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We're off!  Early on, it's Rybakov/Gray 2-all; Stalder/Kruger 2-all; and Fomba/Jong up a break at 3-1!

Rybo/Ali get the break 3-2!; Reese/Bertus still even on serve 2-3; Luc/Sander 4-1!

Rybo/Gray 4-2!; Stalder/Kruger 2-4; Fomba/Jong 5-1!

Rybo/Gray 5-2!; Stalder/Kruger 2-5; Fomba/Jong 5-2! 

Fomba/Jong take the set 6-2!

Rybo/Gray 5-3; Stalder/Kruger 3-5.

Stalder/Kruger fall 3-6.

But Alex and Ali win 6-3 and the Frogs strike first and take the doubles point!!  TCU 1 MSU 0!

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The singles line-ups will be: (1) #4 Rybo v. #1 Nuno Borges; (2) Gray v. Oradini; (3) Stalder v. Rakic; (4) Kruger v. Braun; (5) Fomba v. Foshey; and (6) Jong v. Broska.  If I were there, I'd be watching Rybo v. Nuno.

 

Singles have started: it's Rybakov 1-2; Gray 2-1; Stalder 2-1; Kruger 1-2; Fomba 1-2; Jong 1-all.

Not looking good - we've lost several key no-ads.  Rybo 1-3; Gray 2-all; Stalder 2-all; Kruger 2-3; Fomba 2-all; Jong 1-2.

Going from bad to worse - Rybo 1-4; Gray 2-4; Stalder 2-3; Kruger 3-all; Fomba 3-2; Jong 2-3. 

Lightning delay!  Maybe this'll change the momentum...maybe we'll head indoors...

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1 minute ago, Collegetennisfan said:

Florida barely survives Tennessee. 

Yeah, 4-2.  And Virginia and Stanford are tied 2-all; and Ohio State leads Columbia 2-1.

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Rain now. No indoors move announcement yet.

 

Does MSU have indoor courts? A tweet has me thinking they don't.

 

 

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39 minutes ago, FractalFrog said:

Does MSU have indoor courts? A tweet has me thinking they don't.

 

 

I don't know for sure.  The tweet last night showed us practicing indoors, but I don't know whether it was on campus or not.  I'll look it up.

 

I looked up their facilities and neither the Holliman Athletic Center nor the Shira Complex list indoor courts for tennis.  It's possible that they could play off campus if there is a complex in Starkville, but no indication of that as yet.  So I'm guessing no, they don't have access to indoor courts and we're just going to have to wait for it to stop raining.  Maybe it won't resume until tomorrow...

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Suspenseful! 😬

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Well, it's stopped raining and they're now trying to get the courts dry.

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And we're back!  Rybo has evened his set at 3-all; Gray 2-4; Stalder 2-3; Kruger 3-all; Fomba 3-2; Jong 2-3.

Well, now they're showing Rybo down 1-4; Gray 2-4; Stalder 2-3; Kruger 3-all; Fomba 3-2; and Jong 2-3.  And Roditi is saying we'll start at 5:00 p.m.  Thanks MSU scorer for giving me false hope!

Now they've truly re-started.  Rybo 1-5; Gray 3-4; Stalder 3-4; Kruger 3-all; Fomba 3-all; Jong 2-4.  We've dug a huge hole in singles and need to change the mo.

Rybo falls 1-6; Gray 3-4; Stalder 3-4; Kruger 3-4; Fomba 4-3; Jong 2-5.  Not looking good - the rain delay seems to have energized them and not us.

Rybo broken in game 1 of his 2nd; Gray 5-4!; Stalder falls 3-6; Kruger 4-all; Fomba 4-3; Jong falls 2-6.  We've lost 3 first sets in singles.  C'mon guys!

Ohio State and Virginia have advanced.  Only 12 teams remain.  Texas and UNC have taken their doubles points.

Rybo 0-2 in his 2nd; Gray 5-all; Stalder 0-1 in his 2nd; Kruger 4-5; Fomba 4-5; Jong 1-0 in his 2nd.

Rybakov 1-2 in his 2nd; Gray 6-5; Stalder 0-2 in his 2nd; Kruger 5-all; Fomba 5-all; Jong 1-all in his 2nd.  In theory, we're still in this, but...

Rybo 1-3 in his 2nd (he lost yet another no-ad); Gray into a breaker at 6-all; Stalder 1-2 in his 2nd; Kruger takes it 7-5!!; Fomba 5-all; Jong 2-1 in his 2nd.

 

We have a chance!!  Gray takes his breaker 7-6!  Fomba takes his first set 7-5!!  We've now won 3 first sets!!

All 2nd sets now.  Rybo 3-4; Gray 0-0; Stalder 2-3; Kruger 0-1; Fomba 0-0; Jong 3-2.

Rybakov 4-5; Gray 0-1; Stalder 2-4; Kruger 1-2; Fomba 1-0; Jong 4-2.

