TCU Men’s Tennis has a Final Four participant once again, as senior Alex Rybakov is set to compete in the national semi-finals this afternoon.
IT'S MATCH DAY!— TCU Men's Tennis (@TCUMensTennis) May 24, 2019
No. 3 Alex Rybakov No. 1 Nuno Borges from Mississippi State for a spot
in tomorrow's @NCAATennis Singles national championship match.
⏰ 3 pm CT
: Orlando, FL
️: USTA National Campus
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Rybakov, the #3 seed, will face off with the #1 player in the country - Mississippi State’s Nuno Borges - at 4:00pm ET today, with a spot in tomorrow’s National Championship on the line. He defeated William Blumberg of North Carolina to earn the right to face Borges, whom he has played three times already this season.
Rybakov claimed a 6-0, 7-6 (8-6) decision at the Tempe Collegiate Cup in January while Borges was victorious, 6-1, 6-4, in Starkville in the NCAA Team Championship Super Regional which TCU won. Rybakov was leading the other contest, 7-6, 6-6, but it was not completed after TCU clinched the team victory over Mississippi State in Chicago in February.
Rybakov’s overall singles record this season improved to 29-4 with his victory Thursday. His .879 winning percentage currently ranks as the third-best single-season singles winning percentage in school history heading into Friday’s NCAA semifinals appearance.
You can watch Rybakov live from Orlando, FL at 4:00pm ET on the Tennis Channel.
(1) Nuno Borges (Mississippi State) vs. (3) Alex Rybakov (TCU) – 4 p.m. E.T. (LIVE on Tennis Channel)
(4) Paul Jubb (South Carolina) vs. (7) Aleksandar Kovacevic (Illinois) – 4 p.m. E.T. (LIVE on Tennis Channel)
For more information, see the press release from UTSA below:
Three of the four No. 1 seeds are still standing, including Mississippi State’s Nuno Borges and Miami’s Estela Perez-Somarriba in men’s and women’s singles, respectively, as well as the top-ranked women’s doubles pair of Angela Kulikov and Rianna Valdes of USC.
Play begins at 4 p.m. with the men’s singles semifinals followed by the women’s singles semifinals. All four singles matches will be featured live on Tennis Channel. Photos and video will be available following the conclusion of play.