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  1. Everything is canceled - the season is over. 12-4; #7 in the nation.
  2. So far, at least, there haven't been any announcements about terminating the college tennis season in the wake of the coronavirus panic, but that could change quickly as it has with other sports. A bunch of pro tourneys have been canceled though. Tennis is (mostly) outdoors and there are far fewer fans, but panic is panic and if players or coaches start testing positive, that could be it. As of now, we're scheduled to play Illinois in Champaign-Urbana on Saturday. It would be part of a doubleheader in which the Illini would host Tennessee State at 12:00 noon (CDT) and the Frogs at 6:00 p.m. The Illini are only 5-6 on the season, but that's misleading because they have played a very tough schedule. They have W's over Tech, Chicago State, Notre Dame, Northwestern and Purdue and L's to Mississippi, Duke, North Carolina, Florida, UCF and Baylor. Teams have to finish above .500 to make the NCAA's, so they're under a little pressure to accomplish that. We know them fairly well having played them frequently in recent years. Their players include #15 Alex Brown, #41 Aleks Kovacevic, #64 Siphosothando Montsi, Zeke Clark, Fletcher Scott and Vuk Budic. They are coached by Brad Dancer. The match is scheduled to be played indoors (it's still pretty chilly at night up here), so maybe that'll be a factor in deciding whether to play. We'll see.
  3. Fomba clinches!! TCU 4 Rice 0!! We're now 12-4, with a 9 straight winning streak!
  4. Thanks! But I think I'll just give up on updates. Rice's scoring page really blows! Relying on our twitter page, Sander and Teddy got a late break to take their set and Fomba/Kruger are at 5-4 and Gray/Kurzban 5-all. Luc and Bertus clinch the doubles point!! TCU 1 Rice 0!! (Rice took the doubles point from Texas on Sunday). Our singles players will be Gray; Fomba; Paroulek; Jong; Kruger and Jirousek.
  5. The doubles line-up is Paroulek/Jong; Fomba/Kruger and Gray/Kurzban. My update capability is going to be limited because Rice's score page also includes the streaming, which typically crashes my (very old) browser.
  6. It depends. There is no set rule. Sometimes it's decided before; sometimes, it waits right until the clincher. Available time; travel arrangements; weather; injuries or the possibility thereof; a coach wanting players to get more action or to get a W to improve their ranking; a match being competitive and almost finished. It's within the coaches' discretion. Because there is already a result, it doesn't really matter, so it's just ad hoc. TCU-Rice will start shortly.
  7. The Rice Owls are 4-7 on the season; 4-3 at home and 0-4 on the road. They have W's over Incarnate Word, A&M-Corpus Christi, ACU and Prairie View A&M and L's to Dartmouth, Harvard, Louisiana, A&M, LSU, SMU and Texas. They are unranked. They don't have any big wins, but they did play the Mustangs tough, losing 3-4 in a tight one. They just lost 1-6 to the Longhorns on Sunday, winning the doubles point, but falling in all singles matches. Their players are Sumit Sarkar, Jacob Eskeland, Campbell Salmon, Karol Paluch, Eric Rutledge, Conrad Russell and Wes Barnett. The Owls are coached by Efe Ustundag. All-time, the Frogs lead the Owls 35-13 and we've won the last 5 straight, including a 7-0 W last year in Ft. Worth. Which sounds like we dominate them, but we did lose 8 straight between 2004 and 2012, not that long ago. This will be the 2nd time we've played them at their brand new facility. We should be heavily favored, but they are a long-time rival and they know us pretty well, so it might be closer than expected. The match is scheduled to start at 12:00 noon (CDT) tomorrow.
  8. The Frogs leaped up to our highest ranking of the year at #7 in the nation in today's ITA rankings - we were helped by Stanford beating Ohio State and A&M jumping back into the Top 10 (both the Cardinal and Aggies having been Frog victims). Here they are: 1. USC (L) 2. North Carolina (L) 3. Michigan (L) 4. Texas (on our schedule) 5. Ohio State 6. NC State (W) 7. the Fighting Frogs of lil ole TCU 8. Stanford (W) 9. Florida 10. A&M (W) 11. Georgia 12. Tennessee 13. Wake Forest 14. Columbia (on our schedule) 15. Mississippi (W) 16. Oklahoma State (on our schedule) 17. Harvard 18. South Carolina 19. Pepperdine 20. Iowa 21. Miami 22. UCF 23. Princeton 24. Cornell 25. UCLA 27. Tech (on our schedule) 30. Baylor (on our schedule) 31. Northwestern 34. Illinois (on our schedule) 35. Virginia (L) 38. Arizona (W) 40. Oklahoma (on our schedule) 47. Tulane (W) All 6 Big12 teams remain in the Top 50. After the Feisty Night Birds, we've got ranked Columbia and Illinois prior to conference play commencing. TCU, Stanford and Florida are all bunched tightly so there could be some changes in the next few weeks.
