Men’s tennis hosts rematch with No. 12 Columbia

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Bertus Kruger returns a shot against Illinois on March 3, 2019. Photo by Jack Wallace

Rolling on a seven-game win streak, No. 10 TCU will look to extend it against the tennis powerhouse Columbia Lions.

Columbia has played four fewer matches than TCU but still holds an impressive 9-1 record, going 6-0 at home. Their one loss was to No. 1 Wake Forest in the first round of the ITA National Team Indoor Championship.

Jack Lin will be a tough contest for Alastair Gray in the Columbia-TCU match on March 20, 2019. Photo courtesy of GoColumbiaLions

The Lions have three nationally-ranked players, the highest of which is No. 16 Jack Lin, who has posted a 5-3 singles record on the year. This includes a recent 0-6, 2-6 loss to an unranked SMU athlete.

Lin started the season as the Lions’ No. 1 singles man but has been pushed to the second slot by No. 41 Victor Pham, who has started the season with an impressive 7-1 singles record.

Pham and Lin will be great tests for TCU’s top two players: No. 7 Alex Rybakov and No. 25 Alastair Gray, who hold a combined 17-2 singles record.

Victor Pham has been on a hot streak that Alex Rybakov will hope to douse in the Columbia-TCU match on March 20, 2019. Photo courtesy of NMNAthletics.com

The updated rankings also have Bertus Kruger entering at No. 115 and the Kruger/Reese Stalder doubles team at No. 6 , the highest of their doubles career. After a 0-2 start, they’ve been on an 11-1 streak, winning their last six matches.

In doubles, the Columbia team of Lin and Jackie Tang sit one spot above them at No. 5 nationally.

After Columbia, TCU only has No. 35 Arizona State and SMU remaining in non-conference play.

The match begins at 6:30 p.m. and will have free Buffalo Bros Pizza for all fans in attendance.