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  1. Jared

    TCU Tennis 2018-19

    Bad news from Antalya as Tadeas Paroulek lost in singles (6-7 (5-7), 3-6) to Nejedly and doubles (w/ Prihodko) 6-3, 6-7 (3-7), 7-10 to the Colombians. Other impressions from Midtown and the Nationals: Alastair Gray is incredibly tall - more so that one might imagine. Compared to Ali, Roditi looks like a pygmy and even Rybo, who is 6'1", looks small. Bertus Kruger's accent sounds more American than Boer - I spoke to him briefly as well as Eduardo Roldan. The Midtown set-up is such that all fans are mingling constantly with the players, coaches and entourages of 16 different teams - I almost stepped on a Columbia player twice who was insisting on stretching right in the middle of the main "aisle" if you can call it that. For a 9:00 a.m. match on a Friday morning, there were a surprisingly large amount of fans and spectators there (although there were fewer Frog fans than almost any other team). The level of play was outstanding - you can easily tell that this event has the very best that college tennis has to offer - and the atmosphere was electric; much more so than even Challengers that I've been to. The teensy tiny sandwiches on sale cost $9, drinks are similarly WAY overpriced and the frickin program cost $5 - college tennis is supposed to be FREE!!!! I was sitting next to the parents of the volunteer assistant coach for Wake - they were pretty knowledgable about all things ACC. North Carolina will be tough to beat. Today's other winners were UNC, Wake, UCLA, Ohio State, Virginia, USC and Texas. That sets up the quarters tomorrow, with those teams playing in that order. The losers from today will play in the consolation bracket.
  2. Jared

    TCU Tennis 2018-19

    In glorious fashion, the Fighting Frogs from lil ole TCU walloped the mighty Bulldogs of Mississippi State today at Midtown! I got there on time but the Frogs barely made it for the national anthem (I do not own a cellphone and never have). We lost the doubles point in a breaker which we should have won and things looked bad early on. But then, we proceeded to absolutely dominate the singles on every single court and it was lots of fun watching the multitudinous Bulldog fans shut up and the "Hail What Hail State" chant grew ever quieter with every passing minute. At one point, SID Mark Cohen ran onto the court to block a Nuno Borges shot (oh wait, that didn't actually happen but I swear I saw something similar recently). I was dialed in watching Rybo v. Borges and they were both playing very well - Borges is a streaky Tsitsipas-like player who double faults twice in a row and then reels off amazing shot after amazing shot. But Rybo played like Cam Norrie and was incredibly steady throughout. We quickly won all 6 straight first sets. In the end, Rybo's match didn't matter because Stalder won easily first, then Jong won, then Kruger won and then Fomba was up 5-2 and looked like he was going to win, but blew his lead and got taken to a breaker. Meanwhile, Rybo won his first set 7-6 and Borges, the Arthur Ashe award winner of the Leadership and Sportsmanship award last year, tried to bad call Rybo on a ball that was clearly in and boos erupted and the ump overruled him and Rybo won. The 2nd set then went to a breaker as well, but just as Rybo was about to win, Fomba stormed back to win his breaker and that was that. 4-1, with ease. We're 5-2, we just beat #2 and Carolina (who beat Baylor) is next tomorrow morning. I was mortified to learn from the program that SMU has won this thang twice and Baylor once. That's gotta change.
  3. Jared

    TCU Tennis 2018-19

    All-time, Mississippi State leads TCU 3-2 in the historic series - the Frogs won the first two meetings but the Bulldogs have won the last 3 straight. Not counting Tempe, the last time we faced them was in 2012 and MSU got the win 4-1 in Starkville. At neutral sites, TCU leads 2-1. MSU is 6-0 and is effectively the #2 team in the nation, but they, like us, are not necessarily good on indoor courts. Their 6 W's are over Wichita State, Arizona, Miami, USF, Tech and Tulane. Tech gave them the toughest match and only lost 4-2. Borges is ranked 5th in singles; Foshey, Oradini and Braun are also ranked. They are undefeated on the doubles point all year. For the Frogs, Rybakov, Gray and Kruger are also ranked. The match is scheduled for 9:00 a.m. - if all goes well, I'll be there and I'm not gonna bring a tablet or phone, so I'll do a re-cap tomorrow night.
  4. Jared

