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Luckily, Benitez didn't play, but if he had, I think we should have welcomed Cam back with a smile, open arms and a temporary spot on the roster.  In my view, the Benitez situation is borderline, but I could easily see a similar situation arise that isn't and will admit that the rules are somewhat open to abuse (at least for an envelope-pusher).  Well, I guess we better forget about Baylor and focus on Tech and hope like hell that Texas beats Baylor on Sunday to get us back into the conference race. The all-time record against Tech is 39-6 in TCU's favor and we've won 4 straight and are 21-2 at home against the Raiders and are 8-1 as Big12 opponents (they last beat us in 2016).  They are 14-7 on the season with W's over Bryant, Tulsa, Lamar, New Mexico, A&M, Tulane, Rice, Iowa, Nebraska, Northwestern, UCF, Utah State and Rice again and L's to Florida State, Tennessee, Mississippi State, Arizona, Alabama, Indiana, Dartmouth and (0-7) Texas yesterday.  They are led by Tommy Mylnikov.  Their coach is Brett Masi.  We should be favored but they're a good team and should not be taken lightly - hopefully, we'll bounce back from the Baylor humiliation/travesty and get a much-needed conference W.

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The TCU-Tech match starts in about an hour.  Statcast and streaming will be available.  But the Texas-Baylor match in Austin will be covered live on the LHN, starting at 3:30 p.m. - it could be just as important and we're rooting for the Longhorns.

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They've started and it's Stalder/Kruger; Rybo/Gray and Fomba/Jong for the Frogs.

 

Stalder/Kruger 2-all; Rybo/Gray 4-0!; Fomba/Jong 2-1. 

2-3; 4-1; 2-all.

3-4; 4-2; 4-2.  Looking good!

3-5; 5-3; 5-2!

Rybo/Gray beat Cobb/Mylnikov 6-3!

Stalder/Kruger fall 4-6.  It's up to Fomba/Jong who lead 5-3.

And they take it 6-3 and TCU takes the lead 1-0!

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In singles, it'll be Rybo v. Parker Wynn, Gray v. Tommy Mylnikov, Stalder v. Iljiz Valiev, Kruger v. Bjorn Thomson, Fomba v. Franco Ribera and Jong v. Artem Kapshuk. 

 

And we're off!  Rybakov 2-1; Gray 2-1; Stalder 2-all; Kruger love-3; Fomba 2-1; Jong 2-1.

Rybo 3-1; Gray 3-2; Stalder 2-3; Kruger 1-3; Fomba 2-all; Jong 4-1.

Rybo 4-1; AG 4-2; Widow 3-4; Kruger 2-3; Fomba 2-3; Jong takes his first set 6-1! 

Rybakov 5-2; Gray 5-3; Stalder falls 4-6; Kruger 2-5; Fomba 3-all; Jong 6-1, 1-0.

Alex 5-3; Ali takes his first set 6-3; Reese starting his 2nd; Bert 3-5; Luc 4-3; Sander 3-love in his 2nd.

Rybo 5-4; Gray 0-0; Stalder 0-1 in his 2nd; Kruger falls 3-6; Fomba 5-3; Jong 4-love in his 2nd.

Unfortunately, I have to go, so hopefully, I'll return tonight to a TCU W and a Baylor L.

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Well, it's good news all round as the Frogs closed out the Red Raiders 5-2, with singles W's from Rybo, AG and Sander to clinch it and then Luc pulling out the 5th W.  And, Texas beat Baylor 4-2 (it ended up being 4-3) - Baylor took the doubles point with ease, but the Longhorns fought back and, unlike us, were able to rally to beat the Bears.  So Texas is 2-0,and Baylor and TCU are 1-1 and we've got Texas on Saturday at home.

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So after the first weekend of conference play, the Big 12's standings are now:

 

Texas 2-0, 19-2

Oklahoma 1-0, 14-5

TCU 1-1, 16-4

Baylor 1-1, 18-3

Oklahoma State 0-1, 13-7

Tech 0-2, 13-9

 

All non-conference matches have been played other than TCU hosting A&M next week.  Action commences on Friday this week with Tech at Oklahoma State and OU at Baylor. On Saturday, TCU hosts Texas and on Sunday, it'll be OU at Tech and OSU at Baylor.

