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Cam just passed the $1,000,000 mark in career earnings

Holy Horned Frog! That's incredible!! ūüėģ

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Cam Norrie blitzed through (#71) MackieMack 3 and 2 this evening in Acapulco to advance to the semis!  I was wrong as to who he will play though - instead of the winner of Wavro/Kyrgios, he will instead play #3 in the world Alexander (Sasha) Zverev, who is the GenNext star that everyone claims will move into the Top tier with Slam wins in the near future.  Zverev is German and is of Russian descent and has been tearing up everyone not named Federer, Joker or Rafa for the past 3 years.  Cam will definitely not be favored and a W would be a humongous upset the likes of which would shock the world.  This one will obviously be on the Tennis Channel tomorrow night - it's must-see TV!

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Making the semis at Acapulco means that Cam is projected to jump to a career high ATP ranking inside the Top 50, which was sort of his objective for this whole year, which he has more or less already accomplished due to making the finals at Auckland and the semis here.  Unfortunately, Cam's run has been overshadowed by Nick Kyrgios' behavior - it was nothing egregious, but Nadal criticized him for "disrespect" and Kyrgios clearly turned the crowd against him with his antics, including mugging to the crowd, trying an underhanded serve at one point, between-the-legs shots at inappropriate moments etc...  Then, he ripped the "unjustified" booing by the hot-blooded Mexicans, saying they were "f#@*ing insane." (From Dubai, Federer actually defended Kyrgios's underhanded serve but Nadal lit into Kyrgios big-time).  At last night's Wavro match, the vast majority of the crowd was clearly rooting against him.  Also, Cam is very unlikely to beat (#3 and 2nd seeded) Zverev, who will be the highest ranked player Cam has ever faced in an ATP-sanctioned event (the Federer match was in the Hopman Cup and wasn't official).  So, don't exactly get your hopes up for what will likely be a straight set loss.   Cam's match will be at 6:00 p.m. and the other semi between Kyrgios and Isner will follow (I'm expecting fireworks).  if Cam can pull off the upset, it would clearly be the biggest win of his career.

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Yeah, Cam fought well in the first set and managed to make a breaker, but then Zverev got hot and won all 7 points in the breaker and took the 2nd set fairly easily.  This sets up a final today of Zverev v. Kyrgios for the title (while Federer and Tsitsipas are playing in the final in Dubai).  Still, a very good week for the Camster and he should move into the Top 50 - I'm guessing he'll be at Indian Wells, but don't know for sure.

 

Today at 1:30 p.m., the Frogs host the 7-6 Rice Owls at home.  The Frogs hold a 34-13 all-time advantage over the Owlies, with most of those matches from the SWC era.  From 1969-73, Rice dominated the SWC, winning 5 consecutive conference championships.  But then, Tut arrived on campus and the Frogs got better.  In C-USA, Rice won the 2016 and 2017 championships, but last year slipped to a 6-19 record.  They seem more competitive this year, but we'll see.  TCU has won 4 consecutive matches, dating back to 2013, but prior to that, Rice won 8 consecutive matches.  TCU is 16-6 within the friendly confines.  Rice is coming off a 1-2 record at the Blue/Gray classic, with L's to Tech and Princeton, but a W over Auburn.  They have W's over Incarnate Word, Prairie View A&M,  UTRGV, UTA, Western Michigan and A&M-CC as well and losses to LSU, Elon, Middle Tennessee State and Vandy.  Their coach (like Roditi, since 2012) is Efe Ustundag, who took over from their Hall of Famer Ron Smarr, who ended his career as college tennis' all-time leader in W's. Since Ustundag's assumption of the reins, Rice has finished ranked in the Top 50 7 times.  Norwegian Jakob Eskeland has 14 W's on the year and the doubles duo of Eric Rutledge and Sumit Sarkar are ranked 49th and are tough to beat.

