The TCU men’s tennis team is on a mission and they once again were able to take down an opponent in convincing fashion. The Frogs faced off against Illinois in Athens, Georgia in the Sweet 16 of the NCAA Tournament and came away with the 4-1 win.
The action got started with TCU taking a 1-0 lead in the match by securing the doubles point. Alex Rybakov and Guillermo Nuñez, the #57 doubles pair in the nation, were the first to get on the board, defeating Zeke Clark and Aleks Kovacevic 6-3 on Court 2. The Frogs then won the doubles point when Cam Norrie and Trevor Johnson took down Aron Hiltzik and Gui Gomes 6-4 on Court 3.
With the 1-0 advantage, TCU got a strong start to singles from Jerry Lopez, ranked #114 nationally, who won his first set in dominating fashion 6-0. Lopez would be the first to finish his match, defeating Aleks Kovacevic 6-0, 7-5 on Court 4 to give the Frogs a 2-0 lead in the match. Illinois would be the next to strike though though as Zeke Clark defeated Trevor Johnson 6-4, 6-4 on Court 6 to make it a 2-1 match.
Cam Norrie, the #1 singles player in the nation, trailed 3-0 early in his first set, but would win the next 6 games to take the first set 6-3. Norrie would be the next Frog to finish his match, defeating #3 Aleks Vukic 6-3, 6-4 on Court 1. It was revenge for Norrie as Vukic is the only person to have defeated him yet this season.
Alex Rybakov, #20 in the nation, would bring it home for the Frogs, defeating #41 Aron Hiltzik 6-2, 7-6 on Court 2. With their victories, Norrie and Rybakov improved to a combined 41-2 in singles play this season.
With the match victory, the Frogs improve to 22-4 overall and have now won 17 consecutive matches. They will have a day off before facing either #3 Ohio State or #14 Oklahoma in the Elite 8 on Saturday at 11am CT.