Rybo falls 1-6, 4-6 and it's TCU 1 MSU 1.  Gray 1-all; Stalder 2-5; Kruger 2-all; Fomba 1-all; Jong 4-3.

Stalder falls 3-6, 2-6 and it's TCU 1 MSU 2.  Gray 1-2; Kruger 2-all; Fomba 2-1; Jong 4-3.

Gray 2-all (he wins at no-ad); Kruger 3-2; Fomba 2-all; Jong 5-4 (he wins at no-ad).  We need 3 of these 4, but we won 3 of the first sets.

Gray 2-3; Kruger 3-4; Fomba 3-2; Jong 5-all.

Gray 2-4 (sigh); Kruger 3-4; Fomba 4-2; Jong 6-5.

Gray 2-5; Kruger 4-all; Fomba 5-2; Jong into a breaker at 6-all.

Kruger falls 4-6 and he's on to a 3rd set.  Gray 3-5; Fomba  5-3; Jong 3-all in his breaker.

Fomba takes his match 7-5, 6-3 and it's TCU 2 MSU 2!!

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Only 3 matches left.  Both teams need to win 2 of them for the W.  Gray 7-6, 3-6, 0-0; Kruger 7-5, 4-6, 0-0; Jong 5-4 in his 2nd set breaker after losing his first set.

Sander takes his breaker 9-7 and he's on to a 3rd set too!

So it's all even - TCU 2 MSU 2, with 3 matches remaining and all starting their 3rd and deciding sets.  Gray 0-0; Kruger 1-1; Jong 0-0.

Gray 1-0; Kruger 2-1; Jong 0-1.

Yes!!  Ali wins at no-ad and it's 2-0 (up a break)!; Bertus 2-1; Sander 0-1. 

Yes!  Sander takes it at no-ad! 1-all; Gray 2-love; Kruger 3-1 (up a break).

Gray broken at no-ad 2-1; Kruger loses at no-ad 3-2; Jong loses at no-ad 1-2.

Gray 3-2; Kruger 4-2; Jong 2-all.

Sander breaks at love and goes up a break 3-2!!

YES!!!  Alastair breaks at no-ad and goes up 4-2!!  We're up a break in all 3 matches!!  Do you believe in miracles??!!

YES!!  Sander holds at no ad!!  4-2!!  Gray 4-2!; Kruger 5-2!

We only need 2 of these... 

Texas wins 4-0.  The Longhorns would be next...

Bertus Kruger WINS!!  It's TCU 3 MSU 2!!  7-6, 4-6, 6-2!

Gray 5-2!  Jong 4-2!

Gray 5-2; Jong 4-3.

Gray 5-3; Jong 4-3.  We just need 1 of em to win.  C'mon - this has been a looong match.

Sander holds at no-ad.  Both matches at 5-3, with TCU leading both.

Sander was at no-ad and match point but loses, so it's 5-4.  Alastair is stuck on 15-all - injury??!!  Line call argument??!!

The Man from Twickenham clinched it 7-6, 3-6, 6-3 and it's ON TO ORLANDO as the Frogs win 4-2 over Mississippi State!!!!

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Longhorns next!  The Frogs advance to the finals at Lake Nona!!!!  The only upset of the supers as the Frogs get a gigantic road W and upset the Bulldogs for the first time in StarkVegas all season!

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The Frogs' tremendous W means that the Froghorn entry is now in 5th place in the national bracket challenge!

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UNC upset USC (not That big of an upset), so the quarters (on Thursday) will be #1 Ohio State v. #9 UNC; #4 Wake Forest v. #5 Virginia; #3 Florida v. #6 Baylor and #10 TCU v. #2 Texas.  It'll be covered on the Tennis Channel!  That's 3 SWC (er, Big 12) teams, 3 ACC teams, 1 Big 10 team and 1 SEC team. 

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This is the Frogs' 10th time to make the Elite 8!!  Can we make it 5 Final 4's??!!

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Alastair's injury was a busted chin - it started bleeding and he got a butterfly stitch and then served it out to take us to Orlando to the USTA National Tennis Center.  His first college match ever was at the Hall of Fame in Newport and now he's leading us to the NCAA Finals.  Nice little career he's got going.

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In other news, Cam Norrie won his first round qualie in Rome as he battled back from a set down to get the W over Peter Gojowczyk 6-7 (5-7), 7-5, 6-3 earlier today.

