Following a shutout last weekend at the hands of the No. 4 Baylor Bears in Waco, the men’s tennis team will face local rivals the No. 42 SMU Mustangs this evening at they Bayard H. Friedman Tennis Center.Sophomore Kriegler Brink managed to win the only set against the Bears, but his effort was to no avail as the No. 56 Horned Frogs were quickly outed.
Tonight, on the home hardcourts, TCU has a chance to get closer to drawing even in the season standings. The team is currently 1-4 this spring.
On paper, the teams have a relatively close ranking, but head coach Dave Borelli said he thinks SMU is a better squad.
“I think they are probably stronger to be honest, and the computer rankings during the first few weeks are a little rocky,” Borelli said. “They probably deserve a higher rank than what they have right now.”
After Brink’s performance against Baylor, Borelli said he is proud of how the sophomore has been improving on the court.
Some adjustments the Horned Frogs have been making for tonight’s match include better serve placement during doubles matches.
Borelli said the Mustangs bring a potent team to the court.
“They are a solid team throughout, and it’s an in-city rivalry,” Borelli said. “(And) they have put up good matches against us in the past.