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Men’s tennis drops third-straight match

Alastair Gray Photo by Jack Wallace
Alastair Gray celebrates with head coach David Roditi looking on. Photo by Jack Wallace.

The No. 11 TCU men’s tennis team lost its third-straight match Sunday, falling 6-0 to No. 1 North Carolina. 

The No. 34 ranked pairing of Alastair Gray and Jacob Fearnley clinched their third victory of the season in doubles, defeating William Blumberg and Brian Cernoch, 6-4. The duo is now 3-1 on the season heading into the ITA Indoor National Championships next weekend. 

The duo of Luc Fomba and Burtus Kruger fell to the Tar Heels 6-3 against Rinky Hijikata and Benjamin Sigouin at the No. 3 position. 

After splitting the first two games, attention was directed to court three, where No. 2 Sander Jong and Tadeas Paroulek were engaged in a competitive match against the No. 3 nationally ranked pairing of Mac Kiger and Simon Soendergaard. 

After falling behind 1-4, Jong and Paroulek won five of the next six games to take the lead. North Carolina held their serve to force a tie break, where they beat the Frogs 7-6(3), giving UNC the doubles point. 

TCU got off to a strong start in singles play, but UNC slowly came back to secure the victory.

No. 55 nationally-ranked Gray fell in straight sets to UNC’s William Blumberg, losing 6-1, 7-5. Kruger also fell in straight sets at the No. 4 position, losing 6-4, 6-4. 

At the No. 2 position, Fomba took on the No. 60 ranked Benjamin Sigouin and put up a strong fight taking his first set to a tiebreak but ultimately ended up losing the tie break and fell in straight sets, 7-6, 6-3. 

Freshman Tomas Jirousek took on the No. 80 nationally ranked singles player and claimed a set against him before falling in three, 2-6, 6-3, 6-2. No. 122 nationally-ranked Paroulek took his opponent to a third set but retired only three games in, losing 4-6, 6-2, 2-1. 

Sander Jong began his match at the No. 6 position and was tied 5-5 before match play was suspended. 

UNC clinched the win at 4-0 after Kruger lost at the No. 4 position, but play continued until 4:30 p.m., giving UNC the 6-0 victory. 

Head coach David Roditi declined to comment following the match. 

Up next, the Horned Frogs head to Madison, Wisconsin, for the ITA Indoor National Championships, which take place Feb. 14-17. 

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