The Horned Frogs’ (11-5) made beating a top team look easy after shutting down No. 4 Illinois 4-0 on Monday in both singles and doubles. Add Sunday’s 5-0 win against No. 70 Michigan to the equation and the TCU men’s tennis team looks better than ever.
“The team is the strongest it has ever been since I’ve been at TCU,” said senior men’s tennis player Nick Chappell. “Our chances of making it to the Big 12 Championships and NCAA Tournament have never looked better”.
The Horned Frogs will close out the week with two more games. TCU plays Louisiana Lafayette on Friday and No. 36 Dartmouth on Saturday.
Louisiana Lafayette (9-8) has lost to every ranked team it has played this season, making Dartmouth look the strongest of the two teams.
Dartmouth recently made a sizable jump from 50th in the nation to 36th after its three game winning streak against Binghamton, Michigan, and Michigan State. However, the Big Green hasn’t played since their last game against Michigan State on Feb 28.
Dartmouth’s Max Schmidt and Dovydas Sakinis are players to watch. Schmidt was the team hero against Michigan with his 6-3, 2-6, 6-1 victory over Carter Lin in the No. 6 position giving Dartmouth the final point it needed to win the match. Schmidt went undefeated last year with the Big Green.
In addition to being named 2014 Rookie of the Year and All-Ivy Singles First Team player, Sakinis was Dartmouth’s number one singles player over Michigan State.
However, the Horned Frog team has players to be feared as well. TCU is packed with talent boasting three ranked singles players: No. 31 Cameron Norrie, No. 39 Nick Chappell and No. 116 Guillermo Nunez.
The freshmen are making large impacts on the team this year. Cameron Norrie has 15 wins this season, including seven at the No. 1 position and six over ranked opponents. Guillermo Nunez is on fire with a 14-match winning streak. Nunez is 10-0 in dual matches and 17-4 overall.
Senior Nick Chappell has won his last five matches at the No. 2 position and is now 14-4 on the season. In doubles, Chappell is also leading the team with senior Will Stein with 17 wins this season, including eight over ranked opponents. Chappell and Stein are responsible for securing Monday’s doubles win against Illinois.
Though none of the teams this week are within the conference, all are important matches for the Frogs as they prepare for the conference matchups ahead.