Correction: The TCU men’s tennis team won its second straight game when it beat Columbia University on March 18. Freshmen Emanu Brighiu and Adrian Simon were doubles partners and freshmen Zach Nichols and Jack Seider were partners. While Brighiu and Simon successfully won their match, Nichols and Seider dropped theirs.
Tuesday showers didn’t stop the No. 28 TCU men’s tennis team from getting its third win in a row, as it took its game indoors to beat Columbia University, 5-2.
The Horned Frogs won the doubles match against Columbia and handily dispatched the Lions in singles play. The team was led by the tandems of senior Cosmin Cotet, junior Kriegler Brink, and freshmen Emanu Brighiu and Zach Nichols, who all gained victories against their counterparts from Columbia.
Brink remained undefeated in singles play for the season, besting Columbia’s Bogdan Borta, 6-4,6-1.
“I think this win was good for instilling confidence in some of our players down the line,” Brink said. “Coach just wants us to continue to play well and compete against whomever we play.”
Tuesday’s victory concluded the home schedule for the Horned Frogs, who now have nine consecutive road matches, starting with No. 50 Fresno State on Friday.
Cotet said the match with Fresno will be a challenge because winning against other ranked opponents is always difficult.
However, the victory over Columbia was a testament to why the Horned Frogs are ranked in the top 30. Cotet and Brighiu played aggressive all afternoon and never gave Columbia a chance to gain momentum, as both won in straight sets.
Head coach Dave Borelli said he was happy with what he saw from his squad.
Columbia plays its home matches indoors, and Borelli said it was impressive for his team to beat a quality team that thrives inside.
Brink said the conditions in which he plays do not determine success or failure.
“If the wind blows for me, it blows for the other guy,” he said. “I don’t think it was a big deal to play inside today.”
The team has now won two consecutive matches after dropping three straight to the University of Texas, Wisconsin and Illinois. In its last match prior to Tuesday, the Horned Frogs beat No. 22 Wake Forest,4-3.
The team now has a 12-4 record on the season.