Men’s tennis team stays undefeated

The TCU men’s tennis team kept its winning streak alive Monday in a doubleheader against Dallas Baptist and Texas A&M-Corpus Christi, improving its season record to 7-0.

The Horned Frogs hosted both games at the Bayard H. Friedman Tennis Center starting with a 7-0 shutout against Dallas Baptist and ending with a 5-2 victory against No. 42 ranked Texas A&M-CC.

TCU, which is ranked No. 62, swept the board against Dallas Baptist winning every match, all three doubles contests and all six singles.

Freshman Zach Nichols, who was the first to complete his match against sophomore Bronson Vaughan of A&M-CC, earned a preseason ranking in singles at No. 94 after he posted the second-most wins on the team in the fall season with an 8-3 record.

“So far we’ve had a really successful season,” Nichols said. “We’ve had some pretty easy wins and I think it’s a good start.”

TCU head coach Dave Borelli said the team has played against beatable competition so far this season.

Competition did not get tough for the Horned Frogs until the team met up with the A&M-CC Islanders, a team the Horned Frogs lost to last season. After sweeping the Islanders in the doubles matches, Corups Christi did not roll over.

The Islanders put up a fight winning two of the singles matches.

Senior Cosmin Cotet, who is ranked No. 27 nationally, led the Horned Frogs with the first singles win against the Islanders. Cotet was followed by freshman Emanu Brighiu, who won the next match. Team play was not an official victory for the Horned Frogs until junior Kriegler Brink won his match; TCU ended the singles 4-2.

Cotet said he believes TCU is capable of a top-20 ranking.

Nichols said TCU can matchup against all other teams.

“On any given day we can compete with any team in the country,” Nichols said. “I think we’ll surprise some people this year.”

The men’s tennis team has a good chance of playing in conference this year, Borelli said.

“It’s not about the W’s or L’s it’s about the process of how you get there,” Borelli said.