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What a day for the Frogs! And, those fabulous prizes are within rich for you, J! 💎💰🏖️

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It's not like Oradini caught Alastair with an uppercut in the late rounds and the ref had to stop the fight because of blood; rather, Alastair busted his chin by crashing into the back fence on the point making it 15-all in the last game.  Roditi said that there was a LOT of blood as Ali lay writhing on the ground in abject pain, but our crack training staff (probably the trainer I met at Chicago) was able to stitch him up and make him taut for battle in a manner worthy of the crisis.  Ali was able to shake it off and close out his serve immediately.  Also, the back-up plan for indoor play because of the lightning and the downpour was to move the match to Tuscaloosa and use Bama's indoor facilities - this is why the Bulldogs were extremely reticent to do that because it would have meant no crowd (which was just shy of 300 and very vocal).  So, that's why the delay was 2:50 and why we probably would have been there all night waiting for the rain to abate - what it resulted in was a thriller under the lights with most of the crowd still there chanting "Hail What, Hail State."  The Bulldogs were fighting back tears as they stayed and worked the crowd after the match and earned a lot of kudos for that.  Roditi was remorseful in spoiling their "moment" and said that it had happened to us before (but that's not exactly accurate because this was the first-ever super-regional weekend in college tennis and the worst we've ever suffered is being upset at home in the regular season (like against the Longhorns this year).  To lose a super at home reminds me of TCU's breakthrough moment in baseball at Austin in the 2nd super there in 2010.

 

In the 2nd round qualie match at Rome that just ended about an hour ago, the #45 Camster won a close 3-set thriller over # 72 Nicolas Jarry 6-3, 4-6, 7-6 (8-6) on the red clay, with the third set lasting over an hour.  Cam was undoubtedly inspired by the ghosts of Romulus and Remus but also Alastair and the Frogs' gutsy W yesterday.  Roditi said that the biggest takeaway was that now Alex Rybakov now knows that the Frogs "have his back" as Rybo (and Reese) will now have at least one more college team match to play in their storied careers.

 

PD is making far too much of the "fabulous prizes" that would result were the Froghorn's bracket challenge entry to prevail - I think the best prize is merely a 2-year subsciption to Slam Tennis's on-line magazine the "Recruiting Advantage."  And the only way that entry is going to win is if TCU wins the whole NCAA tourney, which is unlikely and were it to happen, I think we would be far more excited about the NCAA championship than reading more about Jacob Fearnley and Tadeas Paroulek.  Also, any info gleaned from Slam Tennis about recruiting would, like with Parzifal in "Ready Player One" be shared with the Froghorn Clan.

 

Next up is the Evil Empire of the University of Texas at Austin.  Darth Center was apprehended and ended up pleading guilty in Boston in the college admissions scandal, but Darth Berque (the Sith always move in pairs) remains and will have his Sigsgaard, Scott, Ito, Telles, Banzer and Markes weapons available at Lake Nona on Thursday.  They probably played their best match of the year in walloping us 6-1 in Ft. Worth earlier this Spring.  In order for the Jedi to prevail (like defeating the Bulldogs in StarkVegas yesterday - to win, they probably needed "more cowbell" ), the Force must be with us.

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The times for Thursday's matches have been announced - TCU v. The Evil Empire is scheduled to be the 2nd match of the day and is listed to start at 1:00 p.m. (CDT), following the Cavs v. the Deacs in an all-ACC quarter.  Some annoying guy by the name of Chris Del Conte is already tweeting about it  - man, that guy is really starting to get on my nerves.  Who does he think he is??!!  The Epitome of Evil is 26-3 on the season; 5-0 in the Big12 (not counting their L to Baylor in the tourney finals), 16-1 at home, 6-0 away (including at Ft. Worth) but only 4-2 on neutral courts.  They really haven't ventured away from Austin all that much.  They have W's over just about everyone, including Mississippi, SMU, Washington, Miami, UTSA, A&M-CC, North Carolina, Tulsa, Arkansas, Illinois, USC, Incarnate Word, Georgia, N.C. State, Rice, Ohio State, Columbia, Tech, Baylor, TCU, Oklahoma State, Oklahoma, Oklahoma (again), Tennessee Tech, USF and Cal.  Their only losses were to Ohio State (indoors at Chicago which they avenged in Austin albeit the Buckeyes were Wolf-less), USC (at home but they had beaten the Trojans in Chicago) and Baylor (at Lawrence in the Big 12 tourney but they had beaten the Bears in the regular season).  They've only lost 1 point (to USF) in the entire NCAA tourney, cruising through Tennessee Tech like they were tissue paper, USF and Cal.  They are extremely good and hot.  We know them well - their stars are #7 Christian Sigsgaard (who shared the Big 12 Player of the Year honor with Rybo)(Denmark), #12 Yuya Ito (Japan), #80 Leonardo Telles (Brazil), #55 Harrison Scott (Canada), Colin Markes (Austin) and Rodrigo Banzer (Bolivia).  Their doubles line-up is #5 Scott/Sigsgaard, Markes/Telles and Chih Chi Huang (Canada)/Ito.  Their interim coach is Bruce Berque - scroll back to read how he got the job.  When he was head coach at Michigan, he recruited the Camster but ruthlessly did not inform Cam about how frickin cold Michigan gets in the winter.  They are the Big 12 regular season champs and won the Big 12 tourney last year.  They're ranked and seeded #2 but have been #1 during the season.  To beat them will take a Herculean effort and would be magical and soporific.

 

With this morning's W, Cam Norrie has qualified for the main draw in Roma. 

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