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  1. Jared

    Week 8

    I think at least to 4th - behind Bama, Clemson and Notre Dame. But they should fall much further - there are 6 unbeatens; 3 in the AAC. And losing to 4-3 Purdue isn't all that impressive. Wow - Purdue scores again!
  2. Jared

    TCU Tennis 2018-19

    So that's where they were!
  3. Jared

    TCU Tennis 2018-19

    This year's season schedule has been released and a new school year has started, so that means it's time for a new TCU Tennis thread! Thanks to all who participate in this thread because it makes this forum and this thread the best place to follow Frog tennis news on the web. Last year was successful, but it would have been more successful if we had been able to beat the Fighting Illini - our new Nemesis - who we lost to in both the regular season and in the NCAA's in the Round of 16. But TCU did win its 3rd consecutive Big12 regular season championship and will be defending our back-to-back-to-back record this year. The season was especially impressive because we were Norrie-less, as Cam (the #1 rated player in 2017) departed to be a full-time pro and made the most impressive debut for any college player in the pros in decades by storming all the way to ATP #66 (a CH) in less than a year. We had also lost Jerry Lopez, a Davis Cupper for Mexico, who has been having success on the Futures tour. Cam, Jerry and Nick Chappell have now been joined on the pro tour by departing seniors Trevor Johnson and Guillermo Nunez, who got some clutch W's for the Frogs over the past 4 years. But we've got some talent coming back; including Alex Rybakov (who recently confirmed that he has more "work to do" in college), Alastair Gray (who will be returning from injury), Reese Stalder (who earned his first ever ATP points this summer), Bertus Kruger (also returning from an injury), Eduardo Roldan, Max Kurzban (who, with Rybo, won the ITA Summer Championships in doubles) and Alex McNeel. In addition, there might be Juan Martin as a wild card (who redshirted last year) and Sander Jong (an incoming freshman). And, we'll be watching Jenson Brooksby too, who is a recruit for 2019 and just won at Kalamazoo and made his U.S. Open debut. TCU is definitely a "tennis school" with lots of interesting things happening for former Frogs, current Frogs and future Frogs. This year, our first event will be the Atlantic Tire Championships in Cary, North Carolina between 9/8 and 9/15. (Boston Frog will be disappointed to hear that we are not going to Newport this year to play on the grass at the Hall of Fame like we've done for two years - his detailed in-person write-ups will always be remembered for their stellar quality and thorough comprehensiveness). Some of the team will also play at the Midland Invitational (9/14-9/16) like we did last year. Then, it's off to California for the Laguna Niguel Futures tourney from 9/15 to 9/23 for most of the team and then the Battle in the Bay Classic in San Francisco against some top west-coast teams like last year. Much of the team will then compete in the Los Cab Futures tourney in Fountain Valley between 9/22 and 9/30. The ITA All-American Championships in Tulsa will be from 9/29-10/7 - Rybo and Kurzban have already automatically qualified because of their ITA Summer Championship. But Rybo may miss that (like last year) because the Stockton ATP Challenger will be played simultaneously. From 10/6-10/14, the annual Houston Futures tourney will be played and many Frogs will compete there. But Rybo may be at the Fairfield Challenger that week instead of Houston. The ITA Texas Regionals will be in Waco on 10/19-10/22 and the Las Vegas Open will be the week after that (last year, Cam and Facundo hosted a bunch of Frogs). Futures tourneys in Waco and Birmingham and Challengers in Charlottesville and Knoxville follow and Futures tourneys in Niceville and Norman and Challengers in Champaign and Houston after that. They might be interrupted if anyone qualifies for the ITA Nationals between 11/8 and 11/11. Then, something called the "Hidden Duel" will be held in Cancun and the team will get a short Mexican trip for whatever that is. All in, a busy fall. But, perhaps, the Spring season is more important. The Frogs will open up 1/18 at Tulsa, and then will host Loyola Marymount at home on 1/26. Then, the ITA Kickoff will be at Ft. Worth and TCU will host either Oklahoma State or Arizona State (and will advance if we win). Then, home matches against Wichita State and Florida on 2/8 and 2/10 followed by the ITA Indoor Nationals in CHICAGO(!!!) if we win our regional (which we haven't the last two years (thanks to Utah State and San Diego)). Then, we're at Tulane and at USF on 2/24 and 2/26 and we'll next host Rice and, uh, Illinois on 3/2 and 3/3. We'll visit UTA in Arlington and Tennessee in Knoxville before returning home for a 5-match home stand against Pepperdine, Loyola Marymount, Columbia, Arizona State and SMU throughout March. Big 12 play then starts on 3/29 at Baylor, we then host Tech on 3/31, Texas on 4/6, A&M on 4/8 and we close out the regular season at OU on 4/12 and OSU on 4/14. The Big12 Championships will be in Kansas City starting 4/18 and the NCAA's, with the new regional super-regional and finals (at Lake Nona) following that if we qualify (we better!). It looks like a tough slate, with multiple ranked teams. We'll certainly miss TJ and Guillermo but we've still got some talent. Hopefully, we'll win the NCAA's.
  4. Jared