    TCU Tennis 2018-19

    Paroulek (#645) beat Apostol (#623) 1 and 3 earlier today in Antalya in the Round of 32. Now, he's scheduled to face fellow Czech Pavel Nejedly (#536) in the Round of 16 tomorrow. He's also still alive in doubles (with Prihodko)- the quarters are scheduled after his singles match. The line-ups for tomorrow's match are already set against Mississippi State. For the Bulldogs, it'll be (1) Nuno Borges; (2) Giovanni Oradini; (3) Strahinja Rakic; (4) Niclas Braun; (5) Trevor Foshey; and (6) Florian Brosky and their doubles teams will be (1) Borges/Rakic; (2) Braun/Oradini; and (3) Foshey/Gregor Ramskogler. And for the Frogs, it'll be (1) Rybo; (2) Gray (3) Stalder; (4) Kruger; (5) Fomba; and (6) Jong and Rybo/Gray, Stalder/Kruger and Fomba/Jong.
  5. Jared

    TCU Tennis 2018-19

    As projected, TCU is the 15th seed at the ITA Nationals in Chicago and we'll be playing the #2 seed, which isn't Ohio State but is instead Mississippi State (6-0) - we're scheduled to play at 9:00 a.m. on Friday February 15 at Midtown. Ohio State, coming off a thumping of USC, is the top seed; Wake, which recently lost to Virginia, slipped to the #3 slot. Of course, we've already seen Mississippi State at Tempe where we beat them, but they were without some of their players (although Rybo did beat Nuno Borges). So, even though we're only 4-2 and have losses to Tulsa and Florida, I think we still have a chance. If we win, the 7th seed is North Carolina, who is playing #10 Baylor in the opening round, so my guess is we'll either play UNC or Baylor in either the 2nd round or in the consolation bracket if we lose (although I could be wrong). As in Tempe, Mississippi State will be extraordinarily difficult to beat - the Tarheels or the Bears would be easier but everyone at the Nationals is a top-level team. The ITA rankings would normally come out today, but there are no rankings this week for some reason, so everyone will await the outcome of the Nationals prior to the next rankings (which may have enough data to convert to the computers. So the Nationals will drastically impact the next rankings and everything will depend on SOS and who has played and beat whom next week. Tadeas Paroulek's match against Apostol was delayed until tomorrow in Antalya. Also, Baylor's non-trip to Wake has been logged as a forfeit and counts for their individual standings and rankings.
  6. Jared

    TCU Tennis 2018-19

    Nick Chappell was on the acceptance list for the Tucson Futures tourney this week but was apparently a late scratch. (Is he injured?) Jenson "Benedict Arnold" Brooksby got a wild card though. (He's such a spoiled favored little s*#t). But over in Turkey, future Frog Tadeas Paroulek (ATP# 645, WAY higher than Brooksby) is entered into the Antalya Futures tourney. Antalya, of course, is the 5th most populous Turkish city, it's located on Anatolia's southwest coast and is bordered by the Taurus mountains, it was founded by the Attalid dynasty of Pergamon in 200 B.C.E., it thrived under Roman rule when Hadrian's Gate was constructed and has been ruled by the Seljuk Sultanate and the Ottoman Empire. It's well-known as a sports mecca, with football (soccer) teams galore, wrestling and, since 2010, is the host of of a multi-day trail running ultramarathon on the Lycian Way. The center-left-dominated Kemalist Antalyans are very into tennis and Tadeas has played there often, with some success. Antalya is a sister city of Austin, Texas. In singles, he's into the main draw (Round of 32) and will play Romanian Bogdan Ionut Apostol in the first round tomorrow. And in doubles, he's partnering with Ukranian Oleg Prihodko and they've already won their first round over Kaya Arinc and Bekir Berk Sahin 2 and love - Paroulek/Prihodko will now face the Colombian duo of Felipe Mantilla and Cristian Rodriguez in the quarters. Jacob Fearnley last played a Futures tourney last Spring and doesn't have anything scheduled at present.
  7. Jared

    Too early to start a 2018-19 Basketball thread?

    There are pictures on the tennis twitter page. We're in 7th place in the conference and the bracketologists are projecting that many Big12 teams in, so we're still in decent shape. But we're going to need 4 more W's.
  8. Jared

    Too early to start a 2018-19 Basketball thread?