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It's 40 degrees Fahrenheit and feels like 34 in Ft. Worth with a 20% chance of rain, so they've moved indoors, which means 5 courts, so the doubles will be starting shortly but the singles will only have 5 matches and Jong (presumably) will have to await the end of one match before starting.  We've changed the line-up a little - it'll be Kruger/Stalder; Gray/Rybakov and Fomba and Juan Martin (in his first appearance) in doubles.  They'll be playing Sarkar/Rutledge; Daniel Warren/Eskeland and Campbell Salmon (who will eventually travel back upstream to his stream of birth to lay eggs and die) and Mohamed Abdel-Aziz for the Owls.

 

And they're off!  Bert/Widow 1-all; Rybo/AG 2-0; Foomba/Marteen 1-all.

2-1; 3-love; 1-all.

2-all; 3-love; 1-2.  C'mon Juan!!

3-2; 5-love; 2-all.

3-all; 5-love; 2-3.

Rybo/AG w/ a bagel!  Bert/Widow 4-3; Luc/Juan 2-3.

4-all; 2-3.  We just need one of these, but they're both close.

4-all; 3-all.

5-all; 3-4.

6-5; 3-5.

YESS!!  Bert and the Widow take it with a late break 7-5!!  TCU 1 Rice 0!!!

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The singles line-up will be: (1) Rybo v. Sarkar; (2) AG v. Eskeland; (3) Widow v. Rutledge; (4) Bert v. Abdel-Aziz; (5) Luc v. Adam Oscislawski; and (6) Sander v. Karol Paluch.

 

Rybo 5-2; AG 2-3; Widow 0-5; Bert 5-0; Luc 4-2 early on.

Widow gets bageled.  Uh oh.

Rybo 5-3; Big Al 2-3; Bert 5-0 still; Luc 4-3.

Rybo wins 6-3!  Bert bagels Abdel-Aziz!  AG 3-all; Luc 5-3!

Fomba takes his first set 6-3.  That's 3 first sets won; 1 loss and AG still playing...

 

All 2nd sets except court #2.  Rybo 0-1; Gray 3-4 in the 1st; Stalder 0-2 (he has yet to win a game); Kruger scoreless; Fomba 1-0.  Jong waiting.

Rybo 1-2; Gray 4-all in the 1st; Stalder 0-3; Kruger 0-0; Fomba 1-all.

Rybakovsky 2-all; AG 5-4!; Widow 0-3 still; Bert 2-1; Luc 3-love.

Gray takes his first set 6-4; Reese wins a game 1-3; Rybo 2-all; Bertus 2-1; Luc 4-love!  Looking good!

Alexandrovich down a break 2-4; AG just starting his 2nd 0-0; Widow 2-3; Bert 3-2; Luc 5-love!

Rybo 3-4; Gray 1-love; Stalder 3-all (the Sleeper has awakened); Kruger 4-2; Fomba 5-1.

Luc Fomba makes it TCU 2 Rice 0 with a 6-3, 6-1 W!!  Sander Jong can finally play today.

Rybakov 3-4; Gray 2-love; Stalder 4-3; Kruger 5-2; Jong 0-0 in the first.

Bert Kruger makes it TCU 3 Rice 0 with a 6-0, 6-2 W!!  Rybo 3-4; Gray 2-love; Stalder 5-4; Jong 0-0.

Rybo 5-all; Gray 3-2; Stalder 5-4; Jong 0-0.  We just need 1 more!

Rybo 5-6; Gray 4-2; Stalder takes the 2nd set 6-4!; Jong just starting.  At this point, it looks like Alastair can clinch first. 

Rybo into a tiebreaker 6-all; Gray 5-3; Stalder just starting his 3rd set; Jong 1-all in the first.

 

Rybakov wins the breaker and takes the match 6-3, 7-6 giving the Frogs a 4-0 sweep over the Owls!!

 

They're finishing it out and Stalder (amazingly after losing the first set 0-6) and Gray have both won  - making the score 6-0.  I'm not sure if Jong will finish - he's currently up 2-1 in the first.