 

Federer beat Isner in the Miami final - Houston will be next and Cam Norrie is already entered there. 

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I know I've been saying this all year (about Mississippi State, about Florida, about Columbia, about Baylor), but this time there is no doubt - this Saturday's match against Texas is the biggest match of the year.  They're #4 and have been #1 in the USTA poll and, despite the "Center situation" involving (alleged) blatantly corrupt bribery in college admissions, they have had an outstanding season.  They're 19-2 and their only losses were to #1 Ohio State in Chicago (indoors) (and they came back to beat the Buckeyes in Austin outside) and to USC last week (but they beat the Trojans in Chicago).  But their W's are multitudinous and impressive - they've beaten  Mississippi, SMU, Washington, Miami, UTSA, North Carolina, A&M-CC, Tulsa, Arkansas, Illinois, USC, Incarnate Word, Georgia, NC State, Rice, Ohio State, Columbia, Tech and Baylor.  Their only losses have been avenged - they're having a dream season under their new interim coach Bruce Berque (who successfully recruited the Camster while at Michigan).  We know them pretty well - their stars are Christian Sigsgaard (Denmark), Yuya Ito (Japan), Harrison Scott (Canada), Colin Markes (Austin), Leonardo Telles (Brazil) and Rodrigo Banzer (Bolivia).  They've also got Chih Chi Huang (Canada) and Johnny Goodwin (Kansas).  They are deep and talented.  On the LHN, the biased announcers were blathering about how the Longhorns are the defending Big 12 champion (they won the tourney while we won our 3rd straight regular season championship), so this is the battle between the defending champs.  If Texas wins, they have the inside track to the crown with only the Oklahoma schools left on the schedule.

 

We really need a good crowd to root us on to victory this weekend - the stakes could not be higher.  If you live in Ft. Worth and have been thinking of going to a match, this is the time to do it.  Attendance (and pizza) are free.

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The loss to Baylor hurt our ranking and, in today's ITA rankings, we dropped back down to 10th in the nation (in advance of the crucial Texas match).  here they are:

 

1. Ohio State

2. Florida (L)

3. Wake

4. Texas (on Saturday)

5. Virginia

6. Mississippi State (W)

7. Baylor (L)

8. A&M (next week)

9. USC

10. the Fighting Frogs of lil ole TCU

11. North Carolina (L)

12. Stanford

13. UCLA (W)

14. Tennessee (W)

15. Illinois (W)

16. Columbia (W)

17. Oklahoma (on our schedule)

18. South Carolina

19. Georgia

20. Michigan

21. NC State

22. Notre Dame'

23. Tech (W)

24. Miami

25. Mississippi

26. Alabama

32. Arizona State (W)

34. Oklahoma State (W); on our schedule)

40. Tulane (W)

41. USF (W although technically a rainout)

47. Tulsa (L)

 

In singles, here's the Top 10

 

1. J.J. Wolf (Ohio State

2. Nuno Borges (Mississippi State)

3. Petros Chrysochos (Wake)

4. Alex Rybakov (TCU)

5. Yuya Ito (Texas)

6. Paul Jubb (South Carolina)

7. Christian Sigsgaard (Texas)

8. Thomas Laurent (Oregon)

9. Aleksandar Kovacevic (Illinois)

10. Carl Soderlund (Virginia)

20. Alastair Gray (TCU)

 

In doubles, Bertus Kruger and Reese Stalder are 13th; Gray and Rybakov are 45th.

 

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This is definitely Texas week - the women's team will be in Austin on Friday and the matches are scheduled to be on the LHN live at 5:00 p.m.

 

In the USTA poll, the Frogs are currently 8th:

 

1. Ohio State

2. Wake

3. Texas

4. Florida

5. Virginia

6. Baylor

7. USC

8. TCU

9. North Carolina

10. Mississippi State

 

To re-iterate, our goal is to make the Top 8 so that we can both host a regional in the NCAA's and potentially (if we win the regional) host a super-regional to advance to the 8-team finals at Lake Nona.  This is the new baseball-like format that begins this season.  We've made it in the USTA poll but not the determinative ITA rankings.  Beating Texas is vital to accomplishing that; in addition to still having a chance to share the Big12 regular season crown. 