    Aw man... Just watched the end of it on tape - I thought we had it with ARob having the ball at the end of regulation but it was not to be. I thought it was cool that all the tennis team was there sitting together shirtless and acting like fanboys throughout the game.
  9. Jared

    TCU Tennis 2018-19

    There just might be a new #1 team when the rankings are next announced. In addition to our loss to Florida (collegetennistoday is back up after nearly a year with no blogposts), the big news over the weekend was Virginia upsetting the #1 Deacs, Baylor not even traveling to Winston-Salem, Tech beating Tulane and Ohio State beating Georgia. Tech has been unranked but might move upwards after beating both A&M and Tulane; Ohio State could take over the top spot (or do you move Virginia way up?). I don't think we'll be hurt badly by losing closely to Florida, but a lot will depend on how well we (and others) do this weekend. I just checked and tickets are 10 fricking dollars!@ It's supposed to be free!! I was thinking of going both Friday and Saturday - now I think I'll just go one day, but I still have to await the draw and scheduling before making any plans.
  10. Jared

    Too early to start a 2018-19 Basketball thread?

    I think this is one of the biggest regular season basketball games in TCU history - Big Monday against KU! I'm busy tonight but will catch the tailend of the game.
  11. Jared

    TCU Tennis 2018-19

    Cam Norrie stayed in the Southern Hemisphere this week in an attempt to qualify for the Argentina Open in Buenos Aires. Yesterday, he beat Slovakian Andrej Martin (ATP #248) 6-4, 4-6, 7-5 to advance to the 2nd round of the qualies. But today, he lost to 34-year-old Brazilian (ATP #138) Rogerio Dutra Silva 7-6, 6-7, 2-6 and got knocked out of the tourney. So far, after the highs of the Hopman Cup and the finals at Auckland, Cam hasn't had a good start to the year - losing to lower ranked players several times.
  12. Jared

    TCU Tennis 2018-19

    Draws and the schedule of play in Chicago will be released Wednesday, which is kind of a drag because I want to go to the TCU matches but now won't have more than a day or two to make adjustments to my work schedule (I think I'll be able to make the Saturday matches for sure). Above, I speculated that we'd be playing Mississippi State - now I'm not so sure. We're essentially the 15th seed (out of 16), so if you go by the rankings, that would have us playing #2 Ohio State. But the original brackets of the regionals would have us playing #3 Mississippi State. And it's at least somewhat possible that we could get an easier first round match. We'll see. According to Roditi, the two keys of our loss to #4 Florida were losing the doubles point and Alex allowing Oliver Crawford to come back and beat him at Court #1 - that should obviously act as a spur to Rybo to up his game. I don't think we should be too down about losing - sure it's disappointing, but we were toe-to-toe with one of the best teams in the country and came very close to winning, so we're obviously a good team too. But being only 4-2 with at least one expected loss this weekend is likely to take a toll on our ranking. One good thing about it being cold in Ft. Worth last week is that we played both the Shockers and the Gators indoors, which is potentially beneficial given that these are the National Indoor championships.
  13. Jared

    TCU Tennis 2018-19

    The Frogs fall 4-3 to #4 Florida. We just couldn't hang on after taking a 3-1 lead. If we could just have won the doubles point, it wouldn't have been an issue. Tough loss as we fall to 4-2 heading towards Chicago.
  14. Jared

    Too early to start a 2018-19 Basketball thread?

    We won???!!!!!!!!!!! I taped it - not expecting anything - but now I'm gonna watch the whole thing. No spoilers please!
  15. Jared

    TCU Tennis 2018-19

    Baylor canceled its road match at Wake due to "unforeseen circumstances" which was kind of explained by the Wake twitter page as injuries and sickness of several Baylor players and the Baylor twitter page as "flu-like symptoms" among several Baylor players. Given that injuries and sicknesses are rarely disclosed, it is somewhat unique that they disclosed that much. In any event, Baylor will not get their highly ranked opponent and their next scheduled appearance will be in Chicago at the ITA Nationals. I'm gonna be busy until 3:30 tomorrow, but the Florida match is scheduled for 1:00 p.m., so I'll only catch the tail end of it, if at all.
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