The No. 6-ranked TCU men’s tennis team remained undefeated at home and opened its postseason run in the NCAA tournament with a 4-0 victory over Marist in the first round of the Fort Worth Regional on Friday afternoon at the Bayard H. Friedman Tennis Center.
The Horned Frogs (22-7), seeded No. 5 overall and hosting their first NCAA Men’s Regional since 2001, made short work of the Red Foxes (15-8) to set up a second-round match against No. 30 Tulsa at 2 p.m. Saturday. The winner will advance to the Sweet 16 at the NCAA tournament team finals on May 14-25 in Waco.
“Our guys played well coming out of the gate and a good start at home is always a good plus,” said TCU coach David Roditi, whose Horned Frogs advanced to the second round of the NCAA tournament for the first time since 2006. “Marist competed well and fought hard. Will [Stein] and Nick [Chappell] in doubles served and returned very well and Facundo [Lugones] was on a mission and that was fun to watch.”
The No. 20-ranked doubles team of Stein and Chappell put TCU up 1-0 with an 8-1 victory over Fredrik Bjerke and Joe Motta, and Guillermo Nunez and Hudson Blake sealed the doubles point for the Horned Frogs with an 8-4 win over Matteo Giudici and Justin Chanthalangsy.
Lugones put TCU up 2-0 with a 6-1, 6-0 victory in single on Court 4, and Stein followed up with a 6-4, 6-1 win over Jan Dernic on Court 6. Freshman Cameron Norrie, ranked No. 39 in the nation, provided the clinching point with a 6-3, 6-2 victory over Bjerke at the No. 3 spot.
Tulsa (18-12) advanced to the second round with a victory over North Carolina State (17-12), but it didn’t come easily. Tulsa won the doubles point, and opened a 3-0 advantage, but the Wolf Pack rallied to to pull even.
With the match tied 3-3, Tulsa’s Carlos Bautista rallied in the third set on Court 6 for a 6-3, 3-6, 6-4 victory over Nick Horton to seal the victory.
TCU defeated Tulsa 4-0 in February in a non-conference match at Tulsa.
Admission to Saturday’s match is $10 for adults, $5 for ages 17-3; TCU students and children under 3 are free.