2!; Fomba 4-all. Gray 1-all; Kruger 5-3; Fomba 5-all. I'm betting on Bertus to clinch first... Gray 1-2; Kruger 5-4; Fomba 6-5. Maybe it'll be Luc to clinch... Bertus clinches 3-6, 6-1, 6-4 and the Frogs win 4-1!! We're 19-5 and clinched the #3 seed in the Big12 and a probable Top 8 ranking! A very impressive singles performance after getting beat in the doubles.
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