Men's Tennis Prepares for a Pair of Matches in Texas
March 27, 2013
Memphis, Tenn. -
The University of Memphis men's tennis team continues an extensive stretch of road matches as the team travels to the "Lone Star State" to face No. 22 Baylor and No. 36 TCU. The Tigers will face Baylor on Thursday, March 28, at 6 p.m. CT and will face TCU Saturday, March 30, at 1 p.m. CT.
Baylor will be the tenth ranked opponent of the season for Memphis after the Bears moved up seven spots in the latest rankings to No. 20. The Bears (13-4) have won three straight matches and are 10-2 at home this season. Baylor brings five ranked singles players into the match with the Tigers: No. 33 Patrick Pradella, No. 71 Julian Lenz, No. 80 Tony Lupieri, No. 99 Mate Zsiga, and No. 101 Marko Krickovic.
When the Tigers face TCU on Saturday, they will be taking on their 11th ranked opponent of the season. TCU is 13-5 this season and is 8-3 at home. Two Horned Frogs are currently ranked in the latest singles ranking: No. 103 Nick Chappell and No. 119 Arnau Dachs. The doubles team of Nick Chappell and Will Stein is currently ranked No. 79 in the doubles rankings.
Memphis jumped ten spots in the latest rankings and is currently ranked No. 34. The Tigers enter Thursday's match against Baylor with a record of 7-5 on the season. Memphis has faced nine ranked opponents this season and has a record of 4-5 against those teams. Johnny Grimal has jumped into the singles rankings and currently sits at No. 110 after winning three straight singles matches.
The Tigers will be looking for the first win in program history over either school having gone 0-2 against each of the two teams. Memphis last met Baylor in the Tigers' first-ever trip to the NCAA regionals last season, falling 4-2 to the Bears. The last meeting between the Tigers and the Horned Frogs was a 4-1 TCU victory in February of 2005 while TCU was still a member of Conference USA.