The No. 2 TCU men's tennis team spent Valentine's weekend in Charlottesville, Va. for the ITA National Team Indoor Championships, lasting all the way to the semifinals, where No. 1 Virginia ended TCU's run.
Throughout the tournament, head coach David Roditi made sure to post a reaction video after each match (something he does pretty often throughout the season).
The Frogs came just short of the title, but it was still a good run with plenty of thrills. Here's how the weekend went down:
Friday, Feb. 12
Opponent: No. 12 Illinois
TCU opened the tournament with a shutout of Illinois. The Frogs clinched the doubles point and beat the Illini in three singles matches for a quick victory. Roditi's reaction?
"The 'horns' part of the Horned Frogs came out today."
Saturday, Feb. 13
Opponent: No. 6 USC
The match against USC wasn't as easy. With both teams tied at 3-3, the winning point was on the shoulders of freshman Alex Rybakov of TCU. He battled through his singles match and took down USC's Max de Vroome to advance the Frogs to the semifinals. Roditi's reaction?
"Really? We just won that match?"
Sunday, Feb. 14
Opponent: No. 1 Virginia
Cameron Norrie was the only Frog to come out with a win in singles -- the Cavaliers took everything else, including the doubles point. But hey, if you're going to lose, let it be to the No. 1 team, right? Let's see what Roditi has to say...
"I promise you, we can play better that, and we will."
It's a tough loss, but think of it this way -- it's only the Frogs' second loss all season (they're 5-2 overall). TCU will be back on the home court Saturday against Cal Poly. I hear they have free pizza sometimes...