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Tomorrow, the Frogs will host our Nemesis from last year - the Fighting Illini from UIUC (aka the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign).  TCU is 8-5 all-time against the Illini and 4-0 in Ft. Worth.  Last year, with Vuks and Hiltz, they beat us 5-2 in Urbana-Champaign and swept us 4-0 to knock us out of the NCA'As in the Round of 16.  Brad Dancer is their coach and, although they lost Vukic and Hiltzik, they still have #7 Aleks Kovacevic, who is undefeated this season at 7-0, Alex Brown at #28 and #101 Zeke Clark.  And they have a ranked doubles team with Brown and Caleb Chakravarthi at #49.  The Illini are ranked #11th, one spot above the Frogs even though we "beat" them at the Tempe Collegiate Cup to start the season (although it doesn't count officially).  Illinois is 5-4 overall on the season, with W's over Duke, Notre Dame, Kentucky, UCLA and Tulane and L's to North Carolina, Texas, Florida and Baylor.  With a win over the Bruins and losses to Carolina and the Gators, their record resembles ours.  Their loss to Baylor was on Friday in Waco 0-4.  I think we should be favored at home, but it's obviously a fairly even match and could go either way.  It starts at 12:00 noon, so I should be able to follow it.  Free pizza and popcorn and tacos! 

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The doubles line-up will be back to normal today against the Illini - (1) Rybo/AG v. Brown/Chakravarthi; (2) Kruger/Widow v. Kovacevic/Keenan Mayo (naise); and (3) Jong/Fomba v. Vuk Budic/Gui Gomes.  The match is about to start (indoors again).  It'll be #11 Illinois v. #12 TCU.

 

It's Rybo/Gray 3-2; Widow/Kruger 4-1 and Jong/Fomba 2-3 early on.

R/G 3-all; S/K 5-2; J/F 3-all.

4-3; 5-2; 3-4.

Stalder and Kruger take their set 6-2!!  Rybakov/Gray 4-3; Jong/Fomba 4-all.

Rybo/AG 5-3 (up a break)!; Jong/Fomba 4-5.

Alex and Ali win 6-3!!  TCU 1 Illinois 0!

 

In singles, there's a slight change as Bert Kruger plays at #3 and Stalder #4.  It'll be Rybakov v. Kovacevic; Gray v. Brown; Kruger v. Zeke Clark; Stalder v. Mayo(naise); Fomba v. Siphosothondo Montsi and Jong v. Chakravarthi.

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Once again, because they're indoors, only 5 matches are possible, so Sander Jong will have to wait (he won yesterday and the official score against Rice was 7-0.)

 

Early on, it's Rybakov 1-all; Gray 1-all; Kruger 0-0; Stalder 2-1; Fomba 1-0.

Rybo 2-1; Gray 1-all; Kruger still scoreless(?); Stalder 2-1; Fomba 2-0.

Rybo 4-3; Gray 2-1; Kruger 3-1; Stalder 3-2; Fomba 4-0!

Alex 4-3; Ali 3-2; Bert 4-1; Widow 3-2; Luc 5-1.

Rybo 4-all; Big Al 5-2; Bertus 5-1; Widow 5-2; Luc 5-1.

The Red Widow strikes first w/ a 6-2 first set W over Mayo(naise)!  Alex 5-4; Ali 5-2; Bert 5-2; Luc 5-2.

Gray wins 6-3!  Fomba wins 6-2!  Rybakov 5-all; Kruger 5-3.

Rybo falls 5-7 in the 1st; Gray 1-0 in his 2nd; Kruger 5-4 in his first; Stalder 1-all in his 2nd; Fomba 1-0 in his 2nd.

Rybo 1-0; Gray 1-0; Kruger 5-all in the 1st; Stalder 2-1; Fomba 2-love.

