Tennis team optimistic as next match approaches

After falling to No. 6 Baylor on the road at the beginning of the month, the No. 40 Horned Frogs (3-1) are looking ahead to their home opener against the No. 41 Texas Tech Red Raiders (5-1).

It has been more than two weeks since the team last competed, and although time has passed since the Horned Frogs last contended with an opponent, the team is optimistic.

“We are feeling pretty good and positive,” junior Christopher Price said. “We’ve practiced really hard and have had some good wins.”

Price found success during fall tournament competition, during which he posted records of 4-3 in singles and 3-3 in doubles.

Freshman singles player Marius Cirstea has a simple goal for the competition.

“My biggest challenge is winning a match,” he said.

Cirstea led TCU in singles during fall tournament play and posted a 5-3 record. He also made it to the round of 16 at the Wilson/ITA Texas Regional Championships.

The Red Raiders’ team is composed of six freshmen, four sophomores and one junior.

The team is young, but two of the Red Raiders are nationally ranked. No. 63 Raonyd Carvalho and No. 41 Gonzalo Escobar, both sophomores, are the team’s strongest singles players.

Head coach Dave Borelli is quick to credit the ability of Texas Tech’s team.

“I think they are very good and very talented,” Borelli said. “It’s a matter of who can play a little bit better.”

He is also confident in his own team’s capacity to achieve wins.

“We’re solid and very balanced in our starting lineup,” Borelli said. “It will be a fun, competitive match.”

After falling 0-7 to the SMU Mustangs, the women’s team will compete in Fort Worth on Sunday against Arkansas.

Men’s Tennis

TCU vs. Texas Tech

When: Today at 2 p.m.

Where: Bayard H. Friedman Tennis Center

Women’s Tennis

TCU vs. Arkansas

When: Sunday at Noon

Where: Bayard H. Friedman Tennis Center