  9. Another solid W for the Frogs as we wrapped up our homestand with a 5-2 victory over Tulane. Roditi did some line-up changes - most significantly, resting Ali Gray and moving Luc Fomba up to #1 for the first time in singles. In doubles, TCU moved to 26-11 overall for the season with W's from Fomba/Kruger (now 12-1 overall) and Jong/Paroulek (their 10th win) which gave us breathing room for the rest of the match. Gray did play doubles; teaming with Max Kurzban again, and they went unfinished at 5-all. In singles, Fomba beat Moore in a 3-setter, giving him perhaps his biggest W ever as a Frog and clinching the match. And, Tomas Jirousek returned to action with an easy straight setter, as did Kruger, and Sander Jong provided the 4th W at #3 (remember, he had been playing #6). Only Paroulek and Fearnley had real difficulties. We're now 11-4, we've won 8 straight and we'll have a quick turnaround as we head to Houston on Wednesday to play the Rice Owls. I'm guessing we'll stay 8th or so in tomorrow's rankings. CTR's live rankings, however, have moved us up to 5th in the nation, and their projection for tomorrow's ITA rankings has moved us up to 7th.
  10. If they're advertising the match with a picture of Tomas wearing one of Roditi's hats, I'm predicting that he plays today. I'm going to miss the match due to work, but hopefully we'll take care of that Green Wave and Ali beats Ewan.
  11. Bad news in the semis at Vegas as both Rybo and Nick lost. Alex lost to Petros Chrysochos 7-5, 4-6, 2-6 and Nick lost to Justin Butsch 6-7 (3-7), 7-6 (7-3), 6-7 (3-7). It was a good singles tourney for both although I was hoping for better. And in doubles, Widow and Nick lost in the finals 6-7, 3-6.
  12. Tulane is 5-5 on the season with W's over Jackson State (twice), LSU, then#20 Mississippi State and SMU and L's to Stanford, Miami, Virginia Tech, Tech and Texas. The Green Wave are 3-1 at home, 2-2 away and 0-2 on neutral courts. They are ranked 43rd by the ITA, mostly as a result of their 4-0 sweep of the Bulldogs. Yesterday, they lost 5-2 to Texas at Austin. Like our match against TU, it was really 4-0, but they finished it out and Tulane was able to get 2 W's. Their players include #77 Ewan Moore, from England, who is also Alastair Gray's close friend and long-time doubles partner while they both came up in the juniors. Moore beat Texas's Christian Sigsgaard yesterday. #50 Hamish Stewart (a Scot who probably knows Jacob Fearnley) is also ranked and other players are Luis Erlenbusch, Dane Esses, Tim Ruetzel, Akos Kotorman and Benji Jacobson. The Green Wave are coached by Mark Booras. All-time, TCU leads the series 5-1, with the last match-up a 4-3 W last year. We should be favored - it's scheduled to start at 1:00 p.m. (CDT). Don't forget to spring forward!
  13. They decided to finish it our and Alastair, Luc and Teddy were all able to score victories, so officially, it's a 7-0 sweep!
  14. Finally! Sidearmstats starts with the tennis updates instead of the LSU v. Arizona beach volleyball match! I was doing the streaming, but it only allows one court at a time and it's difficult to tell what the score is and it freezes a lot. Early on, it's Gray 1-all; Fomba 2-1; Paroulek 2-love; Jong 1-love; Fearnley 1-love; Kruger 1-all. Gray 2-all; Fomba 2-all; Paroulek 3-1; Jong 2-love; Fearnley 3-love; Kruger 2-1. Ali 3-2; Luc 3-2; Teddy 3-2; Landlord 4-love; Jacob 3-1; Bertus 4-1. This is going well so far. Gray 3-all; Fomba 5-2; Paroulek 3-all; Jong 5-love!; Fearnley 4-1; Kruger 4-2. Ali 4-3; Luc 5-3; Teddy 4-3; Landlord 5-1; Jacob wins 6-1!; Bertus 5-2. I'm predicting a quick sweep! Gray wins 6-4!; Fomba wins 6-3!; Paroulek 5-all; Jong 5-3; Fearnley 1-0 in his 2nd; Kruger wins 6-2! 4 first sets won!! Ali 0-1 in his 2nd; Luc 1-all in his 2nd; Teddy 5-all still; Landlord wins 6-3!; Jacob 2-1 in his 2nd; Bertus 2-1 in his 2nd. Teddy Paroulek makes it 6 first set wins with a 7-5 set! All 2nd sets: Gray 0-2; Fomba 1-2; Paroulek 0-0; Jong 2-0; Fearnley 3-1; Kruger 3-1. Jacob Fearnley wins 6-1, 6-1 and it's TCU 2 Tulsa 0! But otherwise, the momentum is shifting. Gray 0-5 in his 2nd; Fomba 4-all; Paroulek 2-all; Jong 5-2; Kruger 5-3. Jong takes his match 3 and 2! And Kruger takes his match 2 and 3! And the Frogs sweep it 4-0 in less than 2 hours! We take the lead over Tulsa all-time 13-12 and we win our 7th straight match! Just a few weeks ago, we were 3-4 and struggling - now we're 10-4 and into the Elite 8! Great job!! Add that to Alex and Nick advancing to the semis at Vegas and it's a great day overall for Frog tennis! Tulane is next on Sunday at home!
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