Alex 2-1; Ali 3-1; Bertus breaks back and takes it to a breaker 6-all in the first; Reese 3-2; Luc 2-1.

 

Kruger falls 6-7 in the breaker.  All 2nd sets now.  Rybakov 3-1; Gray 4-2; Stalder 4-3; Fomba 4-1.  Looking good but Rybo's and Kruger's first set L's hurt. 

The Red Widow takes his match 6-2, 6-3!  TCU 2 Illinois 0!  Rybo 3-2; Gray 4-3; Kruger 0-0; Fomba 5-2; Jong 0-0 in the first. 

Rybo 3-all; AG 5-3; Kruger 1-0; Fomba 5-2; Jong 0-0 in the 1st.

Alastair Gray wins 3 and 4 and it's TCU 3 Illinois 0!  Rybakov 4-3; Kruger 1-all; Fomba 5-3 (can he clinch?); Jong 1-0.

Luc Fomba clinches the 4-0 sweep with a 2 and 3 W!!  Revenge is sweet!  We're 9-3!  We just beat #11!!

 

I don't know if we'll finish it out, but this is a big win for the program!  Tennessee next in Knoxville! 

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Tennessee is next for the Frogs but it's not until next Wednesday, so the team is now taking a well-deserved break for a week or so.  Meanwhile, the rest of the Big12 has been playing well - in addition to the Frogs' impressive W over Illinois, Texas got a 4-2 road win at Georgia, Baylor also swept Illinois 4-0, OU got a good win over Florida State and Tech  beat Iowa and Nebraska.  Here are the standings as of 3/4:

 

Texas 13-1 - they're ranked #3 and their record indicates that they deserve it - they've got a regular season match-up scheduled against #1 Ohio State next week.

Baylor - the Big12 site lists their record as 12-1, but that's inaccurate because they lost twice at Chicago and the no-show at Wake was really a forfeit.

Oklahoma - 10-3; they didn't make it to Chicago but have been playing steadily and well

TCU - officially 9-3, w/ W's over UCLA, Mississippi State and Illinois, but really 13-3 if you count Tempe and USF.

Tech - 9-5; not ranked highly but they've got some good W's (they beat Tulsa and we didn't)

Oklahoma State - 6-4; their record is a little misleading because they've played a tough schedule (one of their L's is to TCU).

 

The difference between TCU and Baylor (supposedly 12-1 v. 9-3)(really 12-3 v. 13-3) suggests why the ITA and the USTA rankings have us switched - the computers reflect the supposed record; the real-live pollsters have actually seen the real results.

 

No word on whether Cam has qualified for or gotten a wild card at Indian Wells...  He did, however, reach a career high of ATP#48 as a result of making the semis at Acapulco.

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Nick Chappell is still in Australia - this week at Mildura where he is into the Futures tourney there.  Last night, he and Alec Adamson won their opening round doubles match 4 and 4 over Green/Hijikata and will next face Klein/Puodziunas.  And in singles, Nick will play later today against Aussie Calum Puttergill (#856).  Mildura is in northwest Victoria on the Murray River, with a population of 33,000 which wasn't settled by Europeans until 1857, after a major drought forced them to re-locate near water sources, but it has been inhabited by Aboriginals for centuries, including the Latjilatji and the Jarijari.  Nowadays, it's got a weird artist culture vibe, with arts, music and wine culture festivals year-round.  But it's also the home of the Calabrian Crime Syndicate and has one of the highest recorded crime rates in all of Australia (which by American standards, of course, remains quite low) and also has a high meth usage rate (once again, by U.S. standards, it's barely existent).  Of course, they take their tennis seriously there (they have 32 world class grass courts at the Mildura Tennis Club) in addition to 9 Australian Rules football teams and they also are really into motor sports and harness racing.  The memories of the horrific 1956 Murray River Flood, which has been described as "the most catastrophic event in the history of South Australia" even though no lives were lost, remain strong.

