“The first match is always a little scary, especially when school started so late and we just had our first official team practice with everybody on Tuesday because of all the new rules,” TCU head coach David Roditi said. “So many people do so much for us to get to this point today, and this is a way to thank them for doing all their work so we can have the team that we have.”
The duo of sophomore Alastair Gray and senior Trevor Johnson led the team on a run with a 6-1 victory against ACU brothers Jonathan and Josh Sheehy.
TCU kept its winning streak alive in the singles competition on all six courts. Third-year student, Reese Stalder, picked up the first win at the No. 4 spot over ACU’s Hunter Holman with a 6-0, 6-0 score. Senior teammate Guillermo Nuñez followed with his own 6-0, 6-0 win over Henry Adams at the No. 3 position. No. 23 Gray had a successful first collegiate match. On the second line, he sealed the overall match victory against Jonathan Sheehy with a 6-3, 6-1 win.
TCU added new a member, Bertus Kruger, to the team. The freshman from South Africa defeated Paul Domanski 6-3, 6-4 at the No. 5 position.
“We have a really tough match ahead of us on the road at Arizona State, and they have had tough matches against top-ranked teams and they lost,” Roditi said.We know they are hungry and they are going to come after us.”
The team will rest for two days before making their first road trip of 2018. They will battle Arizona State in Tempe, Ariz. Sunday at 1:00 p.m.