The men’s tennis team will travel to Tulsa, Okla. Saturday to play in the biggest tournament of the fall, the ITA All-American Championships.After being in Waco all weekend at the HEB Intercollegiate Tournament at Baylor, players are now preparing themselves to face what could be the toughest competition of the year.
“It’s going to be a little different league than last weekend,” said sophomore player Kriegler Brink. “The best schools in the nation will be there, but I’m excited to see how we’ll do.”
Brink, who moved to Texas from South Africa six months ago, was named the TCU Athlete of the Week.
Stuart Row, a junior transfer from Trinity, reached the singles quarterfinals in Waco by defeating Mike Beatty of Texas A&M.
“I was surprised at how well Stuart competes,” said head coach Dave Borell. “He’s a real warrior.”
Borelli said he thinks TCU could be ranked in the top 10 by the Intercollegiate Tennis Association this year.
Last year they finished No. 31, but after last weekend’s showing, players and coaches are confident this year’s team will do better,
Borelli said he is not worried about the upcoming tournament, and he has tried to emphasize to his players not to focus on the results but on the present.
“Great players that I’ve worked with have always been able to stay focused on areas they need to improve and not whether they win or lose,” Borelli said.
Row said he’s looking forward to playing against some of the best schools in the country, especially UT.
“I’m gunning for UT,” Row said. “I’m going to shut them down so hard.”
Row said being the underdog will work to his advantage.
“I think most of these guys will be worried about playing me because I’ve got nothing to lose,” Row said.