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The new ITA and USTA rankings are out and the Frogs once again edged upwards in the ITA to 11th in the country (the highest of the year) and stayed steady at 7th in the USTA poll.  Here are the new ITA computer rankings:

 

1. Ohio State (duh)

2. Wake Forest

3. Texas (aka the "Evil Empire;" on our schedule)

4. Virginia

5. Baylor (up from 7th; on our schedule)

6. North Carolina (L)

7. Stanford

8. Columbia (on our schedule)

9. Florida (L)

10. Mississippi State (W; W although it was an exhibition)

11. the Fighting Frogs of lil ole TCU

12. Oregon

13. Notre Dame

14. Michigan

15. Illinois (W; W although it was an exhibition; revenge is sweet)

16. Minnesota

17. Alabama

18. Oklahoma (on our schedule)

19. USC

20. UCLA (W)

21. Arizona

22. BYU

23. Penn

24. LSU

25. Tennessee (next up on our schedule on Wednesday)

28. A&M (on our schedule)

30. Oklahoma State (W; on our schedule)

32. Tech (on our schedule)

39. Wichita State (W)

42. Tulane (W)

 

Still below Mississippi State (whom we've beaten twice)!  In singles, Alex Rybakov is 7th (down a notch from 6th); Alastair Gray made a huge jump up to 26th (up from 62nd); Bertus Kruger is 86th (down from 83rd).  In doubles, Kruger and Reese Stalder are 18th (up from 26th) and Rybo/AG jumped into the rankings at 56th (from NR).

 

Cam Norrie (ATP#48) is into the main draw at Indian Wells and will play Felix Auger-Aliassime (ATP #58) in the Round of 128 tomorrow at 1:00 p.m. (CST).

 

At Mildura, which is still reeling from the catastrophic effect of the 1956 floods and the horrific eating of a baby by dingoes, Nick Chappell (#632) helped salve their wounds a bit by beating Puttergill 3 and 4 and will next play Brit Brydan Klein (ATP#380).  In doubles, Nick and Alec Adamson beat Green/Hijikata 4 and 4 and are now into the quarters against Klein and Aussie Scott Puodziunas.

 

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Bad news from Mildura - Nick Chappell lost to Brydan Klein 3 and 2 and he and Adamson lost the doubles match 1-6, 6-7.

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And bad news from Indian Wells - Cam Norrie just lost 3 and 2 to Felix Auger-Aliassime.  After such a good tourney at Acapulco, to go out so early here is disappointing.

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The Frogs announced their new Fall 2019 signees yesterday, including Jacob Fearnley and Tadeas Paroulek, whom we've already known about, but there's a third recruit that we didn't know about - Tomas Jirousek, who like Tadeas, is also from the Czech Republic.  Jirousek has a current UTR of 13.32, he has a career high ATP ranking of #762 and a current ITF ranking of #453 and he's been active on the Futures circuit after playing well in the juniors (he just turned 19 in January).  He's played a lot in Europe, including the Czech Republic, Turkey, Serbia, Belgium, Slovakia and his most recent ITF tourney was in Mallorca (Spain).  His favorite surface is clay and he likes hockey.  Although he's from Praha, my guess is that he knows Tadeas fairly well (Czechia is not that large).  Fearnley's UTR is 13.51 and Paroulek's is 13.88.  Because TCU has now formally announced them, that means that they've signed NLI's and are no longer just verbal commitments  All are "scheduled" to arrive in the Fall, but like Gray and others, whether they actually qualify for eligibility then is not certain.  Both Rybo and Stalder are seniors and will be departing after this Spring, so we need new recruits.  It has often been said that whoever controls Bohemia (and Monravia) controls the world and TCU now has two new recruits from there.  Soon, the Frogs will be cashing multiple czechs (and a Scot) - welcome to the newest Frogs!

