Men’s tennis’ Rybakov earns Big 12 Player of the Week honors


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By Ben Auten

TCU is coming off a week that included three upset victories over nationally ranked opponents led by Alex Rybakov’s individual performances.

The junior began the week with a win over No. 9 Columbia’s top player, Jackie Tang, by a score of 6-2, 6-3. Rybakov followed that with a crucial 2-6, 6-2, 6-2 win over No. 7 Alfredo Perez to help the Frogs knock off No. 12 Florida Wednesday.

Rybakov was on pace to defeat No. 25 Nicolas Alvarez of Duke, but the match was called as TCU had already secured a victory over the No. 17 Blue Devils.

In doubles play, Rybakov was also a perfect three-for-three as he and Guillermo Nuñez helped TCU pick up the doubles point in all three of their matches this week.

This marks the second time Rybakov has won Big 12 Player of the Week in his career and was the first Horned Frog to earn the honor this season.

Rybakov and the Frogs are currently on a four-match winning streak and take on No. 6 Texas A&M Tuesday night in their fourth consecutive match against a Top 20 opponent.