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@Newbomb Turk go to the tennis, get a purple cowboy hat for your collection! Plus, free popsicles! And, a bounce house!

 

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A bounce house?  For reals?  Roditi is really pulling out all the stops for this Senior Day!

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1 hour ago, Jared said:

Jamie is really pulling out all the stops for this Senior Day!

Umm....😆

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Texas holds the lead in the all-time series with the Frogs  28-21.  The Frogs have won the last 4 straight, but prior to that, Texas won 8 in a row from 1997 to 2014.  In Ft. Worth, TCU leads the series 12-8.  Christian Sigsgaard and Yuya Ito are both ranked in the Top 10 in singles (see above) and in doubles,  Sigsgaard and Harrison Scott are ranked 3rd in the country.  Coach Patterson did a video (now on twitter) encouraging all Frog fans to show up today, so I'm expecting a good crowd for the biggest match of the year.  Free pizza, free popcorn, free tacos and free purple cowboy hats (to the first 50 fans).  The matches will start at 3:00 p.m. (CDT) - I'll be at work until then but will catch up as the doubles are ending.  Go Frogs! Beat Texas!!

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YES!  I just got off work and I thought it'd be after the doubles were finished, but instead, rain has delayed the Texas match and now it's scheduled to start at 4:00 (and the courts are now dry(ish)), so I'll get to follow the whole thing!  Go Frogs!!

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Protect the Friedman!

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In doubles, it'll be Rybo/Ali, Widow/Bert and Luc/Sander as usual.  They'll be facing #3 Scott/Sigsgaard; Markes/Telles and Banzer and Nevin Arimilli (in a late Texas line-up change).  It's yet another Top 10 showdown in Ft. Worth!

 

And we're off!  Rybo/Gray 2-love!; Stalder/Kruger 1-all; Fomba/Jong 1-all.

4-1; 4-1; 3-2!

5-2; 4-1; 3-2!

5-2; 4-2; 3-all!

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

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

5-4; 5-3; 3-5.  Getting dicey...

Rybakov and Gray beat the #3 team in the nation 6-4!!!!

And Reese and Bert take it 6-3 and the Frogs take a 1-0 lead over the mighty Longhorns!!!

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18 minutes ago, Jared said:

and the courts are now dry(ish)

 

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On to the singles!  Remember, Baylor took the doubles point from Texas too and the Longhorns came back to win.  It'll be Rybo v. Sigsgaard; Gray v. Ito; Stalder v. Telles, Kruger v. Scott; Fomba v. Markes; and Jong v. Chih Chi Huang (in another late Texas line-up change).  

 

Early, it's Rybakov 1-all; Gray 1-2; Stalder 2-1; Kruger love-3; Fomba 1-2 and Jong 2-1.  We need 3 of these.

Rybo 2-all; Gray 2-3; Stalder 3-2; Kruger 1-4; Fomba 2-3; Jong 2-all.  Too close...

Rybo 4-2 (up a break); Gray 3-4; Stalder 3-4; Kruger 2-4; Fomba falls 2-6; Jong 3-all.  Not looking good...

Rybo 4-3; Gray 4-all; Stalder 3-5; Kruger falls 2-6; Fomba 2-6, 1-0; Jong 4-3.

Rybakov 4-3; Gray 4-all; Widow falls 3-6; Kruger 0-0 in his 2nd; Fomba 1-all in his 2nd; Jong 4-all.  We've lost 3 first sets - we need a momentum change.

Rybakov wins his first set 6-4 but that's the only good news; Gray falls 4-6; Reese 0-1 in his 2nd; Bert 0-2; Fomba 2-1 in his 2nd; Jong 5-4.

 

All 2nd sets but Jong.  Rybo 0-1; Gray 0-2; Stalder 1-2; Kruger 2-all; Fomba 4-1!; Jong 6-5 in his 1st.

It's Banzer at Court 6 - the scoring statcast was wrong.

Jong-Banzer goes to a breaker at 6-all.  This could be key.

Rybakov 1-2; Gray 1-3; Stalder 2-3; Kruger 3-4; Fomba takes his 2nd set 6-2!!; Jong still in the breaker in 1st set...

Jong falls 6-7 in the breaker.  That's 5 first sets lost.  It's going from bad to worse...  Our chances are slim unless we reverse the mo on 2 courts.