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1 minute ago, Boston Frog said:

Guess who's caught up in the big college admissions scandal?

https://www.cnn.com/2019/03/12/us/college-admission-cheating-scheme/index.html

 

The University of Texas said it placed men's tennis coach Michael Center on administrative leave and is cooperating with the investigation

Well, that'll give CDC something to do. ūüėŹ

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5 hours ago, Boston Frog said:

Guess who's caught up in the big college admissions scandal?

https://www.cnn.com/2019/03/12/us/college-admission-cheating-scheme/index.html

 

The University of Texas said it placed men's tennis coach Michael Center on administrative leave and is cooperating with the investigation

Wow!  That's not a good sign for their upcoming showdown at Columbus against Ohio State and J.J. Wolf.

 

The Frogs will take on the #22 Tennessee Volunteers tomorrow (at 10:30 a.m. (CDT)) in a Spring Break match before going into WCC action hosting LMU (again) and Pepperdine over the weekend.  The Vols are a solid team - they're coming off a 6-1 loss to the Aggies but they opened SEC play with an impressive win over LSU.  They are 10-3 overall, with W's over Charlotte (twice), Tech, Wichita State, the Citadel, Duke, NC State, Goergia Tech, MTSU and LSU and losses to Tulane, Georgia and the Aggies.  They are led by #59 Timo Stodder, with 13 overall W's, and #93 Adam Walton has 14 W's.  In doubles, Stodder and Preston Touliatos are ranked  36th.  All-time, TCU is 0-5 against Tennessee, but this will be the first match since 2001, when we lost in the Final 4 of the NCAA's .  This will be the first match in Knoxville - all prior meetings have been at neutral sites.  Now would be an ideal time to break our all-time losing streak, even on the road. If we can get the W, this would be an impressive win for the Frogs.

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Texas leads Rice 5-1 in the most-watched tennis match in quite awhile down in Austin...

 

Bearing in mind the presumption of innocence and the fact that Center's lawyer says that he will plead not guilty when arraigned in Boston tomorrow, I've read the indictment and the affidavit and it doesn't look good for Center at all.  He's accused of taking a $100,000 bribe for facilitating the admission of a California applicant in 2015 by pretending that the student was a tennis player and offering him a partial scholarship (for books) for both admission and a spot on the roster.  This apparently worked and the student was admiitted and granted a scholarship, which he quickly renounced although he continued as a student (which was apparently the subterfuge all along).  The prosecutors have a cooperating witness, they have the name of the briber and the go-between, they have Center on tape (twice), including a 10/18 meeting at which Center admitted that he had done it and would do it again, saying that he was paid "in the nineties."  The discrepancy is that Center then donated $10,000 to UT's new tennis center; which was then being fundraised for by AD Patterson, whom UT fans hate because he was incompetent and couldn't raise money like CDC (that's from surlyhorns of course).  Apparently, Center took the money in cash in a parking lot, and (gee, this just gets more and more disgusting)...  Center makes $235,000 a year - $100,000 (or just $90,000) is a nice hefty raise from that.  He was arrested at 6:00 a.m. by 8 federal marshals (armed according to Center's lawyer) and he appeared in an Austin court for an initial appearance at about noon (with a mob of Austin reporters...) 

 

The TCU ties are that Center, of course, used to coach the Frogs, taking over from Tut but then turning his coat two years later to go to Austin.  It was 19 years ago, that's in the distant past.  More recently, of course, is that CDC is the guy who put him on administrative leave and will have to hire the replacement (if guilty).  The interim is Bruce Berque and that's the 3rd TCU tie - Berque was the fairly well regarded head coach at Michigan, who got fired when a new AD was hired several years ago, which then caused the then-Wolverine recruits to de-commit and look elsewhere.  One of those Michigan recruits, of course, was Cam Norrie, who Roditi then convinced to come to TCU.  berque then got an assistant job at Texas, where he has advanced to associate head coach and now interim head coach.  Berque's a good coach and the team, with the new facility (complete with pool), now exists so I don't really expect a big drop-off while this gets adjudicated.  We swept Rice though and the Longhorns didn't and I think Ohio State will take them on Thursday too. 