    Week 8

    Tyler Strong!! Great story on GameDay and he gets to see the Boilermakers wallop the Buckeyes!
  5. Jared

    TCU Tennis 2018-19

    Out of the Frogs' 3 chances to have a player make it to the quarters at the ITA Texas Regionals in Waco, only Bertus Kruger succeeded today by beating Baylor's Will Little 6-1, 3-6, 7-5. Roldan lost to Baylor's Johannes Schretter 1 and 2 and Reese Stalder won the first set against Tech's Valiev but fell apart in the next two and lost 6-4, 0-6, 2-6. Kruger will next play Texas' Chih chi Huang (and it's not pronounced the way Les Nessman would do it on WKRP). In actual singles competition, this makes the Frogs' record 6-2, which isn't bad, especially considering that Rybo and Ali aren't there. And Kruger still has a chance to advance.
  6. Jared

    TCU Tennis 2018-19

    He didn't play, but I have no idea why. Today was a busy day, though, for the other Frogs that did play. After beating Delgado , Bertus Kruger followed that with a 2nd round 0 and 2 W over Blaise Fagan of SMU, And Eduardo Roldan followed his W over SMU's Buhelos with a 5-7, 6-4, 6-0 W over Nicholas Mayr of Lamar. And Reese Stalder, after his first round bye, got a W over UTA's Mauricio del Rio with a score of 4-6, 6-0, 6-2. So all three have advanced to the 3rd round (the Round of 32) and are still alive in the main draw of the singles. This is really good news because these aren't the Frogs' top players and it shows that we're developing some depth. In doubles, Kruger/Roldan are set to play Loyd/Kohrs of UTRGV and Stalder/Jong are scheduled to play the Sheehy brothers (Josh and Jonathan) from ACU. In singles (presumably tomorrow), Kruger is now scheduled to play Will Little from Baylor, Roldan will face Johannes Schretter, also from Baylor, and Stalder will play Iljiz Valiev, from Tech. This is definitely a step up in competition for all three against Big12 rivals who we will likely face later this year. Kruger and Roldan will clearly be underdogs; Stalder's match is probably relatively even.
  7. Jared

    TCU Tennis 2018-19

    The ITA Texas Regionals are underway in Waco and the first results are in. Sander Jong lost to Joao Ceolin of UTSA by default and Bertus Kruger beat Joaquin DelGado of ACU 1 and 0. Reese Stalder, who is seeded 11th, got a bye into Round 2 and Eduardo Roldan is scheduled to play Andrew Buhelos of SMU later. In doubles, Stalder and Jong got a bye in the first round and will play Jake Davidson and Samuel de Felipe Garcia of UTRGV in the Round of 64. And Kruger and Roldan are scheduled to play Zane Kohrs and Michael Loyd of UTRGV in the first round later today. Neither Alex Rybakov nor Alastair Gray (nor Max Kurzban or Luc Fomba) are in either draw so I'm guessing they aren't there and are either resting or intend to try pro tourneys instead.
  8. Jared

