Team travels to Las Vegas for three conference opening games

Team travels to Las Vegas for three conference opening games

The men’s tennis team will take its 13-5 record on the road when they travel to Las Vegas to open conference play against three different opponents in three consecutive days, starting today.

These three matches, against Air Force, Brigham Young University and the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, will mark the start of Mountain West Conference play this season for TCU. The Horned Frogs will try to duplicate last year’s 5-1 regular season conference record by getting off to a good start in Las Vegas.

At 13-5 on the season, the Horned Frogs have already eclipsed their win total of 10 last year with seven regular season matches left. Head coach Dave Borelli said the primary reason the team has had such a turnaround is because of recruiting.

“When you get good players, you look better,” Borelli said. “I certainly think we are a more talented squad and a more capable squad this year.”

Borelli also said trouble with players on probation for violation of NCAA rules contributed to the team’s sub-par record last year. With the problems from last season, Borelli said the team has come a long way.

Senior Cosmin Cotet, who has been on the team since the 2005-2006 season, and freshman Adrian Simon said the team’s chemistry is at a high level.

“I think our greatest improvement is our friendship,” Cotet said.

Simon added to this sentiment when he said, “We all get along with each other, like a family.”

The team’s only loss in conference, during the regular season last year, came against the San Diego State University Aztecs. The Horned Frogs are currently ranked No. 31 in the nation, and they will try to continue their regular-season winning streaks against all three opponents.

The three matches in Las Vegas are a part of the Horned Frogs’ regular season-ending nine-game road trip. TCU started its away stretch with matches in California against Fresno State and Pepperdine universities.

The Horned Frogs took the first match against Fresno State 4-3 but were swept 7-0 against Pepperdine.

Following the Las Vegas trip, the Horned Frogs will conclude conference play with a three-game, three-day stretch in Provo, Utah, where they will face the University of Utah, San Diego State and the University of New Mexico.