 

Final Texas 5 Rice 2.

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12 hours ago, Jared said:

Bearing in mind the presumption of innocence and the fact that Center's lawyer says that he will plead not guilty when arraigned in Boston tomorrow

I hope he enjoys his stay. Lovely weather we're having. 

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They're about to start in Knoxville - the doubles line-up will be Stalder/Kruger v. Stodder/Touliatos; Rybakov/Gray v. Jones/Harper; and Fomba/Jong v. Walton/Prata.  Live stats (but not streaming) are available at the Tennessee tennis website.

 

Bad start - Stalder/Kruger down 0-2 (down a break); Rybakov/Gray 1-all; Fomba/Jong 0-2 (down a break).  We've lost every single no-ad so far.

Stalder/Kruger 1-2; Rybakov/Gray 2-1; Fomba/Jong 1-2.

S/K get the break back! 2-all; Rybo/AG 2-all; Fomba/Jong 1-3.  Still not looking good though.  But streaming is available!

Settling down a little on Courts 1 and 2.  3-2 on both; but Fomba/Jong 2-3. 

%$#@!  Stalder/Kruger broken again 3-4; Rybo/AG 4-3; Fomba/Jong 3-4.  Down a break on 2 Courts.

Stalder/Kruger break back at no-ad!!  4-all;  Rybo/Gray 5-4; Fomba/Jong 3-5 (losing on no-ad again).

Rybakov/Gray break and take it 6-4!!

And Stalder/Kruger break again and take it 6-4!!!  TCU 1 Tennessee 0!!  Whew!  Clutch play at the end of the sets gives the Frogs the lead!

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The line-up for the singles matches will be (1) Rybakov v. Stodder; (2) Gray v. Walton; (3) Stalder v. Jones; (4) Kruger v. Wiedenmann; (5) Fomba v. Prata; and (6) Jong v. Harper.

 

Rybo 1-0 (barely on no-ad); Gray 0-1 (on serve); Stalder 1-0 (on serve); Kruger 1-0 (on serve); Fomba 1-0 (on serve); Jong 0-1 (on serve).

Rybo 1-all; Gray 1-all; Stalder 2-0; Kruger 1-all; Fomba 2-0; Jong 0-2.

Rybakov 2-1; Gray 2-all; Stalder 3-1; Kruger 2-all; Fomba 4-love!; Jong 2-all.  Good albeit not excellent start!

Rybo broken 2-3; Gray gets a break 4-3!; Stalder 4-2; Kruger 3-all; Fomba wins his first set 6-1!; Jong 3-all.

Getting very competitive as Tennessee is fighting back.  Rybo 3-4; Gray 5-4; Stalder 4-5; Kruger 5-3; Fomba 6-1, 1-all; Jong falls 3-6.

Kruger takes his first set 6-3! 

Rybo 3-5; Gray 5-all despite having a set point; Stalder breaks back 5-all; Kruger 0-1 in his 2nd; Fomba 2-1 in his 2nd; Jong 1-0 in his 2nd.

Ouch!  Rybakov falls 3-6; Gray 5-6; Stalder 6-all and into a breaker; Kruger 1-all in his 2nd; Fomba 2-all in his 2nd; Jong 3-0 in his 2nd.

Momentum has shifted - Tennessee is taking control.  Rybo 0-1; Gray 6-all and into a breaker; Stalder falls 6-7; Kruger 1-2; Fomba 3-all; Jong 3-1.

 

:(Gray falls 6-7.  We've now lost 4 1st sets.  Rybo 1-2; Gray 0-0; Stalder 2-0; Kruger 3-all; Fomba 3-5; Jong 4-3.  If this holds, we lose.

Fomba loses 3-6 in his 2nd and he's into the 3rd.  Rybakov 2-all; Gray 1-0; Stalder 2-1; Kruger 3-4; Jong 4-all.  Things have gone from bad to worse.