    2019 Football Schedule

    Hmmm. Maybe I should head down to Jonesboro and check that game out instead:
  9. Jared

    2019 Football Schedule

    Good point - maybe I should think about West Lafayette instead.
  10. Jared

    2019 Football Schedule

    Hmmm. East Lansing isn't that far away...and 9/14 should still be fairly good weather.
  11. Jared

    TCU/OU Predictions

    TCU 24 OU 21 as we eliminate all turnovers and cause some by them instead. Robinson, Banogu and Song.
  12. Jared

    TCU Tennis 2018-19

    It was extremely closely-fought, but Cam lost this morning to Diego Schwartzman in Antwerp 6-7 (1-7), 7-6 (7-3), 5-7. Cam won all his service games except for 1 in the final set and had 9 aces, but couldn't ever pull off a break of Schwartzman's serve. This would have been a huge win for him if he could have gotten the W. He's playing doubles right now with McDonald - er - it just wrapped up and they lost 1 and 2. So Cam's out at Antwerp, which, of course, was the Nazi objective in the Battle of the Bulge.
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    OU - 7½ @ TCU

    OU hasn't lost consecutive Big12 games since 1998; they are the #1 rated offense in the country despite having run close to the fewest amount of offensive plays. But CBS Sportsline is projecting a 32-25 OU win (as are all their analysts), which means that someone thinks that we'll keep this one close. We'll see. Maybe this will be the week that we stop turning the ball over stupidly and at key drive-killing moments. And we are at home, so when the crowd finally gets there in the mid 2nd quarter, maybe we'll have an advantage. I'm less pessimistic than yesterday, but not so much that I actually think we'll win. Prove me wrong Frogs! Nick Bosa, the Buckeye star that got injured against us, has dropped out of school to focus on rehabilitation and recovery.
  14. Jared

    TCU Tennis 2018-19

    Cam blew out Granollers this morning 3 and 2 at Antwerp and has advanced to the Round of 16 in the European Open in singles. But tomorrow, he will have a huge test as he is scheduled to face Argentine Diego Schwartzman, who is seeded #2 in this tourney and has an ATP ranking of #17 (and a CH of #11 achieved this June). The distinctive thing about Schwartzman is that he's short (5'7"), which is rare these days at the highest levels in tennis. But, like Connors, Chang and Hewitt, he's very aggressive and has a lot of court coverage - it'll be different than playing Isner, that's for sure. The match is scheduled (roughly) for 3:00 a.m. (CDT). In doubles, which is scheduled soon thereafter, Cam and MackieMack will be playing in the quarters against Divij Sharan and Artem Sitak. ITA regionals are starting today in college - the Frogs will be in Waco this weekend.
  15. Jared

    DUSHEE

    Due to what happened in 2000, San Jose State should/will always be referred to as SJfSU.
  16. Jared

    OU - 7½ @ TCU

    I predict we're going to lose by more than 7 and a half points. I think we could have more turnovers than points.
  17. Jared

