Men’s tennis team begins busy stretch with San Diego match

The No. 43-ranked men’s tennis team continues its six-match homestand Friday and Saturday against the University of San Diego and the University of Texas at San Antonio. The team will look to build a winning streak heading into conference play, head coach Dave Borelli said.

“We’re at the stage of the season where I expect us to start winning,” Borelli said.

The Horned Frogs (3-7) opened their homestand Wednesday, beating Southern Methodist University, 4-3. The team’s previous nine matches were against squads currently ranked no lower than No. 48 in the national team rankings.

Senior Kriegler Brink, ranked No. 80, said he expects the team to get on a roll and start winning matches.

“We opened with some real tough competition and played well,” Brink said. “The next couple of matches we should do well.”

Sophomore Zach Nichols said the team should win both its matches this weekend.

“With these home matches we’d like to get our record back up to .500,” Nichols said. “We want to build momentum going into conference.”

Both Nichols and Borelli said the team’s goal remains the same as at the beginning of the season.

“Our goal is to defend our conference title and to make the NCAA Championships and win some rounds,” Borelli said.

The team will also host Duke University on Monday at 2 p.m. The Blue Devils squad has a 5-3 record in the spring and is ranked No. 38 in the country by the Intercollegiate Tennis Association.

The Horned Frogs will wrap up their six-match homestand with matches against Virginia Tech on March 13 and Columbia University on March 17.

TCU vs. San Diego
When: 2 p.m. Friday
TCU vs. UT-San Antonio
When: 2 p.m. Saturday
TCU vs. Duke
When: 2 p.m. Monday
Where: Bayard H. Friedman Tennis Center