Rybo 3-all; Gray 2-1; Stalder 3-2; Kruger 4-all; Fomba 1-0 in his 3rd; Jong 5-4.  We're still in it, but we need to turn things around on at least 1 court.

Rybakov 3-4;  AG 3-2; Widow 4-2; Kruger 4-5; Fomba 1-2 in the 3rd; Jong 6-5.

Sander takes his 2nd set 7-5!  That evens up that match!

Looking a little better.  Rybo 4-all; Gray 4-2 (up a break); Stalder 5-3 (up a break); Kruger 6-5; Fomba 2-3 in his 3rd; Jong just starting his 3rd 0-0. 

Stalder takes his 2nd set 6-3!!  Rybakov 4-5; Gray 5-2!; Kruger 6-5!; Fomba 3-4 in the 3rd; Jong 0-1 in the 3rd.

Kruger takes his match 6-3, 7-5 and it's TCU 2 Tennessee 0.

Alex gets a key late break 6-5!  AG 5-3; Stalder love-2; Fomba 4-all Jong 2-all.

Alastair Gray takes his 2nd set 6-3!!  Rybo is still in his 2nd set but all others are into the 3rd and we lead 2-0.

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Yes!  Alex Rybakov evens his match with a 7-5 2nd set win after getting a key late break.  All in the 3rd now: Gray 0-0; Stalder love-3; Fomba 5-all; Jong 3-2.

Alex, Alastair and Reese all staved off defeat with key 2nd set W's.  Rybo 0-0; Gray 0-1; Stalder 1-3; Fomba 6-5; Jong 4-3.  We just need 2 of these.

YES@!!  Luc Fomba takes his match 6-1, 3-6, 7-5 and it's TCU 3 Tennessee 0!!

Rybakov love-2; Gray 1-all; Stalder 2-3; Jong gets a late break and it's 5-3!  Can Sander clinch a sweep??!!  After all this?

Yes he can!  Sander Jong clinches the win with a 3-6, 7-5, 6-3 win and the Frogs beat Tennessee for the first time ever 4-0!!  It sure  doesn't feel like a sweep as tough as the Vols were playing and the other three matches didn't look so good when Sander won, but it doesn't matter because the Frogs are 10-3 and just beat yet another ranked team!  I'm not sure if they'll play it out - if so, it might end up 4-3.

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Meanwhile, the ITA released its latest rankings during our match and the computers took our struggles into account and dropped us to 12th in the nation, with the Fighting Irish passing us.  Here they are:

 

1. Ohio State (big match against Center-less Texas tomorrow in Columbus - J.J. Wolf, however, is playing a pro tourney and won't be available)

2. Wake

3. Virginia

4. Texas (dropped from 3rd - the computers were distressed about the college admissions scandal and Center's involvement)(on our schedule)

5. Stanford

6. Baylor (on our schedule)

7. North Carolina (L)

8. Florida (L)

9. Columbia (on our schedule)

10. Mississippi State (W; W although it was an exhibition)

11. Notre Dame

12. the Fighting Frogs of lil ole TCU

13. Michigan

14. Illinois (W; W although it was an exhibition)

15. Minnesota

16. USC

17. Oregon

18. Alabama

19. A&M (on our schedule; huge 4-3 W over Ohio State on Monday)

20. UCLA (W)

21. Oklahoma (on our schedule)

22. Tennessee (W although it happened after these rankings came out)

23. Oklahoma State (W; on our schedule)

24. South Carolina

25. BYU

26. Georgia 

27. NC State

28. Vanderbilt

29. Arizona

30. San Diego

31. California

32. Tech (on our schedule)

45. USF (W)

 

No individual singles or doubles rankings this week.  The USTA poll still has TCU at 7th in the nation.  The W over Tennessee today will help - right now, the ITA is only counting our 5 top W's but it will soon expand to 6 (and then 10 ultimately by May).

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