    TCU Tennis 2018-19

    Cam and MackieMack beat Romain Arneodo and Sander Arends in doubles this morning at Antwerp 6-3, 6-7 (5-7), 10-8 and have advanced to the Round of 16. In singles, his match is scheduled for 10:00 a.m.tomorrow against Granollers. Here's an update on all the various former, current and future Frogs' current ATP singles rankings: Cam Norrie - #87 (he's slipped a bit as he is now defending points) Alex Rybakov - #525 (relatively stable based on his Futures W's earlier this summer but he's been going out early in Challengers since). Nick Chappell - #667 (moving up with recent singles success in the Futures; just lost in qualies at Monterrey Challenger) Gerardo Lopez Villasenor - #741 (early summer success moved him up; just lost in 1st round of Monterrey Challenger) Trevor Johnson - #965 (slipping after a good early summer due to inactivity) Reese Stalder - #1358 (got his first ever points in July; hasn't played since) Jenson Brooksby - #1614 (Kalamazoo winner/U.S. Open participant) Alastair Gray - #1724 (injured all summer so his points have been rolling off) Juan Martin - NR Bertus Kruger - NR Luc Fomba - NR Max Kurzban - NR Eduardo Roldan - NR Sander Jong - NR
  18. Jared

    TCU Tennis 2018-19

    Norrie is in the singles draw at Antwerp and will play in the Round of 32 tomorrow or the day after against Spaniard Marcel Granollers, who made it through the qualies today and is ranked #92 (although he has a career high of #19). His doubles match with MackieMack will probably be tomorrow as well.
  19. Jared

    AP Poll

    Not sure if we care anymore, but here it is as of 10/14: 1. Bama 2. Ohio State 3. Clemson 4. Notre Dame 5. LSU 6. Georgia (??) 7. Michigan 8. Texas (bleah!) 9. UCF 10. Oklahoma 11. Oregon 12. Florida 13. West Virginia (??) 14. Washington (??) 15. N.C. State 16. Penn State (?) 17. Kentucky 18. A&M 19. Wisconsin 20. South Florida 21. Cincinnati 22. Iowa 23. Washington State 24. Stanford 25. Colorado No votes for the Froggies.
  20. Jared

    AP Poll

    As of 9/4: 1. Alabama 2. Clemson 3. Georgia 4. Ohio State 5. Wisconsin 6. Oklahoma 7. Auburn 8. Notre Dame 9. Washington(?) 10. Stanford 11. LSU 12. Virginia Tech 13. Penn State (?) 14. West Virginia 15. Michigan State 16. TCU 17. USC 18. Mississippi State 19. UCF 20. Boise State 21. Michigan (?) 22. Miami (?) 23. Oregon 24. South Carolina 25. Florida
  21. Jared

    TCU Tennis 2018-19

    As the Frogs get ready to visit the exciting metropolis of Waco for the ITA Texas regionals this weekend, Cam Norrie has traveled to Antwerp for the European Open - he's scheduled to play in doubles today or tomorrow, teaming with MackieMack (Mckenzie McDonald from UCLA, a former NCAA champ) and I'm not sure as yet whether he's playing singles.
  22. Jared

    Bowl Eligibility

    Kind of. To me, this season reminds me of 1996 (4-7). We were supposedly immensely more "talented" than the teams in the (new to us) WAC, but we found a way to blow it regularly; many of them in an embarrassing fashion. In 2013, we were very competitive and lost 6 of those games by close margins and just didn't seem to have the kind of offense we needed but we weren't so mistake-prone. This year, if we hadn't have committed so many ridiculous turnovers at key moments, we could conceivably be 6-0 and riding high. Instead, we're facing a potential 3-4 record and a season collapse. Maybe we can turn this season into a 1998, where we get one key upset (Air Force that year), rally and make ourselves bowl eligible, draw a quality bowl opponent and pull off a big upset. We have the talent to do it and we could make the season more interesting if we contribute to the chaos. Beating OU would do the trick in my view.
  23. Jared

    Week 7

    Now it's a blowout - 28-7 as Colorado gets exposed like you read about. Boise coming back though as they take the lead on Nevada. Anybody remember a certain Boise-Nevada game that clinched a Rose Bowl berth for the Frogs?
  24. Jared

    Week 7

    The chaos continues as unbeaten Colorado is losing 21-7 to USC, Boise is losing to Nevada and Hawaii is losing to BYU big.
  25. Jared

    Week 7

    Vanderbilt leading Florida; KState 2 scores over Okie State; Nebraska shooting for 0-6 in Evanston.
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