And instead, it's Sigsgaard who reverses the momentum - Rybo 1-4; Gray 2-4; Stalder 3-all; Kruger 4-all; Fomba 0-1 in his 3rd; Jong 0-0 in his 2nd.

Rybo 2-4; Gray 2-5; Stalder 4-all; Kruger 4-5; Fomba love-2; Jong 1-0.  It looks dim...

Rybo 3-5; Gray falls 4-6, 2-6 and Texas ties it 1-all; Stalder 4-all; Kruger 6-5; Fomba 1-3 in his 3rd; Jong 1-2. 

Rybakov falls in his 2nd 3-6; Stalder 5-all; Kruger 6-5; Fomba 1-3 in his 3rd; Jong 1-2.  We need 3 of these (Rybo, Fomba and 1 more??)  Not likely...

 

Rybo just starting his 3rd 0-0; Stalder 5-6; Kruger wins his 2nd set 7-5!!; Fomba 2-3 in his 3rd; Jong 2-3 in his 2nd.  Still in it (arguably)...

Stalder falls 3-6, 5-7 and it's Texas 2 TCU 1.

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Maybe a new post will change the momentum.  We trail 1-2 with 4 matches left.  Rybo 6-4, 3-6, 0-0; Kruger 2-6, 7-5, 0-1; Fomba 2-6, 6-2, 2-4; Jong 6-7, 3-3.  We need 3 of these.

 

Nope, Texas keeps the momentum.  Rybakov 1-3; Kruger 0-2; Fomba 3-5; Jong 4-all.

It's just a matter of time now to see who will clinch it for Texas.  Rybakov 1-4; Kruger 0-2; Fomba 4-5; Jong 5-4.

Fomba falls 2-6, 6-2, 4-6 and it's Texas 3 TCU 1.

Rybo 2-5; Kruger 0-2; Jong takes his 2nd set 6-4!  But we need all remaining matches...

Rybo falls 6-4, 3-6, 2-6 and TCU drops out of the Big12 race as Texas cruises to a good road W 4-1.  We knew that our championship run would end some time, but to see it happen before Rybakov graduated is disappointing.  But maybe this will make the team hungrier for both the Big12 tourney and the NCAA's than we were after clinching the conference championship the last 3 years.  We'll see.  We'll almost certainly stay in the Top 16 and look to host a regional but making the Top 8 to host a super (if we make it that far) looks unlikely now.

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The #8 Aggies are 19-4 overall but only 5-2 on the road.  They've played a pretty tough schedule and have W's over ACU, UTRGV, Western Michigan, Arizona State, Lamar, Tulsa, Auburn, Alabama, Georgia, Tennessee, Incarnate Word, Ohio State, LSU, New Orleans, Oklahoma, Arkansas, South Carolina, Kentucky and Vanderbilt and L's to Virginia, Tech, Notre Dame and Florida.  They had a 14-match winning streak snapped by their loss to Florida but they are otherwise undefeated in the SEC. They play us tomorrow but might be looking forward to a crucial match hosting Mississippi State on Friday.  They lost Rinderknech, Kypson and Catanzariti and weren't expected to be that good this year, but they've surprised many by maintaining their Top 10 status virtually all year (Tech is by far their worst L).  Their line-up now is #77 Juan Carlos Aguilar (Bolivia), #62 Hady Habib (Houston), #32 Valentin Vacherot (France), #76 Barnaby Smith (U.K.), Noah Schachter (Florida) and Austin Abbrat (Spring).  Aguilar and Smith are also ranked 16th in doubles.  Their coach is Steve Denton, who's been there since 2006.

 

All-time, TCU leads the historic series 39-19, including the last 5 straight (the last 3 w/4-3 W's) and the Frogs are 14-7 in the friendly confines of Ft. Worth. This will be the final home regular season match for both Alex Rybakov and Reese Stalder - this time, there'll be free pizza, free tacos, free popcorn, a Bounce House and Lego Rogue Bricks.  yet another Top 10 showdown at the Friedman!

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8 hours ago, Jared said:

this time, there'll be free pizza, free tacos, free popcorn, a Bounce House and Lego Rogue Bricks.  

Good that they got rid of the popsicles. They were bad luck.

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